N.C. lawmakers urge release of Pastor Andrew Brunson

July 10 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

Forty-eight of 50 North Carolina senators signed a senatorial statement urging the Turkish government to release Pastor Andrew Brunson. A Presbyterian minister from Black Mountain, N.C., Brunson has been imprisoned by Turkey since Oct. 7, 2016. He was arrested and wrongly associated with a group that Turkish authorities say …

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Baptist mission teams stuck but safe in Haiti

July 10 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

About 200 Southern Baptists on mission were trapped in Haiti after violent riots closed airports, sources told Baptist Press, but at least one team returned home July 9. “The Woodland Community Church (Bradenton, Fla.) and The Glade Church (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) team arrived safely at the airport in Port-au-Prince this morning!

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Filipino president’s comments on God rebuked

July 10 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The Filipino president’s offer to resign if anyone can prove the God of the Bible exists has drawn reactions from Christians across the globe. Dan Santiago, president of the Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America, said Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte lacks “solid biblical knowledge of the Judeo-Christian God.” Meanwhile, Filipino Catholic leaders …

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‘100 percent world-aware’: goal of Korean church

July 10 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

The world is the common denominator – and the focus of prayer – for an array of ministries of Semihan Church in Carrollton, Texas, site of the 2018 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist fellowship known informally as the “Korean Council.” Even Semihan’s name reflects the link: “Se” is part of a Korean word for world; “mi” …

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N.C. mapping initiative going strong amid demographic changes

July 9 2018 by Liz Tablazon & Seth Brown, BR Staff

As North Carolina’s population continues to shift toward greater ethnic and cultural diversity, the Peoples Next Door N.C. (PNDNC) strategy to bring the gospel to unreached people groups across the state hasn’t changed. That is because “we already had the mentality that we’re equipping people to go to these individuals,” said Zac Lyons, senior consultant …

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Pro-immigrant ad supported by ERLC shared by thousands

July 9 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Thousands have viewed and shared an open letter signed by Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and a related video endorsing just and fair immigration following a full-page ad in The New York Times. Moore, a longtime supporter of the just treatment of immigrants, is among eight faith leaders included in 65 initial and ethnically diverse …

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How worship songs brought a Buddhist to Christ

July 6 2018 by Caroline Anderson, IMB

Pavan* grew up feeling unsettled in his destiny. As the firstborn son in his family, he thought he would have to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a Buddhist monk. But music intervened into this cultural tradition that should have dictated his future. Pavan, now a Christian pastor, recounted his past and the persistent …

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Canada marijuana law calls for ‘aggressive’ church response

July 6 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Canada’s nationwide legalization of recreational marijuana, said a Canadian Baptist leader, should spur churches to adopt a “more aggressive approach” to warning believers about the spiritual and physical dangers of drug use. “Everyone is going to be exposed to” legalized marijuana use, said Gerry Taillon, national ministry leader for the Canadian National Baptist Convention.

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A journey from Korea to the Army & beyond

July 5 2018 by Paul Kim

Life is like a journey toward a destination. The apostle Paul describes it as a race (2 Timothy 4:7-8). For most of us, life is more a marathon than a sprint. Even so, God has fixed human life spans, usually around 70-80 years (Psalm 90:9-10), which is relatively short compared to the age of, say …

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UN-related religious liberty committee led by ADF rep

July 3 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Days after the U.S. withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council of 47 nations, a U.S. attorney has been named head of a multi-faith nongovernmental organization (NGO) advising the U.N. on religious freedoms globally. Alliance Defending Freedom International’s Kelsey Zorzi began serving June 28 as president of the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion …

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