International

Sri Lanka bombings fueled by ‘conflict of ideas’

April 25 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

As Sri Lanka continues to mourn at least 359 people who died in Easter attacks against Christians, a Southern Baptist seminary professor has called believers to consider the “conflict of ideas” behind the bombings. Meanwhile, the Islamic State terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the April 21 suicide bombings, according to media reports …

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Sri Lanka Christian massacre ‘shocking in its cruelty’

April 23 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Easter bombings in Sri Lanka that targeted Christians and killed at least 290 people have prompted calls to prayer by Southern Baptists who work to take the gospel to South Asian people groups. “As we process the news of attacks on Easter services today in Sri Lanka, our hearts are grieved …

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Notre Dame Cathedral fire spurs ‘rightful mourning’

April 17 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris – lamented in media reports as the marring of a historic French symbol – has deep theological significance some observers may have missed, say evangelical scholars of culture and art. “Notre Dame is the handiwork of those who self-identified as Christian, and it testifies to the essential Judeo-Christian heritage of Europe …
 

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Sorianos to retire in Honduras

April 16 2019 by K. Allan Blume, Biblical Recorder

Guillermo Soriano and his wife, Maritza, were born in Honduras. After more than 30 years of ministry in the United States, the couple plans to take the gospel back to their homeland. Soriano, Hispanic Ministries Senior Consultant for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC), is retiring May 3 after 12 years of ministry …

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Greensboro church reaches immigrant neighbors

April 15 2019 by Liz Tablazon, Biblical Recorder

Ther Dee came to the United States as a Karen refugee six years ago. When asked why he wanted to become a U.S. citizen, he said, smiling, “I live in America. I love America.” Dee is one of about 20 refugees and immigrants who attend a weekly citizenship class at Friendly Avenue Baptist Church (FABC) in Greensboro, N.C.

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ERLC, others defend religious liberty at U.N.

April 11 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Southern Baptist Convention’s religious freedom entity and other advocacy organizations have expressed concern to the United Nations regarding the Malaysian government’s continued refusal to protect the right of all citizens to practice their faith.  The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) joined Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) International and the World Evangelical Alliance …

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Prosperity gospel a problem in Africa, Chitwood says

April 10 2019 by Shawn Hendricks, Baptist Press

There’s a deacon in Uganda who will gladly pray for church members who pay a few shillings; another preacher says God will bless them with a car or house if they are willing to give him some money. And another preaches John the Baptist was born of a virgin birth. 

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IMB’s Chitwood encourages refugees, missionaries

April 5 2019 by Shawn Hendricks, Baptist Press

With only one arm, Agnes carries a five-gallon jug on her head in a refugee camp near the South Sudan border in northern Uganda. On her own, she’s a single mom with two children to care for and has to make the hour-long trek because it’s the closest well to her house.

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Kazakhstan police raid 3rd Baptist church this year

April 5 2019 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press

A police raid on a Baptist worship service in Kazakhstan is the latest reported incident in a long string of religious liberty violations in the Central Asian country. The raid, in early March, brought the total to three Baptist churches invaded and fined in the city of Taraz in a seven-week span, according to news sources.

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4th Chinese church raid could signal broad crackdown

March 29 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Beijing’s Shouwang Church has become the fourth major underground church raided by authorities in China during the past seven months. The raids have led some to speculate the Chinese government may be preparing for a broader crackdown against Christians. “China’s oppression against house churches will not be loosened,” ChinaAid President Bob Fu said …

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