International

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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Peru’s dream of a World Cup: A lesson for missions

July 3 2018 by Jennifer Waldrep, IMB

Tears streamed down the cheeks of thousands of Peruvians who traveled to Russia only to see their World Cup dream end with an 0-1 loss to France at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg. Yet, what mattered – what Peruvians savored – is that after 36 years on the outside, their national soccer team contended as a World …

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Missionaries you should know: George Liele

July 2 2018 by Lesley Hildreth, IMB

One of the most significant figures in the history of Christian missions is a freed Georgia slave named George Liele. Even though William Carey may be called the father of the modern missionary movement, George Liele left America and planted the gospel in Jamaica a full 10 years before Carey left England.

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‘Insider Movements’ in Muslim missions critiqued

June 29 2018 by Andrew J.W. Smith, SBTS

A new book edited by two Islamic studies seminary professors explores the weaknesses of the popular “Insider Movements” in Muslim missiology. “Muslim Conversions to Christ: A Critique of Insider Movements in Islamic Contexts,” which released last week, is an academic response to a missiological approach that argues Muslims can confess Jesus as Lord and remain Muslim.

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Asian Americans can be ‘missionary forces’ in SBC

June 26 2018 by Morgan Collier, Baptist Press

“We have a citizenship in heaven and we are true brothers and sisters in Christ,” D. August Boto told attendees at the National Asian American Fellowship’s June 11 meeting in Dallas. Boto, interim president of the SBC Executive Committee (EC), said the EC is “available to enhance the way God has gifted you in and …

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Messianics voice concerns, finalize restructure

June 26 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship (SBMF) has expressed concern that a group some SBMF members claim opposes Jewish evangelism was among exhibitors at this year’s June 12-13 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas. During its June 10 annual meeting, the SBMF – which comprises largely Messianic Jews (Jews who follow Jesus as Messiah) …

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2nd-gen pastors explore cross-cultural ministry

June 26 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Struggles and opportunities unique to second-generation Americans pastoring beyond their cultural heritage are a new focus of the 2nd Generation Asian-American Fellowship. The Southern Baptist fellowship drew about 20 pastors to a noon panel discussion June 12 in Dallas, kicking off a mentoring initiative to help second – and even third – generation pastors successfully navigate cross …

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