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

    July 10 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘100 percent world-aware’: goal of Korean church

    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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  • Solace amid persecution for India’s Christian minority

    April 5 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Solace amid persecution for India’s Christian minority

    Christians comprising just 2.3 percent of India’s population noted two legal successes this Easter as religious persecution mounts under the Hindu nation’s ruling Indian People’s Party. In Meghalaya, one of three Indian states where Christians comprise a population majority, the government responded to widespread public protests and withdrew an order to halt Good Friday observances.

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  • Christians killed globally for faith at Christmas

    January 4 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Christians killed globally for faith at Christmas

    The deaths of nearly 150 Christians have been reported in targeted attacks on religious minorities in Nigeria, Cairo and India during the 2017 Christmas season, according to various reports from religious liberty advocates and news agencies. Among the latest attacks, unidentified assailants killed Christians leaving a midnight New Year’s Eve service.

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  • State convention building sales accumulate

    December 21 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    State convention building sales accumulate

    At its annual meeting, the Colorado Baptist General Convention (CBGC) announced plans to sell its Denver-area office building and relocate to a smaller facility nearby. As CBGC executive director Nathan Lorick put it, the convention’s “desire in selling our building is to maximize the reach of our dollars through minimizing our space needs.”

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  • Indian Christians accused of kidnapping, forced conversion

    November 16 2017 by Julia A. Seymour, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Indian Christians accused of kidnapping, forced conversion

    A court allowed seven Christian children in India to return to their families a week after Hindu radicals falsely accused their chaperones of kidnapping them to forcibly convert them. It was the third situation of its kind in Madhya Pradesh state since May.

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  • India: Officials, police halt worship in 10 churches

    November 2 2017 by Morning Star India correspondent | with 0 comments
    India: Officials, police halt worship in 10 churches

    Officials and police in Tamil Nadu state, India, have ordered 10 churches to discontinue worship services, sources said. Hindu extremists compelled state officials and police to issue orders to the churches in Coimbatore District to stop worship unless they obtain permission from the collector’s office, church leaders said.

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  • Indian Christians charged with kidnapping, forced conversion

    August 11 2017 by Julia A. Seymour, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Indian Christians charged with kidnapping, forced conversion

    As persecution intensifies in India, government officials in the state of Madhya Pradesh have charged six Christians, including some pastors, with kidnapping and forced conversion for chaperoning children on the way to church camp. Local police arrested the group in May along with more than 70 children en route to a summer Bible camp.

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  • Christians join religious persecution protests in India

    July 13 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Christians join religious persecution protests in India

    Christians have joined thousands in protests across India against mob violence fueled by religious beliefs in the mostly Hindu nation. The protests, which continued July 12, followed the lynching two weeks ago of Junaid Khan, a teenage Muslim boy stabbed to death by men who reportedly accused him of eating beef.

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  • Trump urged to address India’s religious repression

    June 28 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Trump urged to address India’s religious repression

    United States senators urged President Trump to address India’s deteriorating religious freedom conditions – including its discrimination against foreign humanitarian organizations – when he met with that country’s prime minister. Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., and four of his colleagues called for the president to discuss the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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  • Federal court overturns Indiana ultrasound law

    April 11 2017 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Federal court overturns Indiana ultrasound law

    A federal judge on April 3 blocked an Indiana law that required women seeking an abortion to get an ultrasound at least 18 hours before the procedure. Several states have laws requiring ultrasounds to give women the chance to see their babies before they abort them.

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  • Steve McNeil new Indiana Baptists executive director

    March 9 2017 by Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    Steve McNeil new Indiana Baptists executive director

    Steve McNeil has been named executive director of the State Convention of Baptists of Indiana (SCBI) after serving in the role on an interim basis since December 2016, the SCBI announced March 8. McNeil is the seventh SCBI executive director, replacing Cecil W. Seagle who resigned in 2016 after five years of service.

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  • Deadly storms damage churches, Baptist college

    March 6 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Deadly storms damage churches, Baptist college

    Storms in the South and Midwest this week left at least four people dead, damaged church buildings and led to deployment of Baptist disaster relief workers in four states. The storm system killed three people in Illinois and one in Missouri, with at least 10-15 injured in Arkansas. At least seven states were affected.

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  • Platt to students: ‘Risk your life in faith’

    January 4 2017 by Myriah Snyder, Western Recorder | with 0 comments
    Platt to students: ‘Risk your life in faith’

    As 2016 came to close, more than 2,000 college students and campus leaders were challenged by Southern Baptists and other Christian speakers to give their lives to the cause of missions during the Cross 2016 missions event. “Don’t retreat in fear! Risk your life in faith,” David Platt, an event speaker, urged students.

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  • Compassion International faces eviction from India

    December 20 2016 by Evan Wilt, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Compassion International faces eviction from India

    Compassion International, a Christian non-governmental organization that aids 145,000 impoverished Indian children, has only weeks left in the country unless officials give it a reprieve. “We’ve simply run out of funds,” Stephen Oakley, the group’s senior vice president and general counsel, told the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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  • Indiana Baptists amend church cooperation bylaw

    October 19 2016 by Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    Indiana Baptists amend church cooperation bylaw

    Indiana Baptists amended their bylaw regarding cooperating churches at the group’s annual meeting. The new State Convention of Baptists in Indiana rule provides “a personal and proactive approach to dealing with churches that have not met the basic requirements of being a ‘cooperating church with the SCBI,’” the group reported.

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