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  • ‘Insider Movements’ in Muslim missions critiqued

    June 29 2018 by Andrew J.W. Smith, SBTS | with 1 comments
    ‘Insider Movements’ in Muslim missions critiqued

    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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  • Pray for Aleppo, Southern Baptist leaders urge

    December 16 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pray for Aleppo, Southern Baptist leaders urge

    Southern Baptist leaders are exhorting Christians to pray for Aleppo, Syria, a city being destroyed in civil war between the Syrian government and rebels including the Islamic State. The latest call for prayer follows the desperate pleas of residents who believed their death was imminent as the Syrian government reportedly made significant progress in overtaking and evacuating rebel-held areas.

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  • Where’s the priority to help genocide victims?

    September 30 2016 by Evan Wilt, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Where’s the priority to help genocide victims?

    A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Sept. 22 bemoaned the Obama administration’s lack of action since acknowledging the ongoing genocide of religious and ethnic minorities in the Middle East. “They made the genocide declaration but now what? And the now what has been a big zero,” said Rep. Chris Smith.

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  • Study: Radical Islam looming across African Sahel

    September 16 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Study: Radical Islam looming across African Sahel

    The poverty- and drought-stricken Sahel region spanning northern Africa is becoming a breeding ground for radical Islamic groups intent on persecuting Christians, according to a study conducted by World Watch Research. Boko Haram, the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, Ansar Dine and other groups are growing in the region, the report said.

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  • Boko Haram fractured & weakened, analysis says

    August 5 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Boko Haram fractured & weakened, analysis says

    A disputed report by the Islamic State group that it has appointed a new leader for Boko Haram in Nigeria indicates Boko Haram is fractured and weakened. Abubakar Shekau released an audio message saying he is still in charge of the terrorists, hours after IS proclaimed Abu Musab al-Barnawi the new leader of Boko Haram.

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  • Islamic State group kills priest in Western church attack

    July 28 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Islamic State group kills priest in Western church attack

    Islamic State jihadists slit the throat of an elderly Catholic priest who was celebrating Mass in Normandy, France, marking the terrorist group’s first known attack on a church in the West. In the knife attack, two men forced Jacques Hamel to his knees, murdered him and filmed themselves making comments in Arabic while dancing.

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  • Mosque lawsuit: Baptist editor, professors, weigh in

    June 10 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Mosque lawsuit: Baptist editor, professors, weigh in

    The proposed construction of a mosque in New Jersey has prompted discussion among Southern Baptists of the proper way to protect Muslims’ religious liberty. June 9, a trio of Southern Baptist professors issued an open letter deeming it “inappropriate to question whether Muslims should retain the right freely to practice their religion.”

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  • Ministry challenges, opportunities abound in Indonesia

    January 25 2016 by Elaine Gaston, WMU | with 0 comments
    Ministry challenges, opportunities abound in Indonesia

    Rosemary Brackey* fell in love with Indonesia before she even know where it was. The country of more than 250 million people – fourth in population in the world – has the largest economy in Southeast Asia and is the most populous Muslim country in the world.

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  • Irish pastor acquitted of anti-Muslim hate speech

    January 19 2016 by Julia A. Seymour, World News Service | with 0 comments
    Irish pastor acquitted of anti-Muslim hate speech

    A court in Belfast, Ireland, has acquitted an evangelical preacher accused of hate speech in 2014 for calling Islam “satanic.” James McConnell of Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle Church on Jan. 5, District Judge Liam McNally said courts must be “careful not to criminalize speech which, however contemptible, is no more than offensive.

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  • Muslims protect Christians in Kenyan bus attack

    January 4 2016 by Julia A. Seymour, World News Service | with 0 comments
    Muslims protect Christians in Kenyan bus attack

    Islamic militants with Somalia’s al-Shabaab are suspected of attacking a commuter bus in northeast Kenya on Dec. 21. The attack killed two people and injured at least six others. A group of Islamist gunmen ambushed the bus and attempted to divide passengers into Muslim and Christian groups. But Muslim passengers refused to cooperate ...

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  • Falwell’s remarks about guns, 'Muslims' spark debate

    December 8 2015 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 2 comments
    Falwell’s remarks about guns, 'Muslims' spark debate

    It was a volatile spark for the nation’s gun control debate: Jerry Falwell Jr. revealed he carries a concealed weapon, and urged students (age 21 and up) to do the same at Liberty University, where he is president. Falwell referenced “Muslims” and the terrorist attack that left 14 people dead …

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  • Obama’s views on Islam ‘viable,’ says Baptist scholars

    December 8 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Obama’s views on Islam ‘viable,’ says Baptist scholars

    In an address on a “new phase” in America’s war on terror, President Barack Obama said committing acts of violence in the name of Allah represents a perversion of Islam. Obama called Muslims “to speak out against ... those interpretations of Islam that are incompatible with the values of religious tolerance …”

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  • Study: Pastors grow more polarized on Islam

    October 26 2015 by Lisa Cannon Green, LifeWay Research | with 0 comments
    Study: Pastors grow more polarized on Islam

    Protestant pastors are increasingly polarized about Islam, with a growing share labeling the Muslim faith violent while a sharply rising minority calls it spiritually good. Although a majority considers Islam dangerous, a small but increasing segment believes Islam is similar to Christianity, according to a new survey by LifeWay Research.

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  • ISIS Executes 35 Ethiopian Christians

    April 27 2015 by Jamie Dean, World News Service | with 0 comments
    ISIS Executes 35 Ethiopian Christians

    The Ethiopian government declared three days of mourning after officials confirmed Islamic State militants executed at least 35 Ethiopian Christians held captive in Libya. As with other mass killings, the terrorists on April 19 released a video of the murders. The grisly video bore the grim trademark of Islamic State ...

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  • Egypt’s president pressured toward reform

    April 22 2015 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
     Egypt’s president pressured toward reform

    Egypt’s president, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who challenged senior Muslim clerics to reform their teachings rather than fuel extremist ideologies, now is being challenged by observers who say he lacks a formal plan for moving toward a moderated Islam. Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi’s speech will do little to help his nation’s persecuted Coptic Christians.

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