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Faith and Culture

Meriam Ibrahim gains freedom from Sudan

July 25 2014 by Myriah Snyder, Baptist Press

Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman whose death sentence caused an international outcry, arrived safely in Italy July 24. She was flown on an Italian government jet to Rome with her husband, Daniel Wani, and two young children, Martin and Maya.

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Golden Gate finalizes campus sale, ready to secure new site

July 25 2014 by Ben M. Skaug, GGBTS/Baptist Press

Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary has finalized the sale of its property near Mill Valley, Calif., setting aside funds both to purchase a new campus in Southern California and add $50 million to its endowment. The sale agreement for Golden Gate’s Mill Valley property included a base price of $85 million.

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Religious beliefs form by age 6

July 25 2014 by David Roach, Baptist Press

As early as kindergarten, people have decided whether they believe God intervenes in the world or whether the universe is a closed system of natural causes, a new study by researchers at Boston University, Harvard and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology suggests.

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Christians in Iraq ‘facing extinction’ at Islamists’ hands

July 25 2014 by Gregory Tomlin, Baptist Press

Mosul has been the center of Iraq’s Christian community for two millennia, but it is also a site with a significant place in biblical history. The reach of ISIS began to expand into northern Iraq after fighting spilled over into the country from Syria in the spring.

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At border, Baptist leaders see hope among child detainees

July 24 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Russell D. Moore, the SBC’s lead ethicist, joined others in tours July 22 of two centers established to address the crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing America’s southern border.

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Spurgeon’s lost sermons slated for release

July 24 2014 by Bob Smietana, Baptist Press

Charles Spurgeon, 19th-century legendary London pastor, was a publishing and preaching juggernaut. He preached to more than 10 million people and baptized more than 14,000 believers. More than 50 million copies of his sermons were sold. Spurgeon’s fans nicknamed him "the Prince of Preachers."

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Baptism among fruits of Colo. disaster relief

July 24 2014 by Joe Conway, NAMB/Baptist Press

Travis Kunckel had no idea his selection of a temporary base of operation for his consulting business would lead to the proprietor’s spiritual transformation. The same is true for Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers who played a role in her baptism.

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Caring for child refugees, church is ‘stretched’

July 24 2014 by Myriah Snyder, Baptist Press

While most of America sees the border crisis on the nightly news, leaders at Calvary Baptist Church in McAllen, Texas, recognize it as a mission field in their own backyard. They are focusing on other aspects of relief work and ministry amid the chaos at the border, despite limited access to the unaccompanied refugees.

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Medical missions involvement urged at conference

July 23 2014 by Ariana Castro Acuña, IMB/Baptist Press

During the MedAdvance Helping Hands, Healing Hearts Conference, July 17-19 at International Missionary Board’s International Learning Center, 144 healthcare professionals and students came together to learn how IMB is active in health care missions, how health care strategies are being used to share the gospel across the world and how they can get involved.

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When same-sex attraction hits home

July 23 2014 by David Roach, Baptist Press

It’s a moment many Christians have had to face: a family member’s announcement that he or she is gay. Counseling professors of Southern Baptist seminaries, Heath Lambert, John Babler and Sam Williams suggest several ways Christians can help family members struggling with same-sex attraction.

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