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Israel & Gaza believers pray for peace

July 23 2014 by Nicole Lee, IMB/Baptist Press

More than 50 Jewish and Palestinian believers met together to pray for peace on July 13, a show of solidarity in the conflict that is rocking their region. The recent violence started with the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli students in the West Bank on June 10 and the revenge killing of a Palestinian youth July 2.

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Once dying church, begins new focus after re-launch

July 21 2014 by Tobin Perry, NAMB/Baptist Press

When Jim Jackson became the pastor of Faith Fellowship Church in Johnson City, Tenn., in January 2013, his first move wasn’t what most people might expect. He closed the church. Faith Fellowship seemed destined to become one of the 1,000 churches Southern Baptists close annually.

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Southeastern serves university students in Taiwan

July 18 2014 by SEBTS Communications

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary professors Walter Strickland, special advisor to the president for diversity and instructor of theology, and Benjamin Quinn, instructor of theology and history of ideas, led five Southeastern students on a weeklong mission trip to Taipei, Taiwan.

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Sanctity of human life in China

July 17 2014 by June Cheng, WNS/Baptist Press

Abortion in China is “as common as drinking water,” as one woman put it. The official tally of 13 million babies aborted each year is by far the highest in the world. While the government counts 13 million abortions a year, some have said the actual number with unreported abortions could be as high as 30 million.

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Storytelling missionary dies from cancer

July 16 2014 by Paige Ryder, IMB/Baptist Press

International Mission Board missionary Jeff Powers died July 10 after fighting a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 50. The witness Powers shared – one that led many to know Christ – will continue through the oral Bible storying ministry he led in Zambia.

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N. Korean ‘genocide’ warrants ‘red line’

July 14 2014 by RikkiElizabeth Stinnette, WORLD News Service/Baptist Press

Shin Dong-Hyuk, known as the only person born in a North Korean political prison to have escaped, still bears the scars of his experience. He is the author of Escape from Camp 14. Shin’s testimony was heard by the United Nations, which recommended that North Korean government crimes be sent…

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Reflections on South Sudan's third birthday

July 11 2014 by Curt Iles, IMB/Baptist Press

He was a child born on South Sudan’s first day as a new nation. He was the first child born at a Juba hospital shortly after midnight, July 9, 2011. The child, like the country, was full of hope and promise. His parents gave him the full name Moses Independence.

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When Christians killed & why Muslim violence continues

July 10 2014 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Rising death tolls in Iraq and Syria, where Muslim extremists are killing in the name of their faith, represent a stark contrast to the relative lack of religiously motivated killing among modern Christians – a contrast that seminary professors say is attributable to the principle of religious liberty.

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Boko Haram’s Islamic motives ‘ignored’

July 9 2014 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The United States and other western nations have ignored the religious motivation of the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram and must understand the theological dynamics in Nigeria in order to curb terrorism in the western African country, the archbishop of Nigeria’s Anglican Church told Baptist Press.

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Hands get dirty to help flood victims in Serbia

July 9 2014 by Marc Ira Hooks, IMB/Baptist Press

While many will spend their summer vacation on beaches or in amusement parks, a handful of Southern Baptists will spend their time knee-deep in mud to help rebuild lives destroyed by floodwaters in Bosnia and Serbia.

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