Anglican rift over same-sex marriage widens

April 29 2016 by Leigh Jones, WORLD News Service

Conservative Anglicans reiterated their frustration with the U.K.-based Anglican Communion over the growing divide on same-sex marriage. Six primates with the Global Anglican Future Conference, an organization representing archbishops and their provinces around the world, met to discuss the group’s future and its ongoing response ...

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International religious freedom list: reactions mixed

April 28 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Southern Baptists’ religious freedom entity and a federal panel welcomed the U.S. State Department’s designation of the world’s worst violators of religious liberty. Russell Moore expressed gratitude for the acknowledgment by John Kerry and the State Department that there are “a number of places where religious liberty is most threatened.”

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Avery Association forges partnership with Scottish church

April 28 2016 by Avery Baptist Association staff

The churches of the Avery Baptist Association have covenanted with a local congregation in Scotland for a 5 year ministry partnership. The Scotland Partnership is an opportunity for the churches of the Avery Association to develop a Kingdom partnership with Buckhaven Community Church.

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Bulldozer death in China draws Tiananmen comparison

April 20 2016 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

Ding Cuimei was killed April 14 when she and her husband Li Jiangong stood in front of a bulldozer poised to destroy their home, where they had been hosting a house church in China’s Henan Province. The bulldozer death of a Chinese house church member is being likened to the Tiananmen Square protester …

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Boko Haram: After 2 years, Chibok girls ‘all well’

April 20 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Esther Yakubu has not seen her daughter Dorcas since Boko Haram kidnapped the girl with 275 classmates from the Chibok boarding school in Nigeria two years ago, but Yakubu professes faith that the Lord is with her child. Yakubu’s daughter among the 219 girls still missing two years after the April 15, 2014 kidnapping …

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Quakes rock Japan, Ecuador; Baptists assess needs

April 19 2016 by Mark Kelly, Baptist Press

Powerful earthquakes struck both Ecuador and Japan over the weekend, killing hundreds of people in the two countries and kick-starting local disaster response teams. In Japan, a three-day series of earthquakes and aftershocks rocked the southern part of the country. The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Ecuador on was the worst in decades.

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Frisbee toss begins witness on remote Asian island

April 15 2016 by Brent Mitchell*, Baptist Courier

After a mission trip to a small island in Indonesia, the team was full of praise because God had prospered their visit to the Solor people. The island had no gospel witness for generations, but would soon have a New Testament church planted by Southern Baptists from rural North Carolina.

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Archaeologists buttress early dating of OT books

April 14 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A study suggesting widespread literacy among ancient Hebrews before 600 B.C. has been dubbed “one more nail slammed in the coffin” of liberal theology’s argument that Old Testament books could not have been written during the lives of David, Moses and other scriptural authors.

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Malaysian court approves landmark Christian conversion case

April 13 2016 by Julia A. Seymour, WORLD News Service

A Malaysian court affirmed the right of a former Muslim to convert to Christianity in a landmark ruling handed down just before Easter. Some support groups are less optimistic about the ruling’s overall effect. Islamic courts approved just 135 out of 686 applications to change Muslim identity to another religion.

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Layman plans for 50,000 churches in Ethiopia

April 12 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Arkansas corporate executive Haileyesus Abate cries, he says, for the people of his native Ethiopia, a majority Christian nation where numerous primitive tribes still worship nature as deities and have never heard the gospel. That is why he arranged for his pastor, Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd, to visit Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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