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TULSA, Okla. — Oh, Kenneth Hearrell has stories to tell. But ask the 87-year-old about his role as the “disaster deacon” for his church in Oklahoma, and he has less to say. It’s as if he can’t understand why anyone would need to ask why he feels compelled to help.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (RNS) — The Rev. Sarah Howell-Miller, a United Methodist minister, once opposed needle exchange programs for opioid addicts — a stance shared by  legislators in some three dozen states. Then she fell in love with a drug user.

(RNS) — Like their sisters and brothers in the Southern Baptist Convention this week, Cooperative Baptists will gather in Birmingham next week and wrestle with many of the same questions that our SBC friends are. One question we won't be considering is whether God calls women to serve as pastors.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) — At their annual meeting, Southern Baptists re-elected their president, adopted statements on their views about major cultural issues, and discussed how to deal with sexual abuse and racial discrimination in the church.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) — When the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention opens, a little-noticed ritual usually occurs, involving the 1872 Broadus gavel. It has a questionable history — especially in a church body that has sought racial reconciliation within its ranks.

One of the oldest Southern Baptist churches in Missouri will celebrate 200 years of Christian work at a special worship service at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 23.

Nation

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (BP) -- A Virginia Baptist church is mourning the loss of one of its own in the wake of a mass shooting that left 12 dead in a Virginia Beach office building on Friday (May 31).

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — A South Texas church began a fresh chapter of worship on Sunday as it unveiled a new sanctuary a year and a half after a gunman opened fire and killed more than two dozen congregants in the deadliest mass shooting in state history.

While the U.S. prisons population declined in 2017, according to a Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) report published in late April, the imprisonment rate for black adult males was still six times the rate of white adult males.

World

(RNS) KAMPALA, Uganda — Recently, a group of Muslims visited Christian widows and orphans in northwestern Nigeria and donated food, clothing and school items as part of efforts to enhance peaceful coexistence among different faiths.

The invasion at Normandy would be the largest operation the Allies mounted in Europe. Supreme Allied Commander Dwight Eisenhower understood the gravity of the situation and beforehand even wrote out a note to give the press in the event the invasion failed and he had to order the troops withdrawn.

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — In North Kivu, an eastern province of Congo, church leaders are stepping up their fight to halt the advance of the Ebola epidemic, even as the Islamic State group increasingly makes its presence felt in the troubled region.

Faith & Culture

(RNS) — A new report on family caregivers details how congregations can play a role in supporting the increasing number of members caring for elders.

TULSA, Okla. — Oh, Kenneth Hearrell has stories to tell. But ask the 87-year-old about his role as the “disaster deacon” for his church in Oklahoma, and he has less to say. It’s as if he can’t understand why anyone would need to ask why he feels compelled to help.

(RNS) — A diverse band of faith leaders and at least one presidential candidate descended on a park outside the White House on Wednesday (June 12), gathering to decry what organizers called the “evil” policies of the Trump administration.

Media & Entertainment

A few years ago, I shared with my young son that I had found a tick in my underwear in the middle of the night. I was totally freaked out. His face looked shocked and he was silent for several moments. Then he gave me perspective.

JERUSALEM (RNS) — Refuit Golan had visited the Old City of Jerusalem before, but it wasn't until she toured the ancient site while listening to a voice-guided tour for the visually impaired that she fully began to appreciate its history and significance.

Since the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College opened with Billy Graham's blessing in 1980, more than 19,000 scholars, journalists and other researchers from around the world have done work there. With materials being transported to Charlotte, scholars have warned that this move may be part of a

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The classic children’s song about Zacchaeus — a wee little man was he — strikes me as odd. The song ends just as the story really gets good. And it has parallels to the report released by Southern Seminary in

As often occurs when preachers give their pulpits over to a politician, they point to a Bible passage that does not actually justify their decision: 1 Timothy 2:1-2. But the passage does not actually say what proponents claim.

During the state legislative session in Missouri that ended in May, I found myself at the Capitol more than usual -- and I’ve learned a couple things about the impact of a Baptist minister showing up to speak out for

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On what would have been Anne Frank's 90th birthday, Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin shares a reminder that she was not a Jewish saint, and not a Jewish icon, and not merely a symbol, but primarily a child.

(RNS) — Like their sisters and brothers in the Southern Baptist Convention this week, Cooperative Baptists will gather in Birmingham next week and wrestle with many of the same questions that our SBC friends are. One question we won't be considering is whether God calls women to serve as pastors.

Commentary

Jesus continually faced opposition from those who insisted their version of God and his purpose was correct and any disagreement was wrong. So, what criteria shapes your idea of truth in the spiritual realm?

It is not easy to actually live by the words and example of Jesus. Our calling is not to resolve every problem, but to live as a Christian.

Today is the traditional day on the church calendar when we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The passage we study today opened my head as well as my heart to the incredible gift God gives to