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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.

ABUJA, Nigeria (BP) -- Escalating violence that has killed thousands of Christians in Central Nigeria must be addressed by the international Christian community and a Nigerian government that has harassed victims, a global religious liberty coalition noted after its 2019 consultation in Abuja

CUMMING, Ga. (BP) -- Jim Burton, 63, Southern Baptist international photojournalist and storyteller and Baptist Press contributor, died on May 10 after living with ALS for six years.

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  • 71. Church-State Legislation

    Listen to 71. Church-State Legislation This special episode features testimony by Word&Way Editor & President Brian Kaylor before the Missouri Senate's Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. The hearing featured debate over a proposed bill to ban anonymity in lawsuits involving the Establishment Clause. This episode also features updates on bills encouraging "Bible literacy" courses in public schools (that was previously explored…

  • 70. Amanda Tyler

    Listen to 70. Amanda Tyler Amanda Tyler, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, talks with Word&Way Editor & President Brian Kaylor during the BJC's Shurden Lectures on the campus of William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo. She talks about several critical church-state issues that have sparked headlines in 2019, including "Bible literacy" legislation, religious liberty and the death…

  • 69. Aidsand Wright-Riggins

    Listen to 69. Aidsand Wright-Riggins In this episode, Word&Way Editor & President Brian Kaylor interviews Aidsand Wright-Riggins, former executive director of American Baptist Home Mission Societies, co-director of the New Baptist Covenant, and mayor of Collegeville, Penn. Wright-Riggins talks about religious liberty, racism, and ministry. This interview was recorded as he visited the Kansas City area to give the Baptist Joint Committee for…

  • 68. Project Blitz Bills

    Listen to 68. Project Blitz Bills This special episode features testimony by Word&Way Editor & President Brian Kaylor before the Missouri House of Representatives Elementary and Secondary Education Committee. The hearing featured debate over a proposed bill to mandate public schools post "In God We Trust" in a prominent location. This episode also features updates on another bill encouraging a "Bible literacy" course in…

Baptist

ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter plans to teach Sunday School this weekend just days after undergoing surgery for a broken hip, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

CUMMING, Ga. (BP) -- Jim Burton, 63, Southern Baptist international photojournalist and storyteller and Baptist Press contributor, died on May 10 after living with ALS for six years.

FORT WORTH, Texas (RNS) — Stained glass is fragile. So, too, are the fortunes of a stained glass artist. Don Young and his wife, Debora, were reminded of that lesson last month with the abrupt cancellation of a lucrative, once-in-a-lifetime commission.

Nation

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.

The Sunderland Foundation has provided a $5 million lead gift for construction of a new Center for Sports and Fitness at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo.

World

ABUJA, Nigeria (BP) -- Escalating violence that has killed thousands of Christians in Central Nigeria must be addressed by the international Christian community and a Nigerian government that has harassed victims, a global religious liberty coalition noted after its 2019 consultation in Abuja

(RNS) — A rash of attacks on churches in Burkina Faso is exposing the growing challenge of containing Islamist violence across Africa’s Sahel region.

At least 56 organizations and 103 individuals faced prosecution in 2018 under "anti-missionary" restrictions first imposed in 2016, according to Forum 18. Prosecutions have continued in 2019, including two Baptists punished for offering religious literature at a bus stop.

Faith & Culture

(RNS) — According to religious leaders, virtually no faith community has been spared violence. In response, faith leaders across the country are putting their heads together to help protect their congregations — and to do so, they’re increasingly crossing denominational lines.

Christian teens in the U.S. turn to their moms more than others when in need of guidance, advice or spiritual conversation, according to a Barna Group report published May 7.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking law Thursday (May 9) requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors to church authorities.

Media & Entertainment

(RNS) — While many people create religiously offensive works just to offend, the line between well-intentioned kitsch and bad taste can still be blurry.

CHICAGO (RNS) — The administration of Moody Bible Institute informed staff of The Moody Standard that, after 84 years, it it will close the newspaper, pointing to changing budget priorities.

(The Conversation) — April 30 was the 127th birthday of an artist whose name you probably don’t know, but his work may be the most widely distributed of the 20th century.

EDITOR’S PICKS

Editorials

On Mar. 13, more than 16 years in Missouri Baptist litigation came to an end. But if we rejoice in our “victories,” we miss the point that we all lost as we hurt the cause of Christ.

As with most theological topics, a wide diversity of opinions exists among Baptists on the nature of hell. In fact, Baptist theologians and preachers — much like church leaders in the first centuries after Jesus — have long been found

Last year, my wife and I saw the famous Leonard da Vinci mural “The Last Supper.” To be honest, I went because it seemed like something we should do while in Milan. But I was truly impressed by the mural.

Other Opinions

(RNS) — Several states have passed restrictive abortion bills this legislative session,. Could the passage of these laws ironically lead to a kind of cooperation between the traditional pro-choice and pro-life factions?

Chaos! Boxes everywhere. We wind our way through stacks of boxes to every destination in the house. We are moving. Land-wise the move is not distant, only about 100 miles. Work-wise however, the distance might as well be across the ocean.

Commentary

We have only a fraction of the heroic stories of the early days of the church. But the individuals we do know, reveal the leading of God's Spirit and the faithfulness of people like us.

As we study some of those who joined the Apostle Paul in his missionary journeys we find an interesting variety of people with a single devotion to Christ. Uniformity is found in their faith but not in their social standing

Acts is a book of adventure, telling the story of how the good news of Jesus Christ spread, all seen through the experiences of individuals like Saul and Silas.