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(RNS) — The space program used technology to advance the cause of the human race. We should hold our technology today up to the test of whether it inspires society toward wonder, hope and courage or increases fear and insecurity about our shared future.

(RNS) — Neil Armstrong's words as he first stepped onto the surface of the moon — “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" — are some of the most memorable in history. But seven months earlier, the astronauts aboard NASA’s first manned mission to orbit the moon, Apollo 8, were at a loss for words.

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Trump administration officials announced a new alliance with U.S. partners focused on religious freedom and new sanctions against foreign military officials supporting countries the U.S. considers to be instigators of religious persecution.

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African-American novelist and playwright James Baldwin said, “History is not the past. It is the present. We carry our history with us. We are our history. If we pretend otherwise, we literally are criminals.”

Verna South, 95, died on July 14 in North Little Rock, Ark. Married to former Missouri Baptist Convention Executive Director Rheubin L. South, she was the consummate “First Lady” of their Southern Baptist work.

KILLEN, Ala. (BP) -- Pastor Ronny Jones will never forget the day a flatbed tractor-trailer truck crashed into the side of First Baptist Church Center Star, in Killen, Ala. The sanctuary was a total loss.

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP) -- The devastation from Hurricane Barry was less than anticipated in Louisiana based on forecasts, but for those who sustained damage it does not lessen the impact they felt.

(RNS) — Waves of Baptist volunteers from across the Mid- and Southwest have flooded Texas in recent weeks to offer aid to the influx of largely Central American migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is preparing an initial response if the tropical system currently in the Gulf of Mexico develops into Hurricane Barry overnight on Friday (July 12), but floodwaters already have started to rise in New Orleans.

World

The number of countries with significant government restrictions on religious liberty declined slightly in 2017, yet levels remain well above those from a decade ago. And the number of nations with high levels of social hostility toward religion increased.

WASHINGTON (RNS) — China, Iran and other countries that the U.S. considers the most egregious religious liberty violators aren’t invited to the State Department’s second summit on religious freedom this week, said Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback.

NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS -- During the 2019 Annual Gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA), the General Council voted unanimously to approve the membership application of the Zomi Baptist Convention of Myanmar (ZBCM), making it the 240th member body within the 114-year-old organization.

Faith & Culture

(RNS) — Neil Armstrong's words as he first stepped onto the surface of the moon — “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" — are some of the most memorable in history. But seven months earlier, the astronauts aboard NASA’s first manned mission to orbit the moon,

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Trump administration officials announced a new alliance with U.S. partners focused on religious freedom and new sanctions against foreign military officials supporting countries the U.S. considers to be instigators of religious persecution.

(RNS) — Where humans go, faith seems to follow. It's no less true of NASA’s first manned mission to land on the moon. Here are five faith facts about the moon landing, which half a century later still inspires awe and wonder in people of all faiths and no faith.

Media & Entertainment

(RNS) — A growing number of Americans do not follow a religion. Yet, author David Zahl believes details of their lives are still ruled by some sort of a religious impulse.

(RNS) — Grammy Award-winning artist Michael W. Smith hopes to share the secrets of his success with students at Liberty University this coming fall. He'll be joined by Kevin Jonas, the father and original manager of the Jonas Brothers, the sibling rock trio.

WASHINGTON (BP) -- One is a former FBI agent, the other a longtime missionary. In their respective ways, they're intent on raising awareness of Christians facing persecution across the world.

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Editorials

Over the past few years, some Christians have reduced the concept of religious liberty to merely serve as a counter-value to the rights of LGBTQ persons. This misinterpretation of what religious liberty actually means hurts the historic freedom to practice

Finding the moral courage to be first can be difficult. We need more Deborahs, Jaels, and Jackies.

In the book The Last Week, Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan suggest that on that Palm Sunday there were actually two processions entering Jerusalem. "The two processions, they state, "embody the central conflict of the week that led

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(RNS) — The space program used technology to advance the cause of the human race. We should hold our technology today up to the test of whether it inspires society toward wonder, hope and courage or increases fear and insecurity about our shared future.

The early church had everything to lose because of their faith in what they believed God was doing through them and what God was calling them to do. But they never gave up.

Commentary

The portion of the Bible that includes Joshua, Judges, 1-2 Samuel, and 1-2 Kings was finalized and edited during the Babylonian exile, when Israel desperately needed to know their history and God's purpose for them as his people. Exile was

Joshua is an amazing testimony of how God worked in the lives of a people (Israel) who lived in a world that expected God to fit its ideas and deliver success. Sometimes it is a challenge to really see God

Today we look at the most famous story in the book called Joshua, which Cecil B. DeMille could have turned into a multimillion dollar hit movie. But this is so much more.