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A group of Apache peoples and other Native American and non-Native supporters has filed an emergency motion to stop the U.S. government from transferring an Apache sacred site in Arizona to a mining company in the next two weeks.

Columnist Christopher Dixon writes that it’s time to make some shifts in the Southern Baptist Convention. It’s time to elect someone to head up the SBC who is interested in scriptural accuracy when it comes to race relations; someone who is interested in leading with the heart of Christ over any other motivation.

After 3 1/2 years living inside a Missouri church to avoid deportation, Honduran immigrant Alex Garcia finally stepped outside Wednesday (Feb. 24), following a promise from President Joe Biden's administration to let him be.

While defending Southern Baptist pastors who called Vice President Kamala Harris a ‘Jezebel,’ Southern Baptist pastor Tom Ascol declared Harris

Baptist

Now that former President Jimmy Carter and his wife are vaccinated against COVID-19, they have returned to one of their favorite things: church. Maranatha Baptist Church in tiny Plains, Georgia, announced on its Facebook page Wednesday that the Carters were again attending worship in person.

Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear called out fellow Baptists who he said were sowing dissension and lies in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination at the meeting of the SBC’s Executive Committee on Monday. 

Divisions over race, politics, gender, and LGBTQ issues are roiling America’s largest Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, ahead of a meeting of its executive committee next week.

Nation

A group of Apache peoples and other Native American and non-Native supporters has filed an emergency motion to stop the U.S. government from transferring an Apache sacred site in Arizona to a mining company in the next two weeks.

After 3 1/2 years living inside a Missouri church to avoid deportation, Honduran immigrant Alex Garcia finally stepped outside Wednesday (Feb. 24), following a promise from President Joe Biden's administration to let him be.

As controversy continues after some prominent Southern Baptist pastors called U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris a “Jezebel” or said she was “going to hell,” new research shows that Harris and other women of color remain top targets for online attacks.

World

President Mahmoud Abbas has guaranteed that at least seven seats of a new legislative council will go to Christians in the elections in the occupied territories to be held May 22. The measure would give Christians an outsized representation on the council.

Tanzania’s COVID-denying president is calling on citizens for three days of prayer to defeat unnamed “respiratory diseases” amid warnings that the country is seeing a deadly resurgence in infections.

Fighting in Tigray, a semi-autonomous state in northern Ethiopia, resulted in massacres at ancient religious sites as the country’s military battled the forces of the ruling party in the state, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front.

Faith & Culture

Most churches have found a way to continue meeting despite the ongoing pandemic, but fewer met in person in January as COVID-19 cases spiked across the country. A new study from Nashville-based Lifeway Research found 76% of U.S. Protestant pastors say their churches met in person in January.

As states continue with the initial rollout of vaccines for COVID-19, the availability for pastors depends on their location as well as the definition of “essential.” Clergy are already eligible in some states, but not in others.

There are filters that blur “imperfections” in photos and filters that turn lawyers into cats on Zoom. Now there’s a filter to help Christians safely display the very visible Ash Wednesday mark on social media.

Scriptures in Pictures

Some argue in the U.S. Senate that words are just words. But James taught otherwise. The events of Jan. 6 can be seen as an enactment of the warning in James 3:5-6.

The parable of the trees by Jotham in Judges 9, as seen in photos of a pro-Trump mob attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 in an effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

The biblical writer Matthew quotes words from the prophet Jeremiah in the Christmas story. This Christmas, that contrast of death and hope can also be seen with the coronavirus pandemic during this season.

Editorials

Editor Brian Kaylor reacts to comments by Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear, who on Monday attacked those in Southern Baptist life spreading “misunderstandings, distortion, and often outright lies.”

Editor Brian Kaylor reflects on the deaths of two individuals he listened to as a teenager: Christian singer Carman and talk radio show host Rush Limbaugh. And Kaylor considers what those formative voices mean for him today.

Editor Brian Kaylor reflects on the second impeachment of Donald Trump, the role of religion in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, and biblical stories of Moses and Jesus that offer a different path.

W&W Voices

Columnist Christopher Dixon writes that it’s time to make some shifts in the Southern Baptist Convention. It’s time to elect someone to head up the SBC who is interested in scriptural accuracy when it comes to race relations; someone who

Columnist Terrell Carter writes that not all of us are called or able to be on the frontlines of service for God’s kingdom, but that does not stop us from being able to make a significant contribution in our own

Columnist Ken Satterfield offers lessons from a surprise moment on Super Bowl Sunday as Stephen Colbert produced a big ad for a struggling local bookstore in North Carolina. What can churches and others learn from this moment?

Other Opinions

Since the attack on the U.S. Capitol, the term “Christian Nationalism” is showing signs of becoming an all-purpose condemnation of any effort to integrate Christian beliefs with civic engagement, even perfectly peaceful ones. So what is Christian Nationalism, and what

Amanda Tyler of BJC writes that what Jeep’s Super Bowl ad misses is that both nostalgic Christian Nationalism and violent Christian Nationalism are harmful and divisive.

Karen Swallow Prior writes to explain why she’s still here. Still in the church. Still part of the bride — even if the reality of life in the church hasn’t quite met up to her youthful idealism.

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