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(The Conversation) — Over the last several months, the authors have surveyed Americans’ beliefs about dozens of high-profile political issues and discovered that many of the false stories weren’t trying to intentionally deceive readers; they came from satirical sites, and many people seemed to believe them.

You who are blessed to have grandchildren can use Grandparents’ Day as a day you share your Christian faith with your grandkids.

BUENA VISTA, Colo. (BP) -- The area outside Buena Vista, Colo., is one of the world's best whitewater destinations. Darting along the rushing water is "life" for Tommy and other self-proclaimed "river rats." Mountain Heights Baptist Church has been reaching out to river guides like Tommy for 25 years.

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BUENA VISTA, Colo. (BP) -- The area outside Buena Vista, Colo., is one of the world's best whitewater destinations. Darting along the rushing water is "life" for Tommy and other self-proclaimed "river rats." Mountain Heights Baptist Church has been reaching out to river guides like Tommy for 25 years.

EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) -- On a vacant lot at Slade's senior pastorate Meridian Baptist Church in El Cajon, Calif., a tiny cabin is being built as an emergency, secure shelter for homeless women and children.

MEMPHIS (BP)-- Ronnie Johnson, pastor of Miracle of Redemption Church, Memphis, has been shot four times and stabbed seven times. "Of course I shot other folks too," the former Gangster Disciples member said.

Nation

(RNS) — In the early 2000s, Jeff Sharlet responded to an invitation he thought would fit in a book he was writing about religion in America. Instead, he stumbled into the story of a lifetime, about a secretive Christian group whose membership has helped shaped our politics for more than 50 years.

JAMESTOWN, Va. (RNS) — Wearing a yellow headwrap, gray skirt and soiled apron, a woman who says she is “called by the name of Angela” stood by the James River and told her story, one of faith and courage, darkness and hope.

(RNS) — A bipartisan group of lawmakers has sent a letter to Trump administration officials calling on them not to reduce the refugee cap to zero.

World

Progress is insufficient to reach many food-related sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030, according to a report published July 18 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

HONG KONG (BP) -- A proposed extradition law sparking violent protests at Hong Kong's airport would make it easier for China to persecute Hong Kong Christians, who comprise about 10 percent of the residents.

(RNS) — After 183 years as a Roman Catholic nation, Bolivia officially became a secular country in 2009, when a new constitution dropped any mention of the historic faith of its Spanish colonial rulers, bolstering the position of its precolonial religions. The surprising winners in the transition to the new constitution: long-ignored evangelical Christians.

Faith & Culture

(RNS) — Decades after former Lutheran pastor Art Simon founded the Christian advocacy group Bread for the World, he refuses to give up on the goal of ending hunger in the U.S. and across the globe.

FORT WORTH, Texas (RNS) — Taste Community Restaurant, located in Fort Worth’s trendy Near Southside, hit Yelp’s “Top 100 Places to Eat for 2019” list earlier this year. It's also a nonprofit, pay-what-you-can, faith-based endeavor.

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Bibles and religious literature currently are no longer subject to the upcoming 10 percent tariff hike set to be imposed on goods imported from China beginning Sept. 1.

Media & Entertainment

No one likes to make a bad choice, so we hunt for quality options and the best bargains. However, there are others that prefer you to make their choice, rather than the best one.

ALBANY, Ga. (BP) -- Alex and Stephen Kendrick don't judge the success of their movies solely on box-office numbers or public relations victories. They judge success, Stephen Kendrick said, by a movie's spiritual impact.

(RNS) — A daredevil operation by Israel's secret service to rescue more than 8,000 Ethiopian Jews from Sudanese refugee camps in the early 1980s has become “The Red Sea Diving Resort" on Netflix.

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Editorials

We are a nation led by people crossing by on the other side of the road. As Jesus explained what it means to “love your neighbor as yourself,” he told a parable in Luke 10 about a man beaten and left

To experience the Bahamas -- where this year's Baptist World Alliance annual meeting was held -- means more than just hanging out on the beach. This is a country, after all, where income inequality means most citizens can’t afford to

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

Other Opinions

(The Conversation) — Over the last several months, the authors have surveyed Americans’ beliefs about dozens of high-profile political issues and discovered that many of the false stories weren’t trying to intentionally deceive readers; they came from satirical sites, and many people seemed to believe them.

You who are blessed to have grandchildren can use Grandparents’ Day as a day you share your Christian faith with your grandkids.

Commentary

However you choose to describe the writer of Ecclesiastes – preacher, sage, ethicist, philosopher – he is definitely a realist. He acknowledges the facts of life, but he trusts God without demanding answers to all his questions.

The “wisdom” of Proverbs is not clever sayings, but a call to obviously different values and actions. Faith in God is never a road to success, but a lifestyle of generosity and compassion based on God's grace.

Proverbs is not a spiritual Dale Carnegie success book. It confronts the topics of evil, spiritual maturity, suffering, life's meaning, and the way to be God's kind of person in a complex world.