As a young athlete, Anthony Allen set his sights on winning the Mr. Spartan trophy, an award given by his junior high school to a three-sport athlete who excelled in competition. Now? “If that’s all there is to life, life can be pretty disappointing.”
Truth telling is not easy. Just ask the Old Testament prophets.
Threatened, beaten, chained, put into stocks, imprisoned in cells and cisterns, threatened with death, killed — “Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute?” Stephen asked the Sanhedrin right before they stoned him.
“Free speech is under assault in America,” the president of the National Religious Broadcasters recently declared in a Washington, D.C. press conference, "And this is happening on the internet.”
LAS VEGAS (BP) -- Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., and Denver were named America's loneliest cities in a recent study, but pastors in those cities are not surprised. They say the transient nature of modern life, along with selfishness and technology contribute to people feeling alone despite being surrounded by people.
JERUSALEM (RNS) - An ethereal city graced with sunlight so bright it turns the white stone skyline gold at sunset, Jerusalem is also an earthbound city whose teachers must be paid and whose garbage must be collected.
PIPPA PASSES, Ky. (BP) -- At a time when the tenures of most pastors is measured in single digits, Lawrence Baldridge is an anomaly, having served Caney Baptist Church in the heart of Appalachia for 54 years.
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — A move by Rwanda to shut down more than 700 churches in its capital city, allegedly for building safety, hygiene and noise violations, is prompting accusations that the government of President Paul Kagame is trampling on religious freedom.
One of my favorite movies of 2016 was a science fiction film called “Arrival.” The movie follows a linguist and a physicist who are brought in by the U.S. military after alien ships appear on multiple continents around the globe.
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) – It didn’t bring home an Oscar this week, but a film nominated for one is helping to spread a message that many Africans said is too rarely heard: that people from different religious groups on the continent can be each other’s heroes.
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS)—Building on the highly successful Los Angeles Space for Grace national gathering in 2015, American Baptist Home Mission Societies will sponsor Space for Grace 2018: “Thy Will Be Done,” Nov. 14-16, 2018, in Philadelphia, featuring author and theologian Walter Brueggemann as keynote presenter.
The Baptist Home is involved in helping in the creation and strengthening of care for the aging, including overseas. In Feb. 2017, representatives of The Baptist Home Foundation worked alongside Nicaraguan leaders to develop strategic plans.