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Early on Tuesday (Oct. 20), workers in the capital of Missouri removed the city’s lone Confederate monument after months of advocacy by community leaders that included Word&Way Editor Brian Kaylor.

The vast majority of U.S. Protestant churches say they are holding in-person services, but churchgoers have yet to attend in the numbers they did before the coronavirus pandemic struck.

Columnist Greg Mamula reflects on the encounter in Luke 8.26-39 between Jesus and a Garasene community that included a man overwhelmed by the constant presence of a Legion of demons.

Baptist

An accreditation body recently opened an inquiry into recent events at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri, after an alumnus filed a complaint. The Higher Learning Commission decided the complaint warranted review of the institution that finds itself embroiled in a two-year controversy.

LifeWay Christian Resources has reached an agreement to sell Ridgecrest Conference Center and Summer Camps to the Ridgecrest Foundation. The two groups plan to complete the transfer of the North Carolina property and ministries by the end of 2020.

After seven months without any coronavirus cases at its four residential communities across Missouri, The Baptist Home has seen nearly three dozen cases at its Chillicothe campus. Two residents of the home for the aging have died, while another 18 tested positive along with 14 staff members.

Nation

Early on Tuesday (Oct. 20), workers in the capital of Missouri removed the city’s lone Confederate monument after months of advocacy by community leaders that included Word&Way Editor Brian Kaylor.

As they head to the polls, nearly all religious Americans say the coronavirus is the most critical issue facing the country, a new study by PRRI shows. But there’s one notable exception: White evangelicals.

Statues of Junipero Serra, the 18th-century Franciscan missionary who symbolizes to many an imperial conquest that enslaved Native Americans, were toppled in multiple California cities earlier this year. Now, many Indigenous leaders, artists, and activists across the state are contemplating what comes next.

World

A Baptist church was damaged by recent shelling in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh in Azerbaijan. The incident on Thursday (Oct. 8) adds to difficulties for the small Baptist community in the region.

Mexico’s president published an open letter to Pope Francis Saturday (Oct. 10) calling on the Roman Catholic Church to apologize for abuses of Indigenous peoples during the conquest of Mexico in the 1500s.

Armenia accused Azerbaijan on Thursday of shelling a historic cathedral in the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, where nearly two weeks of heavy fighting has killed hundreds of people.

Faith & Culture

The vast majority of U.S. Protestant churches say they are holding in-person services, but churchgoers have yet to attend in the numbers they did before the coronavirus pandemic struck.

As many churches have begun meeting again in person for worship, some require members to wear masks during services. That’s great for helping prevent the spread of COVID-19, but the masks make it hard for a preacher to read the room.

Donald Trump seems to have joined himself with conspiracy theorists on the Christian right early in his political career. The rhetoric of conspiracy, now used by Trump, was already foundational for many prominent figures of the Christian right.

Scriptures in Pictures

Exodus 13:20-22 as seen in photos of a caravan of about 10,000 indigenous Colombians traveling to the capital of Cali to express to President Ivan Duque their grievances about violence and government neglect.

Amos 5:16, as seen in photos from the National COVID-19 Remembrance, outside of the White House on Oct. 4, 2020. There were 20,000 empty chairs, each representing 10 Americans who have died from COVID-19.

Joel 1:18-20, as seen in photos from recent wildfires in the western part of the United States — which is already the largest wildfire season in California’s history.

Editorials

Trustees for Southern Baptist Theological Seminary followed the request of SBTS President Al Mohler and voted against renaming buildings that honor the school’s enslaver founders. But while Mohler and SBTS insist names are important, they keep ignoring some names: those

Editor Brian Kaylor looks at the recent litigation filed by LifeWay Christian Resources and asks how they could have decided to take such an action. The sad case is yet another example of Christians hurting our witness with lawsuits.

Editor Brian Kaylor reflects on his son doing school at home this year due to coronavirus, and what this says about our society, our values, and some our politicians and preachers.

W&W Voices

Columnist Greg Mamula reflects on the encounter in Luke 8.26-39 between Jesus and a Garasene community that included a man overwhelmed by the constant presence of a Legion of demons.

We live in a society of convenience and comfort that is unlike any society before us anywhere. So, to tell that unvarnished truth often doesn’t fit in with our lives of incredible comfort, affluence, and ease.

Reflecting on a past experience, contemporary science, and biblical teachings, columnist Wade Paris writes about why we lie and, more importantly, why we should tell the truth.

Other Opinions

Private decisions almost always have public consequences, so we debate these questions online and in the public square. We lob our opinions at one another, convinced that our team has the right answers. In the middle of the chaos, I

Political disagreement among Christians is as old as the church itself, and I don’t expect us all to agree on every issue. But whether we are liberal or conservative, the continuity of democracy and peaceful transfer of power is safer

There is a significant difference between martyrdom and heroism. Heroes are celebrated for what they achieve, while martyrs are commemorated for what they symbolize.

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