Home - Word&Way

Featured

A congregation seeking justice for the tortured and the torturers have had their prayer answered by an unlikely source: Hollywood, writes Seth Kaper-Dale.

(RNS) — A proposed new rule could allow over $30 billion in Department of Health and Human Services grants to flow to organizations that openly refuse to serve people of faith, women and LGBTQ people. The administration claims that this rule only applies to child welfare agencies. And yet, the reality is far worse.

(RNS) — A newly discovered letter from one former prominent leader of the Southern Baptist Convention to another reveals a depth of mistrust and suspicion toward the denomination's first black president.

Your Opinion

November poll: How does your church minister to the homeless in your community? (can choose more than one)
8 votes

  • 99. Trennis & Pam Henderson

    Listen to 99. Trennis & Pam Henderson Trennis and Pam Henderson, national correspondents for the Woman's Missionary Union of the Southern Baptist Convention, talks with Word&Way Editor & President Brian Kaylor about traveling around the country in an RV to report on Baptist ministries. They also discuss the importance of Baptist journalism and telling stories of God at work. (This episode is…

  • 98. Pau Khan Khai

    Listen to 98. Pau Khan Khai Pau Khan Khai, general secretary for Zomi Baptist Churches of America, talks with Word&Way Editor & President Brian Kaylor about the Zomi people and Myanmar. He also discusses the experience of immigrating to the U.S. and ministering in both the U.S. and Myanmar. This interview was recorded at the annual gathering of the North American Baptist Fellowship.  (This…

  • 97. Rob Ogilvie

    Listen to 97. Rob Ogilvie Rob Ogilvie, executive minister for Canadian Baptists of Western Canada, talks with Word&Way Editor & President Brian Kaylor about ministry in western Canada. He also discusses ministry with immigrants and dialoguing with people who hold different opinions. This interview was recorded at the annual gathering of the North American Baptist Fellowship.  (This episode is sponsored in part by…

  • 96. Trisha Miller Manarin

    Listen to 96. Trisha Miller Manarin Trisha Miller Manarin, executive coordinator for Mid-Atlantic Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, talks with Word&Way Editor & President Brian Kaylor about ministry in the U.S. and globally in her roles with MACBF, the John Leland Center for Theological Studies, and the Baptist World Alliance. She also discusses a recent conference on women in ministry. This interview was recorded at…

Baptist

(RNS) — A newly discovered letter from one former prominent leader of the Southern Baptist Convention to another reveals a depth of mistrust and suspicion toward the denomination's first black president.

SHAWNEE, Okla. (BP) -- The Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) board of trustees voted Friday (Nov. 8) to elect Heath Thomas as the university's 16th president during its fall meeting on the OBU campus in Shawnee.

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS) — The Board of General Ministries voted to approve the nomination of Rev. Dr. C. Jeff Woods as Acting General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA). Woods brings a wealth of church and denominational experience to the role.

Nation

Around 34 million adults in the United States know someone who has died in the past five years as a result of not having funds to pay for treatment, according to a Gallup report published Nov. 12.

(RNS) — Last month, Hope Covenant Church opened the first homeless shelter in Chicago’s affluent suburban Village of Orland Park. It is open every Tuesday until April — unless a lawsuit by The Village of Orland Park succeeds in closing it down.

(RNS) — The Trump administration is proposing a new rule that would allow adoption, foster care agencies, and other social service providers receiving taxpayer funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to refuse to serve people based on religion, sexual orientation and gender identity. 

World

A majority of the children living in low- and middle-income nations are experiencing “learning poverty,” according to a World Bank report published Oct. 17.

SYRIA, (BP) -- The Islamic State (ISIS) is claiming responsibility for two attacks on Christians in northeast Syria that killed nine and wounded 71, as Christians continue to flee villages just outside a proposed safe zone at the Syria-Turkey border.

In his address for World Day of the Poor 2019, Pope Francis said the inequalities and social imbalances described in the Bible are largely unchanged today.

Faith & Culture

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Emmanuel Perez was about 15 years old when he decided the Catholic faith was not for him. He is representative of a shift over the last decade where the percentage of Latinos who identify as Catholic, has dropper 10%..

AUSTIN, Texas (BP) -- A network of Christian women's health centers in Texas offering the Gospel to all clients will begin providing contraceptives in March, 2020, to single women, according to the network's CEO, a Southern Baptist evangelical.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — After nine people belonging to a Mormon offshoot community were killed in Mexico this week, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a short statement expressing sympathy for the victims while clarifying that they didn't belong to the mainstream church.

Media & Entertainment

A congregation seeking justice for the tortured and the torturers have had their prayer answered by an unlikely source: Hollywood, writes Seth Kaper-Dale.

(RNS) — A rare medieval Pentateuch manuscript that had been in private collections for years will go on display Friday (Nov. 8) at the Museum of the Bible.

(RNS) — John Crist’s upcoming Netflix holiday special is on hold and the remainder of his current tour canceled after allegations the popular comedian has used his celebrity status and Christian reputation to sexually harass women.

EDITOR’S PICKS

Editorials

We celebrate many early Baptist giants. Thomas Helwys. Roger Williams. John Leland. Adoniram and Anne Judson. Luther Rice. But there’s one we generally don’t know: Jack.

Throughout much of the book of Judges a consistent pattern emerges: the Israelites disobey God, find themselves oppressed for many years, a judge arises to bring peace for a few decades, and then they start the cycle all over.

Over the weekend, U.S. Special Operations forces trapped terrorist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who then killed himself with a suicide blast. The world is safer with al-Baghdadi no longer planning terrorist activities. But that doesn’t mean we should cheer his

Other Opinions

(RNS) — A proposed new rule could allow over $30 billion in Department of Health and Human Services grants to flow to organizations that openly refuse to serve people of faith, women and LGBTQ people. The administration claims that this rule only applies to child welfare agencies. And yet, the reality is far worse.

(WW) In 2 Kings 2:1-14 we are provided with an example of how working closely with others through the leading of the Holy Spirit can make a season of transition or change bearable and honorable to those experiencing and participating in the change.

Commentary

We who describe ourselves as “God's sheep” should remember there is some “goat” in us all. Our calling is not to become superior to others but to be loving, like our Savior. That involves a lifetime of learning and growing.

The bottom line today is the same as in Isaiah and Daniel's day: will you trust God in this troubled world? The years in this world cannot compare to eternity. Dying with the most toys is not winning.

Job asks a lot of questions, endures the shallow judgments and worn platitudes of his contemporaries – and ends up discovering that God has more surprises and blessings than we can begin to understand!