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(RNS) — The sale of a 230-year-old letter in which America’s first president speaks of “Providence” guiding the fledgling republic’s affairs has rekindled interest in how George Washington saw religion.

With more people leaving the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints than in past generations, it seems everyone has an explanation for why this is happening. But many of these explanations don’t hold water statistically,

(RNS) — An online directory of Southern Baptist ministers included at least five names that are also included in a new database of convicted sex offenders with Southern Baptist ties compiled in an investigation by two Texas newspapers.

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  • 53. David Rowley

    Listen to 53. David Rowley David Rowley, secrétaire général (secretary general) of the Union d'Églises Baptistes Francophones du Canada (Union of French Baptist Churches of Canada), talks with Word&Way Editor & President Brian Kaylor at a meeting of the North American Baptist Fellowship in Orlando, Fla. He discusses the work of French Baptists in Canada, the ministry context of Québec, and perceptions of evangelicals…

  • 52. Samuel Tolbert

    Listen to 52. Samuel Tolbert Samuel Tolbert, president of the National Baptist Convention of America, talks with Word&Way Editor & President Brian Kaylor at a meeting of the North American Baptist Fellowship in Orlando, Fla. He discusses the work of NBCA, his 35-year tenure as pastor at his home church, and the importance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He also talks about the…

  • 51. Suzii Paynter

    Listen to 51. Suzii Paynter Suzii Paynter, retiring executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, talks with Word&Way Editor & President Brian Kaylor at a meeting of the North American Baptist Fellowship in Orlando. She discusses her work at CBF, the call to Christian advocacy, and her future plans. She also talks about the "Angela Project" gathering that will be held June 19…

  • 50. Jeremy Bell

    Listen to 50. Jeremy Bell Jeremy Bell, general secretary of the North American Baptist Fellowship, talks with Word&Way Editor & President Brian Kaylor. He discusses attending a session in December at the Vatican as Baptists and Catholics from around the world gathered for dialogue. He also talks about visiting a Baptist church in Italy and briefly meeting Pope Francis.  (This episode is presented…

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(RNS) — An online directory of Southern Baptist ministers included at least five names that are also included in a new database of convicted sex offenders with Southern Baptist ties compiled in an investigation by two Texas newspapers.

One in 10 children will experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday. It is everyone’s Christian duty to immediately report any knowledge or suspicion of abuse or neglect whether, one falls in the legal category of a mandated reporter or not.

BOLIVAR, Mo. — As chair of Southwest Baptist University’s Peer Assessment Committee to discuss faith, learning and orthodoxy created in December, David Dockery has named five additional members of the committee in a Feb. 13 release by the school. The committee is part of a strategic process launched in the fall by SBC President Eric A. Turner.

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(RNS) — The sale of a 230-year-old letter in which America’s first president speaks of “Providence” guiding the fledgling republic’s affairs has rekindled interest in how George Washington saw religion.

WASHINGTON (RNS) — President Trump began his remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast by renewing his commitment to the religious conservatives who helped lift him into office.

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Religious leaders and people of faith offered mixed reactions to President Trump’s Statue of the Union address Tuesday evening (Feb. 5), which was billed as a unifying message but which some say maintains a polarized status quo in Washington.

World

MOSCOW (RNS) —  A Russian court has sentenced a Danish member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses to six years on extremism charges in a case that has triggered widespread international criticism. A human rights organization warned that the imprisonment of Christensen could trigger a “wave” of arrests of members of other minority religious groups.

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — The government of the Central African Republic and 14 rebel groups signed a peace agreement Wednesday (Feb. 6), raising hope for an end to one of Africa’s bloody and complex conflicts.

JERUSALEM (RNS) — When pieces of ancient pottery and never-before-seen scroll fragments began making their way to the antiquities black market a few years ago, archaeologists suspected that looters had found a new cache of Dead Sea Scrolls.

Faith & Culture

With more people leaving the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints than in past generations, it seems everyone has an explanation for why this is happening. But many of these explanations don’t hold water statistically,

Perceptions of the public’s views on evolution are most certainly impacted by the presentation of poll questions, according, according to a Pew Research Center report.

If you’re in a spiritual crisis, you go to your minister or rabbi. If you have psychological concerns, you might seek out a therapist. But what to do if you don’t quite know where you fit into this world and you’re tired of carrying that burden alone?

Media & Entertainment

WASHINGTON (BP) -- National Religious Broadcasters President Jerry Johnson has resigned, NRB announced Feb. 13.

MESA, Ariz. (BP) -- Everyone craves connections -- a truth that Living Stone Community Church has embraced by using Facebook to minister to their community.

Addressing the volume of electrical and electronic waste (“e-waste”) is essential to working toward a sustainable future as it has become “the fastest-growing waste stream in the world,” according to a report published by the World Economic Forum on Jan. 24.

Editorials

As of press time, the U.S. government was reopening after the longest shutdown ever. Although I don’t work for the government, I was surprised how many times the shutdown impacted me.

As we ponder the story of Jesus' baptism, experts in Israel work to remove thousands of landmines from the area near the River Jordan and the traditional baptism site of Jesus. That’s right: One of the holiest sites remains surrounded

Built around the same time as the birth of Jesus, the magnificent Tropaeum Alpium celebrated the victory of Caesar Augustus over the tribes in the Alpine region a decade earlier. Near the same time Augustus built the monument celebrating his military,

Other Opinions

What would a yearbook audit of today’s prominent Christian leaders reveal? Governor Northam’s incident with racist tropes provides Christians with the opportunity to self-audit for incidents of racism.

In a blog post I published just over a year ago, I wrote these words: ‘Bad theology can make people kill each other’. Nothing I have seen or read since then has made me change my mind.

(The Conversation) Among the many decision-making methods for life’s big decisions, one that stands out is from an early 16th-century soldier-turned-mystic, St. Ignatius of Loyola, who uses the language of faith.

Commentary

How often have you, when faced with sadness or challenges, turned to Leviticus for inspiration and encouragement? When reading the Bible through in a year, did you get more excited about Leviticus than any other book?

I grew up in a family where it was a rule that you ate what was on your plate. Rules can vex a strong-willed child, but I understood that a rule was firm until the day we had liver.

History focuses on the tragedies and heroic events of people as they struggle against armies, vanquish ruthless oppressors and build empires. The story of Israel is not shaped by military and political success, but by the steadfast love of God