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(RNS) — Martin Luther King Jr.'s mission to “redeem the soul of America” cannot be understood apart from his Christian convictions and his ability to eloquently articulate those convictions for a nation hobbled by segregation and structural racism.

The Missouri Baptist Convention in December regained control of the property and facilities of Windermere Baptist Conference Center in Roach, Missouri, after nearly 20 years of fighting for the campground. However, in its announcement of the purchase through a newly-formed shell company, the MBC lied about its role in the purchase.

(RNS) — For Heather Thompson Day, an associate professor of communication and rhetoric at Colorado Christian University, if she shares her love of Taylor Swift and Chick-fil-A with her children, why wouldn’t she also share her love of Jesus? A viral tweet over passing along our faith has generated discussion.

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The Missouri Baptist Convention in December regained control of the property and facilities of Windermere Baptist Conference Center in Roach, Missouri, after nearly 20 years of fighting for the campground. However, in its announcement of the purchase through a newly-formed shell company, the MBC lied about its role in the purchase.

LESOTHO (BP) -- IMB missionary Teresa Flora is praising God today for physical and spiritual transformation in the life of a family in Southern Africa.

In December 2019, Word&Way helped sponsor a communication and media training event in Venezuela as the first part of a partnership with Luminar Bautista (Baptist Light), the media arm of Convención Nacional Bautista de Venezuela (National Baptist Convention of Venezuela).

Nation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is considering dramatically expanding its much-litigated travel ban to additional countries amid a renewed election-year focus on immigration by President Donald Trump, according to six people familiar with the deliberations.

(RNS) — A federal judge in Maryland heard arguments Wednesday (Jan. 8) in a lawsuit by three faith-based organizations against the U.S. government over a recent executive order allowing state and local officials to block refugee resettlement.

YAUCO, Puerto Rico -- "People are still very scared," Jonathan Santiago said of residents in Puerto Rico who endured a 6.4 magnitude earthquake early Tuesday morning (Jan. 7). The ensuing aftershocks and tremors have been ongoing.

World

WASHINGTON (BP) -- The use of technology is advancing and strengthening Christian persecution, Open Doors CEO David Curry said Wednesday (Jan. 15) in releasing the ministry's 2020 World Watch List of the 50 countries where such persecution is most severe.

ORLANDO, Fla. (RNS) — Reinhard Bonnke, the German evangelist known as “The Billy Graham of Africa,” was lauded at a Saturday (Jan. 4) memorial service as “a giant and a general in the army of God.”

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi appeared at Coptic Christmas Eve Mass on Monday and praised the links between the country’s Christian and Muslim faithful, saying they have prevented the country from descending into sectarian strife like its neighbors.

Faith & Culture

(RNS) — For Heather Thompson Day, an associate professor of communication and rhetoric at Colorado Christian University, if she shares her love of Taylor Swift and Chick-fil-A with her children, why wouldn’t she also share her love of Jesus? A viral tweet over passing along our faith has generated discussion.

Nurses in the U.S. continue to receive high marks for honesty and ethics, according to a Gallup report published Jan. 6. Clergy perception improved three points to 40% from last year, placing them 10th in the list of 22 professions surveyed.

(RNS) — I do not, and will not ever, own a cat. Instead, I own a dog. In fact, as I type this, Lucy, my 7-pound Yorkshire terrier, is snoring next to me on my office chair. Why do I prefer dogs to cats? It could be because — along with being

Media & Entertainment

(RNS) — Martin Luther King Jr.'s mission to “redeem the soul of America” cannot be understood apart from his Christian convictions and his ability to eloquently articulate those convictions for a nation hobbled by segregation and structural racism.

BATON ROUGE, La. (BP) -- You probably won't see LSU's Michael Smith on the field in Monday's College Football Playoff National Championship game against Clemson. But that doesn't diminish the importance of his role on the team.

CARTERSVILLE, Georgia (BP) -- Their proximity to the University of Georgia -- about 100 miles away -- would naturally lend itself to Georgia football fandom. But for the members of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Cartersville, Ga., a transformation of sorts has taken place.

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Editorials

Across the country, state lawmakers recently returned to their chambers to pass important matters like putting up little signs in schools to magically make our society better. We should post this phrase everywhere and watch the miraculous transformation!

At the Christmas Eve service I attended recently, the Christ candle in the Advent wreath wouldn’t light. The pastor tried and tried. Eventually, as giggles worked their way down the crowded pews, he said everyone should just pretend it was

When my son was younger, he had a few verbal ticks where he would say one thing when he meant another. A common example of this verbal confusion pops up today as I frequently hear people say “political” when

Other Opinions

(RNS) — Religious liberty is already a treasured value in our nation’s public schools. So why are the president and White House staffers making inflammatory and misleading statements, claiming our constitutional rights are under attack?

Jeremiah 23:1-6 holds many similarities to Game of Thrones. Jeremiah’s context is filled with kingdoms that were at odds with each other, and political and military jockeying by multiple kings who either wanted power or were afraid of losing it.

Commentary

The Apostle Paul was very likely coming to the end of life when he wrote this letter, but his hope was undimmed as he encouraged a people he loved as though they were his children.  

Paul's letters to the church in Corinth are shaped by his humility, his deep love for Christ, and his deep concern for a people he knew well who were living in a city of importance, wealth, and notorious immorality.

Some modern commentators have questioned Paul's message before the Aeropagus as lacking or not strong enough. But it is Paul's knowledge of pagan beliefs, coupled with his thorough Jewish scholarship, that equipped him to present the gospel to some of