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KHARKOV, Ukraine (BP) -- What compels Ukrainian believers to get up daily and kneel in the snow? Why is it so important to meet together when they could whisper a prayer from the warmth of their beds?

On Rosh Hashanah, my Conservative synagogue put out postcards addressed to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, protesting the Trump Administration's immigration policy and calling on her to support a "framework" of pro-immigrant policies. 

(WW) — Nationalism always leaves us more enslaved, not more free. This is true because tribalism always shrinks us — a smaller world, more selfish goals, deeper fears and more distrust of the other.

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  • 94. Stephen Reeves

    Listen to 94. Stephen Reeves Stephen Reeves, associate coordinator of partnerships & advocacy for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, talks with Word&Way Editor & President Brian Kaylor about faith-based advocacy. He also discusses key issues CBF advocacy focus on, as well as his background with other Baptist advocacy organizations.  (This episode is sponsored in part by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.)

  • 93. Francisco Litardo

    Listen to 93. Francisco Litardo Francisco Litardo, vice president for marketing and community engagement at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Shawnee, Kansas, talks with Word&Way Editor & President Brian Kaylor about his ministry of storytelling through photography and other forms of media. He also discusses his early childhood in Ecuador and a reporting trip to Bangladesh to visit a refugee camp for…

  • 92. Media Bias Forum

    Listen to 92. Media Bias Forum This episode features remarks by Word&Way Editor & President Brian Kaylor and other media leaders about media bias and racism. These comments occurred in August at the West Louisville Forum sponsored by Simmons College of Kentucky in Louisville, Kentucky.  (This episode is sponsored in part by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.)

  • 91. Curtis Freeman

    Listen to 91. Curtis Freeman Curtis Freeman, a research professor of theology and Baptist studies & director of the Baptist House of Studies at Duke Divinity School, talks with Word&Way Editor & President Brian Kaylor about the educational program at Duke Divinity. He also discusses the recent five-year dialogue between the Baptist World Alliance and the World Methodist Council, which he co-chaired and from which he helped produce a report…

Baptist

DALLAS (RNS) — During a two-day gathering on sexual abuse, Southern Baptist leaders wrestled with questions of procedure and accountability some say the denomination took far too long to address.

(AP) — Entangled in a multifaceted sex-abuse crisis, the Southern Baptist Convention is preparing to host a high-profile conference on the topic that has kindled skepticism even among some of the scheduled speakers.

"We don't want to just be recognized for this incident in our history," Wedgwood associate pastor Jeff Laster said. "We want to be recognized for the other good things we've done

Nation

(RNS) — More than 90 Christian leaders are calling for a National Day of Prayer this Sunday (Oct. 13) "for the truth to be revealed through the impeachment inquiry."

(RNS) — The Trump administration’s announcement that it would once again slash refugee admissions to the United States to unprecedented lows was met with outcry by refugee resettlement groups — many of which are faith-based.

The good news: Food insecurity in the U.S. declined in 2018 to pre-recession (2007) levels. The bad news: 11.1% of households (14.3 million) remained food insecure -- 13.9% among U.S. households with children.

World

KHARKOV, Ukraine (BP) -- What compels Ukrainian believers to get up daily and kneel in the snow? Why is it so important to meet together when they could whisper a prayer from the warmth of their beds?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Two years in filthy Turkish prisons reaped for pastor Andrew Brunson a spiritual "hunger, desperation and running after God" that he hasn't felt since his release.

FREEPORT, Bahamas (BP) -- After three days surveying the damage from Hurricane Dorian, an eight-member team of Southern Baptists returned to the United States with a keen appreciation of the Bahamian people and a commitment to partner with Baptist churches there.

Faith & Culture

(RNS) — As in politics, the entertainment industry, science and elsewhere, the world of Christianity is reassessing how to describe sexual misconduct, with an eye to owning up to the seriousness of abuse that was once dismissed as innocent or covered up.

(RNS) — Perched on his mat in the back corner of the room, Adam Park performed a series of yoga poses just like the others: Downward-facing dog, Warrior 1, Child’s pose. Unlike the others, the adjunct professor at St. Louis University was there mostly to observe and ask questions.

WASHINGTON (BP) -- As courts deliberate the legality of religious activity including prayer and Bible study in public schools, many teenagers participate in or witness religious activity on campus, according to the Pew Research Center.

Media & Entertainment

October is Clergy Appreciation Month. Here are 10 ways to show your pastor and other ministers that you value them during this month (or anytime).

(RNS) — The founder and CEO of Relevant magazine is “stepping away” from the evangelical Christian publication just days after several former staffers raised concerns about his past behavior, which they described as racially insensitive and toxic.

(RNS) — Cameron Strang, the founder and CEO of Relevant Media Group, found himself under attack from a host of former employees this week who accused him of behavior they said was racially insensitive and changed depending on his mood.

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Editorials

There’s a fascinating, oft - overlooked parable in Judges 9. It might be one of the most profound teachings about political power and who we trust to rule found in the scriptures.

When Zacchaeus met Jesus and recognized his sins, he did more than say a prayer. And a critical part of that story is the financial payments. But are we unwilling to let a Zacchaeus walk such a path of redemption?

We saw a prophetic example earlier this week at the United Nations. And like many of the Old Testament prophets, this modern one did not come from a prominent position of power. But God doesn’t usually speak through the powerful.

Other Opinions

On Rosh Hashanah, my Conservative synagogue put out postcards addressed to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, protesting the Trump Administration's immigration policy and calling on her to support a "framework" of pro-immigrant policies. 

(WW) — Nationalism always leaves us more enslaved, not more free. This is true because tribalism always shrinks us — a smaller world, more selfish goals, deeper fears and more distrust of the other.

Commentary

We look back at the days of Solomon and those who followed him as a time of selfish choices and spiritual ignorance among God's “chosen” people. But what about us? Are we really any different?

It is human nature to want God in a tangible form, to mark a place where we can sense God is present – something that connects us to God's promises.

Like Solomon we are aware of God's promises and his call for us to be a different kind of people who will love him and live out his grace. Will we trust God in these difficult times