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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — At least 207 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in eight bomb blasts that rocked churches and luxury hotels in or near Sri Lanka's capital on Easter Sunday.

(RNS) — On Friday (April 19), the hashtag #PrayForRHE appeared on Twitter, forming a prayer chain for popular writer and speaker Rachel Held Evans, as news spread she has been hospitalized and in a medically-induced coma.

(RNS) — In a growing tradition, churches across the country are hosting Good Friday services that feature seven African-American female preachers, expounding on the last seven phrases uttered by Jesus before his crucifixion.

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  • 64. Bob Terry

    Listen to 64. Bob Terry Bob Terry, former Word&Way Editor & longtime Baptist journalist, talks with Word&Way Editor & President Brian Kaylor during a meeting of the Baptist World Alliance. He reflects on his time at Word&Way and what he learned over 50 years as a Baptist journalist. He also talks about what he thinks should unite Baptists. (This episode is sponsored in…

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    Listen to 62. Jules Casseus Jules Casseus, former president of North Haiti Christian University, talks with Word&Way Editor & President Brian Kaylor during a meeting of the Baptist World Alliance. He discusses life in Haiti and the work of NHCU. He also talks about the importance of a holistic gospel and social Christian ethics.  (This episode is sponsored in part by  Churchnet and the…

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    Listen to 61. Pam Durso Pam Durso, executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry, talks with Word&Way Editor & President Brian Kaylor. She discusses the work of BWIM and her background as a historian. She also talks about BWIM's resources on sexual abuse in churches and why churches need to address the topic.  (This episode is sponsored in part by the Cooperative Baptist…

Baptist

CINCINNATI (BP) -- Prayers for William Burton, a Little Leaguer who wasn't given much chance to live after a cardiac arrest at practice, are coming from everywhere. He is now seen as a miracle -- and maybe even a little bit of a celebrity -- because of his amazing recovery thus far.

In April, Word&Way received 21 awards — including ones for top overall local/regional magazine and top overall podcast — from three religious communication organizations honoring excellence in religious journalism in 2018.

(RNS) — Throughout Christian history, churches and cathedrals have used the medium of stained glass to tell the stories. With no fanfare, and to the secret relief of many, chapel windows of Paige Patterson and Paul Pressler came down last week.

Nation

(RNS) — State Sen. Charles Perry recently stood on the floor of the Texas Senate in Austin defending a bill that would let state license holders assert their religious beliefs when providing — or denying — certain services.

LINCOLN, Neb. (RNS) — In the days following major midwestern floods this spring, people of faith prayed for their neighbors and got busy lending a hand. They also turned to their beliefs to make sense of the disaster.

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (BP) -- So much more -- that's what the March 3 tornadoes were to Rusty Sowell. So much more than he ever could've fathomed.

World

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — At least 207 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in eight bomb blasts that rocked churches and luxury hotels in or near Sri Lanka's capital on Easter Sunday.

According to a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report, more than three-quarters of pre-primary-age children are not enrolled in pre-primary education programs in lower-income nations.

(RNS) — The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was engulfed in flames on Monday (April 15). What is its history, its significance and how have cathedrals like it recovered from disaster?

Faith & Culture

(RNS) — In a growing tradition, churches across the country are hosting Good Friday services that feature seven African-American female preachers, expounding on the last seven phrases uttered by Jesus before his crucifixion.

(RNS) — A new Gallup report found that only half of Americans say they belong to a church or other religious body, down from 69% two decades earlier.

On the Saturday before that first Easter, the Savior that the disciples had left everything to follow was dead. Perhaps on that day the disciples were just left wondering: Where is God?

Media & Entertainment

(RNS) — On Friday (April 19), the hashtag #PrayForRHE appeared on Twitter, forming a prayer chain for popular writer and speaker Rachel Held Evans, as news spread she has been hospitalized and in a medically-induced coma.

(RNS) — “Breakthrough” dramatizes the true story of Joyce Smith, whose 14-year-old son, John, despite spending more than 15 minutes underwater on a frozen Missouri lake in 2015, walked out of the hospital on his own three weeks later.

Not only is the word of God sharper than any two-edged sword, but pretty fireproof as well. But they do wear out. Then what?

EDITOR’S PICKS

Editorials

As with most theological topics, a wide diversity of opinions exists among Baptists on the nature of hell. In fact, Baptist theologians and preachers — much like church leaders in the first centuries after Jesus — have long been found

Last year, my wife and I saw the famous Leonard da Vinci mural “The Last Supper.” To be honest, I went because it seemed like something we should do while in Milan. But I was truly impressed by the mural.

There’s a humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and its dictator “won” an unfair election last year to hold power. But if the recent past in Latin America — and elsewhere — teaches us anything, it’s that military invasions and coups destabilize

Other Opinions

(The Conversation) — Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg says that “Christian faith” can lead one “in a progressive direction.” A century ago these types of views flourished in the Midwest.

(RNS) — As fire devastates the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, the building is as much a symbol of the recent history of the Catholic Church in Europe as it once was a symbol of the Church’s power and cultural supremacy.

Commentary

“If only I had been there when Jesus surprised his disciples after the cross,” we say, “because that would be the ultimate motivation to change the world.” Let's think about that.

Without newspapers and bookstores, the first century populace depended on verbal stories. We have the story of Jesus recorded by four different gospels, each one telling the truth of God’s grace in their own voice, which offers us a broader

It is an American tradition to watch the impressive Macy's Thanksgiving Parade with all those giant balloons, floats, marching bands from across the nation, along with the stars of the show, Santa and Mrs. Claus. Who doesn't like a parade?