On the campus of the Council of Baptist Churches in North East India (a regional Baptist body) in the city of Guwahati, tall trees reach up toward the heavens. American Baptist missionaries planted some of those before turning over the work over to nationals in 1950. Like those trees, the roots of the work established by missionaries continue to grow and produce fruit today.
A.K. Lama is the former general secretary of the Council of Baptist Churches in North East India. Now, he leads Transforming Leaders in Asia Ministries, an organization he started to train pastors in the region and beyond. Word&Way Editor Brian Kaylor interviewed Lama in Umran, India, during a TLA training conference at which they both taught.
When Mike Parson places his hand on a Bible to take the oath of office on Friday, the Baptist layman will become Missouri’s 57th governor. He will be Missouri’s first Baptist to live in the Governor’s Mansion since Republican Matt Blunt left office in January of 2009. A member of First Baptist Church in Bolivar, Mo., he talked about the impact of his faith on his politics in a Word&Way interview last year shortly after he started as lieutenant governor.
Jeremy Bell, a Canadian Baptist leader, is the general secretary of the North American Baptist Fellowship, a regional body of the Baptist World Alliance. Word&Way Editor Brian Kaylor interviewed Bell as they traveled together on April 20.
Elijah Brown, originally from Texas, started in January as the ninth general secretary of the Baptist World Alliance. Word&Way Editor Brian Kaylor sat down with Brown in March in the BWA offices in Falls Church, Va.
(RNS) — A group of religious leaders is condemning a Missouri bill to permit people to carry concealed firearms in church without permission from clergy, with St. Louis’ Catholic archbishop threatening to sue if the bill is signed into law.
The bill would “broaden Second Amendment rights at the expense of the First Amendment right of religious liberty,” said Archbishop Robert J. Carlson.
Visitors to Southwest Baptist University can now see about 50 artifacts unearthed in Israel, Jordan and Syria. The free exhibit, “Khirbet el-Maqatir — A Journey through Biblical History,” will run through Dec. 8.