DALLAS (BP) -- Personal belongings are confiscated, and a participant is stripped of his or her individuality. They become a number. Government workers with stern faces instruct them to face forward. No talking.
During this refugee camp simulation, participants are to grab three items from buckets. They haven't been told why. No one tells them where they're going.
By Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service|
June 21, 2018
WASHINGTON (RNS) — To geneticist Francis Collins, a person’s DNA can be compared to the beauty of a Gothic cathedral’s rose window.
“I think that is a visual way to point out the beauty of what it is that God has given us as a creation,” Collins said as he stood below a screen at the National Press Club with two images side by side: the window of England’s York Minster and a view down the long axis of genetic material. “We ought not to miss that, even as we get excited about its practical consequences.”
When we read the book of Joshua, we typically focus on the physical land that the characters in the book are seeking to inhabit. I think we also learn through the book that God thinks openly and creatively as it relates to who can be in relationship with God and whom God chooses to use in the process of blessing God’s children.
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.
In May, I trekked to North East India on a trip in partnership between Word&Way, Future Leadership Foundation and Transforming Leaders in Asia Ministries. My first trip to India, I enjoyed meeting Baptists there and learning about their culture and ministry context. I also learned a bit about driving in India.
By Aaron Weaver and Carrie McGuffin|
June 19, 2018
DALLAS — “I don’t pretend that living into this oneness instead of sameness is easy business,” said Jerusha Neal, assistant professor of homiletics at Duke Divinity School, during the June 15 worship service at the 2018 General Assembly in Dallas.
NABI SALEH, West Bank (RNS) — Nabi Saleh is the last place one might expect to find a group of evangelical Christians, a demographic known in Israel–Palestine for its enthusiastic support for Israel. But on this hot spring day, two busloads of evangelicals, mostly American, sit sweating in a semicircle among the scraggly olive trees.
Eighty-three percent of U.S. inmates were arrested at least once within the nine years following their release from incarceration, according to a U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) report released on May 23.