Uzbek Baptist jailed for handing out Christian leaflet

Handing a Christian leaflet to a stranger he passed on the street earned a Baptist in Uzbekistan 15 days in jail.

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State wants to proceed with Kelly Gissendaner execution

The Georgia Department of Corrections has decided to resume executions by lethal injection after determining there was nothing wrong with cloudy drugs that prompted delay of a woman on death row supported by clergy and death penalty opponents.

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Baptist in Kazakhstan faces jail

Baptist Nikolai Novikov refuses to pay a fine for handing out uncensored religious material, claiming the law he disobeyed is unjust.

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Pastors must model for others how to forge relationships between the races, Baptist ministers say. (iStock photo)
Pastors must model for others how to forge relationships between the races, Baptist ministers say. (iStock photo)

Pastors must help lead way to racial reconciliation, stop police violence, Baptist leaders say

Communities, even police, may not be able to understand how relationships between the races may solve local tensions, according to Baptist ministers who have participated in interracial dialogue.

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Ellen Jimmerson (center) explored the rhetoric of language and how neutral terminology can mask evil with Shonda Jones (left), associate dean at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, and WFU associate professor in communications Alessandra Von Burg. Jimmerson was presenting her documentary “The Second Cooler” to classes and groups at WFU. (BNG photo by Norman Jameson)
Ellen Jimmerson (center) explored the rhetoric of language and how neutral terminology can mask evil with Shonda Jones (left), associate dean at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, and WFU associate professor in communications Alessandra Von Burg. Jimmerson was presenting her documentary “The Second Cooler” to classes and groups at WFU. (BNG photo by Norman Jameson)

Film focuses on U.S. economic policies that cause Latin American poverty

Baptist minister Ellin Jimmerson’s “The Second Cooler” describes decimated farm economies in Mexico and Central America and lifeless U.S. textile towns.

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Body cameras can be only part of the solution to police violence, some ministers say. (Creative Commons photo by West Midlands Police)
Body cameras can be only part of the solution to police violence, some ministers say. (Creative Commons photo by West Midlands Police)

More than body cameras needed to stop police violence, Baptist clergy say

While some see body cameras as a way to curb deadly police shootings like one in North Charleston, S.C., last weekend, others say systemic issues like police training and a gun-loving culture must also be addressed.

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Liberian Baptists oppose ‘Christian nation’ label

A proposal to declare Liberia a Christian nation is fomenting division between a Christian majority and Muslim minority in a country accustomed to civil war.

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Southern Baptists urged to pray as Supreme Court weighs gay-marriage arguments

When justices consider later this month whether gays have a constitutional right to wed, Southern Baptist leaders are praying that lawyers arguing for traditional marriage will have God on their side.

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Baptists, others, fear legal gay marriage will censor free speech

Southern Baptist leaders are among parties in a Liberty Institute friend-of-the-court brief defending the right to free speech in the volatile debate over gay marriage.

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Catholics, Baptists join in religious liberty battle over gay marriage

Catholic and Baptist leaders have joined in a statement calling for a serious national discussion of religious liberty, following failure to add conscience exceptions to religious liberty measures in Indiana and Arkansas.

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