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Forty-one percent of U.S. children lived in low-income households in 2016, according to newly published research from the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Of these 41 percent, 19 percent lived in poor households and 22 percent in near poor homes. The categories are related to […] Read More

Gus Reyes is director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Christian Life Commission. 1. Where did you grow up? Corpus Christi, Texas, and Rialto, California. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Matthew 20:29-32. Jesus stops, listens, is filled with compassion and gives vision to the blind men. […] Read More

Ongoing violence in South Sudan is projected to result in “Africa’s largest refugee crisis since the mid-1990s,” the United Nations announced on Feb. 1. “The human cost of the South Sudan conflict has reached epic proportions,” said Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. “If the war doesn’t stop, refugee numbers will rise from […] Read More

“Violence promoted and carried out in the name of religion” must always be condemned, Pope Francis stated on Feb. 2 at a conference focused on this subject. “The religious person knows that among the greatest blasphemies is to invoke God as the justification for one’s own sins and crimes, to invoke him in order to […] Read More

A “Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty,” signed by more than 80 U.S. faith leaders, was sent to members of Congress on Jan. 29. Poverty and racism in the U.S. are inextricable, the declaration noted, and “they are theological issues for us, not merely political or partisan ones.” Racism is a refutation of Genesis 1’s […] Read More

John Weaver is the chairman of the John Ray Initiative, an educational charity focused on connecting environment, science and Christianity in the United Kingdom. He was principal of South Wales Baptist College until his retirement in 2011 and served as the president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain in 2008-09. 1. Where did you […] Read More

Atheism is most common among Generation Z, while Christian affiliation is most common among Boomers and Elders, according to a Barna Group report released on Jan. 24. Thirteen percent of respondents in Generation Z (born 1999 to 2015) said they are atheists. By comparison, 7 percent of Millennials (born 1984 to 1998), 6 percent of […] Read More

Illicit massage businesses (IMBs), often called “massage parlors,” are often a cover for human trafficking (sex and labor) operations in the U.S., according to a new Polaris Project report released on Jan. 17. There are more than 9,000 IMBs currently operating in the U.S., according to Polaris estimates, with an annual revenue stream of $2.5 […] Read More

The wealthiest 1 percent of the global population secured 82 percent of the global wealth created in 2017, according to an Oxfam International report published on Jan. 21, while 3.7 billion adults saw no wealth increase. Oxfam is a nonprofit organization that works in more than 90 nations “to tackle the root causes of poverty […] Read More

Stephen K. Reeves is associate coordinator of partnerships and advocacy at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. 1. Where did you grow up? Austin, Texas. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Many verses inform my justice-centered work and calling, but I’ve always loved 2 Timothy 1:7. It is a personally […] Read More