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Meredith Stone is assistant professor of Christian ministry and Scripture and director of ministry guidance at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. 1. Where did you grow up? Bryan, Texas. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? This changes regularly, but currently my favorite story is the healing of the […] Read More

The total number of people in the U.S. correctional system and the number of inmates under sentence of death in U.S. prisons both declined in 2016, according to Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) statistical briefs published in late April. Slightly more than 6.6 million inmates were in the U.S. correctional system (this includes persons in […] Read More

Practicing Christians “outpace all U.S. adults in poverty action,” according to Barna Group data released on April 26. In every category surveyed for its “The Good News about Global Poverty” report, Barna found that Christians “who consider their faith important and attend church regularly” were significantly more likely to be involved in work to end […] Read More

Shauw Chin Capps is the moderator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. She has served since 2003 as executive director of Hope Haven, a children’s advocacy and rape crisis center in Beaufort, South Carolina. 1. Where did you grow up? I was born in Jakarta, Indonesia. Our family moved to Singapore when I was 5 years […] Read More

Adults in the U.S. and Canada who say religion is important in their lives tend to be less accepting of migrants, according to a Gallup report released on April 26. “Gallup created the Migrant Acceptance Index (MAI) to gauge people’s acceptance of migrants based on increasing degrees of personal proximity. The index is based on […] Read More

While nearly 90 percent of U.S. adults believe in some kind of “higher power / spiritual force,” only slightly more than half (56 percent) believe that higher power is “God as described in the Bible,” according to a Pew Research Center report released on April 25. In response to the question, “Do you believe in […] Read More

Religious freedom has continued to deteriorate in many nations over the past year, according to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s (USCIRF) annual report for 2018 released on April 25. “This ongoing downward trend often intersected with authoritarian practices characterized by hostility toward dissent, pluralism, independent media and active civil society, or took place […] Read More

Joel Snider is a coach for the Center for Healthy Churches. 1. Where did you grow up? West Virginia and Alabama. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? The Sermon on the Mount. I find it the most challenging section in all of Scripture. 3. What is your favorite […] Read More

There are costs for the goods we consume beyond what we pay at checkout. The hidden costs not reflected in the price tag on clothing items we purchase – including working conditions, wages, treatment of workers and environmental impacts – are explored in the fifth edition of Baptist World Aid Australia’s (BWAA) annual ethical fashion […] Read More

Not only do social safety nets “play a pivotal role” in reducing poverty and lowering income inequality but they also have been demonstrated to be effective in doing so. These are two key assertions in the World Bank Group’s “The State of Social Safety Nets 2018” report released on April 4. “Social safety net (SSN) […] Read More