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Terri Byrd is coordinator of Alabama Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. 1. Where did you grow up? I was born in Nashville, Tennessee, but I lived in nine different places, all in the southeast U.S., by the time I was married at the age of 21. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the […] Read More

The number of people experiencing hunger rose for the first time in a decade, according to the United Nations annual report, “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World.” Last year, 815 million people experienced hunger globally – an increase of 38 million from 2015, though still below a high of 900 million […] Read More

Food insecurity in the U.S. declined for the fifth straight year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) annual report released last week. Even so, more than 15 million households were food insecure in 2016. According to USDA definitions, “food-secure households have consistent access throughout the year to adequate food for active healthy living […] Read More

Gary Furr is pastor of Vestavia Hills Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. 1. Where did you grow up? I was born and raised my first seven years in Concord, North Carolina, but because of dad’s career in retail management I lived in eight cities in five states (North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, Wisconsin and Texas) by […] Read More

Expanding access to clean water, along with proper sanitation and hygiene systems, is essential to ending global poverty, but often there is a gap between policy and implementation. This was a central emphasis in a new World Bank report based on studies of conditions in 18 nations, including Bangladesh, Guatemala, Nigeria and the West Bank. […] Read More

Baptist groups are preparing to mobilize to help victims of Hurricane Irma, even as efforts to assist folks recovering from Hurricane Harvey continue. As with Hurricane Harvey recovery initiatives, much of the Baptist relief efforts related to Hurricane Irma will begin following the immediate work of first responders. The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship announced on Sept. […] Read More

A majority of U.S. adults don’t use the Internet to access spiritual or religious content, even though most believe the Internet exposes them to new perspectives. These are two findings in a Baylor University religion survey, “American Values, Mental Health and Using Technology in the Age of Trump,” which was released on Sept. 7. As […] Read More

The percent of white Christians has dropped from 81 percent of the U.S. population (1976) to 43 percent (2016), while the religiously unaffiliated has grown from 7 percent to 24 percent over the same period. These were two key trends revealed in a Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) report released on Sept. 6. “Much of […] Read More

“The Disturbances” is now available to stream online via Vimeo On Demand. The feature-length film shares a previously untold story of how Christian missionaries and local pastors saved lives amid a 1966 tribal genocide in Nigeria. The ninth documentary produced by, it has been available for purchase on DVD since its release in September […] Read More

Alia Abboud is the director of development and partner relations for the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD). 1. Where did you grow up? Sierra Leone, West Africa. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Isaiah 41:13. I learned that there is no room for observers in […] Read More