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Comprehensive anti-trafficking laws with severe consequences for violation, coupled with effective prosecution, is necessary to combat human trafficking worldwide, according to the U.S. State Department’s 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. The Palermo Protocol was adopted by the United Nations in November 2000 to provide international norms for preventing, suppressing and punishing those engaged in […] Read More

The most “Bible-minded” U.S. cities continue to be located in the south, according to research by the Barna Group sponsored by the American Bible Society. Barna defines “Bible-minded” as “those who report reading the Bible in the past week and who strongly assert the Bible is accurate in the principles it teaches.” The report analyzed […] Read More

Baptist Center for Ethics / will have two events on June 29 during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s 2017 general assembly in Atlanta. A workshop from 3 to 4 p.m., co-sponsored by CBF Global Missions, will focus on’s newest documentary, “The Disturbances.” The documentary shares a previously untold story about how missionaries and Nigerian […] Read More

The number of displaced persons increased by 300,000 in 2016, bringing the global total to 65.6 million, according to the United Nation’s annual “Global Trends” report. This record level of displacement results from persecution, conflict, violence or human rights violations, with 22.5 million being refugees, 40.3 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 2.8 million asylum […] Read More

Hannah McMahan is executive director of the New Baptist Covenant. 1. Where did you grow up? North Carolina. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Barnabas is an interesting character to me. Without need for the limelight, he faithfully pushed forward the cause of Christ. 3. What is your […] Read More

A significant number of children in high-income nations are impoverished and experiencing food insecurity. The U.N. analyzed 41 nations it identified as “high income” that are part of the European Union and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In this group, 21 percent of children currently live in poverty, while 12.5 percent are […] Read More

Seventy-three percent of U.S. adults believe euthanasia should be legal for terminally ill patients, according to a Gallup survey, and 67 percent said doctor-assisted suicide should be legal for terminally ill patients. Both are near record highs and demonstrate a significant increase in support for these views since Gallup’s polling on these issues began. Euthanasia […] Read More

Missions work. Millennials’ spiritual hunger. Diversity of congregations. These are some of the denomination’s bright lights for Lee B. Spitzer, the new general secretary of American Baptist Churches USA. Spitzer, former executive minister for American Baptist Churches in New Jersey, took office June 1. He spoke with in a new online video interview about […] Read More

Leta Tillman is a retired Hardin-Simmons University professor and librarian. 1. Where did you grow up? McAllen, Texas. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Romans 8:28. This verse gives me a chance to look in the rearview mirror of my life and see God’s presence so as to […] Read More

Half of U.S. adults say abortion should be legal only in certain circumstances, a Gallup survey found. Affirmation of this view was at 57 percent in 2009, before declining to 50 percent in 2012. It has remained stable since then. Other perspectives remained largely unchanged. Those saying abortion should be legal under any circumstances remained […] Read More