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Terry Smith is executive director of Canadian Baptist Ministries. 1. Where did you grow up? I was a cross-border kid, spending the first 10 years in Toronto, then eight years in Grand Rapids, Michigan, before returning to Ottawa, Canada, for university. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Matthew […] Read More

The number of U.S. Protestants who self-identify with a particular denomination has declined steadily over the past 16 years, according to a Gallup analysis published on July 18. Fifty percent of respondents identified with a specific denomination in 2000, compared to only 30 percent who did so in 2016. Those affirming Catholic affiliation moved from […] Read More

Lynn Green is general secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain. 1. Where did you grow up? The historic town of Winchester in the United Kingdom. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Colossians 3:1-3. It reminds me that it is all about Jesus, that I need to […] Read More

Churches and religious organizations are the most highly regarded among U.S. institutions, according to the Pew Research Center. Fifty-nine percent of U.S. adults hold a positive view of faith-based institutions. This is 4 percentage points higher than positive views of colleges and universities, 12 points above labor unions, 20 points higher than banks and other […] Read More

Olu Menjay is a second-term president of the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention. He also serves as principal of Liberia’s Ricks Institute (a K-12 school) as well as assistant professor at the Columbus Roberts Department of Religion at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. 1. Where did you grow up? Sanniquellie, Nimba County, which is […] Read More

U.S. children have seen improvement over the past five years in 11 of 16 areas that serve as key indicators of well-being, according to a report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF). The organization focuses on “developing a brighter future for millions of children at risk of poor educational, economic, social and health outcomes.” […] Read More

Oti Bunaciu is dean of the Facultatea de Teologie Baptista in the University of Bucharest. He is a past president of the Baptist Union of Romania and past president of the European Baptist Federation. 1. Where did you grow up? Bucharest, Romania. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? […] Read More

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