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Author Jared Porter

Christian Peacemaker Teams was founded in 1988 by members of the Mennonite Church. Its purpose: to offer “an organized, nonviolent alternative to war and other forms of lethal conflict.” “You will die today,” said its owner, an Israeli soldier in Hebron on the West Bank. “I said, ‘Ok, go ahead,'” said Gish, recalling an encounter […] Read More

For eight days in June, more than 100 members of Fifth Avenue Baptist Church in Huntington, W.V., experienced what pastor Allen Reasons described as “faith in the raw” in Managua, Nicaragua. A group of 112 from the American Baptist Churches-affiliated congregation worked in Managua to meet the physical needs of 40 orphaned boys and a […] Read More

Members of the First Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn., gained valuable insight into another culture during a missions trip to Cuba in March. FBC Memphis’ John McCall led a trip to Cuba to visit the First Baptist Church of Florida to establish a partnership between the two churches (see related story). “I thought I knew […] Read More

Members of the First Baptist Church of Memphis, Tenn., unanimously approved a partnership with the First Baptist Church of Florida, Cuba, earlier in May. “Our partnership is really one to give them necessary resources to do what they’re already very capable of doing,” said FBC Memphis partnership committee chairman John McCall. “They know how to […] Read More

Today, as people all over the country gather in public places to observe the annual National Day of Prayer, the debate over prayer in schools continues to captivate federal, state and local governments. Texas high school students received the answer to a prayer when a federal appeals court reversed a lower court’s decision—as well as […] Read More

The Harry Potter series topped the American Library Association’s 2001 list of most-challenged books for the third year running, the ALA reported in January. The popular children’s series, penned by Scottish author J.K. Rowling, “drew complaints from parents and others concerned about the books’ focus on wizardry and magic,” according to the ALA. The ALA […] Read More

A medieval spiritual tool has been winding its way through Christian churches in the United States. The complex geometrical design may look intimidating to the newcomer. However, some Baptists attest that using the labyrinth as a spiritual tool is what they need for taking spiritual pause in today’s fast-paced way of life. The complex geometrical […] Read More is a virtual playground for kids. The home page is filled with animation. The graphics are soft and reflect the look of artwork on the Disney Channel or Nickelodeon. One of the most impressive and entertaining parts of the site is the selection of animations, available in nine languages. Kids can get animated versions […] Read More

Pop diva Britney Spears was in for a surprise when she recorded chart-topper “I’m a Slave 4 U” on her latest album. Last month, the singer received letters from personnel, one an escaped slave, raising concerns about the song and urging Spears to use her voice to speak out against slavery. was launched […] Read More

American children are healthier, more financially secure, more educated and more socially adept, according to a recent federal report. The 2001 “America’s Children” report found 86 percent of children are covered by health insurance nowadays–the highest amount since 1995, the New York Times reported. Both the Times and Associated Press noted a steady decline in […] Read More