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Author Neville Callam

I continue to be intrigued by a report that emerged in the wake of the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church, Oct. 4-25, 2015. The report alleges that, on Oct. 12, 2015, near the start of the synod, 13 cardinals, including New York’s Timothy Dolan, delivered a letter […] Read More

On July 22, thousands of Baptists will assemble in Durban, South Africa, for the 21st Baptist World Congress. When they stand on African soil – some for the first time – they will joyfully recall the efforts made by certain Baptist Christians in the African diaspora who were convinced that part of their Christian obligation […] Read More

This July, the continent of Africa will host the Baptist World Congress for the first time. Baptists of Africa in general and of South Africa in particular, will joyfully welcome the participants who come to the congress for worship and renewal, study and reflection, fellowship and networking. In preparation for the event, one African Baptist […] Read More

When representatives of Baptist organizations associated with the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) convene their annual gathering, they are keenly aware that they assemble as God’s people on mission. Because of this, corporate worship occupies a special place in their meeting. As the Covenant on Intra-Baptist Relations (CIBR) states, “All BWA meetings take place within a […] Read More

Between 1993 and 2006, I participated in many conferences in Europe. The location of these meetings offered me the opportunity to experience something of the life of diverse monastic communities on the continent, which I found to be profoundly enriching. On the occasions when I attended meetings in Annecy, France, I was able to join […] Read More

Decades ago, in her influential book on lying, philosopher Sisela Bok asserted that lying has implications for the morality of the choices we make in both private and public life. In the main, Bok advanced strong arguments for the adoption of the principle of veracity. Is this a principle that we honor in our various […] Read More

My heart was broken when I discovered that one of my former professors, John Rawls, one of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century, stumbled in his faith when he came up against the problem of evil.   He seemed to have lost his way as he tried and failed to come to terms with […] Read More

The year 1990 is significant in the emergence of a Christian response to the environmental crisis. It was the year when the important World Convocation on Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation issued the Seoul Declaration.   This declaration registered concern over how “the processes upon which life itself depends are being systematically undermined […] Read More

When God Steps In

Daniel Subba was born in Taplejung District in East Nepal. Arjun Sapkota, his astute high school teacher, formed Daniel in communist consciousness, and Daniel left school determined to pursue the communist agenda. Because the political philosophy of his country was inhospitable to communist ideas, in 1976, Daniel exported himself to India, a neighboring country where […] Read More

The Baptist World Alliance observes October as Hunger Month. Why is this necessary? Consider the statistics that appear on the Bread for the World Web site:–There are 854 million people across the world who are hungry, up from 852 million a year ago. –Every day, Nearly 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes–one child every five […] Read More