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Author Paul Hobson

Paul Hobson is editor of The Baptist Times of Great Britain, the online newspaper of the Baptist Union of Great Britain.

Most people like the Christians they know while the vast majority of the population still identify with the Christian faith. Fifty-seven percent of people in England call themselves Christians (though a fraction of those would be described as “practicing”), and one in five of those who don’t is open to finding out more about Jesus […] Read More

It’s been the focus of much coverage this summer, but beyond the headlines what’s life like for those living in the Calais “jungle,” a makeshift migrant camp near the French coastal city? And is there anything those moved by the unfolding humanitarian situation a few miles from the United Kingdom’s shores can do to help? […] Read More

The United Kingdom’s government has been asked to “adopt language which better reflects the British values of compassion, hospitality and respect for human dignity” in its discussions on the situation in Calais, France. In a statement issued by the Joint Public Issues Team, Baptist Union General Secretary Lynn Green joined leaders from four other denominations […] Read More

The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) have produced the “most successful anti-poverty movement in history,” according to the final MDG report issued this week. The MDGs are eight targets to reduce global poverty and improve living standards. The Millennium Development Goals Report 2015 found that the 15-year effort to achieve the eight aspirational goals set out […] Read More

Baptists in Burundi have expressed grave concern as to the state of unrest in the East African country. The unrest began in late April after Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would run for a third term in elections originally scheduled for June 26. The announcement sparked protests by those opposed to Nkurunziza seeking a […] Read More

The Syrian conflict, now the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II, entered its fifth year last weekend. As it continues to escalate, the need for the international community to redouble its efforts to bring about a political solution could not be greater, according to Christian Aid, a relief and development agency of British and […] Read More

The Archbishop of Canterbury has called on politicians, the church and the media to speak out against the “creeping climate of fear and animosity” at the launch of a new partnership to address the growing problem of violence against Christians worldwide. The Religious Liberty Commission (RLC), launched at Westminster in central London on Feb. 4, […] Read More

The European Baptist Federation (EBF) has challenged Russian and Ukrainian Baptist leaders to issue a joint statement calling for peace while acknowledging their differences. The appeal comes from EBF general secretary Tony Peck and EBF president Otniel Bunaciu in response to a statement issued by Russian Baptists to coincide with the visit of Secretary of […] Read More

The Council of Europe has adopted a new resolution calling for more acceptance of religious pluralism. The council is a human rights organization that promotes cooperation between European countries and “advocates freedom of expression and of the media, freedom of assembly, equality and the protection of minorities.” The council’s European Court of Human Rights enforces […] Read More

As Bristol, the sixth largest city in England, became the 2015 European Green Capital, Christian Aid chair and former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams marked the occasion with a stark warning about the spiritual imperative to show responsibility to others and the planet. Williams delivered the keynote speech to 200 people inside Bristol’s packed Elim […] Read More