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When we entered an administrative section of the Bibb County Correctional Facility, we observed an officer and several inmates packing up computers. Inmates were placing black monitors and hard drives in what appeared to be the original shipping containers. Dressed in all white, one inmate used a packing tape dispenser to seal the boxes. Another […] Read More

Syrian refugees present an abundance of humanitarian and economic challenges to Lebanon – all well recognized by the global community. Unrecognized is the challenge they present to Lebanese churches. “The number of registered refugees from Syria is approaching 1 million and could grow to 1.6 million at the end of 2014 if current trends continue,” […] Read More

Voice of Russia radio called for an interview. The call was as unexpected as the topic which interested the radio network. I initially thought the caller wanted to talk about what a Baptist was, since Russia had military operations in Crimea and deepening tensions with Ukraine, where the new interim president, Oleksandr Turchynov, was being […] Read More

Christian aspirations for the movie “Son of God” differ strikingly from the Christian expectations for “The Passion of the Christ” 10 years ago. Hopes for the movie today are far more realistic – levelheaded, down-to-earth. Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” opened on 2,000 movie theater screens on Feb. 25, 2004 – Ash Wednesday […] Read More

Christian meetings in 2014 disclose two trends. One is the predictable gathering with the same “old” programs and speakers. The other is passionate, content-rich events with much to celebrate and contribute. Dynamic gatherings attract a crowd and expand the organization’s constituency, building unity around initiatives that strengthen and equip churches to make a measurable difference […] Read More

Sex trafficking generates an estimated $32 billion in annual profits and exploits some 21 million people globally – mostly women, children and the poor. Trafficking always creates multiple victims and harms families. An estimated 100,000 children under the age of 18 are ensnared in the U.S. sex industry. Yet, one would not know how widespread […] Read More

Jesus was a maker of havoc, said the award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died from a heroin overdose. “My image of Jesus is someone who is exciting … Were he alive today, he would be causing havoc!” Perhaps by “havoc,” Hoffman meant disorder, rather than other meanings of the word, such as destruction, confusion […] Read More

How do we live out practically Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:16? Remember those words in the Sermon of the Mount? They follow Jesus’ words about how his followers are “the light of the world.” Matthew 5:16 reads, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to […] Read More

Why does it have to be an either-or proposition for ideological pundits, political columnists and politicians? Writing some weeks ago in the Wall Street Journal, Ari Fleischer, President George W. Bush’s former press secretary, framed an either-or argument on income inequality. “If President Obama wants to reduce income inequality, he should focus less on redistributing […] Read More

Obama’s presidential wink at marijuana comes when his public opinion ratings are at all-time low and with a dreadful, glassy-eyed comparison to alcohol. A BBC News headline read: “Barack Obama: ‘Marijuana no more dangerous than alcohol.'” After admitting his own well-documented pot smoking as a “kid” and cigarettes as an adult, Obama said, “I don’t […] Read More