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Why would sponsor an event on faith and immigration during the Democratic National Convention? The answer – simply put – is to offer a moral witness of faith leaders to political leaders about the urgency of addressing immigration reform. Nothing more. Nothing less. There is a growing consensus coursing through the life of the […] Read More

What shall we make of those who beseech the divine, but evade their own earthly responsibility? Faith without works is dead. So reads The Letter of James, a New Testament book that challenges the idea that authentic faith is only a matter of mental assent to a set of theological utterances (James 2:17). But James […] Read More

Jesus’ moral agenda is summarized in Luke 4:18-19. Unfortunately, U.S. Christians in general and Baptists in particular have neglected it, especially the part about prisoners. That was the observation of former President Jimmy Carter in a video interview with last week at the Carter Center. “I don’t think there is any doubt but that […] Read More

Mary Meeker was identified by Fortune magazine as “one of the ten smartest people in tech.” She delivered in May a major report on Internet trends at an “All Things Digital” conference. Using slides, Meeker said we need to re-imagine where we are: â—     We are shifting from desktops and laptops to tablets and smartphones. […] Read More

Nigerian Muslims and Christians were killing one another about the same time that Baptists discussed a resolution on the Nigerian crisis at the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) meeting in Santiago, Chile. According to the Christian Science Monitor, gunmen killed two elected officials last Saturday who were attending a funeral of Christians killed in an earlier […] Read More

Global Baptists are acutely aware of the reality of global warming and are determined to act. At the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) in Santiago, Chile, the largest network of worldwide Baptist leaders adopted a resolution that reaffirmed earlier climate change resolutions adopted in 2008 and 2009. The general council “laments the […] Read More

Noting that 40 years have passed since the first United Nations conference on environmental issues urged governments to protect the natural environment and advance sustainability, a European Baptist theologian said that the current situation is drastic. Helle Liht, assistant to the general secretary of the European Baptist Federation, presented a theological paper in a session […] Read More

Global Baptists paid homage in Santiago, Chile, to an Englishman, who wrote a book 400 years ago to King James of England, appealing for religious freedom at a time when kings believed that they had the divine right to determine the faith of their subjects. In a special session at the annual gathering of the […] Read More

When global Baptists gather this week in Santiago, Chile, they will explore relationships between Baptists and Muslims, hear a report from the United Nations conference of sustainable development and celebrate a Baptist founder who spoke 400 years ago for religious freedom – for those from every faith tradition. An estimated 260 Baptists from 40 different […] Read More

Reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s mixed decision on Arizona’s controversial immigration law signals that much work remains before consensus can be reached over comprehensive immigration reform. Much of that work needs to be done in the faith community – apart from legislative bills, lawsuits and political posturing – if we’re going to treat the […] Read More