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Two thirds or more of the Christian population in 35 nations affirmed high levels of religious commitment, says a Pew report. All but three were from these two areas of the world. […] Read More

I teach citizenship classes. One of those classes focuses entirely on rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens. In my class, I especially emphasize responsibilities. I point out that the responsibility to use our rights for such things as free speech, voting and supporting freedom of worship for all was inherent in the DNA of this […] Read More

Riches and poverty have been on my mind following a recent missional trip to Ghana. This west African nation is a sub-Saharan, impoverished, largely undeveloped country that is multilingual and multireligious. It is hot with lengthy wet and dry seasons. Ghana is poor in many ways, less corrupt and freer than many African nations, devoid […] Read More

“Don’t try to reinvent the wheel ’cause the wheel works just fine,” says John Akhile Sr. of the power of trade to move people en masse out of poverty. Akhile, author of the book, “Unleashed: A New Paradigm of African Trade with the World,” talks about the links between poverty, trade and faith in a […] Read More

The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed three new cases of Ebola on Nov. 20 in Paynesville City, a suburb of Monrovia, Liberia, where the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary (LBTS) has been a presence for nearly four decades. A 15-year-old boy, his brother and father were diagnosed with the life-threatening virus. Four days later, the boy […] Read More

Baptists from around the world, meeting in Africa for the Baptist World Congress, heard updates from those in nations impacted by last year’s Ebola epidemic. Baptists from Liberia and Nigeria spoke, as did a Baptist from Ghana (where no one was diagnosed with a case of Ebola). The 2014 Ebola epidemic – the worst Ebola […] Read More is taking four initiatives to provide extensive coverage of the Baptist World Congress meeting in Durban, South Africa, on July 22-26. We believe that all Baptists ought to be fully informed about this global gathering. We think Baptists deserve and desire to know more about one another. After all, the Baptist World Alliance is […] Read More

“The Baptist Olympics.” Spectacle and pageantry. It’s a striking image, summoned by Joel Gregory, to characterize the upcoming Baptist World Congress in Durban, South Africa. Gregory, who holds the George W. Truett Endowed Chair in Preaching and Evangelism at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University, will deliver the congress’ closing sermon. He […] Read More

Even crises can be blessings in disguise, an African Baptist leader says. Michael Okwakol, senior pastor of Agape Baptist Church in Kampala, Uganda, and president of the All Africa Baptist Fellowship (AABF), talks about challenges for African churches in a new Skype interview with Skype Interview: Michael Okwakol from EthicsDaily on Vimeo. Okwakol, a […] 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