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The annual gathering of goodwill, global Baptists ended last week in Ocho Rios, Jamaica with a number of high points – and one major blooper. Founded in 1905, the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) is the largest network of worldwide Baptists with 228 member conventions and unions located in 120 countries. BWA has 42 million members […] Read More

During the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, several speakers urged Baptists to offer their praise for a 19th-century Baptist deacon and preacher, Sam Sharpe, who played an influential role in ending slavery in Jamaica and other parts of the British Empire. The presentations came during the Freedom and […] Read More

The prosperity gospel has influenced a large number of Christians across a broad section of the Christian faith, according to Deji Ayegboyin, president and chief executive officer of the Nigerian Baptist Convention. “It is obvious that prosperity teaching is a phenomenon that cuts across denominational barriers. Prosperity teaching can be found in varying degrees in […] Read More

During the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, several speakers urged Baptists to understand and engage Muslims to advance the common good in the Middle East. The presentations came during a joint session on Monday of two BWA Freedom & Justice Commissions – the commissions on Baptist-Muslim Relations and […] Read More

Baptists, historically, are preoccupied more with Christology – doctrines concerning the nature and person of Christ – than with pneumatology – doctrines concerning the Holy Spirit. “Baptists have emphasized the preeminence of the person and work of Christ, and … have largely undervalued or overlooked the Third Person,” according to William Brackney, professor of Christian […] Read More

Baptist and Muslim relationships top the agenda for global Baptist leaders who gather this week in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, for the annual conclave of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) – much as was the case at the 2012 meeting in Santiago, Chile. One of the most dynamic sessions will focus on the conflict between Christians […] Read More

Baptists in Nigeria expressed thanks for a Baptist World Alliance (BWA) human rights visit to the West African country in December.  “Words are inadequate to express our appreciation to you all for putting your lives on the line to come to us. That was quite an amazing love,” said Olasupo Ayokunle, president and chief executive […] Read More

Having been raised in a non-liturgical Baptist church, the liturgical worship calendar, with its seasons and emphases, was not only unobserved but also unknown. I remember learning about Hanukkah at some point in my upbringing, but I cannot recall hearing about, much less participating in, seasons of the Christian church’s worship life other than Christmas, […] Read More

A Lenten Bible study featuring Baptists from around the world is available from Student and leader guides for the eight-week study, “Eyeing Easter, Walking through Lent,” may be ordered here. Sample student lessons and leader guides are available for review. The undated, online unit was produced in partnership with the Baptist World Alliance and […] Read More

Baptists in Goma, a city in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), are urging the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) to assist people displaced by the conflict in the African country. The rebel military group, March 23 Movement (M23), based in eastern areas of the DRC, operating mainly in the province of North Kivu, has […] Read More