July 29, 2014

Roots and Fruits

Today marks the birthday of my favorite thinker, writer, theologian, and activist. Born 102 years ago, Clarence Jordan grew up to become a modern-day prophet. Living in an age where Christianity found itself distorted by racism, violence, nationalism, greed, …
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July 23, 2014

Waving

Something about a wave makes one seem friendly, often sparking a reciprocating wave. Some people are good wavers, lifting their hand to any passing car or pedestrian. Others merely wave in response to others. In some parts of the U.S., waving dissipates quite…
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July 21, 2014

From Jerusalem to Gaza

More than 500 people have been killed in war in Gaza over the past week. Most of them - about three-quarters, the United Nations estimates - are innocent civilians . About one-quarter of the dead are children . In war, children too often pay a heavy price. Like…
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July 18, 2014

Weekly Roundup

Here are a couple stories from this week that deserve notice: * In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling  this year that sadly allowed prayers at local legislative government meetings, an atheist gave the "prayer" this week at the town council fr…
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July 16, 2014

Returning Home

On Sunday, I returned home from Turkey. It was a great week with the global Baptist family for the Annual Gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA). The BWA sessions included important business and inspiring reports, and I had the opportunity to meet and…
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Global Baptists Speak Out on Religious Liberty, Justice, Migration

Ethics Daily ran my latest article today, which is titled "Global Baptists Speak Out on Religious Liberty, Justice, Migration." This piece offers a wrap-up to last week's Annual Gathering of the Baptist World Alliance in Izmir, Turkey. The artic…
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July 15, 2014

Baptist Standard Photo

The Baptist Standard in Texas ran a short piece by the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) about the Moldovan Baptist who received the BWA's human right award last week during the BWA's Annual Gathering in Izmir, Turkey. In the article, the Baptist Standard
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Ephesus is Alive

"Ephesus is alive. It's a dead city, but it's alive." With these words, our tour guide at the ruins of the biblical city of Ephesus explained how the city was slowly emerging from hundreds of years of neglect and mostly disappearing under…
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July 14, 2014

Middle Eastern Baptists Share Fears, Hopes as Minority Faith

Ethics Daily ran my latest article today, which is titled "Middle Eastern Baptists Share Fears, Hopes as Minority Faith." It reports on a forum from Friday during the Annual Gathering of the Baptist World Alliance .  It includes by Baptists from Isra…
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July 12, 2014

Basilica of St. John

With the Annual Gathering of the Baptist World Alliance being in Izmir, Turkey this week, today's agenda called for some sightseeing of biblical and early church history sites. We spent the morning in Ephesus, which was amazing (I will write about that a…
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July 11, 2014

Wrapping Up

The business sessions at the Annual Gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) in Izmir, Turkey concluded today. Leaders of the Union of Baptists in Latin America, Caribbean Baptist Fellowship, All Africa Baptist Fellowship, and North American Baptist Fel…
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Global Baptists Urged to Engage in Advocacy

Ethics Daily ran my latest article today, which is titled "Global Baptists Urged to Engage in Advocacy." It covers a forum during the Baptist World Alliance Annual Gathering in Izmir, Turkey. Five speakers spoke about issues of advocacy and religiou…
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Smyrna Ruins

I visited some ruins of Smyrna yesterday. One of the seven cities in Revelation, Smyrna is today known as Izmir, Turkey (for background see my Ethics Daily article from Tuesday and an Ethics Daily video I shot with Jim Hill of Churchnet ). Much of Smyrna remain…
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July 10, 2014

Beautiful World

The stories of the world came alive again today at the Annual Gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) in Izmir, Turkey. Each day here I have loved hearing about Baptists from other countries and talking with Baptists from around the world. The meditati…
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Moldovan Baptist Recognized for Human Rights Work

Ethics Daily ran my latest article today, which is titled "Moldovan Baptist Recognized for Human Rights Work." It covers Ilie Coada, a Baptist pastor and social justice worker, who received the BWA's 2014 Denton and Janice Lotz Human Rights Awar…
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July 9, 2014

Come Together

Sessions during the Annual Gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) today often left me inspired and moved by the work of Baptists around the world. During morning worship, Roy Medley of American Baptist Churches USA talked about the Christian call to t…
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Speaker: Baptists Must Advocate for Displaced, Stateless People

Ethics Daily ran my latest article today, which is titled "Speaker: Baptists Must Advocate for Displaced, Stateless People." It covers a forum from Tuesday at the Baptist World Alliance Annual Gathering. It features comments by Aundreia Alexander, t…
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July 8, 2014

Worship and Advocacy

Today has been an interesting day of old and new culture with quite a lot of worship and advocacy issues mixed in. This morning, the Annual Gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) in Izmir, Turkey started off with a worship service that was followed by…
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July 7, 2014

About Time

I have thought a lot about time today. What time is it? What time is it here, despite what my body says? What time is it back home, and are people actually awake to talk to me? Being eight hours off not only brings some jet lag, but also complications in com…
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