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Finding Connections Across the Miles:

Finding Connections Across the Miles:

December 9, 2013 | They arrived In procession, dressed in their native clothes, carrying banners and signs indicating their ethnic group. All different in their patterns, colors and headdresses. Yet they are all Baptists, here in Yangon to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the arrival of Ann and Adoniram Judson, the first Baptist missionaries to Burma. Read more »

200 Years of Baptists in Burma

200 Years of Baptists in Burma

November 27, 2013 | 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of Ann and Adoniram Judson’s arrival in Burma and, from December 3-20, tens of thousands of Baptists will gather in Burma (Yangon and Mandalay) and Thailand (Bangkok, Chian Rai, and refugee settlements along the Thai/Burma border), to celebrate this momentous occasion in Baptist history. Read more »

Real Food Rising

Real Food Rising

October 25, 2013 | From October 11-14, 2013, 250 food activists came to Minneapolis for the Real Food Challenge conference. One hundred and fifty of them spent three nights at University Baptist Church (a BPFNA Partner Congregation) using the gym, the kitchen and the Assembly Room. Read more »

Seeking Peace in a Military City

Seeking Peace in a Military City

October 23, 2013 | The recent budget cuts to the military do not mean that fewer wars are being waged or fewer soldiers are fighting. It means that services for the troops and their families are drastically cut. It appears that the military is giving “other than honorable” discharges to those wounded physically and mentally so that they will not receive the benefits that they have earned through their years of service. Read more »

Preaching Peace in a Timid Church

Preaching Peace in a Timid Church

September 30, 2013 | When did peace become a peripheral issue? How can ministers read the Gospels and think peace is an optional topic? When Jesus preached, “Blessed are the peacemakers,” he included preachers... When ministers are afraid to speak prophetically about peace they fail to be a voice for the Prince of Peace. Read more »

Food Security: A Casualty of War

Food Security: A Casualty of War

September 25, 2013 | We can end hunger. What we lack is the political will. Children and adults go hungry in the world, not because we don’t have enough food, but because alleviating world hunger has not ranked high among the list of priorities of the rich nations of the world. This is not a human problem that we can’t figure out; it is not a disease that would require a revolution in agriculture or science. Those revolutions have already occurred. What is needed, as Martin Luther King, Jr. so accurately expressed 50 years ago, is a “revolution of values.” Read more »

Noli Temere (Don't Be Afraid)

Noli Temere (Don't Be Afraid)

September 9, 2013 | I’m feeling confused in general these days, especially about the threatened attack on Syria. We have a President who was elected in part because of his criticism of the war in Iraq, and a Secretary of State who had a hard time, originally, getting elected to the US Senate because earlier in his life he was an outspoken critic of the war in Vietnam. These two public figures are dual drum majors in the march to war with Syria, while many Republican war hawks are saying “hold on, not so fast.” Read more »


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