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The people of the King work to feed the people of the world

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Why is the feeding of the 5,000 the only miracle performed by Jesus recorded in all four Gospels? Perhaps one reason is because this miracle so clearly demonstrates that Jesus is a king who provides for the real needs of the people of the world. Scholars believe 75 percent of the people in Israel during New Testament times could be classified as peasants who primarily lived in poor, rural contexts heavily dependent... Continue reading
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When the faithful are forced to the caves, how will we respond?

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As we walked up the steep hill and crossed over the final wooded path, the Anabaptist cave came into full view. Almost five hundred years ago, early Anabaptist leaders from Zurich were chased out of the city and found refuge in the neighboring villages. Each Sunday they would climb into the hills to worship in seclusion and in conviction of their belief in Jesus Christ. Gathering to worship in this sacred location... Continue reading
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Baptist-Muslim Dialogue opened my eyes to interfaith engagement

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Anwar Khan, left, president of Islamic Relief USA, and Trisha Miller Manarin co-led a session titled "Baptists and Muslims in Interfaith Relations."   (A longer version of this blog post first appeared on the website. We use an edited version here.)   By Trisha Miller Manarin   I did not know what to expect when asked to attend the third Baptist-Muslim Dialogue of North America for Baptist World Alliance General Secretary... Continue reading
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A North Korean Call for Peace Today

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By Elijah M. Brown Mrs. Kim escaped North Korea on her fifth attempt. Two days before meeting her, I had stood on the DMZ border of South and North Korea and felt the weight of tense conflict infused with hope that perhaps breakthrough and reconciliation could be possible. Now, sitting with Mrs. Kim in a small corner of a vibrant Baptist church outside Seoul, she said: This is a story of pain and torture,... Continue reading
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God’s Word is Not Chained

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Chains, through the centuries, have held Christians in bondage. They have not, however, held back God’s word. The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy -- “God’s word is not chained” (2 Timothy 2:9). This truth remains even while so many Christians are confined and restricted even today. Chains  – in the Greek, δέω – figure prominently in the New Testament. -- John the Baptist bore public advocacy to a corrupt government even as... Continue reading
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