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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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The day Gabriel Ole was Killed

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With a quivering voice, Blanche Ole quietly spoke over the phone from the Central African Republic (CAR): It is very, very difficult and I have no words to say what happened. My husband left the house as he does normally but he never came back. Later I just saw the cops. I don’t know where to start. My husband left the house in the morning and never came back and you hear... Continue reading
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Too noisy to listen, too silent to speak

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My life is filled with noise. With preschoolers whose running and laughter floods our home to the calls, plans and conversations that shape daily ministry and the constant beckoning of a fully connected phone, silence can be elusive. It is part of what made the words, “you are to stay in Le Puits, ‘the well,’” all the more surprising. This last month I participated in the Global Christian Forum (GCF) (, a... Continue reading
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