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Members of the Republican-dominated legislatures in Alabama and Louisiana are caught up in a legal battle over the definition of race and how it relates to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The law limits how state legislatures can draw congressional maps based on race. Faithfully Magazine writes that opponents of the GOP maps say

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Mark Houck (48), a pro-life Christian, was arrested on Friday after dozens of FBI agents arrived at his house early morning and pointed guns at him even after he surrendered and cooperated. The FBI’s display of force towards Houck and his arrest took place in the presence of his family members including seven children. Faithwire

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Church plants affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention are more likely to be “racially and ethnically diverse” than not. In a report presented to the SBC’s Executive Committee (EC) staff and trustees on Sept. 20, EC Associate Vice President of African American Relations and Mobilization Charles Grant told the committee that, of all new SBC

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The excavation of three suspected graves located at the site of one of the first Black churches in the United States has started in order to determine the identity and way of life of those who were buried there. The church was started in 1776 through the endeavor of both enslaved and free Black residents

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Brian Kaylor of Word and Way writes that when the Baptist World Alliance met for the first time since 2019, the issue of racial equality was at the forefront of the gathering. In Birmingham, Ala., Preacher John Jenkins criticized other Christians for remaining silent in light of the growing movement to more thoroughly address systemic

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Ann Brock of the blog Old Black Church writes that a Black family was driven off from attending the First Baptist Church in the majority African-American town of Forrest City, Ark., following racist remarks from white churchgoers. Despite an initial invite to the church, Donna Mac quickly felt unwelcomed as her family was denied entry

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Following the sudden firing of a Black administrator at the Columbia Theological Seminary, black students are protesting and pointing out that the firing of administration and faculty members of color has been going on since 2019. The Columbia Theological Seminary is a Presbyterian Church seminary located in Decatur, Georgia. Earlier this week, the Columbia community

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When President Joe Biden signed the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act at the close of March, Southern Baptist leaders voiced their support for the measure. With the President’s signature, lynching is now classified as a federal hate crime, and anyone found guilty of conspiracy to commit an act of lynching resulting in serious injury or death

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A Ukrainian mother and her three children have been permitted to enter the United States after they were rejected at the Mexican border due to the nation’s widely controversial pandemic measures that deny asylum seekers arriving at the borders. The San Diego Union Tribune reports that the 34-year old mother and her offspring were initially

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Faith has long played an important role in African-American history. Hymns, in particular, developed into an important part of their religious culture. Such songs proved indispensable years before black education was common or even legal in much of the country, and many were illiterate. Diana Chandler of Baptist Press writes that hymns made it possible

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Officials in northeastern China recently detained Zhou Jinxia, a Chinese Christian woman,  for trying to share her gospel beliefs with President Xi Jinping, and his wife, Peng Liyuan. Jinxia has been arrested 50 times for previous unsuccessful attempts. Jinxia’s stunt had her arrested and put into detention for 10 days on a charge of “disturbing

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For JaCari Letchaw, a black, single mother in Birmingham, Alabama, an impossible cash bail assigned to her before she was ever convicted of a crime almost brought her entire life crashing down around her. A local non profit, Faith and Works, however, stepped in to provide bail through their In Defense of Black Lives cash bail program.

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