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Rebel force attacks Bapt. churches in BurmaYANGON, Burma (BP) -- Ethnic Wa rebels this month shut down churches or destroyed their buildings and temporarily detained several clergymen in eastern Burma (Myanmar), sources said.
On the border with China, soldiers of Myanmar's largest ethnic rebel group, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), attacked the churches in the rebel's autonomous region in Shan state, according to Christian leaders.
"We confirmed that at least 12 churches have been destroyed or closed as of Sept. 20," a Christian leader who has lived in the Wa region for several decades told Morning Star News. The Wa people worship ancestral spirits, and the move by the UWSA was meant to hamper Christian missionary activity, said the leader on condition of anonymity.
Most of the targets were Baptist churches in Panghsang, where Wa soldiers destroyed crosses, the source said. The headquarters of the UWSA is located in Panhsang, on Burma's border with China. Read More
FROM THE STATES: Ala., Okla., Texas evangelism/missions news; 'We want to make healthy disciples who make healthy disciples'
Today's From the States features items from: The Alabama Baptist; The Baptist Messenger (Oklahoma); Southern Baptist TEXAN Read More
Door-to-door nurture yields soul-winning daughtersFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- "Here's my daddy Matt, and here's my momma Hope, and I'm Madison. And we've come to tell you about Jesus."
As early as age 5, Matt Queen's oldest daughter Madison introduced her family this way in door-to-door evangelism.
"Every single time my daughter would do that, we always got to share [the Gospel]," said Queen, an evangelism professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. "Nobody ever said 'no' to Madison."
Queen later did this with his youngest daughter Matia as well, with similar success. In one instance when a woman answered the door, Matia, then just 4, introduced the family and then said, "And we would like to tell you about Jesus. Can we?" Read More
Family 'prosperity gospel' addressed in Moore's bookNASHVILLE (BP) -- Russell Moore decided to add to the many books on the family after he realized many Christians have adopted a version of the prosperity gospel when it comes to such issues as marriage and parenting.
The author of the new book "The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home" told Baptist Press he recognized a "common theme" in his conversations with people in different states of family crisis. In part, "many Christians have an implicit 'prosperity gospel' when it comes to the family," said Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
"We falsely believe if we love Jesus and we follow the right steps that we will have nothing but peace and tranquility in family relationships," Moore said in a Sept. 19 interview with BP. "That misunderstands what the Bible teaches about the family as an arena of spiritual warfare." Read More