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Islamic jihad, in many forms, 'gaining ground'Jihadists are using "the freedoms of democracy to achieve political change to try to destroy that democracy and the freedoms which it enshrines."NASHVILLE (BP) -- Many in western democracies are blind to radical Islam's threat to their security and cultural values, speakers said at a day-long discussion of Islam during the National Religious Broadcasters International Christian Media Convention.
-- Caroline Cox
"The majority of Muslims are peaceful and good citizens," Robert Edmiston, a member of Britain's House of Lords from the Conservative Party, said at the Feb. 24 event in Nashville. "But there are some that are extremists, and they are gaining ground." Read More
Teamwork yields East Asians putting trust in ChristEAST ASIA (BP) -- Before returning to the U.S., two American mission volunteers arranged to meet one last time with more than 20 new believers they led to the Lord during their two-week visit in East Asia.
"We wanted to give you a gift before we return to the U.S.," Timothy,* one of the volunteers tells some of the new believers who gathered to meet him and his teammate Joshua* for lunch. Read More
Survey: 81% for religious freedom on marriage viewsNASHVILLE (BP) -- Contrary to the "inevitability" narrative most Americans have accepted of same-sex marriage, a new survey released Feb. 24 finds broad support for traditional marriage and protection of those who hold such views.
The survey, commissioned by Family Research Council in partnership with National Religious Broadcasters, found that 81 percent of Americans agree that government should "leave people free to follow their beliefs about marriage as they live their daily lives at work and in the way they run their businesses." Read More
Naghmeh Abedini shares evangelism passionEULESS, Texas (BP) -- Naghmeh Abedini, whose husband Saeed Abedini is imprisoned in an Iranian prison for sharing his Christian faith, expressed her passion -- and her husband's passion -- for rescuing "that one sheep" with the Gospel during an evangelism conference, Feb. 23. Read More
Christian media's reach surveyed by LifeWay ResearchNASHVILLE (BP) -- Christian broadcasters have a devoted following, with about two-thirds of weekly churchgoers and evangelicals saying they tune in to Christian radio and television on a regular basis.
Christian books have a reach among churchgoers and evangelicals, and Christian movies remain popular, with about four in 10 Americans having seen one in the last year. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Homebound millennials
What's a homebound millennial -- and his or her parents -- to do? Penna Dexter, in a Baptist Press column, counsels millennials to take advantage of family togetherness and do some tangible work around the house. Her advice to parents: Use the close proximity with a millennial to "practice your role as friend, counselor and example." Read More