Although sometimes portrayed as a problem found in other nations, human trafficking also occurs in large numbers in the United States. The FBI includes St. Louis as one of the top 20 trafficking cities in the U.S., and governmental groups have also identified Kansas City as a trafficking hub. In...
When East St. Louis is mentioned on the news, the focus usually remains on the crime rate and its status as one of the deadliest cities in the nation. For others it is a community ripe for the gospel.
By Brian Kaylor, Special to Word & Way|
February 5, 2016
An ecumenical group of Mid-Missouri clergy found inspiration in the birth story of Jesus as they gathered at the state capitol in December to speak out for Middle Eastern refugees today who are fleeing murderous violence.
Not very many weeks ago, many of us sang the words of Charles Wesley’s familiar Christmas carol, “Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see, Hail the incarnate deity….” We likely also heard the powerful witness of John’s Gospel, “…and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us….”
By Vicki Brown, Special to Word & Way|
February 5, 2016
Susan Gillies never envisioned that God’s call to ministry would mean becoming the first woman to lead American Baptists, even temporarily. She also may be the first layperson to “sit in the chair” as American Baptist Churches USA executive minister, she said.
William Carl Hunker was born in Lakeview, Ore., on April 24, 1916, to Harry C. Hunker and Louise A. Bosworth. He served as a missionary, church planter, pastor, seminary professor and seminary president, as well as mentor to hundreds of his students and congregants.
Southwest Baptist University broke ground Dec. 18 on a project to expand and renovate the Bolivar campus’ Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center, which houses the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science and the department of history and political science.
A pastor of a rural mid-Missouri church speaks of the spirit of family and cooperation that is a part of the local faith experience. This video is part of a series on rural churches by Columbia Faith & Values, produced in 2013.
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