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Forest Avenue Baptist Church in Kansas City serves a meal at the church’s shelter for the homeless.
Forest Avenue Baptist Church in Kansas City serves a meal at the church’s shelter for the homeless.

Love your neighbor: Christ’s command inspires action and advocacy

Churches flesh out their response in a variety of ways.

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Baptist-endorsed Army chaplain on front lines of Liberia Ebola battle

Col. Charles Reynolds is in Liberia to minister to U.S. military and civilian peronnel who are working to eradicate the deadly virus.

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Anti-abuse group archives member stories

Amy Smith, a Baptist leader of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, says she has paid a price for exposing a now-convicted sex offender, but she would do it all over again.

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Baptist takes multisite feature to churches looking for ‘good preaching’

A new company launched by Jim Somerville of First Baptist Church of Richmond, Va., offers rented or purchased sermons from respected preachers to small congregations, house churches and other faith communities without pastors.

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J.D. Greear, lead pastor of The Summit Church in the Raleigh, N.C., area, closes out the ERLC conference. (Baptist News Global photo by Bob Allen)
J.D. Greear, lead pastor of The Summit Church in the Raleigh, N.C., area, closes out the ERLC conference. (Baptist News Global photo by Bob Allen)

Emotions mixed for pro-gay ERLC conference attendees

Representatives of LGBT groups attending this week’s conference on The Gospel, Homosexuality and the Future of Marriage said while Southern Baptists aren’t conceding much in their opposition to homosexuality, the fact a conversation is taking place suggests change is in the air.

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Some Baptist ministers wonder if it remains appropriate for them to continue signing marriage licenses. (Creative Commons photo by Cari Berry)
Some Baptist ministers wonder if it remains appropriate for them to continue signing marriage licenses. (Creative Commons photo by Cari Berry)

Baptists seek guidance as same-sex marriage expands

Churches and pastors are taking a variety of responses to expanded legalization of gay marriage across the nation, including not signing marriage licenses for any couple and initiating ceremonies for gays and lesbians.

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ERLC president Russell Moore interviews Rosaria Butterfield at the Southern Baptist Convention-sponsored conference. (Baptist News Global photo by Bob Allen)
ERLC president Russell Moore interviews Rosaria Butterfield at the Southern Baptist Convention-sponsored conference. (Baptist News Global photo by Bob Allen)

Speakers say holiness, not heterosexuality, goal of outreach to gays

Speakers at the The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage conference described same-sex attraction as a temptation to be resisted, not something to be embraced.

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Houston withdraws controversial subpoenas of pastors’ sermons

The move had drawn outrage from Christians across the theological spectrum.

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ABC authorizes emergency grant for Liberian Baptists

The American Baptist Churches USA has allocated $120,000 for food, medical supplies and educational resources in the Ebola crisis.

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Shifting sands: Seminaries are at a crossroads

Shifting sands: Seminaries are at a crossroads

Shifts in American religious life have theological institutions navigating unfamiliar landscape.

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Shifting sands: Preaching abstinence

Looking to avoid seminary debt? Don’t borrow.

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Shifting sands: Wishing for seminary, thriving without it

What happens when there’s no time for theological education?

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Shifting sands: Bivocational ministry offers flexibility, freedom

Some ministers also value the close contact with the “real world.”

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Shifting sands: Against the trends, university launches college of theology

Does flexibility in theological education create its own market?

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