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Sunday communities at Johns Creek Baptist Church offer socializing, pastoral care and exposure to expert-led seminars. (JCBC photo)
Sunday communities at Johns Creek Baptist Church offer socializing, pastoral care and exposure to expert-led seminars. (JCBC photo)

Baptist church transforms Sunday school into community and pastoral care

Johns Creek Baptist Church in Georgia has quit Sunday school in favor of Sunday communities for its adult age groups. The communities, taught by rotating teachers, provide pastoral care and social opportunities for their members.

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New Orleans Baptist church rocked by abuse arrest

The arrest of a youth minister has a Southern Baptist church in Louisiana reviewing policies previously assumed adequate to protect children from sexual abuse.

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Safe drinking water is only the first step in the complex ministry of water poverty missions, experts say. (Photo by Bobby Neptune/Water Missions International)
Safe drinking water is only the first step in the complex ministry of water poverty missions, experts say. (Photo by Bobby Neptune/Water Missions International)

Surging water ministries about more than digging wells, mission leaders say

While an increasing number of churches, ministries and denominational groups see water poverty as an inviting missions field, experts say the ministry must be about more than hopping on planes, digging wells and returning home.

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Supreme Court brief argues for gay Baptist minister’s right to wed

Lawyers in four states filed legal briefs last week in a potentially historic same-sex marriage case brought by several gay couples, including one with ties to a Kentucky Baptist church.

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Texas Baptist Women in Ministry group organized

Group aims to encourage churches to recognize women and men are equally gifted in ministry.

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Curtis Freeman (front row, third from right) with a group of Baptists and Methodists meeting in Singapore in February. (BWA photo)
Curtis Freeman (front row, third from right) with a group of Baptists and Methodists meeting in Singapore in February. (BWA photo)

Baptists, Methodists seek to overcome differences to minister together

A Baptist World Alliance group met for the second of five meetings in an effort to overcome differences that bar Baptists and Methodists from more effective mission together.

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Liberia seminary reopens post-Ebola

Rebuilding efforts at one of Liberia’s leading schools are getting back on track after being sidelined by last year’s Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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Kelly Gissendaner (right), scheduled to be executed for the murder of her husband Monday night, was visited by two of her children, Kayla and Cody, who have reconciled with her since her incarceration.
Kelly Gissendaner (right), scheduled to be executed for the murder of her husband Monday night, was visited by two of her children, Kayla and Cody, who have reconciled with her since her incarceration.

Moderate Baptists rise to aid of woman on death row in Georgia

With the scheduled execution just hours away, members of Atlanta’s religious community are working to rally support for a fellow Christian whose death they say would be a travesty.

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Various reasons drive some Christians to church shop, including internal conflict and being turned off by denominationalism. (Creative Commons photo)
Various reasons drive some Christians to church shop, including internal conflict and being turned off by denominationalism. (Creative Commons photo)

Studies, experts suggest why some Christians like church shopping

Reasons for seeking new spiritual homes include an aversion to congregational conflict and the trappings of denominationalism.

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Kent McKeever, back row second from the right, and colleagues and friends at Mission Waco, pose with the orange T-shirt designed to inspire fair hiring polices for ex-cons. (Photo provided by Kent McKeever)
Kent McKeever, back row second from the right, and colleagues and friends at Mission Waco, pose with the orange T-shirt designed to inspire fair hiring polices for ex-cons. (Photo provided by Kent McKeever)

Minister trades prison garb for orange T-shirt to help ex-cons find work

Last year, Kent McKeever wore an orange prison jumpsuit for Lent to empathize with former prisoners and others on the margins of society. This year, he's waging a campaign to convince employers to give ex-cons a fair shake in the hiring process.

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SBC controversy reverberates for second, third generation ‘exiles,’ book says

A new book by communications professor Carl Kell tells the story of the 1980s SBC “holy war” through the eyes of sons and daughters of moderates disenfranchised by the fray.

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Example of sketch notes John Jay Alvaro uses for preaching. (Image courtesy of John Jay Alvaro)
Example of sketch notes John Jay Alvaro uses for preaching. (Image courtesy of John Jay Alvaro)

No manuscripts for Baptist pastor who sketches and colors sermon notes

Ink, watercolor and sketches help John Jay Alvaro preach every Sunday morning. It's a process that's also popular for devotionals and note-taking in church. 

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Baptists in Kentucky support cap on payday loans

While marketed as a solution to get people out of short-term financial problems, critics say payday lending is a predatory industry that generates billions of dollars in profit by trapping borrowers in spiraling debt.

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Petition to repeal anti-discrimination ordinance in Texas suburb ruled invalid

Apparently losing the battle against same-sex marriage in federal courts, conservative Christian activists, including Southern Baptists, are turning attention to local ordinances expanding non-discrimination protections to the transgendered.

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