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Baptist volunteers help remove damaged boards from the gym floor at Iglesia Bautista El Calvario in downtown Havana. (Photo by Ken Camp)
Baptist volunteers help remove damaged boards from the gym floor at Iglesia Bautista El Calvario in downtown Havana. (Photo by Ken Camp)

Openness to Cuba is nothing new to these Baptists

As the United States and Cuba restore diplomatic relations, a Baptist mission team shares faith and resources on the island.

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Teens lead prayer at Park Avenue Baptist Church in Atlanta. (PABC photo)
Teens lead prayer at Park Avenue Baptist Church in Atlanta. (PABC photo)

Fostering multiethnic churches easier said than done, pastors say

Congregations must make racial diversity a core value that guides hiring decisions, worship planning and every other facet of church life, Baptist ministers say.  

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D.C. Baptists tap longtime staffer as exec

Robert Cochran, associate executive director of the District of Columbia Baptist Convention, has been elected as the group’s new leader.

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Georgia Baptists divided over religious liberty bill

Leaders of the Georgia Baptist Convention say legislation is needed to prevent discrimination against Christians. A Baptist attorney says it makes it harder to convict those who try to use religious teaching as an excuse for child abuse.

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American Baptists intervene on behalf of women in Myanmar

American Baptist Women’s Ministries has called on the U.S. government to pressure the government of Myanmar to seek justice for two Baptist teachers recently murdered in a continuing pattern of rape being used as a weapon of war. 

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Barry Howard at First Baptist Church in Pensacola, Fla. (Photo courtesy of Barry Howard)
Barry Howard at First Baptist Church in Pensacola, Fla. (Photo courtesy of Barry Howard)

Pastor reflects on ‘exorbitant amount’ of funerals he’s preached

Barry Howard has preached more than 850 funerals in a 36-year career — and most of those were at First Baptist Church in Pensacola, Fla.

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Georgia Baptist clergy oppose ‘religious liberty’ bill

Baptists in Georgia are lining up on opposite sides of a so-called religious liberty bill that opponents say could be used as a license to discriminate.

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SBC leader says Marcus Borg redefined Christianity

Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler says efforts by “progressive” scholars like Marcus Borg to rescue Christianity from irrelevancy wind up watering down the fundamentals of the faith.

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Pastors are grappling with whether preaching to younger congregations means changing the way sermons are delivered. (Creative Commons photo by AllStars Youth)
Pastors are grappling with whether preaching to younger congregations means changing the way sermons are delivered. (Creative Commons photo by AllStars Youth)

Pastors eager to find preaching’s place in modern church

A series of Lilly Foundation grants and several large-scale evangelistic events demonstrate the continued importance and effectiveness of preaching. But being relevant without catering to the culture is a challenge.

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Baptists represented at ecumenical gathering on believers’ baptism

A recent three-day consultation among six different “believers’ baptism” church traditions explored how ecumenical encounter has changed their thinking over the past 50 years.

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Church under fire from S.C. Baptist group is only nominally aligned

Megachurch pastor Perry Noble, under fire for a Christmas Eve sermon about the Ten Commandments, has described his seeker-friendly NewSpring Church as “affiliated” with but “not married to” the Baptist denomination.

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Marc Wyatt at a World Refugee Day event in Wilmington, N.C., last summer. (Photo courtesy of Marc Wyatt)
Marc Wyatt at a World Refugee Day event in Wilmington, N.C., last summer. (Photo courtesy of Marc Wyatt)

Missionary couple brings international mission field to N.C.

Kim and Marc Wyatt are showing congregations how to engage the world in their own communities.

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CBF forms ad hoc committee for implementation of global missions strategy

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Governing Board has formed an ad hoc committee to get a head start on policy and funding recommendations likely to result from a strategic planning process initiated by the new CBF Missions Council.

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CBF moderator Kasey Jones and past moderator Bill McConnell listen to Suzii Paynter’s report. (BNG photo by Bob Allen)
CBF moderator Kasey Jones and past moderator Bill McConnell listen to Suzii Paynter’s report. (BNG photo by Bob Allen)

BWA taps CBF as its liaison for religious liberty at the United Nations

Mark Wiggs, an attorney in Jackson, Miss., and former chair of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, will take over the primary Baptist presence at the United Nations as a CBF volunteer.

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