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A Barna Group survey found that family, not God or country, is the number factor in self identity for most Americans. (Barna Group graphic)
A Barna Group survey found that family, not God or country, is the number factor in self identity for most Americans. (Barna Group graphic)

Survey results could push church beyond its walls into new ministries

A Barna Group study shows most Americans care more about family than they do faith, leading Baptist and other experts to urge churches to adopt ministry strategies to meet those concerns.

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“Freedom is on decline in the world,” Baylor University President Ken Starr told participants at the Global Religious Freedom Summit on the Baylor campus. (Photo by Robert Rogers/Baylor Marketing & Communications)
“Freedom is on decline in the world,” Baylor University President Ken Starr told participants at the Global Religious Freedom Summit on the Baylor campus. (Photo by Robert Rogers/Baylor Marketing & Communications)

Is religious liberty declining around the world? One panel thinks so.

Baylor University President Ken Starr and other experts maintain the state of religious liberty is at its lowest point in recent history.

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Church-state group urges IRS to investigate Ted Cruz speech at Liberty University

Barry Lynn of Americans United for Church and State says the IRS should get tough on churches and charities that abuse the privilege of being tax-exempt by partisan politicking before the problem gets worse in the upcoming presidential election campaign.

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Kentucky Baptists applaud failure of medical pot

A lobbyist opposed to legalization of marijuana says the influence of Kentucky Baptists helped defeat proposals that would have permitted the drug’s medical use.

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Stopping at the Cross on the way to Easter is a moving experience, some Baptist ministers say. (Creative Commons photo)
Stopping at the Cross on the way to Easter is a moving experience, some Baptist ministers say. (Creative Commons photo)

As Easter nears, some Baptists say its time to contemplate Good Friday observances

While still uncommon among evangelical churches, some Baptists are adamant that Good Friday services are vital to a full appreciation and experience of Christ's resurrection.

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Banner Sunday boosts Baptist women in ministry

Last Sunday was a big day for Baptist women in ministry in North Carolina, where the roster of churches led by female pastors increased by two.

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Faith leaders ask Congress to protect programs that aid the poor

More than 1,300 organizations from every state in the nation have signed a letter urging Congress to approve a budget that adheres to four basic principles intended to reduce poverty and inequality and spur broadly shared economic growth.

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Music group leads worship during the Refugee Ministry Summit at Chinese Baptist Church in Houston. (Photo by Bhadra Rai)
Music group leads worship during the Refugee Ministry Summit at Chinese Baptist Church in Houston. (Photo by Bhadra Rai)

Every refugee is a chance to live the gospel, ministers and missionaries say

Nearly 70,000 refugees were resettled in the United States in 2014, according to the federal government. Each one represents an opportunity to fufill Scripture's command to safeguard the stranger and the poor, say ministers. 

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LifeWay’s Nashville campus under contract of sale

LifeWay Christian Resources has entered into a contract for the sale of their campus in downtown Nashville, Tenn.

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‘90 Minutes in Heaven’ coming to big screen

As LifeWay Christian Resources exits a market derided by critics as “heaven tourism,” another Christian retailer is producing a film adaptation of the New York Times bestseller 90 Minutes in Heaven.

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Many have gone too far with coffee bars, cool bands and hipster pastors and forgotten to follow Christ, author and pastors say. (Creative Commons photo by Mary McGuire)
Many have gone too far with coffee bars, cool bands and hipster pastors and forgotten to follow Christ, author and pastors say. (Creative Commons photo by Mary McGuire)

Baptists embrace author’s effort to root out ‘poser’ Christians

Author and blogger Jarrid Wilson says posers are those who claim Jesus but don’t put him at the center of their lives. Some ministers couldn’t agree more.

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CBF of N.C. focuses on transformation during annual meeting

The organization also adopted a budget and elected officers for the coming year.

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Historic CBF church calls woman as pastor

A 12-month search for a pastor at CBF-affiliated First Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., ended Sunday with the election of Emily Hull McGee.

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Preaching brothers sentenced for child pornography

A former youth minister and his brother who volunteered at the same church are both in federal prison after confessing to sexting of teenagers in the youth group.

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