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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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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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Nigerian Baptist leader says world ignoring Boko Haram

Since receiving international condemnation for kidnapping more than 200 schoolgirls last April, the extremist Islamic insurgency has only gotten stronger.

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Missouri pastor excited about expanded role at Metro Baptist in NYC

St. Louis pastor Scott Stearman will take the helm of Metro Baptist Church in New York on Feb. 1. The church’s reputation for missional ministry and interaction with the United Nations are among the reasons Stearman said he took the job.

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Student ministry volunteers walk past the mural on the exterior of Touching Miami with Love. (Jeff Brumley/Baptist News Global)
Student ministry volunteers walk past the mural on the exterior of Touching Miami with Love. (Jeff Brumley/Baptist News Global)

Merger in Miami to bolster Christian ministry in Florida, leaders say

Touching Miami with Love and Open House Ministries in Homestead, Fla., are merging to better serve those in need in both communities.

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Baptist minister’s case for gay marriage going to Supreme Court

One of the four gay marriage cases accepted by the nation’s highest court has a Baptist angle.

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