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Wishing you all the blessings and joys of Christmas

Wishing you all the blessings and joys of Christmas

 

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German and Allied troops play soccer during the Christmas truce of 1914.
German and Allied troops play soccer during the Christmas truce of 1914.

1914 Christmas truce inspires debate, hope for peace in modern times

While some are doubtful about the prospects of peace, others note that God often provides miracles of peace despite human cynicism. 

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Baptist church in Ohio hosts protest over killing

A Baptist church in Columbus, Ohio, hosted a march following the police killing of 12-year-old black boy.

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Anonymous gift helps Va. church pay off mortgage, minister to African immigrants

A $52,000 donation was contained in a Christmas card to Africa Lighthouse Baptist Temple in Barboursville, Va. One of the congregation’s callings is to help Africans adjust to life in the United States, the pastor says.

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Volunteers from Baptist churches in Texas prepare wild game bound for families in need along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Baptist Standard photo)
Volunteers from Baptist churches in Texas prepare wild game bound for families in need along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Baptist Standard photo)

Christmas mission brings food and Christ to hungry on the border

Several Baptist churches brought food, presents and the gospel to those who need it most in Texas border towns.

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As economy sours and tension persists, Russian Baptists ‘bind wounds’

In a Christmas statement, Russian Baptist leaders assert loyalty to country while urging peace.

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Bellevue Baptist in Memphis evacuated, searched in police manhunt

Local media report that a search for two suspects in a nearby robbery and shooting prompted an evacuation of the SBC megachurch.

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Kneeling to pray or receive communion can make one feel like more of a participant in worship, some observers say. (Creative Commons photo)
Kneeling to pray or receive communion can make one feel like more of a participant in worship, some observers say. (Creative Commons photo)

Bodies in motion: Some Baptists are recovering the physical in worship, prayer

Seen as too charismatic or Catholic by some, the use of physical movement to enhance spirituality is catching on at more and more churches. But there is a long way to go, experts say.

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$2 million gift will establish chair in religious freedom at Baylor

The donation from a Dallas couple will advance freedom of conscience, say school’s leaders.

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Nashville church, developer ‘disappointed’ over failed real estate deal

Neither First Baptist Church in Nashville nor the developer are sure what sank the deal for a downtown parking lot.

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In 2000, Baptist World Alliance general secretary Denton Lotz (left) and BWA president Billy Kim (center) met with Cuban leader Fidel Castro. (BWA photo)
In 2000, Baptist World Alliance general secretary Denton Lotz (left) and BWA president Billy Kim (center) met with Cuban leader Fidel Castro. (BWA photo)

U.S. Baptists welcome thaw in relations with Cuba

Thawing relations between the U.S. and Cuba follows relationships that have been building for years between Baptists in the two countries.

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Religion and politics do mix, Baptist author says, but not always in healthy ways

Scholar Brian Kaylor argues in a new book that “transubstantiating” politics into religious worship creates a distinct form of communication with implications for both church and state.

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BJC lawyer examines church’s role in civil marriage

Changes in definitions of marriage are sparking new discussion about the role of churches in performing civil marriages on behalf of the state.

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Members of Calvary, Riverside and Vienna Baptist churches in the Washington area participated in a protest last weekend. (Calvary Baptist Facebook photo)
Members of Calvary, Riverside and Vienna Baptist churches in the Washington area participated in a protest last weekend. (Calvary Baptist Facebook photo)

Baptist leaders ponder if protests are a social movement or a moment

Pastors say continuing demonstrations have the signs of a signficant movement for racial healing in America, and that churches must help lead the effort.

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