Engaging ‘nones’ is challenging but possible, say church leaders

Engaging ‘nones’ is challenging but possible, say church leaders

Though the number of people claiming no religious affilation is growing, churches still have some skin in the game.

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Black pastor says racial profiling exists in the SBC

Texas pastor Dwight McKissic said many white Southern Baptists view African-American people with suspicion, especially if they don’t already know them.

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FBC Decatur, Ga., elects openly gay deacon

First Baptist Church in Decatur, Ga., is the latest high-profile Baptist church to fully include LGBT members.

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A Roma couple at Kisbégány near Mukacheve, Ukraine. (Photo by K Brown)
A Roma couple at Kisbégány near Mukacheve, Ukraine. (Photo by K Brown)

Baptists’ mission work order changes from carpentry to caring

Engaging the Roma in Ukraine leaves no visitor unchanged.

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CBF pastor hopes Darren Wilson decision will prompt dialogue

Pastor Scott Stearman says black and white Americans tend to look through “different glasses” when it comes to matters of racial injustice.

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Thabiti Anyabwile says Ferguson grand jury gives marching orders for change

A black Baptist leader called for “a more just system of policing and the protection of all life.”

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Board drops plans for Bible course in Oklahoma public schools

An Oklahoma school board has changed its mind about Bible teaching in public schools.

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Ethan Hallmark. (Photo courtesy of I Am Second)
Ethan Hallmark. (Photo courtesy of I Am Second)

Video ministry documents courageous teen’s inspiring cancer fight

The story of Ethan Hallmark is told by a Christian video ministry as a way to inspire others to face adversity with faith.

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Nearly one-fourth of American families turn to church food pantries for help

Nearly 50 years after President Johnson declared a “war on poverty,” millions of Americans are still going to bed hungry.

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Obama’s action would be moot if Congress would act on immigration, says CBF head

Right or wrong, Suzii Paynter says, President Obama’s controversial unilateral action would become moot if Congress would act on immigration reform.

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(Creative Commons photo by Rick Techlin)
(Creative Commons photo by Rick Techlin)

Weekly communion heals, unites N.C. church and community

At First Baptist Church on Highland Avenue in Winston-Salem, N.C., a weekly Friday service offering communion is forging fellowship both among church members and different races and economic classes inside and outside the church.

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SBC leader criticizes Obama’s immigration initiative, while other faith leaders praise it

Ethics spokesman Russell Moore said he fears President Obama’s decision to move forward on immigration policy without Congress will only encourage Republicans to dig in their heels.

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U.S. Baptists engage in goodwill visit to Cuba

A delegation of Baptists from Missouri and Louisiana recently spent eight days on a goodwill mission to Cuba.

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Sisters Carole (right) and Mely were part of a surge of young immigrants fleeing violence in Central America for safety in the United States. They eventually joined their mother in Virginia, where Mely’s baby, Ashley, was born. (BNG photo by Jeff Brumley)
Sisters Carole (right) and Mely were part of a surge of young immigrants fleeing violence in Central America for safety in the United States. They eventually joined their mother in Virginia, where Mely’s baby, Ashley, was born. (BNG photo by Jeff Brumley)

Two young immigrants fleeing violence find refuge — and ministry — in U.S.

For two Salvadoran sisters who were part of the recent immigration “surge,” reuniting with their mother in Virginia also meant finding Baptists with open arms.

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