BWA reconfirms 2015 Africa congress

Baptist World Alliance leaders polled Baptists around the world to confirm South Africa as the site for the 21st Baptist World Congress in response to fears of continuing Ebola outbreaks in other parts of the continent.

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As churches grapple with mental illness, ministers open up

As churches grapple with mental illness, ministers open up

For congregations to adopt a different attitude toward mental health, some clergy say they’ll have to be transparent about their own struggles.

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ERLC conference drawing diverse crowd

Pro-LGBT groups hope a Southern Baptist Convention conference intended to defend traditional marriage will open the door to more give-and-take about what the Bible says about homosexuality.

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Music minister charged with child exploitation

A Southern Baptist music minister in Kentucky faces federal charges stemming from alleged sexual exploitation of a 10-year-old girl.

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An interpreter, center, works with U.S. military members in Afghanistan. (Creative Commons photo by ISAF Media)
An interpreter, center, works with U.S. military members in Afghanistan. (Creative Commons photo by ISAF Media)

Baptist church strives to help Afghan Muslim find welcome, work

An Afghan physician who served as an interpreter for the U.S. military in Afghanistan fled the revenge-seeking Taliban for a better life in the United States. NorthHaven Church in Norman, Okla., has welcomed him to worship and is trying to help him find work.

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French woman represents Baptists at Catholic synod

Representing the Baptist World Alliance, Valérie Duval-Poujol was the only woman among the eight fraternal delegates to the two-week gathering at the Vatican.

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Former Baptist minister indicted for murder

Richard Shahan, former children’s minister at First Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., is accused of fatally stabbing his wife and cutting her throat in July 2013.

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Susan Sparks finds her voice most powerfully in the pulpit. (BNG photo by Norman Jameson)
Susan Sparks finds her voice most powerfully in the pulpit. (BNG photo by Norman Jameson)

Breaking the power of the dour hour

Comedian-preacher is breaking barriers — including the glass ceiling.

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Second vote on Brewton-Parker accreditation due in December

A Georgia Baptist college previously informed its accreditation was revoked won a reprieve and will remain on probation pending a new vote by the SACSCOC board of trustees in December.

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Seminary trustees clear president in Muslim student flap

Trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary have concluded an investigation into whether President Paige Patterson did anything wrong by admitting a Palestinian Muslim student into the school’s Ph.D. program in biblical archeology.

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New Baptist Covenant gets $1 million gift

A four-year gift by the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation is intended to nurture 100 “covenants of action” uniting Baptists of different stripes in shared mission.

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Rather than trying to emulate spectacularly successful megachurches, church planters and struggling congregations should discern what works best in their community and put the Kingdom ahead of survival, church coaches say. (Creative Commons photo by Keoni Cabral)
Rather than trying to emulate spectacularly successful megachurches, church planters and struggling congregations should discern what works best in their community and put the Kingdom ahead of survival, church coaches say. (Creative Commons photo by Keoni Cabral)

No magic bullet for church survival, Rick Warren and other Baptists say

California pastor Rick Warren says too many churches want a quick ride to success, and Baptists who coach churches say they see the same tendencies.

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‘Third Way’ pastor says disunity bigger problem than homosexuality

Danny Cortez, pastor of New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, Calif., comments for the first time since his church’s ouster from the Southern Baptist Convention.

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SNAP says SBC leader poor choice for prayer chairman

An advocacy group says leaders with questionable policies on handling sex abuse should be corrected, not honored.

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