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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Some Texas religious leaders worry that a state bill to toughen immigration enforcement would keep some Hispanics from attending church, and destroy immigrant families. (Creative Commons photo by Enrique López-Tamayo Biosca)
Some Texas religious leaders worry that a state bill to toughen immigration enforcement would keep some Hispanics from attending church, and destroy immigrant families. (Creative Commons photo by Enrique López-Tamayo Biosca)

Baptists oppose Texas bill as violation of biblical command to welcome strangers

A bill designed to boost local police powers to enforce immigration laws is detrimental to improving relationships between congregations and immigrant members, religious groups say.

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State CBF group forging ties with historically black college

Long desiring a more diverse membership, leaders in the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship are encouraged by recent meetings with African-American Baptists discussing partnership with a historically black Baptist college undergoing revitalization.

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Plea deadline extended for Union University murder suspect

Delays in processing physical evidence could cause a trial currently scheduled for May to be pushed back to a later date, according to a public defender representing former Christian ministry major Charlie Pittman.

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Marchers demonstrate for immigration reform. (Creative Commons photo by Valerie Hinojosa)
Marchers demonstrate for immigration reform. (Creative Commons photo by Valerie Hinojosa)

Evangelicals support immigration reform, Baptists say; now it’s Congress’ turn

A poll shows that most evangelicals support comprehensive immigration reform, prompting some to assure legislators they have the needed support to enact legislation promoting border security and a path to citizenship. 

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CBF pitches in to provide aid to victims of tropical storm

Officials say Vanuatu, a South Pacific archipelago and one of the world’s poorest nations, could run out of food in as little as a week.

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Sovereign Grace mom testifies in favor of longer statute of limitations on child sex abuse

A plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit alleging abuse and cover-up at an evangelical megachurch told lawmakers the courts will not consider the merits of her case because of Maryland’s statute of limitation on civil litigation.

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With pews increasingly empty in churches across the U.S., churches must be creative with their ministries, experts say. (Creative Commons photo by khrawlings).
With pews increasingly empty in churches across the U.S., churches must be creative with their ministries, experts say. (Creative Commons photo by khrawlings).

Be creative, not afraid, as the religiously unaffiliated rise in U.S., experts tell churches

A new suvery of American values shows the religiously unaffiliated now as one of the top three faith groups in the United States along with Catholics and white evangelicals.

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Woman on death row files lawsuit over her ‘botched’ execution

After postponement of her execution for her role in her husband’s 1997 murder, the only woman on Georgia’s death row is asking a federal court to investigate what went wrong with the drugs that were supposed to be used to kill her.

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Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center revives Center for Congregational Health

A year after changing focus to concentrate on the medical health of congregations and their communities, a North Carolina Baptist hospital is getting back into the church-consulting business.

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Longtime McAfee professor announces retirement

Baptist New Testament scholar Peter Rhea Jones is retiring after a long career as pastor, conference speaker and seminary professor.

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It was a Gulfstream private jet similar to this that Creflo Dollar wanted his followers to purchase for him for $65 million. (Creative Commons photo by Markus Eigenheer)
It was a Gulfstream private jet similar to this that Creflo Dollar wanted his followers to purchase for him for $65 million. (Creative Commons photo by Markus Eigenheer)

Big lessons for Creflo Dollar — and the church — in a $65M jet

A move by an Atlanta megachurch pastor who asked his followers to pay for a new private jet while thousands around him struggle economically ought to challenge all churches to re-examine their financial priorities, say Baptist pastors.

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