A band plays on the steps of Druid Hills Baptist Church, part of the way it engages its community by opening its spaces to arts groups. (DHBC Facebook photo)
A band plays on the steps of Druid Hills Baptist Church, part of the way it engages its community by opening its spaces to arts groups. (DHBC Facebook photo)

Property sale positions Atlanta church to engage its vibrant neighborhood

Druid Hills Baptist Church in Atlanta has sold nearly 3 acres of its campus to a developer who will build apartments, shops and restaurants, positioning itself for ministries in its thriving urban area.

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SBC megachurch challenges discrimination law in Dallas suburb

Opponents of an ordinance banning discrimination against gays and transgendered people are closing on a deadline for collecting enough petition signatures to force either repeal or a voter referendum.

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After recantation, LifeWay withdraws ‘The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven’

Alex Malarkey, whose account of visions of heaven during a near-death experience became a New York Times bestseller, now says he made up the story as a way to get attention.

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Though reversed, approving Muslim calls to prayer at Duke not threatening, theologian says

Criticism of Duke University’s decision, now reversed, to permit Muslim calls to prayer stems from fears of radical Islam, said Curtis Freeman.

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Raphael Warnock preaches during the opening session of the New Baptist Covenant Summit in Atlanta. (BNG photo by Bob Allen)
Raphael Warnock preaches during the opening session of the New Baptist Covenant Summit in Atlanta. (BNG photo by Bob Allen)

‘Holy irritant’ can move white, black Baptists beyond comfort zones, says preacher

The aim is a “covenant community” characterized by “creative and redemptive agitation,” Atlanta pastor Raphael Warnock says at the kickoff of the New Baptist Covenant Summit.

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In hard-hit Appalachia, women find new opportunities

Bluefield College program also has “trickle-down effect,” say organizers.

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A study found that spiritual as well as physical tools can be used to counter obesity in clergy. (Allan Foster/Creative Commons)
A study found that spiritual as well as physical tools can be used to counter obesity in clergy. (Allan Foster/Creative Commons)

Once among the healthiest of professions, clergy seeing spike in obesity

Too many hours on the job and too little pay are contributing factors to the stress that leads to obesity in clergy, a Baylor University study shows.

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Clergy divided on Georgia religious liberty bill

Atlanta clergy — Baptists included — are of two minds on the need for a state RFRA being considered in the Georgia statehouse.

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Hillcrest Baptist Church in Mobile, Ala. will gift its property to Volunteers of America, which will use it as is corporate offices and as a ministry incubator. (Hillcrest Facebook photo)
Hillcrest Baptist Church in Mobile, Ala. will gift its property to Volunteers of America, which will use it as is corporate offices and as a ministry incubator. (Hillcrest Facebook photo)

Church will gift its property to become ‘ministry incubator’

Facing financial challenges due to years of membership declines, Hillcrest Baptist Church in Mobile, Ala., has agreed to gift its property to Volunteers of America in exchange for continuing to worship there.

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Veteran Baptist communicator Orville Scott dies

The longtime Baptist communicator earned a reputation as the informal “poet laureate” of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

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SBC leader sees ‘chasm’ between liberal, evangelical denominations

Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler says evangelical Christians and liberal Protestants follow a different religion.

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Family suggests memorial gifts for Carolyn Weatherford Crumpler

Survivors of the longtime leader in both the Southern Baptist Convention and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship say the best way to honor her is to support causes that help women and the CBF.

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Editor says Atlanta mayor should repent or resign

Fired Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran told a Baptist news service that he will likely sue to get his job back.

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Chaouki Boulos prays and shares the gospel with a participant at a women’s prayer meeting in Lebanon, often attended by Syrian civil war refugees. (CBF photo)
Chaouki Boulos prays and shares the gospel with a participant at a women’s prayer meeting in Lebanon, often attended by Syrian civil war refugees. (CBF photo)

In thick of Syrian refugee crisis, couple learns to ‘love the enemy’

Chaouki and Maha Boulos are serving Syrian civil war refugees in their native Lebanon not only an act of ministry but also as an exercise in living Jesus’ command to love your enemy.

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