Baptist in Kazakhstan faces jail

Baptist Nikolai Novikov refuses to pay a fine for handing out uncensored religious material, claiming the law he disobeyed is unjust.

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Pastors must model for others how to forge relationships between the races, Baptist ministers say. (iStock photo)
Pastors must model for others how to forge relationships between the races, Baptist ministers say. (iStock photo)

Pastors must help lead way to racial reconciliation, stop police violence, Baptist leaders say

Communities, even police, may not be able to understand how relationships between the races may solve local tensions, according to Baptist ministers who have participated in interracial dialogue.

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Center for Healthy Churches relocating to Tennessee

Belmont University and the Center for Healthy Churches, an organization devoted to improving the spiritual, emotional and organizational health of churches and ministers, announced a new partnership April 16 that includes the relocation of CHC’s national office to Belmont’s campus in Nashville, Tenn.

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FBC Oklahoma City looks north for pastor

Kent Berghuis, an American Baptist pastor in Pennsylvania, has been named pastor of a church with deep historic ties to the Southern Baptist Convention now identified with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

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Pastor testifies at Senate hearing in IRS tax scam

A Baptist pastor victimized by a phone scam from someone purporting to be with the IRS testified about his experience in a Senate committee in hopes that his example might save others from being defrauded.

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A portion of the genocide memorial in Armenia. (Creative Commons photo)
A portion of the genocide memorial in Armenia. (Creative Commons photo)

Like pope, recent Baylor symposium called Armenian massacre ‘genocide’

“Remembering Genocide,” a symposium to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the slaughter of more than 1 million Armenian Christians, used the same term that landed Pope Francis in hot water with the Turkish government, which denies the killings were genocide.

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Diana Garland to step down as dean of Baylor School of Social Work

Citing health reasons, Garland will take a research sabbatical in the fall before returning to the faculty for the spring 2016 semester.

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Nearby church to commemorate 20th anniversary of Oklahoma City bombing

The music ministry of First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City will present the musical Shelter on Sunday, April 19, at 10:30 a.m. at the church, 1201 N. Robinson.

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A volunteer prepares to serve meals to the needy in 2014. Experts say volunteering provides blessings to all involved — including the volunteer. (Creative Commons photo by St. Joseph’s University)
A volunteer prepares to serve meals to the needy in 2014. Experts say volunteering provides blessings to all involved — including the volunteer. (Creative Commons photo by St. Joseph’s University)

Volunteering, missions best when not serving as Christian vacations, ministers say

Some Baptist leaders are concerned that Christians and churches no longer collaborate on missions and other volunteer projects as they did in the past.

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Brief asks Okla. Supreme Court to strike down school voucher program

Four religious freedom and civil liberties groups say a scholarship program for children with disabilities violates a “No Aid” clause in the state’s constitution banning the use of public funds for religious indoctrination.

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Georgia Baptist college gets tax break

A flurry of tweaks as the clock ran out on the 2015 Georgia General Assembly included a tax loophole to save Truett-McConnell College $350,000 in sales tax on a construction project.

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Ellen Jimmerson (center) explored the rhetoric of language and how neutral terminology can mask evil with Shonda Jones (left), associate dean at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, and WFU associate professor in communications Alessandra Von Burg. Jimmerson was presenting her documentary “The Second Cooler” to classes and groups at WFU. (BNG photo by Norman Jameson)
Ellen Jimmerson (center) explored the rhetoric of language and how neutral terminology can mask evil with Shonda Jones (left), associate dean at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, and WFU associate professor in communications Alessandra Von Burg. Jimmerson was presenting her documentary “The Second Cooler” to classes and groups at WFU. (BNG photo by Norman Jameson)

Film focuses on U.S. economic policies that cause Latin American poverty

Baptist minister Ellin Jimmerson’s “The Second Cooler” describes decimated farm economies in Mexico and Central America and lifeless U.S. textile towns.

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Faith leaders support Iran framework deal

While not perfect, faith leaders say the president’s plan to gradually lift sanctions on Iran in exchange for nuclear concessions is better than alternatives, including another U.S.-led war on a Muslim country.

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Circle of Protection asks presidential contenders what they would do for the poor

A collection of Christian leaders forming a “circle of protection” for government programs that help alleviate poverty is asking candidates to produce video messages explaining how as president they would seek to help the poor.

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