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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Former international seminary head John David Hopper dies

John David Hopper, commissioned in 1992 as one of the first Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel, has died at the age of 80.

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Insurance company settles with Missouri Baptist Convention

The Missouri Baptist Convention has received $5 million in partial settlement of a trial court’s judgment against the Missouri Baptist Foundation, despite the fact that the decision is under appeal.

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Pastors will gather in Atlanta next week for the third-annual young pastors gathering. (Church Facebook photo)
Pastors will gather in Atlanta next week for the third-annual young pastors gathering. (Church Facebook photo)

Cost-effective conference fosters fellowship for busy and financially challenged pastors

Keeping annual gatherings simple, focused and free helps young pastors avoid costly annual conferences.

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