Eight showers, plus a bank of washers and dryers, have enabled First Baptist Chattanooga to meet a critical need in the city's homeless community. (Steven Depolo/Creative Commons)
Eight showers, plus a bank of washers and dryers, have enabled First Baptist Chattanooga to meet a critical need in the city's homeless community. (Steven Depolo/Creative Commons)

Baptist church finds downtown niche in shower ministry

A ministry of First Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn., to the downtown homeless community was launched by young voices who ascertained a need for this unmet service in the city.

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Kentucky Baptist leader opposes medical pot

Paul Chitwood, head of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, says a proposal to legalize marijuana in the Bluegrass State is a bad idea that should be rejected by the General Assembly.

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Baptist minister to lead progressive Christian advocacy group

Lindsay Andreolli-Comstock, an ordained Baptist minister and human-trafficking specialist, has been named executive director of The Beatitudes Society, effective Feb. 6.

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Supporters say Muslim prisoner’s beard a win for religious liberty

A unanimous Supreme Court declared today that a Muslim prisoner can exercise his religious beliefs by adhering to certain religious grooming standards, affirming a landmark 2000 law and agreeing with principles outlined in a brief signed by the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.

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Ergun Caner steps down as president of Brewton-Parker

Six months after losing his son to suicide, a college president whose election sparked controversy is stepping down after one year on the job.

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Buckner social worker in Guatemala places brand new shoes on 5-year-old Dulce Alquijay Raymundo’s feet. These shoes are the 3 millionth pair delivered to children around the world by Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls. (Buckner International photo)
Buckner social worker in Guatemala places brand new shoes on 5-year-old Dulce Alquijay Raymundo’s feet. These shoes are the 3 millionth pair delivered to children around the world by Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls. (Buckner International photo)

Buckner hits 3M mark in shoes-for-orphans program

A 5-year-old Guatemalan girl received the 3 millionth pair from Buckner International’s Shoes for Orphan Souls, the agencies largest humanitarian aid project.

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Aidsand Wright-Riggins of American Baptist Home Mission Societies facilitates a report on covenants of action. (BNG photo by Bob Allen)
Aidsand Wright-Riggins of American Baptist Home Mission Societies facilitates a report on covenants of action. (BNG photo by Bob Allen)

Partnerships can transform racial relations, says pastor

Connecticut pastor Jason Coker was one of several speakers at the New Baptist Covenant, a movement launched by former President Jimmy Carter seeking to make Baptists in the U.S. better known for what unites rather than divides them.

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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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