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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Body cameras can be only part of the solution to police violence, some ministers say. (Creative Commons photo by West Midlands Police)
Body cameras can be only part of the solution to police violence, some ministers say. (Creative Commons photo by West Midlands Police)

More than body cameras needed to stop police violence, Baptist clergy say

While some see body cameras as a way to curb deadly police shootings like one in North Charleston, S.C., last weekend, others say systemic issues like police training and a gun-loving culture must also be addressed.

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Prof says homosexual orientation is a sin

Boyce College professor Denny Burk says the sin of homosexuality begins not with the act but the desire that prompts it.

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Central Seminary among fastest-growing theology schools

About 37 percent of schools accredited by the Association of Theological Schools are growing, but there is no single reason why.

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Baptist schools raise RFRA defense in federal appeals court

Two Texas Baptist universities argued religious objections to mandated coverage of contraceptives in the Affordable Care Act Tuesday in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Emily Nichols and Riya Thenayan examine a patient outside the clinic. (Photos courtesy of Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing)
Emily Nichols and Riya Thenayan examine a patient outside the clinic. (Photos courtesy of Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing)

Baptist nursing students learn ropes on Ethiopia medical mission

A group from Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing ventured to Africa to hone skills they will need as medical missionaries.

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A Baptist church in Richmond has found blessings through its ministry to Burmese refugees. (Jeff Brumley/BNG)
A Baptist church in Richmond has found blessings through its ministry to Burmese refugees. (Jeff Brumley/BNG)

Richmond grateful for growth of Burmese refugee ministry

Tabernacle Baptist Church has learned that the God who sends people to them also sends people from them.

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