Kilauea Volcano lava flow as seen on Oct 25. (USGS photo by Greg Bishop)
Kilauea Volcano lava flow as seen on Oct 25. (USGS photo by Greg Bishop)

In the path of lava flows, Baptists provide comfort to Hawaiian volcano victims

Baptist volunteers from Texas have offered material and spiritual aid in Hawaii to those living in the path of lava from the Kilauea volcano.

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Appeals court hears GuideStone challenge to Obamacare

A three-judge panel in Denver heard arguments about a preliminary injunction currently blocking the government from penalizing GuideStone Financial Resources for refusal to cover contraceptives in health plans as required by the Affordable Care Act.

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Brewton-Parker regains accreditation

For the first time since it went on probation in 2012, a regional accrediting body has given a Georgia Baptist Convention college a clean bill of health.

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Alina Carbonell is pastor of the Hispanic pastor at First Baptist Church in Gainesville, Ga. (Photo courtesy of Alina Carbonell)
Alina Carbonell is pastor of the Hispanic pastor at First Baptist Church in Gainesville, Ga. (Photo courtesy of Alina Carbonell)

Struggles prepared her for ministry, says pastor of Hispanic congregation

Alina Carbonell’s “trial by fire” influences her leadership at the congregation which worships at First Baptist Church in Gainesville, Ga.

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American Baptist, NYC clergy protest Eric Garner decision

A new poll says a New York grand jury’s refusal to indict a white police officer in a black man’s death is galvanizing public opinion across racial lines in a way that a similar controversy in Ferguson, Mo., did not.

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Baptist church holds same-sex wedding

A bride in the first same-sex wedding ceremony at Crescent Hill Baptist Church says coming to terms with her sexuality while studying at Southern Seminary in the late 1980s turned her life around.

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Baptist Pastor Kyle Reese (left) and Rabbi Jonathan Lubliner greet audience members following a Dec. 4 interfaith event in Jacksonville, Fla. (BNG photo by Jeff Brumley)
Baptist Pastor Kyle Reese (left) and Rabbi Jonathan Lubliner greet audience members following a Dec. 4 interfaith event in Jacksonville, Fla. (BNG photo by Jeff Brumley)

Interfaith dialogue requires hard work of forging relationships, Baptist pastor says

Once-a-year gatherings with largely symbolic significance must be accompanied by relationships to work through difficult issues, says longtime participant in interfaith conversations.

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BJC program will equip young professionals for religious liberty advocacy

The new BJC Fellows Program offers young professionals the opportunity to deepen their historical, theological and legal understanding of religious liberty and develop skills to advocate for the cause throughout their careers.

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Triple-murder suspect captured as Baptist church mourns

Details emerged over the weekend about a triple murder at a Southern Baptist church in Florida.

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Emile Sam-Peal (center), who heads the Lott Carey Mission School in Liberia, greets worshipers at First Baptist Church-West in Charlotte, N.C. At right is Ricky A. Woods, the church’s senior pastor. (Photo by Glenn H. Burkins for Qcitymetro.com)
Emile Sam-Peal (center), who heads the Lott Carey Mission School in Liberia, greets worshipers at First Baptist Church-West in Charlotte, N.C. At right is Ricky A. Woods, the church’s senior pastor. (Photo by Glenn H. Burkins for Qcitymetro.com)

After five-month delay due to Ebola, Liberian Baptist leader returning home

Emile Sam-Peal, who heads the Lott Carey Mission School in Monrovia, says he’s eager to begin recovery work in the devastated country.

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Triple slaying touches three Florida Baptist churches

One lost its pastor, another is consoling a pastor whose daughter is now a widow and a third has family connections to the murder suspect.

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Should churches ditch the stand-and-greet?

A Southern Baptist Convention leader says the widely used ritual can be off-putting to first-time visitors.

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Two authors say intentionally recapturing historic worship forms may reverse declining church attendance. (Creative Commons photo by Ashley Campbell)
Two authors say intentionally recapturing historic worship forms may reverse declining church attendance. (Creative Commons photo by Ashley Campbell)

Authors say worship’s revival could be key to revitalized churches

And they predict those turned off by Christianity may be attracted to congregations that are more intentional about worship.

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SBC leader Russell Moore denounces Eric Garner grand jury decision

The head of Southern Baptists’ moral concerns agency says there are still “unreconstructed racists” in America, including some who “sit in pews.”

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