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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Liberian Baptists oppose ‘Christian nation’ label

A proposal to declare Liberia a Christian nation is fomenting division between a Christian majority and Muslim minority in a country accustomed to civil war.

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Southern Baptists urged to pray as Supreme Court weighs gay-marriage arguments

When justices consider later this month whether gays have a constitutional right to wed, Southern Baptist leaders are praying that lawyers arguing for traditional marriage will have God on their side.

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Thinking ahead is the key to a succession pastoral succession plan. (Creative Commons photo by James Emery)
Thinking ahead is the key to a succession pastoral succession plan. (Creative Commons photo by James Emery)

Smooth pastoral succession takes creativity and planning, Baptist leaders say

This congregation found a smooth and edifying route to succession when its senior pastor contemplated retirement — but it took prayer and hard work to pull it off.

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Obama honors Gardner Taylor at Easter prayer breakfast

Speakers at the Tuesday morning event included Baptist News Global columnist Amy Butler, who gave the opening prayer.

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Baptists, others, fear legal gay marriage will censor free speech

Southern Baptist leaders are among parties in a Liberty Institute friend-of-the-court brief defending the right to free speech in the volatile debate over gay marriage.

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Catholics, Baptists join in religious liberty battle over gay marriage

Catholic and Baptist leaders have joined in a statement calling for a serious national discussion of religious liberty, following failure to add conscience exceptions to religious liberty measures in Indiana and Arkansas.

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Four in 10 of all Christians will live in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2050, a Pew survey predicts. (Photo: The Image Kid)
Four in 10 of all Christians will live in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2050, a Pew survey predicts. (Photo: The Image Kid)

Baptist missions must continue to adapt to continuing shifts in world religions, Baylor prof says

The rise of Islam, the decline of Christianity in the West and its explosion in Africa means Baptists and others must be ever more sensitive to cultural and demographic realities in areas where they engage in mission, says a professor.

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Gardner Taylor, preacher and civil rights leader, dies

Gardner Taylor, longtime pastor of Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn, N.Y., and a founder of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, died Easter Sunday.

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Georgia tables controversial religious liberty bill

Georgia’s bid for a “religious liberty” bill died in committee in the 2015 General Assembly last week.

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Millennials and other young people want authenticity in their Easter messages, some Baptist pastors say. (Creative Commons photo by Jonathan Assink).
Millennials and other young people want authenticity in their Easter messages, some Baptist pastors say. (Creative Commons photo by Jonathan Assink).

Baptist pastors: power up, don’t water down, Easter message for Millennials

The key on Easter Sunday, these preachers say, is to present the Resurrection story with authenticity and power and in a way that young and old listerners alike can apply to daily lives.

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Judge dismisses Glorieta lawsuit; appeal expected

The U.S. District Court for New Mexico has dismissed all claims in a lawsuit an Arkansas couple filed against LifeWay Christian Resources and the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee regarding the sale of Glorieta Conference Center.

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Baptist school mourns student’s death

Wayland Baptist University confirmed the death of Rachel Bates, a 19-year-old freshman biology major, in a residence hall on the main campus in Plainview, Texas.

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Indiana state capitol. (Photo/Wikicommons)
Indiana state capitol. (Photo/Wikicommons)

BJC releases statement on RFRA legislation in Indiana and Arkansas

As protests mount over controversial legislation in Indiana and Arkansas, a leader in the coalition that helped secure passage of landmark federal legislation to make it harder for the government to burden religious exercise weighs in.

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