Many neighborhoods west of downtown Dallas are being revitalized, while others struggle with poverty. (Creative Commons photo by David Herrera)
Many neighborhoods west of downtown Dallas are being revitalized, while others struggle with poverty. (Creative Commons photo by David Herrera)

Ministry model appears to overcome barriers to reviving challenged communities

A new ministry model is showing results in a beleagured Dallas neighborhood, where innovative ministries and programs are sparking transformation in crime rates, health care and education.

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Patient Zero of SBC controversy: B. H. Carroll defies theological labels, historians assert

A complex man, the towering 19th-century Baptist leader was an “extroverted controversialist” and “Introverted unifier.”

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Georgia Baptists join ‘personhood’ campaign

Southern Baptists in Georgia support amending the state constitution to specify that 14th-Amendment guarantees of due process and equal protection of the law extend to the unborn.

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Jewish leaders worry sermon could fuel anti-Semitism

Houston’s Jewish community has criticized a prominent Southern Baptist pastor’s choice of words in talking about “dirty” Jews.

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Children participate in a Trunk-or-Treat event at Cliff Temple Baptist Church. (Photo courtesy of Cliff Temple Baptist Church).
Children participate in a Trunk-or-Treat event at Cliff Temple Baptist Church. (Photo courtesy of Cliff Temple Baptist Church).

Merger, not just ministry, is how this church is engaging Hispanics

A Hispanic co-pastor and multicultural mission trips is how Cliff Temple Baptist Church in Dallas is reaching Latinos in its surrounding neighborhoods.  

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Court upholds clergy housing allowance

A federal appeals court in Chicago struck down a challenge to a tax benefit for “ministers of the gospel,” finding that the atheist couple behind it has no legal standing to sue.

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Alabama Baptist convention opposes Common Core education standards

A resolution “On Parental Authority through Local and State Control of Education” urges the state of Alabama to repeal Common Core.

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Interim seminary head praises progress against Ebola in Liberia

While the war against Ebola isn’t over in Liberia, its spread has been contained enough for the country’s president to relax a 3 ½-month-old state of emergency.

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Gabe Swann, pastor of Church Arise, baptizes a Choctaw church member in the Mississippi River. (Photo courtesy of Gabe Swann)
Gabe Swann, pastor of Church Arise, baptizes a Choctaw church member in the Mississippi River. (Photo courtesy of Gabe Swann)

Choctaws in rural Mississippi find ‘open arms’ in church

A Mississippi congregation has spent years building relationships and trust with impoverished Native Americans in its midst, resulting in cooperation and ministry that has nourished both groups.

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Evangelicals already working to mobilize vote in 2016

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is lending his name to a rally in early 2015 asking evangelical pastors to begin praying about whether God wants them to run for political office.

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Vote inaugurates far-reaching governance change for BGAV

At its annual meeting, the Baptist General Association of Virginia also adopted a reduced budget and elected officers.

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Citing low receipts, North Carolina convention reduces budget

With annual giving from churches down by 7 percent, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina is tightening its belt.

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Maryland school board ‘steals’ Christmas

The latest casualties in the so-called war on Christmas are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

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(U.S. government photo)
(U.S. government photo)

For some Baptists, interfaith dialogue more practical than symbolic

Baptist pastors say building relationships with members of other faiths lays the ground work for easing social tensions and even achieving political goals.

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