Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center revives Center for Congregational Health

A year after changing focus to concentrate on the medical health of congregations and their communities, a North Carolina Baptist hospital is getting back into the church-consulting business.

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Longtime McAfee professor announces retirement

Baptist New Testament scholar Peter Rhea Jones is retiring after a long career as pastor, conference speaker and seminary professor.

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It was a Gulfstream private jet similar to this that Creflo Dollar wanted his followers to purchase for him for $65 million. (Creative Commons photo by Markus Eigenheer)
It was a Gulfstream private jet similar to this that Creflo Dollar wanted his followers to purchase for him for $65 million. (Creative Commons photo by Markus Eigenheer)

Big lessons for Creflo Dollar — and the church — in a $65M jet

A move by an Atlanta megachurch pastor who asked his followers to pay for a new private jet while thousands around him struggle economically ought to challenge all churches to re-examine their financial priorities, say Baptist pastors.

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Statement applauds American Baptists’ contributions to civil rights

The Board of General Ministries of the American Baptist Churches USA has approved a statement celebrating the role of American Baptists in the civil rights movement, recognizing the 50th anniversary of the march in Selma, and affirming that all lives matter.

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Alabama Baptist church dis-fellowshipped over pastor’s gay friendly views

An Alabama Baptist church whose pastor supports same-sex marriage has formally been voted out of membership of its local association.

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Participants in a Memphis zombie walk amble along a downtown street. Zombies have become powerful symbols for some Americans. (Creative Commons photo by Lindsey Turner)
Participants in a Memphis zombie walk amble along a downtown street. Zombies have become powerful symbols for some Americans. (Creative Commons photo by Lindsey Turner)

Many Americans find meaning in vampire, zombie tales, Baylor prof says

Scholar, author and lecturer Greg Garrett says popular books and films dealing with afterlife issues reveal the spiritual questions of many Americans, including those who are unaffiliated with churches.

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Arkansas Baptist College employee Yolanda Beavers (left) welcomes recent Truett Seminary graduates and Arkansas ministers Marty and Megan Pike to the college’s new First Security Community Union. (Photo courtesy of Ray Higgins)
Arkansas Baptist College employee Yolanda Beavers (left) welcomes recent Truett Seminary graduates and Arkansas ministers Marty and Megan Pike to the college’s new First Security Community Union. (Photo courtesy of Ray Higgins)

Arkansas CBF celebrates turnaround of partner school

A Baptist college president’s attempt to create a model for revitalizing historically black colleges and universities in the United States has strong buy-in from a CBF state organization.

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Pastor/elder dispute disrupts Tennessee church

Rick White, pastor of The People’s Church in Franklin, Tenn., for 33 years and trustee chairman at Southern Seminary when Albert Mohler was elected president, has resigned his church in a leadership dispute with his board of elders.

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During a pregnancy, Julie Long leads children’s church at First Baptist Church of Christ in Macon, Ga. (Photo courtesy of Julie Long)
During a pregnancy, Julie Long leads children’s church at First Baptist Church of Christ in Macon, Ga. (Photo courtesy of Julie Long)

Baptist women say faith deepened as pregnant ministers

A Baptist Women in Ministry conference call featured Baptist ministers sharing their experiences as moms-to-be while preaching and teaching.

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Historically Baptist college elects gay president

Though not Indiana’s first openly gay college president, Thomas Minar is the first for Franklin College, a small-town college 20 minutes from Indianapolis historically rooted in the American Baptist Churches USA.

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Baptists, Presbyterians make room for Anglicans at Calvinist confab

A growing number of Anglicans who have left the Episcopal Church over alleged liberalism are finding affinity in a New Calvinist movement popular in evangelical denominations including the Southern Baptist Convention.

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Parent University is a 13-week curriculum that teaches parents 40 developmental assets to help their children succeed. (BGCT photo)
Parent University is a 13-week curriculum that teaches parents 40 developmental assets to help their children succeed. (BGCT photo)

Churches join schools to tackle educational challenges

Parent University provides community members, including churches, a way to help schools better educate children in a Texas city.

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Faith groups celebrate 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Churches were exempted from a federal law requiring accessibility and equal opportunity for Americans in 1990, but advocates say the upcoming 25th anniversary of the landmark legislation is a second chance for houses of worship to take the lead in striking down barriers that remain.

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Protest signs at a Ferguson protest in New York City. (Creative Commons photo)
Protest signs at a Ferguson protest in New York City. (Creative Commons photo)

Church shares racism with police forces, says minister and former cop in book

Terrell Carter — himself African-American — says perceptions about racism in the Ferguson police department are accurate but that many churches condemning cops are also rife with racism.

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