Only the church’s cornerstone bears the old name at the Heights Community Church, which changed its name last Sunday. (Photo by Don Petersen for The Roanoke Times.)
Only the church’s cornerstone bears the old name at the Heights Community Church, which changed its name last Sunday. (Photo by Don Petersen for The Roanoke Times.)

Name changes challenge churches on Baptist identity

Pastors say it's important that churches which have dropped “Baptist” from their names remain transparent about Baptist affiliations on web sites and literature.

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Dallas Baptist church supports Ebola family

Wilshire Baptist Church Pastor George Mason calls it a “terrible privilege” to minister directly to a family suffering the effects of Ebola.

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BJC supports Muslim prisoner’s right to grow beard

A Baptist church-state watchdog group says the government cannot arbitrarily restrict a prisoner’s right to worship just by playing the “security” card.

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The early Church Fathers recognized truth and beauty in non-Christian sources as evidence of God at work in the world, says cultural analyst Greg Garrett.
The early Church Fathers recognized truth and beauty in non-Christian sources as evidence of God at work in the world, says cultural analyst Greg Garrett.

Preachers: Read fiction to learn human condition, not for sermon fodder

Imaginative fiction can help preachers convey truth, says cultural analyst.

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BWA touts Ebola-free South Africa ahead of 2015 Congress

South Africa is taking significant precautions against the spread of Ebola from West Africa as Durban prepares to host the 21st Baptist World Congress.

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Supreme Court sidesteps same-sex marriage, making it legal in five states

The high court’s decision surprised activists on both sides of the gay-marriage debate.

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Transgender minister, Baptist theologian headline conference promoting LGBT acceptance

An upcoming training event by Matthew Vines’ Reformation Project features personalities familiar to moderate and progressive Baptists.

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Circle of life: Denominational innovation may be wave of future

Circle of life: Denominational innovation may be wave of future

Baptist leaders say there is a strong and creative future for local, state and national religious organizations willing to embrace (sometimes) radical institutional and functional changes.

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First U.S. Ebola case hits home for Baptist church in Dallas

Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas has a personal connection to the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States.

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Complex problem of hunger demands collaborative response, say advocates

Simplistic explanations don’t offer solutions, speakers at hunger summit insist.

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Paynter challenges anti-hunger advocates to ‘live your call’

There are no silver bullets in ending hunger, but there is plenty of silver buckshot, the CBF executive coordinator said.

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Parents sue Second Baptist, Houston, over daughter’s abuse

A lawsuit filed Oct. 1 says a prominent Southern Baptist megachurch is responsible for harm done by a former youth minister now in prison for sexual abuse of a child.

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Not all clergy supporting Tenn. abortion amendment

More than two dozen Memphis-area clergy gathered this week to voice opposition to a proposed amendment to the Tennessee constitution permitting lawmakers to pass laws restricting a woman’s access to abortion.

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Church and community create a sense of family that keeps many Americans from moving, some surveys suggest. (Creative Commons photo by Elvert Barnes)
Church and community create a sense of family that keeps many Americans from moving, some surveys suggest. (Creative Commons photo by Elvert Barnes)

Church factors into American aversion to moving, pastors say

Surveys show that only one in 10 Americans is moving per year — far below the numbers of the 1950s and 1960s. Some say those statistics are driven by loyalty to communities and — for some — to churches.  

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