St. Louis judge strikes down gay-marriage ban

Gay couples in Missouri won the second battle in a month when a state judge ruled that same-sex couples can wed.

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Female minister cited by association for dismissing S.C. church

A South Carolina church with a woman associate pastor has been disassociated from the Saluda Baptist Association, which cites scriptural prohibition against women in pastoral leadership.

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Second Baptist Church in Liberty, Mo., relies on humor, including characters K.C. and Moe, to promote its 24-month stewardship budget cycle, known as Catalyst. (Image provided by Second Baptist Church).
Second Baptist Church in Liberty, Mo., relies on humor, including characters K.C. and Moe, to promote its 24-month stewardship budget cycle, known as Catalyst. (Image provided by Second Baptist Church).

With humor and hard work, church changes its 'culture of giving'

Second Baptist Church in Liberty, Mo., has adopted a 24-month stewardship cycle with just one account for all items — creating greater congregational buy-in and fostering a culture of giving among members, church leaders and ministers say.

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SBC policy expert says medical pot a ‘Trojan Horse’ for legalization

A Southern Baptist Convention policy specialist warns that while medical marijuana may seem a harmless or even compassionate idea, it leads to harder stuff.

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Latest gay marriage ruling, which involved Baptist plaintiff, could hasten Supreme Court decision

Observers say a federal appeals court ruling upholding gay marriage bans in four states virtually guarantees the high court will take up the issue.

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While preaching through the Old Testament book of Jonah, Texas pastor Randall Worley, took wood from pallets, nailed it to plywood and painted scenes from the book on his rough canvas. (George Henson/Baptist Standard)
While preaching through the Old Testament book of Jonah, Texas pastor Randall Worley, took wood from pallets, nailed it to plywood and painted scenes from the book on his rough canvas. (George Henson/Baptist Standard)

Pastor blends art, preaching to share Good News

 A Texas pastor who grew up painting has found a way to incorporate the arts into his ministry. 

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Baptist preacher wins Georgia House seat

Jody Hice, a preacher and radio host viewed with alarm by advocates of separation of church and state, is heading to Congress.

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Mohler says troubling story of Abraham, Isaac reveals ‘we are saved’

Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler says an Old Testament story that many find morally disturbing in reality is good news.

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(Creative Commons photo by Michaël Korchia)
(Creative Commons photo by Michaël Korchia)

For youth ministers, a challenge dealing with mental illness in adolescents

A Baylor University study finds that only half of youth ministers are trained to deal with depressed youth — and even fewer say they feel qualified to do so.

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Publisher finds challenges in appealing to conservative, liberal faith traditions

The Crown Publishing Group is distancing its WaterBrook Multnomah brand, a publisher of conservative evangelical authors including Al Mohler, from Convergent Books, a separate imprint formed in 2012 to appeal to a more liberal crowd.

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Ken Hall fired as Baylor’s senior vice president

University president Ken Starr offers no reason for dismissal.

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Young adults gather for a charity bike ride at Pine Street Church. (Pine Street Facebook photo)
Young adults gather for a charity bike ride at Pine Street Church. (Pine Street Facebook photo)

Church attracts Millennials, in part, by hiring them

An American Baptist church in Boulder, Colo., was on the brink of closing when a radical redesign of worship, staff and social media presence created the conditions for “resurrection.”

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Wealth gap ‘tool of separation,’ black Baptist preacher says

Former National Baptist Convention of America President Stephen Thurston says there will never be full racial equity in America as long as there remains a wide gap between the rich and poor.

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First Baptist, Nashville votes to sell downtown lot

The historic Baptist church is hoping to capitalize on a portion of its downtown property across the street from Nashville’s massive new convention center complex.

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