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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Conference affirms sufficiency of Scripture for counseling

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, at its first Counsel the Word Conference, affirmed the role of the Bible in “biblical” counseling.

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NRB head exhorts Christian media to defend marriage

Jerry Johnson challenged the religious media’s “self-imposed Sharia law” against discussing same-sex marriage at last weekend’s Values Voter Summit in Washington.

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Missionary speakers (left to right) Ruth Mooney, who serves in Costa Rica, and Kihomi and Nzunga Madudiga, who engage ministries in Haiti, visit with a family during the annual convention of American Baptists in Nebraska. (Photo by Vicki Brown/Word and Way
Missionary speakers (left to right) Ruth Mooney, who serves in Costa Rica, and Kihomi and Nzunga Madudiga, who engage ministries in Haiti, visit with a family during the annual convention of American Baptists in Nebraska. (Photo by Vicki Brown/Word and Way

Baptist couple has edge most missionaries can only envy

Growing up in the Congo gives two missionaries unique insights into the patriarchal,  impoverished culture of Haiti, where they have served nearly 20 years.

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Prof says pulpits mute on sin of domestic abuse

East Texas Baptist University professor Elijah Brown says domestic violence is too often “a dirty secret happening behind closed doors and weekly filling church pews in suffering silence.”

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Tenn. Baptist convention supports amendment placing more restrictions on abortion

Russell Moore, head of the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, says Tennessee is becoming “the abortion capital of the Bible Belt.”

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Mar Awa Royel, California bishop of the Assyrian Church of the East, prepares to speak in a Baylor University chapel service. (PHOTO/ Valeria Brenes/Baylor University)
Mar Awa Royel, California bishop of the Assyrian Church of the East, prepares to speak in a Baylor University chapel service. (PHOTO/ Valeria Brenes/Baylor University)

Prayers for Eastern Christians become easier sell for evangelicals

Globalization, the Internet and terrorism have awakened many American Christians to the history and contributions of Eastern forms of the faith, experts say.

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Officials say Baptist-affiliated Brewton-Parker remains accredited

Brewton-Parker College announced it will remain accredited on probation, after an accrediting agency committee ordered remand of a decision this summer to remove the Georgia Baptist Convention-affiliated school from membership.

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