Baptist editor blasts gay-marriage ruling

A Baptist newspaper editorial challenged Southern Baptists in Missouri to insist the state’s attorney general “do his job” by appealing a favorable ruling on same-sex marriage by a Kansas City judge.

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Pastor calls out ‘tolerated non-involvement’ in Southern Baptist churches

Don’t baptize small children, ease into church discipline and require new member classes before adding names to the roll, says 9Marks Ministries founder Mark Dever.

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BGAV to consider reduced budget in 2015

A proposed budget of $11.5 million for Baptist General Association of Virginia ministries is about $700,000 less than current levels.

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(Creative Commons/Photo by Pedro Ribeiro Simões)
(Creative Commons/Photo by Pedro Ribeiro Simões)

Faith community challenged to put a face on poverty, hunger

Religious groups are best suited to convince other Americans that the poor are worthy of help, says a politicans, but a Baptist minister notes that will take a willingness by Christians to risk forming relationships with those in need.

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Dallas Ebola patient Eric Duncan dies

Eric Duncan, the first U.S. Ebola patient, has lost his battle with the disease.

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Alliance of Baptists gets grant for LGBT initiative

The Arcus Foundation has awarded the Alliance of Baptists a grant to support a new initiative directed toward work on LGBTQ inclusion and racial justice.

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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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