Editor says Atlanta mayor should repent or resign

Fired Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran told a Baptist news service that he will likely sue to get his job back.

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Chaouki Boulos prays and shares the gospel with a participant at a women’s prayer meeting in Lebanon, often attended by Syrian civil war refugees. (CBF photo)
Chaouki Boulos prays and shares the gospel with a participant at a women’s prayer meeting in Lebanon, often attended by Syrian civil war refugees. (CBF photo)

In thick of Syrian refugee crisis, couple learns to ‘love the enemy’

Chaouki and Maha Boulos are serving Syrian civil war refugees in their native Lebanon not only an act of ministry but also as an exercise in living Jesus’ command to love your enemy.

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Former international seminary head John David Hopper dies

John David Hopper, commissioned in 1992 as one of the first Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel, has died at the age of 80.

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Insurance company settles with Missouri Baptist Convention

The Missouri Baptist Convention has received $5 million in partial settlement of a trial court’s judgment against the Missouri Baptist Foundation, despite the fact that the decision is under appeal.

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Pastors will gather in Atlanta next week for the third-annual young pastors gathering. (Church Facebook photo)
Pastors will gather in Atlanta next week for the third-annual young pastors gathering. (Church Facebook photo)

Cost-effective conference fosters fellowship for busy and financially challenged pastors

Keeping annual gatherings simple, focused and free helps young pastors avoid costly annual conferences.

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CBF, Southern Baptists find common ground in Kentucky politics

The Kentucky Baptist Fellowship and Kentucky Baptist Convention are both in a broad coalition of faith-based voices supporting an interest cap on payday loans.

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Mohler says fire chief’s firing a win for ‘erotic liberty’

A Southern Baptist Convention leader says the controversial firing of Atlanta’s fire chief proves that “erotic liberty” trumps religious liberty when it comes to disputes over homosexuality and gay marriage.

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A youth ministry consultant urges parents not to assume the worst when teens are texting. (Carissa Rogers/Creative Commons)
A youth ministry consultant urges parents not to assume the worst when teens are texting. (Carissa Rogers/Creative Commons)

Survey seeks to educate parents, youth ministers on teen texting

A Baptist youth ministry consultant is using an online poll to determine how much teenagers really do know about texting and chat acronyms that often worry parents.

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In wake of Paris attack, Al Mohler says West faces religious war

A Southern Baptist seminary president says the U.S.-led war on terror is not just a military battle but also a conflict of worldview.

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Georgia Baptists stand by fired Atlanta fire chief

Georgia Baptists support “Christians who are standing up for biblical principles and who are being punished or marginalized for their faith,” according to a statement issued by leaders.

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Imam Imad Enchassi (left) and Mitch Randall, pastor of NorthHaven Church in Norman, Okla. Randall and the church have a continuing relationship with the imam and his Muslim community.
Imam Imad Enchassi (left) and Mitch Randall, pastor of NorthHaven Church in Norman, Okla. Randall and the church have a continuing relationship with the imam and his Muslim community.

Oklahoma church paves way on interfaith and missions

NorthHaven Church in Norman, Okla., stands out for its persistent outreach efforts to Muslims, Jews and other faiths. It's also home to many former members of other Christian traditions.

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Lobbyist’s wife still missing after six months

Six months after searching full time for his missing wife, Missouri Baptist lobbyist Kerry Messer is re-engaging in politics for the 2015 legislative session getting underway in Jefferson City.

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Baptist fire chief fired over anti-gay book controversy

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran’s handling of controversy over a book critical of homosexuality only confirmed doubts about his ability to manage a diverse work force in one of the nation’s most LGBT-friendly communities.

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Elmo Johnson, pastor of Rose of Sharon Baptist Church in inner-city Houston, talks with neighbors on the street. (Ken Camp/Baptist Standard)
Elmo Johnson, pastor of Rose of Sharon Baptist Church in inner-city Houston, talks with neighbors on the street. (Ken Camp/Baptist Standard)

Pastor credits God for transforming once-seedy neighborhood

Once rife with drug dealers and addicts, Houston’s Midtown secton was adopted and transformed by the care of a Baptist congregation and its nonprofit community development agency. 

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