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Pastors are grappling with whether preaching to younger congregations means changing the way sermons are delivered. (Creative Commons photo by AllStars Youth)
Pastors are grappling with whether preaching to younger congregations means changing the way sermons are delivered. (Creative Commons photo by AllStars Youth)

Pastors eager to find preaching’s place in modern church

A series of Lilly Foundation grants and several large-scale evangelistic events demonstrate the continued importance and effectiveness of preaching. But being relevant without catering to the culture is a challenge.

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Nigerian Baptist leader says world ignoring Boko Haram

Since receiving international condemnation for kidnapping more than 200 schoolgirls last April, the extremist Islamic insurgency has only gotten stronger.

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Supporters say Muslim prisoner’s beard a win for religious liberty

A unanimous Supreme Court declared today that a Muslim prisoner can exercise his religious beliefs by adhering to certain religious grooming standards, affirming a landmark 2000 law and agreeing with principles outlined in a brief signed by the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.

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Though reversed, approving Muslim calls to prayer at Duke not threatening, theologian says

Criticism of Duke University’s decision, now reversed, to permit Muslim calls to prayer stems from fears of radical Islam, said Curtis Freeman.

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In hard-hit Appalachia, women find new opportunities

Bluefield College program also has “trickle-down effect,” say organizers.

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Clergy divided on Georgia religious liberty bill

Atlanta clergy — Baptists included — are of two minds on the need for a state RFRA being considered in the Georgia statehouse.

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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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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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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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Baptist pastor charged with abuse

New York State Police accuse the pastor of a small American Baptist church of sexually abusing a child in 2008.

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Trial postponed for accused Baptist preacher

A Missouri pastor whose former church drew media attention for supporting him despite charges of child sex abuse may finally get his day in court.

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Russell Moore, Richard Land, criticize normalizing relations with Cuba

Often noted for of their contrasting styles, the Southern Baptist Convention’s current and former ethics chief agree that restoring diplomatic ties with Cuba will reward the bad behavior of the Castro regime.

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Six-year-old Ebola survivor Patrick Poopei attends Sunday service at his local church in Paynesville, Liberia. (Photo by Morgana Wingard/Creative Commons)
Six-year-old Ebola survivor Patrick Poopei attends Sunday service at his local church in Paynesville, Liberia. (Photo by Morgana Wingard/Creative Commons)

Ebola, race, marriage and Obamacare top stories in 2014

Baptist reaction to the advance of gay marriage, racial justice, Obamacare and Ebola were among issues covered frequently in 2014 by Baptist News Global.

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What were people reading in 2014?

Here are the 10 Baptist News Global stories that received the most page views in 2014, as calculated by Google Analytics.

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As economy sours and tension persists, Russian Baptists ‘bind wounds’

In a Christmas statement, Russian Baptist leaders assert loyalty to country while urging peace.

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In 2000, Baptist World Alliance general secretary Denton Lotz (left) and BWA president Billy Kim (center) met with Cuban leader Fidel Castro. (BWA photo)
In 2000, Baptist World Alliance general secretary Denton Lotz (left) and BWA president Billy Kim (center) met with Cuban leader Fidel Castro. (BWA photo)

U.S. Baptists welcome thaw in relations with Cuba

Thawing relations between the U.S. and Cuba follows relationships that have been building for years between Baptists in the two countries.

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Religion and politics do mix, Baptist author says, but not always in healthy ways

Scholar Brian Kaylor argues in a new book that “transubstantiating” politics into religious worship creates a distinct form of communication with implications for both church and state.

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