‘Third Way’ pastor says disunity bigger problem than homosexuality

Danny Cortez, pastor of New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, Calif., comments for the first time since his church’s ouster from the Southern Baptist Convention.

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(Creative Commons Photo/Sarah Gath)

Sisters mourned husbands with different emotions, same Baptist faith

One sister turned to God in praise, the other in anger when their husbands died together in 2000. What followed were new lives and strengthened faith.

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(Creative Commons Photo)

Self-centered prayers no surprise to American pastors

A new LifeWay poll indicates most Americans pray with themselves in mind. Baptist ministers say that's no surprise, given that the church does a poor job teaching the purpose of prayer.

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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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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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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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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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Pray the news instead of turning it off, experts advise Christians stressed by bad news. (Creative Commons photo by flash.pro)
Pray the news instead of turning it off, experts advise Christians stressed by bad news. (Creative Commons photo by flash.pro)

Worried about ISIS and Ebola? Pray the news, experts say

Some watch too much news. Others ignore it altogether. Yet others suggest a balanced approach: praying the news as a way to express compassion for those in strife. 

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Warden calls for churches to help break cycle of criminal activity

Warden calls for churches to help break cycle of criminal activity

Burl Cain of the Louisiana State Penitentiary believes congregations can be change agents.

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SBC leader says Honeycutt’s ‘holy war’ sermon was destined to fail

Aug. 28 marked the 30th anniversary of one of the most memorable sermons in a long-running struggle between factions vying for control of the Southern Baptist Convention in the late 20th century.

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Virginia WMU volunteers have worked at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation for a decade.
Virginia WMU volunteers have worked at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation for a decade.

Baptists enriched by repeated missions to Sioux

Returning over many years to the same mission destination reaps huge benefits for those going and those welcoming, say Baptist groups in Virginia and Tennessee.

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SBC leader says churches must address violence against women

ERLC head Russell Moore says churches should discipline male members who abuse their wives.

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Study: Seminaries do little to train pastor to help mentally ill congregants

Most counseling classes offered focus on premarital and couples issues, family concerns or dealing with grief.

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‘Left Behind’ coming to a theater — and maybe a seminary — near you

The end is near, both in movie theaters and Southern Baptist seminary classrooms.

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New book proposes a theology for ‘other’ Baptists

In Contesting Catholicity, Curtis Freeman urges Baptists to move beyond the fragmentation and sectarianism that has characterized so much of the past toward “the unity for which the Lord Jesus prayed and which the church must seek.”

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Liberian seminary responds to humanitarian crisis

As doctors continue to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a Baptist seminary in Liberia is trying to do its part to address a growing humanitarian crisis created in its wake.

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SBC leader says Gungor trusts science more than the Bible

Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler says Christians aren’t supposed to save the Bible from itself by trying to harmonize its truth claims with science.

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CBF partners with BWA to address Ebola crisis

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is partnering with the Baptist World Alliance to address the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

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Prayer seems to be more effective easing anxiety for those who believe in a loving God. (Creative Commons photo by Leland Francisco)
Prayer seems to be more effective easing anxiety for those who believe in a loving God. (Creative Commons photo by Leland Francisco)

Sociologist: Concept of God impacts power of prayer, anxiety-related disorders

A Baylor University sociologist finds that prayer is more effective in easing anxiety when the pray-er believes in a loving, dependable God.

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Virginia Baptists launch initiative aimed at Ebola crisis

The Virginia Baptist Mission Board has allocated funds to Liberia and is working with a group of Liberian expatriates in Virginia.

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