SBC controversy reverberates for second, third generation ‘exiles,’ book says

A new book by communications professor Carl Kell tells the story of the 1980s SBC “holy war” through the eyes of sons and daughters of moderates disenfranchised by the fray.

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Baptist theologian says Bible doesn’t condone homosexuality

A Baptist theologian and interpreter of culture says churches should not reinterpret their views on what the Bible says about homosexuality based on whims of culture.

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Truett prof asks CBF liberals to drop ‘moderate’ label

A quarter century after forming to resist fundamentalism in the Southern Baptist Convention, theology professor Roger Olson says the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is increasingly polarizing over liberal views gaining ground in the originally moderate group.

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Seminary president fears liberal drift in churches

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Jason Allen says Southern Baptists are enjoying a golden era of theological education.

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As full-time ministry becomes more challenging, listening for “the call” from God is harder, say some church leaders.
As full-time ministry becomes more challenging, listening for “the call” from God is harder, say some church leaders.

Here am I, send me … anywhere but the ministry

As churches in the United States acquaint themselves with a post-Christian environment, they find creating a “culture of call” increasingly challenging.

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Baptists represented at ecumenical gathering on believers’ baptism

A recent three-day consultation among six different “believers’ baptism” church traditions explored how ecumenical encounter has changed their thinking over the past 50 years.

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SBC leader sees ‘chasm’ between liberal, evangelical denominations

Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler says evangelical Christians and liberal Protestants follow a different religion.

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German and Allied troops play soccer during the Christmas truce of 1914.
German and Allied troops play soccer during the Christmas truce of 1914.

1914 Christmas truce inspires debate, hope for peace in modern times

While some are doubtful about the prospects of peace, others note that God often provides miracles of peace despite human cynicism. 

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Kneeling to pray or receive communion can make one feel like more of a participant in worship, some observers say. (Creative Commons photo)
Kneeling to pray or receive communion can make one feel like more of a participant in worship, some observers say. (Creative Commons photo)

Bodies in motion: Some Baptists are recovering the physical in worship, prayer

Seen as too charismatic or Catholic by some, the use of physical movement to enhance spirituality is catching on at more and more churches. But there is a long way to go, experts say.

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Baptist Pastor Kyle Reese (left) and Rabbi Jonathan Lubliner greet audience members following a Dec. 4 interfaith event in Jacksonville, Fla. (BNG photo by Jeff Brumley)
Baptist Pastor Kyle Reese (left) and Rabbi Jonathan Lubliner greet audience members following a Dec. 4 interfaith event in Jacksonville, Fla. (BNG photo by Jeff Brumley)

Interfaith dialogue requires hard work of forging relationships, Baptist pastor says

Once-a-year gatherings with largely symbolic significance must be accompanied by relationships to work through difficult issues, says longtime participant in interfaith conversations.

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Two authors say intentionally recapturing historic worship forms may reverse declining church attendance. (Creative Commons photo by Ashley Campbell)
Two authors say intentionally recapturing historic worship forms may reverse declining church attendance. (Creative Commons photo by Ashley Campbell)

Authors say worship’s revival could be key to revitalized churches

And they predict those turned off by Christianity may be attracted to congregations that are more intentional about worship.

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A Roma couple at Kisbégány near Mukacheve, Ukraine. (Photo by K Brown)
A Roma couple at Kisbégány near Mukacheve, Ukraine. (Photo by K Brown)

Baptists’ mission work order changes from carpentry to caring

Engaging the Roma in Ukraine leaves no visitor unchanged.

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Prof says ex-gay therapy inadequate to help homosexuals change

An advocate of “biblical counseling” says what is missing in therapeutic approaches to fix unwanted same-sex attraction is “a Christian doctrine of sin.”

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(U.S. government photo)

For some Baptists, interfaith dialogue more practical than symbolic

Baptist pastors say building relationships with members of other faiths lays the ground work for easing social tensions and even achieving political goals.

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Mohler says troubling story of Abraham, Isaac reveals ‘we are saved’

Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler says an Old Testament story that many find morally disturbing in reality is good news.

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ABC authorizes emergency grant for Liberian Baptists

The American Baptist Churches USA has allocated $120,000 for food, medical supplies and educational resources in the Ebola crisis.

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‘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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