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Whether it's ISIS or deadly weather, fear is nothing new and modern Christians should look to the ancients for answers, some Baptists say. (Creative Commons photo by Day Donaldson)
Whether it's ISIS or deadly weather, fear is nothing new and modern Christians should look to the ancients for answers, some Baptists say. (Creative Commons photo by Day Donaldson)

Prayer, community antidotes to fear, Baptist leaders say

From ancient times onward, Christians and Baptists turned to congregations, prayer and action to face fears ranging from war and disease to persecution and violent weather.

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A portion of the genocide memorial in Armenia. (Creative Commons photo)
A portion of the genocide memorial in Armenia. (Creative Commons photo)

Like pope, recent Baylor symposium called Armenian massacre ‘genocide’

“Remembering Genocide,” a symposium to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the slaughter of more than 1 million Armenian Christians, used the same term that landed Pope Francis in hot water with the Turkish government, which denies the killings were genocide.

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A volunteer prepares to serve meals to the needy in 2014. Experts say volunteering provides blessings to all involved — including the volunteer. (Creative Commons photo by St. Joseph’s University)
A volunteer prepares to serve meals to the needy in 2014. Experts say volunteering provides blessings to all involved — including the volunteer. (Creative Commons photo by St. Joseph’s University)

Volunteering, missions best when not serving as Christian vacations, ministers say

Some Baptist leaders are concerned that Christians and churches no longer collaborate on missions and other volunteer projects as they did in the past.

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Prof says homosexual orientation is a sin

Boyce College professor Denny Burk says the sin of homosexuality begins not with the act but the desire that prompts it.

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Emily Nichols and Riya Thenayan examine a patient outside the clinic. (Photos courtesy of Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing)
Emily Nichols and Riya Thenayan examine a patient outside the clinic. (Photos courtesy of Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing)

Baptist nursing students learn ropes on Ethiopia medical mission

A group from Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing ventured to Africa to hone skills they will need as medical missionaries.

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Four in 10 of all Christians will live in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2050, a Pew survey predicts. (Photo: The Image Kid)
Four in 10 of all Christians will live in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2050, a Pew survey predicts. (Photo: The Image Kid)

Baptist missions must continue to adapt to continuing shifts in world religions, Baylor prof says

The rise of Islam, the decline of Christianity in the West and its explosion in Africa means Baptists and others must be ever more sensitive to cultural and demographic realities in areas where they engage in mission, says a professor.

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Millennials and other young people want authenticity in their Easter messages, some Baptist pastors say. (Creative Commons photo by Jonathan Assink).
Millennials and other young people want authenticity in their Easter messages, some Baptist pastors say. (Creative Commons photo by Jonathan Assink).

Baptist pastors: power up, don’t water down, Easter message for Millennials

The key on Easter Sunday, these preachers say, is to present the Resurrection story with authenticity and power and in a way that young and old listerners alike can apply to daily lives.

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Stopping at the Cross on the way to Easter is a moving experience, some Baptist ministers say. (Creative Commons photo)
Stopping at the Cross on the way to Easter is a moving experience, some Baptist ministers say. (Creative Commons photo)

As Easter nears, some Baptists say its time to contemplate Good Friday observances

While still uncommon among evangelical churches, some Baptists are adamant that Good Friday services are vital to a full appreciation and experience of Christ's resurrection.

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CBF pitches in to provide aid to victims of tropical storm

Officials say Vanuatu, a South Pacific archipelago and one of the world’s poorest nations, could run out of food in as little as a week.

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Baptists, Presbyterians make room for Anglicans at Calvinist confab

A growing number of Anglicans who have left the Episcopal Church over alleged liberalism are finding affinity in a New Calvinist movement popular in evangelical denominations including the Southern Baptist Convention.

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SBC leader: Baptists, don’t let your babies grow up to be Catholics

A Southern Baptist seminary president says churches are to blame when young people leave the fold to follow another faith tradition.

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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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