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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