Christians have a strong tendency to make claims of persecution, experts say, in part because of the suffering of Christ. (Creative Commons photo by Richard Bott)
Christians have a strong tendency to make claims of persecution, experts say, in part because of the suffering of Christ. (Creative Commons photo by Richard Bott)

Real or imagined, persecution appears to part of Christian DNA

Experts say some Christian groups thrive on the belief they are being persecuted, and that this belief is seemingly supported by Christ’s own experience with persecution.

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A stained-glass depiction of Christ greets worshipers at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla. (Jeff Brumley/ABPnews/Herald)
A stained-glass depiction of Christ greets worshipers at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla. (Jeff Brumley/ABPnews/Herald)

Ornate sanctuaries no distraction from the Word, Baptist pastors say

While many Baptists have historically rejected religious symbolism in their sanctuaries, others have embraced it as a way to get worshipers focused on God.

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‘Traditional’ Southern Baptists counter Calvinism

Move over TULIP. Another flower is blooming this week in Baltimore.

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Mohler: If toddlers are mean, chalk it up to Original Sin

Sin isn’t something that children learn, says a Southern Baptist leader. They’re born with it.

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d365 releases daily devotionals on free app

The ministry of Passport Inc. is available on iOS devices.

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SBC official says gender an issue of spiritual warfare

Despite all the talk about women’s equality, ERLC head Russell Moore says the non-believing world is “a patriarchy of the most pagan kind.”

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Ceiling painting of peace and heaven by Daniel Gran. (WikiMedia Commons)
Ceiling painting of peace and heaven by Daniel Gran. (WikiMedia Commons)

Baylor prof questions popular views of heaven

Author and pop culture critic Greg Garrett ponders what it says about someone who believes heaven includes none of their enemies or is merely a continuation of life on earth.

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(Image by Justin See/Flickr Creative Commons)
(Image by Justin See/Flickr Creative Commons)

Theology of workflow connects dots between spirituality and efficiency

Promptly replying to emails can be just as missional as working in a soup kitchen, say advocates of a theology of workflow and organization. 

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Mohler says Christ died only for the ‘elect’

Albert Mohler, a proponent of a Calvinist resurgence in Southern Baptist life, explains one of the movement’s most controversial doctrines.

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The columbarium at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas.
The columbarium at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas.

Ashes to ashes: In debate over burial or cremation, some things get lost

Christian funerals should include elements of celebration but not ignore the hard realities of death and sorrow, say ministers.

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