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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Shoes offer respite for weary immigrant children

Volunteers for Buckner International, a Baptist charitable organization based in Dallas, hear harrowing stories of journeys north to the U.S. border.

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Anti-malaria campaign making an impact, say Baptist groups

Assessment suggests mosquito net distribution is reducing killer disease in Ghana.

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CBF appeals for funds as it responds to immigrants crossing U.S. border

The group has helped feed more than 3,000 people in partnership with others in the Rio Grande Valley.

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Inside a Virginia ministry to prostitutes

They don’t preach or condemn, but a small group of Baptist volunteers is building a community of prostitutes who understand God loves them — and that’s transformative.

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Missourian finds vocation, ministry creating prosthetic eyes

Carolyn O’Neill sort of fell into her career, but she believes God directed her to it.

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Aftermath of West explosion shows both relief and recovery needed after disaster

Each is essential but they’re different, say responders.

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“Annie Armstrong” welcomes WMU visitors to her home church. (ABPnews/Herald photo by Bob Allen)
“Annie Armstrong” welcomes WMU visitors to her home church. (ABPnews/Herald photo by Bob Allen)

A picture worth 500 words: WMU’s 125th anniversary prompts a lively visit

Shifts in the Baptist landscape took on new meaning recently when WMU members touring Annie Armstrong’s Baltimore home dropped in on a once prominent Southern Baptist Convention church.

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‘Traditional’ Southern Baptists counter Calvinism

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

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After 1,200 loads of laundry and 1,800 showers, relief efforts along border wrap up

Baptist volunteers have been responding to a sudden influx of unattended minors from Central America.

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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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Church holds final service before demolition for stadium

A historic African-American congregation in Atlanta is saying goodbye to its home of 143 years to make way for a new NFL stadium.

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Serbian Baptists appeal for help after deadly flooding

More than 60 killed as heavy rains lash the Balkans.

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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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Baptists on U.S.-Mexican border offer aid in sudden influx of unaccompanied children

Gang violence in Central America is being attributed to a surge of young undocumented immigrants fleeing north.

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10 things you need to know about multisite churches

A quick look at the growth of churches with multiple campuses.

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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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