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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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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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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Conference affirms sufficiency of Scripture for counseling

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, at its first Counsel the Word Conference, affirmed the role of the Bible in “biblical” counseling.

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Missionary speakers (left to right) Ruth Mooney, who serves in Costa Rica, and Kihomi and Nzunga Madudiga, who engage ministries in Haiti, visit with a family during the annual convention of American Baptists in Nebraska. (Photo by Vicki Brown/Word and Way
Missionary speakers (left to right) Ruth Mooney, who serves in Costa Rica, and Kihomi and Nzunga Madudiga, who engage ministries in Haiti, visit with a family during the annual convention of American Baptists in Nebraska. (Photo by Vicki Brown/Word and Way

Baptist couple has edge most missionaries can only envy

Growing up in the Congo gives two missionaries unique insights into the patriarchal,  impoverished culture of Haiti, where they have served nearly 20 years.

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Mar Awa Royel, California bishop of the Assyrian Church of the East, prepares to speak in a Baylor University chapel service. (PHOTO/ Valeria Brenes/Baylor University)
Mar Awa Royel, California bishop of the Assyrian Church of the East, prepares to speak in a Baylor University chapel service. (PHOTO/ Valeria Brenes/Baylor University)

Prayers for Eastern Christians become easier sell for evangelicals

Globalization, the Internet and terrorism have awakened many American Christians to the history and contributions of Eastern forms of the faith, experts say.

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Pray the news instead of turning it off, experts advise Christians stressed by bad news. (Creative Commons photo by flash.pro)
Pray the news instead of turning it off, experts advise Christians stressed by bad news. (Creative Commons photo by flash.pro)

Worried about ISIS and Ebola? Pray the news, experts say

Some watch too much news. Others ignore it altogether. Yet others suggest a balanced approach: praying the news as a way to express compassion for those in strife. 

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Warden calls for churches to help break cycle of criminal activity

Warden calls for churches to help break cycle of criminal activity

Burl Cain of the Louisiana State Penitentiary believes congregations can be change agents.

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