Baylor renames School of Social Work for Dean Diana Garland

Baylor University’s board of regents has voted to name the university’s School of Social Work in honor of its inaugural dean, Diana R. Garland, who recently announced she will step down from her position June 1 for health reasons.

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SBC Pastors Conference disinvites Ben Carson

The likely GOP presidential candidate and leaders of the pre-convention meeting agree that controversy over the invitation could create an unnecessary “distraction.”

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Union University murder trial postponed

Today was supposed to be the deadline for Charles Pittman, a former Christian ministry major at the Baptist-affiliated school in Jackson, Tenn., to plead guilty to murder, but his lawyers are still awaiting for crime lab reports to determine what evidence the state has against him.

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Cody Sanders describes three projects being funded by an Arcus Foundation grant in an Alliance workshop. (BNG photo by Bob Allen)
Cody Sanders describes three projects being funded by an Arcus Foundation grant in an Alliance workshop. (BNG photo by Bob Allen)

Project seeks to get churches talking about issues of sex and racism

The Alliance of Baptists has unveiled a project to help churches begin conversations about LGBT inclusion and racial justice funded by a $104,000 grant by the Arcus Foundation.

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Discussing the future of Baptist journalism were a panel led by Kyle Reese (right), chair of BNG’s board of directors, and (from left) Natalie Aho, BNG interactive communication specialist; Greg Warner, ABP’s first full-time editor; and BNG director Dan Lattimore. (Photo by Norman Jameson)
Discussing the future of Baptist journalism were a panel led by Kyle Reese (right), chair of BNG’s board of directors, and (from left) Natalie Aho, BNG interactive communication specialist; Greg Warner, ABP’s first full-time editor; and BNG director Dan Lattimore. (Photo by Norman Jameson)

From ABP to BNG, Baptist journalists remember past, embrace future

From fundamentalism and financial uncertaintly to apathy and the centrality of the web, Baptist journalists celebrated the 25th anniversary of Associated Baptist Press.

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Baylor student to study ethical issues at Auschwitz

The third-year seminary student is humbled at the opportunity to study ethics and evil at the notorious death camp.

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Marks of leadership

Marks of leadership

Furman’s new president may be one of the few women to lead an American university. But Elizabeth Davis doesn’t want to be evaluated only by her gender.

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How Bill Moyers changed Baptist journalism

How Bill Moyers changed Baptist journalism

Twenty-five years ago, in the midst of controversy, editors launched something new.

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A busy, productive two days at NABF Annual Gathering

Re-election of a general sectretary and reports on church trends in Asia and North America, and on the role of women in ministry, were just some of the agenda items for the organization, which is one of six regions of the Baptist World Alliance.

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Center for Healthy Churches relocating to Tennessee

Belmont University and the Center for Healthy Churches, an organization devoted to improving the spiritual, emotional and organizational health of churches and ministers, announced a new partnership April 16 that includes the relocation of CHC’s national office to Belmont’s campus in Nashville, Tenn.

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FBC Oklahoma City looks north for pastor

Kent Berghuis, an American Baptist pastor in Pennsylvania, has been named pastor of a church with deep historic ties to the Southern Baptist Convention now identified with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

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Diana Garland to step down as dean of Baylor School of Social Work

Citing health reasons, Garland will take a research sabbatical in the fall before returning to the faculty for the spring 2016 semester.

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Nearby church to commemorate 20th anniversary of Oklahoma City bombing

The music ministry of First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City will present the musical Shelter on Sunday, April 19, at 10:30 a.m. at the church, 1201 N. Robinson.

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Central Seminary among fastest-growing theology schools

About 37 percent of schools accredited by the Association of Theological Schools are growing, but there is no single reason why.

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A Baptist church in Richmond has found blessings through its ministry to Burmese refugees. (Jeff Brumley/BNG)
A Baptist church in Richmond has found blessings through its ministry to Burmese refugees. (Jeff Brumley/BNG)

Richmond grateful for growth of Burmese refugee ministry

Tabernacle Baptist Church has learned that the God who sends people to them also sends people from them.

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Thinking ahead is the key to a succession pastoral succession plan. (Creative Commons photo by James Emery)
Thinking ahead is the key to a succession pastoral succession plan. (Creative Commons photo by James Emery)

Smooth pastoral succession takes creativity and planning, Baptist leaders say

This congregation found a smooth and edifying route to succession when its senior pastor contemplated retirement — but it took prayer and hard work to pull it off.

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Gardner Taylor, preacher and civil rights leader, dies

Gardner Taylor, longtime pastor of Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn, N.Y., and a founder of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, died Easter Sunday.

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Judge dismisses Glorieta lawsuit; appeal expected

The U.S. District Court for New Mexico has dismissed all claims in a lawsuit an Arkansas couple filed against LifeWay Christian Resources and the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee regarding the sale of Glorieta Conference Center.

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Baptist school mourns student’s death

Wayland Baptist University confirmed the death of Rachel Bates, a 19-year-old freshman biology major, in a residence hall on the main campus in Plainview, Texas.

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Indiana state capitol. (Photo/Wikicommons)
Indiana state capitol. (Photo/Wikicommons)

BJC releases statement on RFRA legislation in Indiana and Arkansas

As protests mount over controversial legislation in Indiana and Arkansas, a leader in the coalition that helped secure passage of landmark federal legislation to make it harder for the government to burden religious exercise weighs in.

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