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CBF moderator Kasey Jones and past moderator Bill McConnell listen to Suzii Paynter’s report. (BNG photo by Bob Allen)
CBF moderator Kasey Jones and past moderator Bill McConnell listen to Suzii Paynter’s report. (BNG photo by Bob Allen)

BWA taps CBF as its liaison for religious liberty at the United Nations

Mark Wiggs, an attorney in Jackson, Miss., and former chair of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, will take over the primary Baptist presence at the United Nations as a CBF volunteer.

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Missouri pastor excited about expanded role at Metro Baptist in NYC

St. Louis pastor Scott Stearman will take the helm of Metro Baptist Church in New York on Feb. 1. The church’s reputation for missional ministry and interaction with the United Nations are among the reasons Stearman said he took the job.

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Student ministry volunteers walk past the mural on the exterior of Touching Miami with Love. (Jeff Brumley/Baptist News Global)
Student ministry volunteers walk past the mural on the exterior of Touching Miami with Love. (Jeff Brumley/Baptist News Global)

Merger in Miami to bolster Christian ministry in Florida, leaders say

Touching Miami with Love and Open House Ministries in Homestead, Fla., are merging to better serve those in need in both communities.

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Baptist minister’s case for gay marriage going to Supreme Court

One of the four gay marriage cases accepted by the nation’s highest court has a Baptist angle.

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Eight showers, plus a bank of washers and dryers, have enabled First Baptist Chattanooga to meet a critical need in the city's homeless community. (Steven Depolo/Creative Commons)
Eight showers, plus a bank of washers and dryers, have enabled First Baptist Chattanooga to meet a critical need in the city's homeless community. (Steven Depolo/Creative Commons)

Baptist church finds downtown niche in shower ministry

A ministry of First Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn., to the downtown homeless community was launched by young voices who ascertained a need for this unmet service in the city.

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Kentucky Baptist leader opposes medical pot

Paul Chitwood, head of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, says a proposal to legalize marijuana in the Bluegrass State is a bad idea that should be rejected by the General Assembly.

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Baptist minister to lead progressive Christian advocacy group

Lindsay Andreolli-Comstock, an ordained Baptist minister and human-trafficking specialist, has been named executive director of The Beatitudes Society, effective Feb. 6.

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Ergun Caner steps down as president of Brewton-Parker

Six months after losing his son to suicide, a college president whose election sparked controversy is stepping down after one year on the job.

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Buckner social worker in Guatemala places brand new shoes on 5-year-old Dulce Alquijay Raymundo’s feet. These shoes are the 3 millionth pair delivered to children around the world by Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls. (Buckner International photo)
Buckner social worker in Guatemala places brand new shoes on 5-year-old Dulce Alquijay Raymundo’s feet. These shoes are the 3 millionth pair delivered to children around the world by Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls. (Buckner International photo)

Buckner hits 3M mark in shoes-for-orphans program

A 5-year-old Guatemalan girl received the 3 millionth pair from Buckner International’s Shoes for Orphan Souls, the agencies largest humanitarian aid project.

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Aidsand Wright-Riggins of American Baptist Home Mission Societies facilitates a report on covenants of action. (BNG photo by Bob Allen)
Aidsand Wright-Riggins of American Baptist Home Mission Societies facilitates a report on covenants of action. (BNG photo by Bob Allen)

Partnerships can transform racial relations, says pastor

Connecticut pastor Jason Coker was one of several speakers at the New Baptist Covenant, a movement launched by former President Jimmy Carter seeking to make Baptists in the U.S. better known for what unites rather than divides them.

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A band plays on the steps of Druid Hills Baptist Church, part of the way it engages its community by opening its spaces to arts groups. (DHBC Facebook photo)
A band plays on the steps of Druid Hills Baptist Church, part of the way it engages its community by opening its spaces to arts groups. (DHBC Facebook photo)

Property sale positions Atlanta church to engage its vibrant neighborhood

Druid Hills Baptist Church in Atlanta has sold nearly 3 acres of its campus to a developer who will build apartments, shops and restaurants, positioning itself for ministries in its thriving urban area.

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SBC megachurch challenges discrimination law in Dallas suburb

Opponents of an ordinance banning discrimination against gays and transgendered people are closing on a deadline for collecting enough petition signatures to force either repeal or a voter referendum.

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After recantation, LifeWay withdraws ‘The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven’

Alex Malarkey, whose account of visions of heaven during a near-death experience became a New York Times bestseller, now says he made up the story as a way to get attention.

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Raphael Warnock preaches during the opening session of the New Baptist Covenant Summit in Atlanta. (BNG photo by Bob Allen)
Raphael Warnock preaches during the opening session of the New Baptist Covenant Summit in Atlanta. (BNG photo by Bob Allen)

‘Holy irritant’ can move white, black Baptists beyond comfort zones, says preacher

The aim is a “covenant community” characterized by “creative and redemptive agitation,” Atlanta pastor Raphael Warnock says at the kickoff of the New Baptist Covenant Summit.

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A study found that spiritual as well as physical tools can be used to counter obesity in clergy. (Allan Foster/Creative Commons)
A study found that spiritual as well as physical tools can be used to counter obesity in clergy. (Allan Foster/Creative Commons)

Once among the healthiest of professions, clergy seeing spike in obesity

Too many hours on the job and too little pay are contributing factors to the stress that leads to obesity in clergy, a Baylor University study shows.

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Hillcrest Baptist Church in Mobile, Ala. will gift its property to Volunteers of America, which will use it as is corporate offices and as a ministry incubator. (Hillcrest Facebook photo)
Hillcrest Baptist Church in Mobile, Ala. will gift its property to Volunteers of America, which will use it as is corporate offices and as a ministry incubator. (Hillcrest Facebook photo)

Church will gift its property to become ‘ministry incubator’

Facing financial challenges due to years of membership declines, Hillcrest Baptist Church in Mobile, Ala., has agreed to gift its property to Volunteers of America in exchange for continuing to worship there.

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Veteran Baptist communicator Orville Scott dies

The longtime Baptist communicator earned a reputation as the informal “poet laureate” of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

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Family suggests memorial gifts for Carolyn Weatherford Crumpler

Survivors of the longtime leader in both the Southern Baptist Convention and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship say the best way to honor her is to support causes that help women and the CBF.

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Chaouki Boulos prays and shares the gospel with a participant at a women’s prayer meeting in Lebanon, often attended by Syrian civil war refugees. (CBF photo)
Chaouki Boulos prays and shares the gospel with a participant at a women’s prayer meeting in Lebanon, often attended by Syrian civil war refugees. (CBF photo)

In thick of Syrian refugee crisis, couple learns to ‘love the enemy’

Chaouki and Maha Boulos are serving Syrian civil war refugees in their native Lebanon not only an act of ministry but also as an exercise in living Jesus’ command to love your enemy.

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Former international seminary head John David Hopper dies

John David Hopper, commissioned in 1992 as one of the first Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel, has died at the age of 80.

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