What was left of the Crowder home in West, Texas, after its demolition in 2013.
What was left of the Crowder home in West, Texas, after its demolition in 2013.

For West pastor and family, new home means recovery

John Crowder, pastor of First Baptist Church in West, Texas, was among the last to see his family’s home rebuilt after a fertilizer plant explosion flattened it in April 2013. He and his church have been busy making sure others got into their homes first.

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Ebola vigil becomes memorial for fallen Christian brother

A Baptist church in Dallas holds a service for the first victim of the disease in the U.S.

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Dallas Ebola patient Eric Duncan dies

Eric Duncan, the first U.S. Ebola patient, has lost his battle with the disease.

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Virginia Baptist nominee’s election could break new ground

Nancy Stanton McDaniel will be nominated for first vice president of the Baptist General Association of Virginia, a position which could lead to her election next year as the first female pastor to serve as president of the BGAV.

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Jimmy Carter on gay rights: Jesus didn’t discriminate

Former President Jimmy Carter says Jesus didn’t discriminate against people because of “who they were,” and neither should Christians when it comes to matters of LGBT equality.

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American Baptist Home Mission Societies executive to retire next year

In 2015, Aidsand F. Wright-Riggins III will have served longer than any leader of the nearly two century-old organization.

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New mission center in Dallas taps Bill O’Brien as first executive

The longtime missiologist will lead an organization focused both on service ministries and congregational incubation.

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BJC Executive Director Brent Walker and Watson speak to students from Wake Forest University in the BJC’s Center for Religious Liberty. (PHOTO/Courtesy of BJC)
BJC Executive Director Brent Walker and Watson speak to students from Wake Forest University in the BJC’s Center for Religious Liberty. (PHOTO/Courtesy of BJC)

Charles Watson is on a mission: to ensure religious freedom for the next generation

Charles Watson Jr. is a Baptist-endorsed chaplain. But at 33 he’s found what’s likely to be a lifelong passion — advocating for religious liberty.

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Bruce Heilman’s 5,000 mile motorcycle trip from Virginia to Alaska this summer took him and his Harley Davidson to his 49th state. (Photo by Bob Brown/Richmond Times Dispatch)
Bruce Heilman’s 5,000 mile motorcycle trip from Virginia to Alaska this summer took him and his Harley Davidson to his 49th state. (Photo by Bob Brown/Richmond Times Dispatch)

At 88, Baptist educator Bruce Heilman is still taking on life

Crossing the country on his Harley, seeking healing for fellow Greatest Generation veterans, heading top universities — for Bruce Heilman, it’s always been about doing.

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Pastor/farmer to take Baptists’ First Amendment commitments to Va. legislature

Shelton Miles will advocate on behalf of the BGAV’s religious liberty committee.

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