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An interpreter, center, works with U.S. military members in Afghanistan. (Creative Commons photo by ISAF Media)
An interpreter, center, works with U.S. military members in Afghanistan. (Creative Commons photo by ISAF Media)

Baptist church strives to help Afghan Muslim find welcome, work

An Afghan physician who served as an interpreter for the U.S. military in Afghanistan fled the revenge-seeking Taliban for a better life in the United States. NorthHaven Church in Norman, Okla., has welcomed him to worship and is trying to help him find work.

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French woman represents Baptists at Catholic synod

Representing the Baptist World Alliance, Valérie Duval-Poujol was the only woman among the eight fraternal delegates to the two-week gathering at the Vatican.

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Former Baptist minister indicted for murder

Richard Shahan, former children’s minister at First Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., is accused of fatally stabbing his wife and cutting her throat in July 2013.

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Susan Sparks finds her voice most powerfully in the pulpit. (BNG photo by Norman Jameson)
Susan Sparks finds her voice most powerfully in the pulpit. (BNG photo by Norman Jameson)

Breaking the power of the dour hour

Comedian-preacher is breaking barriers — including the glass ceiling.

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Second vote on Brewton-Parker accreditation due in December

A Georgia Baptist college previously informed its accreditation was revoked won a reprieve and will remain on probation pending a new vote by the SACSCOC board of trustees in December.

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Seminary trustees clear president in Muslim student flap

Trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary have concluded an investigation into whether President Paige Patterson did anything wrong by admitting a Palestinian Muslim student into the school’s Ph.D. program in biblical archeology.

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New Baptist Covenant gets $1 million gift

A four-year gift by the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation is intended to nurture 100 “covenants of action” uniting Baptists of different stripes in shared mission.

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Rather than trying to emulate spectacularly successful megachurches, church planters and struggling congregations should discern what works best in their community and put the Kingdom ahead of survival, church coaches say. (Creative Commons photo by Keoni Cabral)
Rather than trying to emulate spectacularly successful megachurches, church planters and struggling congregations should discern what works best in their community and put the Kingdom ahead of survival, church coaches say. (Creative Commons photo by Keoni Cabral)

No magic bullet for church survival, Rick Warren and other Baptists say

California pastor Rick Warren says too many churches want a quick ride to success, and Baptists who coach churches say they see the same tendencies.

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Pastors must embrace conflict to extract the good it contains. (Creative Commons photo by Gwenael Piaser)
Pastors must embrace conflict to extract the good it contains. (Creative Commons photo by Gwenael Piaser)

Church conflict requires pastoral courage, patience

Congregational discord can often generate positive growth if pastors and others embrace conflict and talk out differences, expert says.

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U.S. prof on loan to Liberia for 2 more years

Mercer University professor Richard Wilson plans to continue efforts to revive Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary temporarily interrupted by Ebola.

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Amid wars, rumors of wars, Baptist leaders voice hope

Directors of the Alliance of Baptists have countered doomsday prophecies with a “Statement of Hope for a World in Crisis.”

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Guy Sayles stepping down at FBC Asheville

A prominent CBF pastor says a bout with cancer got him thinking about what he should do with the time he has left in ministry.

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Two Baptist news organizations consider merger proposal

Baptist News Global (formerly ABPnews/Herald) and the Baptist Standard have launched discussions about a common future.

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Faith leaders support economic opportunity for Americans with disabilities

American Baptist Home Mission Societies is offering resources for churches observing National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

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Staff of Baptist News Global exhibit their organization’s new logo. (BNG photo by Norman Jameson)
Staff of Baptist News Global exhibit their organization’s new logo. (BNG photo by Norman Jameson)

ABPnews/Herald becomes Baptist News Global

The rebrand completes a merger between two Baptist news organizations launched one year ago.

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Pastor urges compassion for Ebola victim’s family

Wilshire Baptist Church pastor George Mason wonders about the reception church member Louise Troh will receive next week when she’s out of quarantine for exposure to Ebola.

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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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Kentucky Baptist Convention poised to dismiss Crescent Hill

A committee is recommending ouster of the one-time unofficial mother church of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary over the issue of homosexuality.

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Bluefield College ends dental school project

Lack of funding halts plans to address shortage of dentists in Appalachian communities.

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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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