The Bekaa Valley, in eastern Lebanon, was struck by a massive winter storm in 2013. This year, Baptist are helping provide food and supplies refugees will need to survive another brutal winter. (UN photo)
The Bekaa Valley, in eastern Lebanon, was struck by a massive winter storm in 2013. This year, Baptist are helping provide food and supplies refugees will need to survive another brutal winter. (UN photo)

Baptist groups aid Syrian refugees through winter

The organizations are sending money to help war victims during the coldest months of the year. 

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Triple-murder suspect now eligible for death penalty

Originally charged with a lesser crime with mitigated circumstances, a man accused of killing three people including his wife and a Southern Baptist pastor has been indicted for first degree murder, which can be punishable by death.

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Georgia Baptists support fire chief suspended over homosexuality

Leaders of the 1.4-million-member Georgia Baptist Convention say suspended Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran is being punished for his faith.

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Brendan Jamieson, pastor of arts and community formation at All Souls Charlottesville, is one of the musicians featured in the church’s new album. (Photo courtesy of Brendan Jamieson)
Brendan Jamieson, pastor of arts and community formation at All Souls Charlottesville, is one of the musicians featured in the church’s new album. (Photo courtesy of Brendan Jamieson)

Virginia church sees album as missional way to live its calling

Musician members of All Souls Charlottesville offer eclectic music styles on an album that ministers describe as a way to engage the church community and its neighbors.

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SBC president calls for racial healing

SBC President Ronnie Floyd urges Southern Baptists to ease the growing tension between the races in the United States.

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CBF helps sponsor first 5-day spiritual academy in Cuba

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and its Florida affiliate were among sponsors of a first-of-its-kind renewal event for pastors and church lay leaders in Cuba.

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Former SBC leader says race a rift in America’s social fabric

Two years after coming under fire for comments criticized as racially insensitive, Richard Land says America needs to “exorcize the ghosts of the past” regarding racial prejudice.

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Arkansas Baptist College gets $30 million to stabilize finances

After 18 months of hardship, the dream of a revitalized historically black college with ties to the CBF of Arkansas is getting back on track.

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Roger Olson regularly speaks on the contrast between Calvinism and Arminianism. (YouTube photo)
Roger Olson regularly speaks on the contrast between Calvinism and Arminianism. (YouTube photo)

For Baptists, a lone Arminian voice crying in a Calvinist wilderness

Baylor theologian and ethicist Roger Olson has been championing Arminianism as an alternative to Calvinism since the 1990s. 

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Southern Baptists move up summit on race as issue simmers

The Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission will host its second annual leadership summit March 26-27 on “The Gospel and Racial Reconciliation.”

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Former missionary, professor Malcolm Tolbert dies

Malcolm Tolbert, a beloved professor at New Orleans and Southeastern Baptist theological seminaries, died Nov. 27 at the Butterfly Hospice Center in Baton Rouge, La.

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Pastors say that actions such as lighting a candle may be effective at helping worshipers heal from loss. (Creative Commons photo by Eustaquio Santimano)
Pastors say that actions such as lighting a candle may be effective at helping worshipers heal from loss. (Creative Commons photo by Eustaquio Santimano)

In a season of joy, services offer light to those grieving

Holiday services of remembrance aim to comfort those grieving by communally acknowledging individual suffering in a season typically characterized as joyful and family-oriented. 

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BJC supports workplace accommodation in Supreme Court brief

Employers have a duty to reasonably accommodate the religion of employees and avoid discrimination against prospective employees, according to a brief filed at the U.S. Supreme Court this week and signed by the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.

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CBF leaders urge prayer for and commitment to reconciliation

In the wake of recent events in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y., CBF Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter and CBF Moderator Kasey Jones have urged Cooperative Baptists to stand in solidarity with African-American Baptists through prayer during worship this Sunday.

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Kilauea Volcano lava flow as seen on Oct 25. (USGS photo by Greg Bishop)
Kilauea Volcano lava flow as seen on Oct 25. (USGS photo by Greg Bishop)

In the path of lava flows, Baptists provide comfort to Hawaiian volcano victims

Baptist volunteers from Texas have offered material and spiritual aid in Hawaii to those living in the path of lava from the Kilauea volcano.

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Brewton-Parker regains accreditation

For the first time since it went on probation in 2012, a regional accrediting body has given a Georgia Baptist Convention college a clean bill of health.

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Alina Carbonell is pastor of the Hispanic pastor at First Baptist Church in Gainesville, Ga. (Photo courtesy of Alina Carbonell)
Alina Carbonell is pastor of the Hispanic pastor at First Baptist Church in Gainesville, Ga. (Photo courtesy of Alina Carbonell)

Struggles prepared her for ministry, says pastor of Hispanic congregation

Alina Carbonell’s “trial by fire” influences her leadership at the congregation which worships at First Baptist Church in Gainesville, Ga.

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American Baptist, NYC clergy protest Eric Garner decision

A new poll says a New York grand jury’s refusal to indict a white police officer in a black man’s death is galvanizing public opinion across racial lines in a way that a similar controversy in Ferguson, Mo., did not.

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Baptist church holds same-sex wedding

A bride in the first same-sex wedding ceremony at Crescent Hill Baptist Church says coming to terms with her sexuality while studying at Southern Seminary in the late 1980s turned her life around.

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BJC program will equip young professionals for religious liberty advocacy

The new BJC Fellows Program offers young professionals the opportunity to deepen their historical, theological and legal understanding of religious liberty and develop skills to advocate for the cause throughout their careers.

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