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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North Carolina’s Gardner-Webb University to partner with BGAV

The unusual pairing across state lines will be based on “shared values,” leaders said.

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BGAV to consider reduced budget in 2015

A proposed budget of $11.5 million for Baptist General Association of Virginia ministries is about $700,000 less than current levels.

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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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Alliance of Baptists gets grant for LGBT initiative

The Arcus Foundation has awarded the Alliance of Baptists a grant to support a new initiative directed toward work on LGBTQ inclusion and racial justice.

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Only the church’s cornerstone bears the old name at the Heights Community Church, which changed its name last Sunday. (Photo by Don Petersen for The Roanoke Times.)
Only the church’s cornerstone bears the old name at the Heights Community Church, which changed its name last Sunday. (Photo by Don Petersen for The Roanoke Times.)

Name changes challenge churches on Baptist identity

Pastors say it's important that churches which have dropped “Baptist” from their names remain transparent about Baptist affiliations on web sites and literature.

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Dallas Baptist church supports Ebola family

Wilshire Baptist Church Pastor George Mason calls it a “terrible privilege” to minister directly to a family suffering the effects of Ebola.

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BJC supports Muslim prisoner’s right to grow beard

A Baptist church-state watchdog group says the government cannot arbitrarily restrict a prisoner’s right to worship just by playing the “security” card.

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BWA touts Ebola-free South Africa ahead of 2015 Congress

South Africa is taking significant precautions against the spread of Ebola from West Africa as Durban prepares to host the 21st Baptist World Congress.

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Circle of life: Denominational innovation may be wave of future

Circle of life: Denominational innovation may be wave of future

Baptist leaders say there is a strong and creative future for local, state and national religious organizations willing to embrace (sometimes) radical institutional and functional changes.

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First U.S. Ebola case hits home for Baptist church in Dallas

Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas has a personal connection to the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States.

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Officials say Baptist-affiliated Brewton-Parker remains accredited

Brewton-Parker College announced it will remain accredited on probation, after an accrediting agency committee ordered remand of a decision this summer to remove the Georgia Baptist Convention-affiliated school from membership.

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African Baptists ask world’s churches to set aside Oct. 11-12 for Ebola prayer

The All-Africa Baptist Fellowship, a region of the Baptist World Alliance, has declared Oct. 12, 2014, as Ebola Sunday.

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