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Kent McKeever, back row second from the right, and colleagues and friends at Mission Waco, pose with the orange T-shirt designed to inspire fair hiring polices for ex-cons. (Photo provided by Kent McKeever)
Kent McKeever, back row second from the right, and colleagues and friends at Mission Waco, pose with the orange T-shirt designed to inspire fair hiring polices for ex-cons. (Photo provided by Kent McKeever)

Minister trades prison garb for orange T-shirt to help ex-cons find work

Last year, Kent McKeever wore an orange prison jumpsuit for Lent to empathize with former prisoners and others on the margins of society. This year, he's waging a campaign to convince employers to give ex-cons a fair shake in the hiring process.

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Example of sketch notes John Jay Alvaro uses for preaching. (Image courtesy of John Jay Alvaro)
Example of sketch notes John Jay Alvaro uses for preaching. (Image courtesy of John Jay Alvaro)

No manuscripts for Baptist pastor who sketches and colors sermon notes

Ink, watercolor and sketches help John Jay Alvaro preach every Sunday morning. It's a process that's also popular for devotionals and note-taking in church. 

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Baptists in Kentucky support cap on payday loans

While marketed as a solution to get people out of short-term financial problems, critics say payday lending is a predatory industry that generates billions of dollars in profit by trapping borrowers in spiraling debt.

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BJC defends Muslim woman’s right to wear hijab to work

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a landmark religious liberty case argued before U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday morning.

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Baptist board in Texas declares gender assignment ‘immutable’

The statement in part was adopted to provide grounds for some Baptist universities seeking exemptions to accommodations for transgender students.

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Todd Still named Truett Seminary dean

The announcement ends a national search for the school affiliated with Baylor University.

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Richmond pastor Jim Somerville and a group of interfaith clergy spoke with Jordanian media during a trip to promote religious harmony.
Richmond pastor Jim Somerville and a group of interfaith clergy spoke with Jordanian media during a trip to promote religious harmony.

Baptist pastor inspired by Jews, Muslims during Holy Land pilgrimage

The group of interfaith clergy from Richmond, Va., including First Baptist Church Senior Pastor Jim Somerville, returned convinced peace among nations, religions and people is attainable.

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Houston native Nick Deere is the current pastoral resident at First Baptist Church in Richmond, Va. — one of a growing number of congregations with pastoral resident programs. (Photo by Dean Hawthorne)
Houston native Nick Deere is the current pastoral resident at First Baptist Church in Richmond, Va. — one of a growing number of congregations with pastoral resident programs. (Photo by Dean Hawthorne)

Pastoral residencies picking up as churches expand ministry, purpose

Inviting young, developing ministers into the full ministry experience can invigorate congregations while providing the larger church with talented clergy capable of avoiding burnout. 

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A remembrance of things past

A remembrance of things past

For iconic Baptist communicator W.C. Fields, now 92, time smoothes memories.

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At Convergence, being missional cuts two ways

At Convergence, being missional cuts two ways

And the arts are at the heart of this Christian community.

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Baptist college reinstates fired VP

A Brewton-Parker College administrator fired amid upheaval over the president’s resignation has been reinstated by the school’s interim president.

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Participants brought MP3 and CD players and other devices to share music.
Participants brought MP3 and CD players and other devices to share music.

Unexpected spirituality emerges from night of sharing music

North Carolina minister Mike Queen’s passion for music becomes a spiritual catalyst for a group of men.

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Alabama Baptist church faces ouster for pastor’s gay-friendly views

A Baptist church mentioned in news coverage of the first day legal marriages were performed in Alabama faces expulsion from its local association of Southern Baptist churches.

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Watchman on the wall: Brent Walker’s 25 years in D.C.

Watchman on the wall: Brent Walker’s 25 years in D.C.

For 25 years Brent Walker has observed the religious-liberty landscape from a perch at the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, just blocks from the U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court. He began in 1989 as associate general counsel then became general counsel in 1993 and executive director in 1999. We asked him to look back over his quarter-century on the “serpentine wall” of church-state separation.

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Dean Smith, shown here with Michael Jordan, is described by his long-time pastor as a man who saw his work as a ministry. (Photo by Zeke Smith via Wikimedia Commons)
Dean Smith, shown here with Michael Jordan, is described by his long-time pastor as a man who saw his work as a ministry. (Photo by Zeke Smith via Wikimedia Commons)

Dean Smith’s pastor remembers him as courageous

The revered North Carolina basketball coach, who died Feb. 7, was grounded in faith, said Robert Seymour at a funeral service yesterday.

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Judge denies change of venue for Union University murder trial

A former student at a Baptist school in Tennessee will stand trial May 12-14 in the county where he is charged with murder, a judge ruled Feb. 9.

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Tina Bailey with Myuran Sukumaran, one of two Bali Nine members to be executed this month. (Tina Bailey Facebook photo)
Tina Bailey with Myuran Sukumaran, one of two Bali Nine members to be executed this month. (Tina Bailey Facebook photo)

CBF field personnel laments death sentence for two ‘Bali Nine’ members

Tina Bailey and her husband, Jonathan, coordinate art and community engagement in Indonesia. Tina’s work has taken her inside a prison in Bali where she has built relationships with some of the nine Australians convicted of attempting to smuggle drugs out of the country.

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Children play and color with materials provided by a Jacksonville church as part of its Laundromat of Love ministry. (Photo by Alyce Rogers)
Children play and color with materials provided by a Jacksonville church as part of its Laundromat of Love ministry. (Photo by Alyce Rogers)

Florida church builds partnerships with schools, nonprofits — and laundromats

The Well at Springfield in Jacksonville, Fla., seeks ministry opportunities through partnerships that connect people and institutions that usually wouldn't meet. One ministry pays for loads of laundry at a local laundromat.

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Alabama Baptist minister offers to marry same-sex couples

Ellin Jimmerson, an activist and documentary filmmaker specializing in illegal immigration, is offering her services as an ordained minister to gay couples who can now legally wed but do not have a pastor willing to perform their ceremony.

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LifeWay trustees authorize sale of headquarters

The publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention reportedly needs less than a third of the space it now owns covering several blocks in downtown Nashville, Tenn.

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