Banner Sunday boosts Baptist women in ministry

Last Sunday was a big day for Baptist women in ministry in North Carolina, where the roster of churches led by female pastors increased by two.

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Music group leads worship during the Refugee Ministry Summit at Chinese Baptist Church in Houston. (Photo by Bhadra Rai)
Music group leads worship during the Refugee Ministry Summit at Chinese Baptist Church in Houston. (Photo by Bhadra Rai)

Every refugee is a chance to live the gospel, ministers and missionaries say

Nearly 70,000 refugees were resettled in the United States in 2014, according to the federal government. Each one represents an opportunity to fufill Scripture's command to safeguard the stranger and the poor, say ministers. 

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LifeWay’s Nashville campus under contract of sale

LifeWay Christian Resources has entered into a contract for the sale of their campus in downtown Nashville, Tenn.

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Many have gone too far with coffee bars, cool bands and hipster pastors and forgotten to follow Christ, author and pastors say. (Creative Commons photo by Mary McGuire)
Many have gone too far with coffee bars, cool bands and hipster pastors and forgotten to follow Christ, author and pastors say. (Creative Commons photo by Mary McGuire)

Baptists embrace author’s effort to root out ‘poser’ Christians

Author and blogger Jarrid Wilson says posers are those who claim Jesus but don’t put him at the center of their lives. Some ministers couldn’t agree more.

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CBF of N.C. focuses on transformation during annual meeting

The organization also adopted a budget and elected officers for the coming year.

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Historic CBF church calls woman as pastor

A 12-month search for a pastor at CBF-affiliated First Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., ended Sunday with the election of Emily Hull McGee.

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State CBF group forging ties with historically black college

Long desiring a more diverse membership, leaders in the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship are encouraged by recent meetings with African-American Baptists discussing partnership with a historically black Baptist college undergoing revitalization.

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Plea deadline extended for Union University murder suspect

Delays in processing physical evidence could cause a trial currently scheduled for May to be pushed back to a later date, according to a public defender representing former Christian ministry major Charlie Pittman.

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Woman on death row files lawsuit over her ‘botched’ execution

After postponement of her execution for her role in her husband’s 1997 murder, the only woman on Georgia’s death row is asking a federal court to investigate what went wrong with the drugs that were supposed to be used to kill her.

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Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center revives Center for Congregational Health

A year after changing focus to concentrate on the medical health of congregations and their communities, a North Carolina Baptist hospital is getting back into the church-consulting business.

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Longtime McAfee professor announces retirement

Baptist New Testament scholar Peter Rhea Jones is retiring after a long career as pastor, conference speaker and seminary professor.

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It was a Gulfstream private jet similar to this that Creflo Dollar wanted his followers to purchase for him for $65 million. (Creative Commons photo by Markus Eigenheer)
It was a Gulfstream private jet similar to this that Creflo Dollar wanted his followers to purchase for him for $65 million. (Creative Commons photo by Markus Eigenheer)

Big lessons for Creflo Dollar — and the church — in a $65M jet

A move by an Atlanta megachurch pastor who asked his followers to pay for a new private jet while thousands around him struggle economically ought to challenge all churches to re-examine their financial priorities, say Baptist pastors.

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Statement applauds American Baptists’ contributions to civil rights

The Board of General Ministries of the American Baptist Churches USA has approved a statement celebrating the role of American Baptists in the civil rights movement, recognizing the 50th anniversary of the march in Selma, and affirming that all lives matter.

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Alabama Baptist church dis-fellowshipped over pastor’s gay friendly views

An Alabama Baptist church whose pastor supports same-sex marriage has formally been voted out of membership of its local association.

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Arkansas Baptist College employee Yolanda Beavers (left) welcomes recent Truett Seminary graduates and Arkansas ministers Marty and Megan Pike to the college’s new First Security Community Union. (Photo courtesy of Ray Higgins)
Arkansas Baptist College employee Yolanda Beavers (left) welcomes recent Truett Seminary graduates and Arkansas ministers Marty and Megan Pike to the college’s new First Security Community Union. (Photo courtesy of Ray Higgins)

Arkansas CBF celebrates turnaround of partner school

A Baptist college president’s attempt to create a model for revitalizing historically black colleges and universities in the United States has strong buy-in from a CBF state organization.

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Pastor/elder dispute disrupts Tennessee church

Rick White, pastor of The People’s Church in Franklin, Tenn., for 33 years and trustee chairman at Southern Seminary when Albert Mohler was elected president, has resigned his church in a leadership dispute with his board of elders.

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During a pregnancy, Julie Long leads children’s church at First Baptist Church of Christ in Macon, Ga. (Photo courtesy of Julie Long)
During a pregnancy, Julie Long leads children’s church at First Baptist Church of Christ in Macon, Ga. (Photo courtesy of Julie Long)

Baptist women say faith deepened as pregnant ministers

A Baptist Women in Ministry conference call featured Baptist ministers sharing their experiences as moms-to-be while preaching and teaching.

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Parent University is a 13-week curriculum that teaches parents 40 developmental assets to help their children succeed. (BGCT photo)
Parent University is a 13-week curriculum that teaches parents 40 developmental assets to help their children succeed. (BGCT photo)

Churches join schools to tackle educational challenges

Parent University provides community members, including churches, a way to help schools better educate children in a Texas city.

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American Baptist College defends invitation to lesbian bishop

The president of a school with a history of social activism that produced some of the leading figures in the civil rights movement is not backing down to critics of a lesbian preacher being invited to lecture on campus.

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Arkansas Baptist College dedicates community center

A historically black Baptist school recently beset by cash-flow problems has opened a new phase of economic development in Little Rock, Ark.

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