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Barry Howard at First Baptist Church in Pensacola, Fla. (Photo courtesy of Barry Howard)
Barry Howard at First Baptist Church in Pensacola, Fla. (Photo courtesy of Barry Howard)

Pastor reflects on ‘exorbitant amount’ of funerals he’s preached

Barry Howard has preached more than 850 funerals in a 36-year career — and most of those were at First Baptist Church in Pensacola, Fla.

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Church under fire from S.C. Baptist group is only nominally aligned

Megachurch pastor Perry Noble, under fire for a Christmas Eve sermon about the Ten Commandments, has described his seeker-friendly NewSpring Church as “affiliated” with but “not married to” the Baptist denomination.

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Marc Wyatt at a World Refugee Day event in Wilmington, N.C., last summer. (Photo courtesy of Marc Wyatt)
Marc Wyatt at a World Refugee Day event in Wilmington, N.C., last summer. (Photo courtesy of Marc Wyatt)

Missionary couple brings international mission field to N.C.

Kim and Marc Wyatt are showing congregations how to engage the world in their own communities.

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CBF forms ad hoc committee for implementation of global missions strategy

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Governing Board has formed an ad hoc committee to get a head start on policy and funding recommendations likely to result from a strategic planning process initiated by the new CBF Missions Council.

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CBF moderator Kasey Jones and past moderator Bill McConnell listen to Suzii Paynter’s report. (BNG photo by Bob Allen)
CBF moderator Kasey Jones and past moderator Bill McConnell listen to Suzii Paynter’s report. (BNG photo by Bob Allen)

BWA taps CBF as its liaison for religious liberty at the United Nations

Mark Wiggs, an attorney in Jackson, Miss., and former chair of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, will take over the primary Baptist presence at the United Nations as a CBF volunteer.

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Missouri pastor excited about expanded role at Metro Baptist in NYC

St. Louis pastor Scott Stearman will take the helm of Metro Baptist Church in New York on Feb. 1. The church’s reputation for missional ministry and interaction with the United Nations are among the reasons Stearman said he took the job.

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Student ministry volunteers walk past the mural on the exterior of Touching Miami with Love. (Jeff Brumley/Baptist News Global)
Student ministry volunteers walk past the mural on the exterior of Touching Miami with Love. (Jeff Brumley/Baptist News Global)

Merger in Miami to bolster Christian ministry in Florida, leaders say

Touching Miami with Love and Open House Ministries in Homestead, Fla., are merging to better serve those in need in both communities.

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Baptist minister’s case for gay marriage going to Supreme Court

One of the four gay marriage cases accepted by the nation’s highest court has a Baptist angle.

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Eight showers, plus a bank of washers and dryers, have enabled First Baptist Chattanooga to meet a critical need in the city's homeless community. (Steven Depolo/Creative Commons)
Eight showers, plus a bank of washers and dryers, have enabled First Baptist Chattanooga to meet a critical need in the city's homeless community. (Steven Depolo/Creative Commons)

Baptist church finds downtown niche in shower ministry

A ministry of First Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn., to the downtown homeless community was launched by young voices who ascertained a need for this unmet service in the city.

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Kentucky Baptist leader opposes medical pot

Paul Chitwood, head of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, says a proposal to legalize marijuana in the Bluegrass State is a bad idea that should be rejected by the General Assembly.

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