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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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