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Susan Sparks finds her voice most powerfully in the pulpit. (BNG photo by Norman Jameson)
Susan Sparks finds her voice most powerfully in the pulpit. (BNG photo by Norman Jameson)

Breaking the power of the dour hour

Comedian-preacher is breaking barriers — including the glass ceiling.

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Seminary trustees clear president in Muslim student flap

Trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary have concluded an investigation into whether President Paige Patterson did anything wrong by admitting a Palestinian Muslim student into the school’s Ph.D. program in biblical archeology.

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Guy Sayles stepping down at FBC Asheville

A prominent CBF pastor says a bout with cancer got him thinking about what he should do with the time he has left in ministry.

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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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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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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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Virginia Baptist nominee’s election could break new ground

Nancy Stanton McDaniel will be nominated for first vice president of the Baptist General Association of Virginia, a position which could lead to her election next year as the first female pastor to serve as president of the BGAV.

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Jimmy Carter on gay rights: Jesus didn’t discriminate

Former President Jimmy Carter says Jesus didn’t discriminate against people because of “who they were,” and neither should Christians when it comes to matters of LGBT equality.

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American Baptist Home Mission Societies executive to retire next year

In 2015, Aidsand F. Wright-Riggins III will have served longer than any leader of the nearly two century-old organization.

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New mission center in Dallas taps Bill O’Brien as first executive

The longtime missiologist will lead an organization focused both on service ministries and congregational incubation.

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