North Carolina’s Gardner-Webb University to partner with BGAV

The unusual pairing across state lines will be based on “shared values,” leaders said.

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BGAV to consider reduced budget in 2015

A proposed budget of $11.5 million for Baptist General Association of Virginia ministries is about $700,000 less than current levels.

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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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Alliance of Baptists gets grant for LGBT initiative

The Arcus Foundation has awarded the Alliance of Baptists a grant to support a new initiative directed toward work on LGBTQ inclusion and racial justice.

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Only the church’s cornerstone bears the old name at the Heights Community Church, which changed its name last Sunday. (Photo by Don Petersen for The Roanoke Times.)
Only the church’s cornerstone bears the old name at the Heights Community Church, which changed its name last Sunday. (Photo by Don Petersen for The Roanoke Times.)

Name changes challenge churches on Baptist identity

Pastors say it's important that churches which have dropped “Baptist” from their names remain transparent about Baptist affiliations on web sites and literature.

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Dallas Baptist church supports Ebola family

Wilshire Baptist Church Pastor George Mason calls it a “terrible privilege” to minister directly to a family suffering the effects of Ebola.

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BJC supports Muslim prisoner’s right to grow beard

A Baptist church-state watchdog group says the government cannot arbitrarily restrict a prisoner’s right to worship just by playing the “security” card.

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BWA touts Ebola-free South Africa ahead of 2015 Congress

South Africa is taking significant precautions against the spread of Ebola from West Africa as Durban prepares to host the 21st Baptist World Congress.

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Circle of life: Denominational innovation may be wave of future

Circle of life: Denominational innovation may be wave of future

Baptist leaders say there is a strong and creative future for local, state and national religious organizations willing to embrace (sometimes) radical institutional and functional changes.

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First U.S. Ebola case hits home for Baptist church in Dallas

Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas has a personal connection to the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States.

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Officials say Baptist-affiliated Brewton-Parker remains accredited

Brewton-Parker College announced it will remain accredited on probation, after an accrediting agency committee ordered remand of a decision this summer to remove the Georgia Baptist Convention-affiliated school from membership.

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African Baptists ask world’s churches to set aside Oct. 11-12 for Ebola prayer

The All-Africa Baptist Fellowship, a region of the Baptist World Alliance, has declared Oct. 12, 2014, as Ebola Sunday.

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European Baptists lament violence in Mid-East, Ukraine

Meeting in Romania, leaders of the European Baptist Federation addressed current violence in both the Middle East and Ukraine and took note “with sorrow” of the 100th anniversary of World War I.

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American Baptist missions group condemns both anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim prejudice

The board of directors of American Baptist International Ministries adopted resolutions Sept. 11 in response to a global rise in anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim prejudice.

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Mohler says churches cannot avoid LGBT issue

Theologian and seminary president Albert Mohler says this week’s ouster of a church means no Southern Baptist congregation can sidestep the question of whether homosexuality is right or wrong.

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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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Russell Moore supports ouster of ‘third way’ church

Southern Baptists’ top expert on moral concerns says even unbiblical marriages between a man and a woman are still a “marriage,” but the same cannot be said about same-sex unions.

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Executive Committee chairman Mike Routt, lead pastor of Circle Drive Baptist Church in Colorado Springs, presides over the Sept. 23 plenary session, while Executive Committee President and CEO Frank Page (right) follows along. (ABPnews/Herald photo by Bob Allen.)
Executive Committee chairman Mike Routt, lead pastor of Circle Drive Baptist Church in Colorado Springs, presides over the Sept. 23 plenary session, while Executive Committee President and CEO Frank Page (right) follows along. (ABPnews/Herald photo by Bob Allen.)

Southern Baptists oust ‘Third Way’ church

The Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee voted unanimously Sept. 23 to declare New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, Calif., not in “friendly cooperation” with the SBC’s purpose.

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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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