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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McAfee student Jordan Yeager has become an anti-death penalty activist since the Kelly Gissendaner case. (Photo by David Garber)
McAfee student Jordan Yeager has become an anti-death penalty activist since the Kelly Gissendaner case. (Photo by David Garber)

McAfee students report transformed lives — their own — in teaching prisoners

Instructors in a prison-based theology program say teaching death row inmate Kelly Gissendaner and other women prisoners has helped them see life, ministry and faith from a new perspective.

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Two SBC leaders say Fred Craddock undermined ‘authoritative’ preaching

Recognized as one of the 12 most effective preachers in the English-speaking world in a 1996 survey of seminary professors and editors, current leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention remember Fred Craddock as a bad influence on Baptist pulpits prior to the theological shift in the last century.

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Wilton (Conn.) Baptist Church is among many congregations covered in snow in this winter. (Photo by Jason Coker)
Wilton (Conn.) Baptist Church is among many congregations covered in snow in this winter. (Photo by Jason Coker)

Pastors wary as winter weather takes financial toll on nation’s churches

From the South to the Northeast, churches in varying degrees are being affected this winter by extremes of cold, snow and ice.

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Louisiana College elects president

Rick Brewer, a longtime administrator at Charleston Southern University, has been chosen by Louisiana College to bring stability to a Baptist school recently wracked by turmoil.

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Rwandan Baptist to be honored for dedication to peace, reconciliation

The Baptist World Alliance award also recognizes the pastor’s fight to eliminate stigmatization of HIV/AIDS victims.

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Sunday communities at Johns Creek Baptist Church offer socializing, pastoral care and exposure to expert-led seminars. (JCBC photo)
Sunday communities at Johns Creek Baptist Church offer socializing, pastoral care and exposure to expert-led seminars. (JCBC photo)

Baptist church transforms Sunday school into community and pastoral care

Johns Creek Baptist Church in Georgia has quit Sunday school in favor of Sunday communities for its adult age groups. The communities, taught by rotating teachers, provide pastoral care and social opportunities for their members.

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Vote postponed on ouster of Alabama church over gay marriage

A winter storm has postponed tonight’s vote on an Alabama Baptist church at odds with its local association over gay marriage.

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Safe drinking water is only the first step in the complex ministry of water poverty missions, experts say. (Photo by Bobby Neptune/Water Missions International)
Safe drinking water is only the first step in the complex ministry of water poverty missions, experts say. (Photo by Bobby Neptune/Water Missions International)

Surging water ministries about more than digging wells, mission leaders say

While an increasing number of churches, ministries and denominational groups see water poverty as an inviting missions field, experts say the ministry must be about more than hopping on planes, digging wells and returning home.

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Texas Baptist Women in Ministry group organized

Group aims to encourage churches to recognize women and men are equally gifted in ministry.

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Curtis Freeman (front row, third from right) with a group of Baptists and Methodists meeting in Singapore in February. (BWA photo)
Curtis Freeman (front row, third from right) with a group of Baptists and Methodists meeting in Singapore in February. (BWA photo)

Baptists, Methodists seek to overcome differences to minister together

A Baptist World Alliance group met for the second of five meetings in an effort to overcome differences that bar Baptists and Methodists from more effective mission together.

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Liberia seminary reopens post-Ebola

Rebuilding efforts at one of Liberia’s leading schools are getting back on track after being sidelined by last year’s Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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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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