Former Baptist blogger resigns as congressional aide over Facebook posts

Biting satire made former pastor Ben Cole legendary as a Southern Baptist blogger. His Congressman boss, however, wasn’t amused by unflattering things his communications chief said about African-Americans on social media.

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Deacon Dorinda Mayhue serves communion to her husband, Robert, at Spring Creek Baptist Church. (Photo by Joey Pyle)
Deacon Dorinda Mayhue serves communion to her husband, Robert, at Spring Creek Baptist Church. (Photo by Joey Pyle)

Women feel spirit while leading Baptist communion service

An all-female serving team spontaneously found a different way to serve communion at Spring Creek Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, inspiring themselves and their pastor to explore new ways to empower women.

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An expert says policing has become even more stressful since recent protests about police-involved killings. (Creative Commons photo by Joe Flood)
An expert says policing has become even more stressful since recent protests about police-involved killings. (Creative Commons photo by Joe Flood)

Seminary course seeks ‘nexus’ between clergy and police

A professor says police have a challenging job that can cause spiritual and emotional damage to officers who go untreated by the toxicity of the profession.

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Many churches express their missional callings through health and exercise ministries. (Creative Commons photo by MilitaryHealth)
Many churches express their missional callings through health and exercise ministries. (Creative Commons photo by MilitaryHealth)

Some churches see health, wellness as track to missional niche

Experts say congregations must do thorough research before opening a fitness facility as part of their ministry outreach. But such an approach can have a signficantly positive influence on the communities around them.

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Woes persist at Georgia Baptist college

The chairman of the Brewton-Parker College board of trustees resigned Monday after firing a vice president and responding to blog allegations that the board wasn’t truthful about the recent resignation on the school’s president.

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Former children’s minister pleads not guilty to murder

Richard Shahan, former children and families pastor at First Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., has entered a not guilty plea in the murder of his wife, Karen, in 2013.

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Baptist volunteers help remove damaged boards from the gym floor at Iglesia Bautista El Calvario in downtown Havana. (Photo by Ken Camp)
Baptist volunteers help remove damaged boards from the gym floor at Iglesia Bautista El Calvario in downtown Havana. (Photo by Ken Camp)

Openness to Cuba is nothing new to these Baptists

As the United States and Cuba restore diplomatic relations, a Baptist mission team shares faith and resources on the island.

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Samford buys property to expand health care programs

Samford University has completed the purchase of property adjacent to the campus that has served as the headquarters for Southern Progress Corp. The sale was finalized Dec. 31.

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D.C. Baptists tap longtime staffer as exec

Robert Cochran, associate executive director of the District of Columbia Baptist Convention, has been elected as the group’s new leader.

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American Baptists intervene on behalf of women in Myanmar

American Baptist Women’s Ministries has called on the U.S. government to pressure the government of Myanmar to seek justice for two Baptist teachers recently murdered in a continuing pattern of rape being used as a weapon of war. 

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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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SBC leader says Marcus Borg redefined Christianity

Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler says efforts by “progressive” scholars like Marcus Borg to rescue Christianity from irrelevancy wind up watering down the fundamentals of the faith.

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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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