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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Regular attendance at religious services can reduce experimentation with alcohol and drugs, a Baylor study has found (Creative Commons photo by Fabio)
Regular attendance at religious services can reduce experimentation with alcohol and drugs, a Baylor study has found (Creative Commons photo by Fabio)

Study: Youth experiment less with alcohol, drugs when plugged into church

But adult addicts say churches need to present a loving, relevant God to young people to reduce risks of substance abuse and addiction.

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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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CBF of Virginia has bright future, officers say

Contributions are up, treasurer tells CBFVA’s General Assembly.

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Kentucky Baptist ‘lostness’ tour hits Louisville

Kentucky Baptists are spotlighting spiritual need in a city far different from the place remembered by generations of Southern Seminary alumni.

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Baptist-affiliated Buckner to pursue deal with Methodist retirement community

The combined entity would be one of the 20 largest not-for-profit senior-living providers in the U.S.

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Church treasurer charged with theft

Experts say congregations are particularly vulnerable to embezzlement, because they tend to place high trust in individuals and often lack financial controls.

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BJC Executive Director Brent Walker and Watson speak to students from Wake Forest University in the BJC’s Center for Religious Liberty. (PHOTO/Courtesy of BJC)
BJC Executive Director Brent Walker and Watson speak to students from Wake Forest University in the BJC’s Center for Religious Liberty. (PHOTO/Courtesy of BJC)

Charles Watson is on a mission: to ensure religious freedom for the next generation

Charles Watson Jr. is a Baptist-endorsed chaplain. But at 33 he’s found what’s likely to be a lifelong passion — advocating for religious liberty.

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Bruce Heilman’s 5,000 mile motorcycle trip from Virginia to Alaska this summer took him and his Harley Davidson to his 49th state. (Photo by Bob Brown/Richmond Times Dispatch)
Bruce Heilman’s 5,000 mile motorcycle trip from Virginia to Alaska this summer took him and his Harley Davidson to his 49th state. (Photo by Bob Brown/Richmond Times Dispatch)

At 88, Baptist educator Bruce Heilman is still taking on life

Crossing the country on his Harley, seeking healing for fellow Greatest Generation veterans, heading top universities — for Bruce Heilman, it’s always been about doing.

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