Jeff Brumley

Jeff Brumley

Jeff Brumley is assistant editor of Baptist News Global.

A new company launched by Jim Somerville of First Baptist Church of Richmond, Va., offers rented or purchased sermons from respected preachers to small congregations, house churches and other faith communities without pastors.

Churches and pastors are taking a variety of responses to expanded legalization of gay marriage across the nation, including not signing marriage licenses for any couple and initiating ceremonies for gays and lesbians.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 02:32

BWA reconfirms 2015 Africa congress

Baptist World Alliance leaders polled Baptists around the world to confirm South Africa as the site for the 21st Baptist World Congress in response to fears of continuing Ebola outbreaks in other parts of the continent.

For congregations to adopt a different attitude toward mental health, some clergy say they’ll have to be transparent about their own struggles.

An Afghan physician who served as an interpreter for the U.S. military in Afghanistan fled the revenge-seeking Taliban for a better life in the United States. NorthHaven Church in Norman, Okla., has welcomed him to worship and is trying to help him find work.

California pastor Rick Warren says too many churches want a quick ride to success, and Baptists who coach churches say they see the same tendencies.

Andover Newton Theological School and Wake Forest University School of Divinity are among 10 U.S. seminaries awarded a total of $1.5 million in grants to integrate science and theological education.

Churches increasingly opt for the latter, but some Christian musicians say abandoning choirs is a bad idea.

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.

An emphasis on apologetics may help Christians transform culture, but some Baptists insist a faithful life can be just as important as words in demonstrating the beauty of Christianity. 

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