Jeff Brumley

Jeff Brumley

Jeff Brumley is assistant editor of Baptist News Global.

No magic bullet for church survival, Rick Warren and other Baptists say

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.

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2 seminaries with Baptist ties join others adding science curricula

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.

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Singing on the same page — but is it with a choir or a praise band?

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

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For West pastor and family, new home means recovery

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.

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Baptists weigh role (if any) of apologetics in postmodern culture

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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Self-centered prayers no surprise to American pastors

A new LifeWay poll indicates most Americans pray with themselves in mind. Baptist ministers say that's no surprise, given that the church does a poor job teaching the purpose of prayer.

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Faith community challenged to put a face on poverty, hunger

Religious groups are best suited to convince other Americans that the poor are worthy of help, says a politicans, but a Baptist minister notes that will take a willingness by Christians to risk forming relationships with those in need.

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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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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

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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