Voiding toxic thinking and behavior in church is as important as voiding toxins in the body, church coaches say. (Creative Commons photo by Josh McGinn)
Voiding toxic thinking and behavior in church is as important as voiding toxins in the body, church coaches say. (Creative Commons photo by Josh McGinn)

Finding an antidote to toxic churches and toxic leadership

Poisons can inflame the body of Christ and render missions and ministry ineffective by putting self above God, church health experts say.

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State Supreme Court voids school voucher plan

Colorado’s highest court said a scholarship program in one of the state’s wealthiest school districts violates a constitutional ban on using public funds to support religion.

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Citing confidentiality breaches, American Baptists suspend executive search

A yearlong search for the next general secretary of American Baptist Churches USA has been suspended over “breaches of confidentiality” that officials say have compromised the process.

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Maintain legacy of racism busting, American Baptists told

“We know how to do this,” Amy Butler challenged members of America’s most diverse Protestant body.

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Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage in all 50 states

Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage in all 50 states

Responses to Friday’s landmark ruling ranged from exhilaration to disappointment, along with a focus on protection of consciences.

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Black, white pastors unite in ‘war’ on fear, racism

Leaders of four Baptist congregations in Louisville are taking on poverty and education seeking to build a city where “every valley is lifted up and every mountain made low."

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Progressive National Baptist Convention President James Perkins (center) joined Kip Banks (left), interim general secretary, and Raphael Warnock, social justice commission chair, at a briefing in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington. (BNG photo)
Progressive National Baptist Convention President James Perkins (center) joined Kip Banks (left), interim general secretary, and Raphael Warnock, social justice commission chair, at a briefing in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington. (BNG photo)

50 years on, Baptist leaders say voting rights are jeopardized

Representatives of the Progressive National Baptist Convention believe it’s time to restore key provisions of the 50-year-old Voting Rights Act.

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Then Capt. Charles Seligman (right), a chaplain, speak to volunteers following a hike at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras. (U.S Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kimberly Rae Moore)
Then Capt. Charles Seligman (right), a chaplain, speak to volunteers following a hike at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras. (U.S Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kimberly Rae Moore)

Chaplain: Military trains you to see ministry as God’s work, not yours

Air Force Maj. Chuck Seligman, a chaplain endorsed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, said it’s challenging to leave people and ministries behind every three or four years. But that constant round of rotations helps remind him and other chaplains whose work they are really doing through their service.

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Jeff Haggray to lead American Baptist mission agency

The former executive minister of the District of Columbia Baptist Convention will succeed Aidsand Wright-Riggins as executive director of American Baptist Home Missions Societies.

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Rob Nash named interim dean at McAfee

Mercer University Provost Scott Davis has appointed missions professor Rob Nash Jr. as interim dean of the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology, effective July 1.

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At First Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, last Sunday, the pulpit remained vacant and draped in black in memory of victims at the Charleston, S.C., church.
At First Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, last Sunday, the pulpit remained vacant and draped in black in memory of victims at the Charleston, S.C., church.

Confronted with shocking violence, pastors struggle for the right words

Sermons last Sunday focused on the racially motivated killings at a South Carolina church.

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Baptist experts on the environment say a healthy ecosystem is a major concern of millennials. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo)
Baptist experts on the environment say a healthy ecosystem is a major concern of millennials. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo)

Churches urged to consider millennials’ views on the environment

As millennials consider issues of faith and science, environmental issues are among their primary concerns, experts say. Recent polls suggest millennials are concerned about climate change and see environmental public policy actions as a priority.

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Churches urged to make July 5 ‘Freedom from Racism Sunday’

The New Baptist Covenant is among those supporting the observance.

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SACS extends probation for Louisiana College

The accrediting agency’s board of trustees also placed another Baptist school on probation: Bluefield College in Virginia.

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