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Students enjoy racing the pinewood derby cars they constructed from kits. A team from Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Heartland introduced the cars on their latest trip to Slovakia, where they worked at a school and with children from a nearby Roma settlement. (Photo by Matt Thompson)
Students enjoy racing the pinewood derby cars they constructed from kits. A team from Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Heartland introduced the cars on their latest trip to Slovakia, where they worked at a school and with children from a nearby Roma settlement. (Photo by Matt Thompson)

Pinewood derby races connect children, faith in Slovakia

A team from CBF Heartland took enough cars for each child in a Roma settlement to participate in pinewood derby races.

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Millennials and other young adults are turning their backs on traditional church membership, preferring to measure their fellowship by service instead. (Creative Commons photo)
Millennials and other young adults are turning their backs on traditional church membership, preferring to measure their fellowship by service instead. (Creative Commons photo)

Young adults challenging traditional church membership concepts

Churches are grappling with Millennials who want their church membership defined in terms of mission and ministry, not names on a roll.

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Houston, you have a problem: State Supreme Court sidelines anti-discrimination law

One of several similar measures dividing liberals and conservatives across the country, Houston’s non-discrimination ordinance united Baptists across the theological and political spectrum in agreement that a mayor subpoenaing a preacher’s sermons is out of bounds.

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CBF Virginia leader takes job with BTSR

Rob Fox, a graduate and former employee at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, is returning to his alma mater after six years as field coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia.

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Tommy Deal, top right, attends a gathering of the North American Baptist Fellowship’s Disaster Response Network in 2014. Deal’s relationship-building skills were a big asset in his role as leader of CBF’s disaster response efforts. (BNG photo)
Tommy Deal, top right, attends a gathering of the North American Baptist Fellowship’s Disaster Response Network in 2014. Deal’s relationship-building skills were a big asset in his role as leader of CBF’s disaster response efforts. (BNG photo)

Deal, disaster response director with ‘a chaplain’s heart,’ leaving CBF

Tommy Deal’s last day as CBF disaster response director is July 31. Ron Fairley, coordinator of projects and services for CBF, will serve as interim beginning Aug. 1.

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Rwandan peacemaker given human rights award

Corneille Gato Munyamasoko aimed at forgiveness and reconciliation between perpetrators and victims of the Rwandan genocide.

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Developing ‘transcongregational’ mindset could be BWA’s gift to Baptists, says Upton

The outgoing president of the Baptist World Alliance sees growing connectedness among churches.

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Tragedy strikes America’s ‘happiest’ city

One of the victims of Thursday’s mass shooting in Lafayette, La., attended Belmont University for two years in the early 2000s.

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New BWA president aims to be transformative agent

As the global organization’s top elected official, Paul Msiza will bring experience deeply rooted in South Africa’s history.

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Obamacare foes appeal to Supreme Court

After losing in a federal court of appeals, plaintiffs including GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention are taking their objections to Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate to the highest court in the land.

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Southern Baptist mission rally includes interviews with presidential candidates

Observers see the event as both an effort by Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio to reach out to evangelicals and for conservative Christians to flex their muscles in the political sphere.

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South African culture featured in BWA congress opening

Visions of the Baptist World Alliance’s next five years are inspired by South Africa’s transformation, say leaders.

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New BWA president Paul Msiza (center) examines documents with General Secretary Neville Callam and staff member Julie Justus, prior to a meeting of the General Council. (BNG photo)
New BWA president Paul Msiza (center) examines documents with General Secretary Neville Callam and staff member Julie Justus, prior to a meeting of the General Council. (BNG photo)

Second African since 1905 takes helm of global Baptist group

Pastor Paul Msiza of Pretoria assumes the presidency of the Baptist World Alliance as it holds its congress in Africa for the first time.

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Baptist leaders join call for national strategy on global religious persecution

A bipartisan group of national leaders called on Congress to develop a national strategy addressing violations of religious freedom around the globe.

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