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An Ohio pastor recently rode a bull, as this rider did in an unrelated photo, to share the gospel with hundreds. (Creative Commons photo)
An Ohio pastor recently rode a bull, as this rider did in an unrelated photo, to share the gospel with hundreds. (Creative Commons photo)

Ohio bull-riding leads to 300 baptisms — and prompts questions about church as entertainment

As an Ohio pastor takes to bull riding to win converts, other ministers say it’s the long-term discipleship process that turns the newly baptized into life-long disciples.

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A chaplain, left, leads a burial at sea on board the aircraft carrier Intrepid during World War II. (National Naval Aviation Museum photo)
A chaplain, left, leads a burial at sea on board the aircraft carrier Intrepid during World War II. (National Naval Aviation Museum photo)

Memorial Day can evoke painful memories for military chaplains, former Navy officer says

Chaplain Gerry Hutchinson said Memorial Day can be one of the most emotionally challenging, and spiritually rewarding, times for military chaplains. 

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Members of First Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Christ in Macon, Ga. held an Easter egg hunt this year. This Sunday they will sign a covenant of action to jointly address problems in local schools. (Photo courtesy of First Baptist Church in Macon).
Members of First Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Christ in Macon, Ga. held an Easter egg hunt this year. This Sunday they will sign a covenant of action to jointly address problems in local schools. (Photo courtesy of First Baptist Church in Macon).

2 Baptist churches use shared roots to grow covenant of action in Macon, Ga.

The New Baptist Covenant initiative inspires First Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Christ in Macon to re-unite to serve struggling students in local schools, ministers say.

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Baptists in Burundi appeal for prayer as protests continue

The East African nation has been racked by violence for weeks.

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Steven Porter speaks at First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Fla. (Jeff Brumley/BNG)
Steven Porter speaks at First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Fla. (Jeff Brumley/BNG)

CBF’s Porter gives peek at new global missions process

Steven Porter says a new CBF global missions structure will be proposed by the fall, with anticipated approval in January 2016. 

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Virginia church discovers what ‘mission’ means in its community

Going the extra mile is the essence of the gospel, Bruce Powers believes. First, though, Christians must be able to hear God’s telling them which mile to pursue.

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Thomas Merton (PBS.org image)
Thomas Merton (PBS.org image)

Hinson-Merton friendship continues impact on Baptist spirituality

Glenn Hinson urges fellow Baptists to emulate the late Catholic monk Thomas Merton’s belief that contemplative spirituality is not limited to monasteries.

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‘God’s way’ of doing missions in N. Korea, Baptist minister says

A minister from Texas verifies delivery of tons of food to North Korean schools, orphanages and a hospital.

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Pat Anderson, left, the first coordinator of CBF Florida, speaks with Mark Wilbanks, its third moderator, during the 1990s. (Photo courtesy of CBF Florida)
Pat Anderson, left, the first coordinator of CBF Florida, speaks with Mark Wilbanks, its third moderator, during the 1990s. (Photo courtesy of CBF Florida)

At 25, CBF Florida thanks God — and Hurricane Andrew — for missions focus

A current focus on the Caribbean and Latin America and participation by a young generation of Baptists is expected to propel CBF Florida into a future of service.

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Bluefield unveils half-price tuition plan for qualified students

The initiative aims to provide a pathway to quality higher education for students in central Appalachia.

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Bigger class, new journalism component defines 2015 Mercer On Mission

Mercer University said it will send 180 students to a dozen locations around the world this year.

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How Christians respond to wonderful or tragic circumstances matters more than whether those events are God’s will, a Baptist minister says. (Creative Commons photo by mrehan)
How Christians respond to wonderful or tragic circumstances matters more than whether those events are God’s will, a Baptist minister says. (Creative Commons photo by mrehan)

Popular ‘it’s a God thing’ phrase reveals troubling theology, pastors say

One minister says the phrase should be applied to tragic events, not just good ones. Another suggests it shouldn’t be used at all, and Christians instead should focus on how they respond to life.

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Charlotte Connah, at podium, explains the inspiration behind the interfaith prayer garden at Mercer University. (Photo courtesy Mercer University Marketing Communications)
Charlotte Connah, at podium, explains the inspiration behind the interfaith prayer garden at Mercer University. (Photo courtesy Mercer University Marketing Communications)

Religions converge at Mercer’s new interfaith prayer garden

 The dedication capped three years of planning, fundraising and construction by a multi-religious coalition.

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CBF, SBC unite against payday loans

Known more for their differences than what they hold in common, Cooperative and Southern Baptists have found a common cause in regulating abusive lending practices that prey upon the poor.

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