John Crowder inspects completed work orders for damaged homes just weeks after the 2013 fertilizer plant explosion. (BNG photo by Jeff Brumley)
John Crowder inspects completed work orders for damaged homes just weeks after the 2013 fertilizer plant explosion. (BNG photo by Jeff Brumley)

Baptist who led West, Texas recovery becomes 'disaster pastor'

John Crowder and his First Baptist Church of West, Texas, helped the city recover from a 2013 fertilizer plant explosion. Now he's taking what he learned from the experience to help other pastors in disaster areas.

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Baylor under fire for sexual assault response

Critics say the Texas Baptist university has failed to take responsibility for sexual violence on campus.

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Act of solidarity

Act of solidarity

For one Baptist woman in Kansas City, wearing a hijab is a profound — and visible — expression of support for Muslims.

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Baptist church challenges noise ordinance

Vintage Church of New Orleans says strict noise restrictions are impeding its ability to worship.

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Hospitals are places where faith and crisis mix. (Creative Commons photo)
Hospitals are places where faith and crisis mix. (Creative Commons photo)

Faith forged in crisis helps hospital chaplain ‘model calm’ in emergencies

Author Stacy Sergent said her calling into chaplaincy helps form her faith and spirituality. Now she is able to be the presence of God to those in crisis at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

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Seminary’s evangelistic aim at men includes gun giveaways

A Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary event open only to men and boys features door prizes including a shotgun autographed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

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Baptists take sides in Texas abortion case

Conservative groups including the Southern Baptist Convention say a law regulating abortion clinics is beneficial for women’s health, while individuals aligned with the moderate Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and progressive Alliance of Baptists say a woman’s religious views — not those of legislators — is what matters in reproductive choice.

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Rachel Gabucci said the community of help that sprung up around her sustained her through giving a daughter to adoption. (Photos by Chelsea White)
Rachel Gabucci said the community of help that sprung up around her sustained her through giving a daughter to adoption. (Photos by Chelsea White)

It takes a village to assist woman through adoption decision

Alone, handing an infant over for adoption can be a confusing and painful experience. With the help of others, Rachel Gabucci said, her decision became much easier to bear.

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LifeWay announces new headquarters site

Trustees of LifeWay Christian Resources authorized the purchase of land and construction of a new corporate headquarters during their semiannual meeting Feb. 1-2 in Nashville, Tenn.

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Baptist group urges Tyson Foods to address water quality

As part of a commitment to socially responsible investing, American Baptist Home Mission Societies will present a shareholder resolution at the 2016 Tyson Foods annual shareholders meeting tomorrow in Springdale, Ark.

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Georgia Baptist leaders back ‘religious freedom’ bill

The Georgia Baptist Convention is again lobbying for legislation they say is needed to protect Christians from religious discrimination.

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While many Americans own Bibles, relatively few actually read them, surveys say. (Creative Commons photo by Emuishere Peliculas)
While many Americans own Bibles, relatively few actually read them, surveys say. (Creative Commons photo by Emuishere Peliculas)

Trump ‘just a symbol’ of America’s declining religious literacy, minister says

Recent surveys document that Americans as a whole — not just presidential candidates — are becoming increasingly less knowledgeable about Christianity and Scripture, and religion in general.

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Jacksonville latest city to grapple with human rights ordinance

Jacksonville, Fla., is the latest U.S. city where clergy are arguing both for and against proposals to bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Seminary head says new governor boosting anti-abortion cause in Kentucky

Albert Mohler says “elections matter,” and “sometimes it is a matter of life and death.”

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