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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Adopt-a-School programs are popular among a range of civic, business and religious groups. Some are even promoted by local and state governments.  (Creative Commons photo by Minnesota governor’s office)
Adopt-a-School programs are popular among a range of civic, business and religious groups. Some are even promoted by local and state governments. (Creative Commons photo by Minnesota governor’s office)

Adopting schools is about community building, not proselytizing, educators say

The key for schools is to avoid favoring certain churches or denominations over others and not requiring student participation in church events held at school.

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Disputed cross memorial sold to private group

 A quarter-century legal battle over whether a cross-shaped memorial dedicated to war veterans unconstitutionally endorses the Christian religion may be nearing an end.

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VBS can be a transformative experience for congregations seeking to break down barriers between races and economic classes, clergy and lay leaders say. (Creative Commons photo by Nate Pesce)
VBS can be a transformative experience for congregations seeking to break down barriers between races and economic classes, clergy and lay leaders say. (Creative Commons photo by Nate Pesce)

For these Baptists, VBS transforms congregations and communities

A joint VBS held by Baptist churches in Waco helped break down the racial divide between them. Other churches have reported similar experiences when racially divergent congregations cooperate to host these summer programs. 

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Feds offer reward in black church fire

Investigators are still looking for a suspect in a June 24 arson at Briar Creek Road Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C.

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Jean Carnahan has leaned on her faith to get through dark times. (University of Missouri photo)
Jean Carnahan has leaned on her faith to get through dark times. (University of Missouri photo)

Faith propels Carnahan to 'repair the world' after governor husband, son lost in crash

Former Missouri senator and First Lady Jean Carnahan said her Baptist faith, and the Jewish notion of making the world a better place, have sustained her after her husband, Gov. Mel Carnahan, and their son, Randy, died in a 2000 plane crash.

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Newspaper op-ed decries bashing of Confederate flag

Pastor Ed DeVries says the Bible’s commandment to “honor thy father and mother” applies equally to great grandfathers who marched behind the Confederate flag.

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Memorial service for ‘Baptist folk hero’ portrays passionate life

James Dunn, who died July 4, was committed to religious liberty, social justice and his thousands of friends, said speakers at his memorial service.

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