FBC Huntsville announces pastor nominee

A prominent Cooperative Baptist Fellowship church in Alabama will vote on a new pastor Feb. 7.

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While frequency of worship attendance is diminishing, devotion among those who remain religiously committed remains strong, experts say. (Creative Commons photo)
While frequency of worship attendance is diminishing, devotion among those who remain religiously committed remains strong, experts say. (Creative Commons photo)

Despite decline, religiously affiliated remain devoted, says survey

The Pew Research Center says that while religious affiliation continues to decline, dedication remains strong among those who are affiliated with religious groups. But those who coach and lead congregations say declining attendance remains a troubling trend. 

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CBF to vote on new plan for funding global missions

Proposed changes to CBF governing documents include revisions to a 25-year-old open meetings bylaw.

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Former congressman heads Feed the Children

J.C. Watts, a Republican who served Oklahoma’s 4th Congressional District from 1995 to 2003, begins Feb. 1 as new president of the international relief charity based in Oklahoma City.

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Arguments set for religious challenge to Obamacare

Faith-based groups ranging from Catholic nuns to the Southern Baptist Convention will argue March 23 that an accommodation to require contraceptive coverage doesn’t adequately safeguard their religious liberty.

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Courtney Greer with her daughter Kyleigh. (Photos by Chelsea White)
Courtney Greer with her daughter Kyleigh. (Photos by Chelsea White)

Youth emerges from foster care to build life, help others

Courtney Greer lived in 27 foster homes between the ages of 11 and 18, and today is grateful for the experience. So she is passing it on to her own daughter and to other children living in foster care.

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Florida pastor named president of Northern Seminary

After nearly 20 years as a pastor in the South, he will take the helm of the suburban Chicago school in March.

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CBF missions doubles down on long-term presence

A new funding plan for CBF Global Missions eliminates distinctions between self-funded and fully funded personnel.

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Former Glorieta homeowners get legal aid

Kirk and Susie Tompkins, who unsuccessfully sued to stop the sale of Glorieta Conference Center, now have a lawyer to help with their appeal.

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Members of the 101st Airborne Div., including Chaplain Justin Roberts, right, in Afghanistan. (Photo by Daniel Byerly)
Members of the 101st Airborne Div., including Chaplain Justin Roberts, right, in Afghanistan. (Photo by Daniel Byerly)

New documentary seeks to inspire ministry to military, veterans

The film No Greater Love was filmed and directed by an Army chaplain who hopes congregations will see the great need that military members and their families have for hands-on ministry.

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Blogger concerned about controversial pastor’s SBC ties

A pastor/blogger says Southern Baptists should be distancing themselves from, rather than embracing, a church leader at the center of a sex abuse scandal.

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Pastor defends letter denouncing Syrian refugees

The pastor of a small Southern Baptist church has gained national attention with a letter to the editor questioning the Southern Baptist Convention’s welcoming Syrian refugees to the United States.

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Those who continually seek spiritual highs through worship and other practices may be addicted to the feelings produced. (Creative Commons photo by Soul Cafe)
Those who continually seek spiritual highs through worship and other practices may be addicted to the feelings produced. (Creative Commons photo by Soul Cafe)

Addicted to spiritual highs? Try calming the soul, experts say

Church hopping to find more exciting pastors and worship, or turning to end-times theories, may be more about escaping boredom and fear than about connecting with God, according to writers and ministers who focus on spiritual formation.

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Book documents molestation in conservative Baptist churches

The Big Book of Bad Baptist Preachers challenges the notion that sexual abuse by clergy is just “a Catholic problem.”

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