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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Rex Horne stepping down from Ouachita

The former pastor to President Clinton has served as president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention-affiliated university since 2006.

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Former youth pastor sentenced to 15 years for abuse

Mack Allen Davis, 74, confessed in December to abusing boys in the 1970s and 1980s while working with youth at a Southern Baptist church in Alabama.

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Baptists and other Christians opposed to the death penalty say death chambers like this one violate the spirit of Christ’s own unjust death. (Creative Commons photo by Tommy Woodard)
Baptists and other Christians opposed to the death penalty say death chambers like this one violate the spirit of Christ’s own unjust death. (Creative Commons photo by Tommy Woodard)

Jesus’ death convicts capital punishment, Baylor prof says in new book

Baptists remain divided over the use of the death penalty as the ultimate punishment for crime.

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‘The least of these’ too often taken out of context, says professor

Denny Burk says using “the least of these” in discussions about the poor is a classic case of “right doctrine, wrong text.”

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IMB drops ban on ‘private prayer language’

New guidelines for the International Mission Board’s missionary appointment require adherence to the Baptist Faith and Message.

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Paul Swiney, with wife, Tambi, says being married to a pastor is challenging but rewarding. (Photo courtesy of Paul Swiney)
Paul Swiney, with wife, Tambi, says being married to a pastor is challenging but rewarding. (Photo courtesy of Paul Swiney)

Watching wives face criticism toughest part of marriage to ministers, husbands say

Baptist Women in Ministry hosted a conference call Tuesday in which the husbands of women ministers also said there are many rewards to go along with the challenges.

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