Advocates urge Nepal to avoid criminalizing religious conversion

More than 350 people from a dozen countries sent a letter to Nepal’s political leaders.

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Short-term mission trips should focus on relationship building rather than seeking personal fulfillment for participants, some Baptist ministers say. (Creative Commons photo by David Amsler)
Short-term mission trips should focus on relationship building rather than seeking personal fulfillment for participants, some Baptist ministers say. (Creative Commons photo by David Amsler)

Ministers, churches seek end to ‘mission tourism’

Baptist leaders say the historic, western style of short-term mission trips were more about self-fulfiment rather than transforming the lives of impoverished people. They are calling for more thoughtful, missional approaches where the goal is to participate in God’s transformative action around the world.

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Anti-nuke activist chastises politicians for rhetoric about proposed Iran deal

In a Christian Post interview, evangelical activist Tyler Wigg-Stevenson called recent comments by Mike Huckabee and Michelle Bachmann “outrageous” and “irresponsible.”

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Minister charged with murder appears in court

Richard Shahan, accused of his wife’s murder in 2013, is now scheduled to stand trial April 18, 2016.

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Global Women wins Best of Pelham Award

Global Women “envisions a world where every woman is empowered by the love of God, valued by her community and equipped to fulfill her unique purpose.”

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Experts say Baby Boomers want their retirement years to be filled with meaningful activities -- and that churches should help them achieve that goal. (Creative Commons photo by Bill Stanley)
Experts say Baby Boomers want their retirement years to be filled with meaningful activities -- and that churches should help them achieve that goal. (Creative Commons photo by Bill Stanley)

Churches must be creative to meet coming ‘Boomer wave’

While not as ‘glamorous’ as reaching out to Millennials, attracting Boomers can revitalize the mission and ministries of churches, congregational coaches say.

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Former Union University student pleads guilty to murder

Charlie Pittman, 22, was sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to murdering 21-year-old Olivia Greenlee and staging her death to look like a suicide.

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Al Mohler, Franklin Graham, criticize FBC Greenville’s affirmation of gays

The president of the seminary that began in the historic South Carolina congregation says theological drift is inevitable when a church or denomination isn’t tethered to biblical inerrancy.

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Churches should play a leading role in healing tensions resulting from police brutality cases, a Missouri commission said. Here, demonstrators at a protest rally. (Creative Commons photo by Paul George)
Churches should play a leading role in healing tensions resulting from police brutality cases, a Missouri commission said. Here, demonstrators at a protest rally. (Creative Commons photo by Paul George)

Churches integral to healing communities marred by violence, commission says

The 2014 Ferguson shooting and riots led the Missouri governor to create a commission to recommend healing strategies for communities. One recommendation is that churches become heavily involved in such work.

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Historic Baptist church adopts gay non-discrimination policy

Instead of choosing sides, a bellwether moderate Baptist church seeks consensus in a culture-war issue.

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Annual Lott Carey gathering tackles police-community relations

The organization's Annual Session also featured community service, cultural enrichment and worship events.

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Baptist preachers say they feel pressure to keep their sermons short, and that pressure comes from older, not  younger, generations. (Creative Commons photo by Ben Husmann)
Baptist preachers say they feel pressure to keep their sermons short, and that pressure comes from older, not younger, generations. (Creative Commons photo by Ben Husmann)

Don’t blame Millennials for shrinking sermon lengths, Baptists say

Growing pressures toward shorter sermons seems to be coming more from older church members, ministers say.

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Federal grant will help Mercer University serve disadvantaged students

Funds received over a five-year period will benefit students at Mercer's Macon and two regional campuses. Nearly 150 scholarships will be provided.

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From microbiology to ministry, veteran leader retires from ABC-USA regional post

Dwight Stinnett says God must have had a sense of humor when calling him out of a life in academia to the ministry. He recently retired as executive minister of American Baptist Churches of the Great Rivers Region.

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