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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Payday lending must be opposed with advocacy and education, CBF field personnel Scarlette Jasper says. (Creative Commons photo by Taber Andrew Bain)
Payday lending must be opposed with advocacy and education, CBF field personnel Scarlette Jasper says. (Creative Commons photo by Taber Andrew Bain)

Advocate links with CBF to combat payday lending

CBF field personnel Scarlette Jasper urges individuals and churches to become involved in advocacy and education efforts to end predatory payday lending practices that sink economically disadvantaged families further into debt.

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Baptist leaders pray for Jimmy Carter

The world’s most famous Sunday school teacher has a strong following in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and New Baptist Covenant movements.

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Union University quits CCCU over homosexuality

Tennessee Baptist Convention-affiliated Union University is the first school to leave the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities after two other members recently came out in support of gay marriage.

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Movements like Black Lives Matter are seen by some experts as potential supporters and creators of political candidates. (Paul Silva)
Movements like Black Lives Matter are seen by some experts as potential supporters and creators of political candidates. (Paul Silva)

Civil rights groups, Baptists creating ‘incredible moment’ in U.S. politics

White evangelicals are organizing to run for political office while some churches support ongoing civil rights protest movements like Black Lives Matter, and some experts say it’s all a sign that society is shifting. 

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Church-state group says matrimony sentence out of bounds

Texas Judge Randall Lee Rogers overstepped his bounds when he ordered a man charged with assault to write Bible verses and marry his girlfriend as an alternative to jail, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

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Ordinance foes claim religious right to discriminate

For the second time in a year, Southern Baptists in Arkansas are working to oppose a proposed city ordinance adding sexual orientation and gender identity to classes protected against discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation.

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Lynn Hutchinson, third from right, said she and her husband Mike have gained insights into the suffering of African immigrants to Europe. (CBF photo)
Lynn Hutchinson, third from right, said she and her husband Mike have gained insights into the suffering of African immigrants to Europe. (CBF photo)

One couple tries to ease plight of Africa-to-Europe immigrants

Missions and ministry have taken Lynn and Mike Hutchinson to the centers of immigration in Africa, and to the very heart of the pain and suffering experienced by immigrants and their families.

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16 states side with Baptist schools in Obamacare appeal

A friend-of-the-court brief says states have an interest in protecting the religious beliefs of nonprofit organizations.

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Baptist protestors arrested in St. Louis

Among protestors arrested in civil disobedience marking the one-year anniversary of the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., were members of a delegation representing the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America.

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Kentucky seminary celebrates commencement, accreditation

Six men and women made history on a Saturday morning, receiving master’s degrees from a newly accredited CBF partner school.

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Craig McMahan, left, and Christopher Le fit a man with a prosthetic leg in Vietnam this summer. (Photos by Marin Guta)
Craig McMahan, left, and Christopher Le fit a man with a prosthetic leg in Vietnam this summer. (Photos by Marin Guta)

In Vietnam, Mercer project provides prosthetics and hope

The Mercer on Mission project in Vietnam provides prosthetic legs to thousands, including many who lost limbs during the Vietnam War and from previously unexploded land mines and bombs in its aftermath.

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