‘Outsider’ history prepares U.S. Baptists for future, authors say

‘Outsider’ history prepares U.S. Baptists for future, authors say

In a pluralistic and diverse society, a memory of being dissenters puts Baptists in a strong position.

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Harold Patterson, vice president for the Texas Baptist Men water ministry, teaches missionaries from Venezuela how to drill a well. (Photo by Paul Lozuk)
Harold Patterson, vice president for the Texas Baptist Men water ministry, teaches missionaries from Venezuela how to drill a well. (Photo by Paul Lozuk)

Missionaries from Venezuela learn skills aimed at self-sustaining church planting

The goal is to live off the land with minimal support from other sources.

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Students enjoy racing the pinewood derby cars they constructed from kits. A team from Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Heartland introduced the cars on their latest trip to Slovakia, where they worked at a school and with children from a nearby Roma settlement. (Photo by Matt Thompson)
Students enjoy racing the pinewood derby cars they constructed from kits. A team from Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Heartland introduced the cars on their latest trip to Slovakia, where they worked at a school and with children from a nearby Roma settlement. (Photo by Matt Thompson)

Pinewood derby races connect children, faith in Slovakia

A team from CBF Heartland took enough cars for each child in a Roma settlement to participate in pinewood derby races.

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Baptist scholar says Mormonism becoming more Christian

Though strong theological differences remain between Mormons and traditional Christians, a Baptist scholar said he believes a gradual shift is occurring among LDS scholars “toward a somewhat more biblical and even evangelical account of Christ and salvation."

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Pastor criticizes seminary president’s endorsement of secularist group

A conservative Southern Baptist pastor in Texas says agency heads today routinely get away with things that during the conservative resurgence would have gotten their moderate predecessors fired.

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Whether in local soup kitchens or global missions, ministers say Christians should be alert for opportunities to share their faith. (Creative Commons photo by Sam Beebe)
Whether in local soup kitchens or global missions, ministers say Christians should be alert for opportunities to share their faith. (Creative Commons photo by Sam Beebe)

Recover the balance between service and evangelism, urge theologians

The tension between service and evangelism goes back far in Christian history, but experts say it can be as simple as watching and waiting for the right moment to share. 

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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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Midwestern Seminary adopts Danvers Statement

Another Southern Baptist Convention seminary has identified with core beliefs promoted by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.

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Baptist leader celebrates Ebola-free Liberia

“I thank my God!” Liberian Baptist president Olu Menjay said after attending a World Health Organization ceremony declaring the country is Ebola-free.

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Faith is growing, not dying, in America and around the world, experts say. (Creative Commons photo by Dallas City Temple)
Faith is growing, not dying, in America and around the world, experts say. (Creative Commons photo by Dallas City Temple)

Don’t plan any funerals for religion just yet, Baylor scholars say

Conference speakers highlight statistics and trends showing that in the U.S. and around the world, faith is on the rise.

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Seminary president says Southern Baptists drifting toward infant baptism

Midwestern Seminary President Jason Allen says the practice of baptizing children at younger and younger ages has contributed to “unregenerate church members” in the SBC.

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Aiming to deepen rite’s meaning, Baptist pastor in Ohio baptizes infant

Aiming to deepen rite’s meaning, Baptist pastor in Ohio baptizes infant

Rodney Kennedy at First Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio, said the practice conforms to his beliefs about baptism being the beginning of a life-long process. 

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Historians say Southern Baptist women paved way in improving race relations

While much history is written about the role of organizations such as the Christian Life Commission in leading the Southern Baptist Convention to repent of its racist past, a panel of historians says black and white women had been working together as partners for many years.

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Alliance celebrates 25 years of partnership missions

Cuban Baptist leaders believe normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba results in part from seeds planted a quarter century ago building church-to-church relationships between Baptists in the two countries.

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Whether it's ISIS or deadly weather, fear is nothing new and modern Christians should look to the ancients for answers, some Baptists say. (Creative Commons photo by Day Donaldson)
Whether it's ISIS or deadly weather, fear is nothing new and modern Christians should look to the ancients for answers, some Baptists say. (Creative Commons photo by Day Donaldson)

Prayer, community antidotes to fear, Baptist leaders say

From ancient times onward, Christians and Baptists turned to congregations, prayer and action to face fears ranging from war and disease to persecution and violent weather.

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A portion of the genocide memorial in Armenia. (Creative Commons photo)
A portion of the genocide memorial in Armenia. (Creative Commons photo)

Like pope, recent Baylor symposium called Armenian massacre ‘genocide’

“Remembering Genocide,” a symposium to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the slaughter of more than 1 million Armenian Christians, used the same term that landed Pope Francis in hot water with the Turkish government, which denies the killings were genocide.

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A volunteer prepares to serve meals to the needy in 2014. Experts say volunteering provides blessings to all involved — including the volunteer. (Creative Commons photo by St. Joseph’s University)
A volunteer prepares to serve meals to the needy in 2014. Experts say volunteering provides blessings to all involved — including the volunteer. (Creative Commons photo by St. Joseph’s University)

Volunteering, missions best when not serving as Christian vacations, ministers say

Some Baptist leaders are concerned that Christians and churches no longer collaborate on missions and other volunteer projects as they did in the past.

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Prof says homosexual orientation is a sin

Boyce College professor Denny Burk says the sin of homosexuality begins not with the act but the desire that prompts it.

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Emily Nichols and Riya Thenayan examine a patient outside the clinic. (Photos courtesy of Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing)
Emily Nichols and Riya Thenayan examine a patient outside the clinic. (Photos courtesy of Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing)

Baptist nursing students learn ropes on Ethiopia medical mission

A group from Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing ventured to Africa to hone skills they will need as medical missionaries.

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Four in 10 of all Christians will live in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2050, a Pew survey predicts. (Photo: The Image Kid)
Four in 10 of all Christians will live in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2050, a Pew survey predicts. (Photo: The Image Kid)

Baptist missions must continue to adapt to continuing shifts in world religions, Baylor prof says

The rise of Islam, the decline of Christianity in the West and its explosion in Africa means Baptists and others must be ever more sensitive to cultural and demographic realities in areas where they engage in mission, says a professor.

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