‘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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Millennials and other young people want authenticity in their Easter messages, some Baptist pastors say. (Creative Commons photo by Jonathan Assink).
Millennials and other young people want authenticity in their Easter messages, some Baptist pastors say. (Creative Commons photo by Jonathan Assink).

Baptist pastors: power up, don’t water down, Easter message for Millennials

The key on Easter Sunday, these preachers say, is to present the Resurrection story with authenticity and power and in a way that young and old listerners alike can apply to daily lives.

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Stopping at the Cross on the way to Easter is a moving experience, some Baptist ministers say. (Creative Commons photo)
Stopping at the Cross on the way to Easter is a moving experience, some Baptist ministers say. (Creative Commons photo)

As Easter nears, some Baptists say its time to contemplate Good Friday observances

While still uncommon among evangelical churches, some Baptists are adamant that Good Friday services are vital to a full appreciation and experience of Christ's resurrection.

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CBF pitches in to provide aid to victims of tropical storm

Officials say Vanuatu, a South Pacific archipelago and one of the world’s poorest nations, could run out of food in as little as a week.

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Baptists, Presbyterians make room for Anglicans at Calvinist confab

A growing number of Anglicans who have left the Episcopal Church over alleged liberalism are finding affinity in a New Calvinist movement popular in evangelical denominations including the Southern Baptist Convention.

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SBC leader: Baptists, don’t let your babies grow up to be Catholics

A Southern Baptist seminary president says churches are to blame when young people leave the fold to follow another faith tradition.

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SBC controversy reverberates for second, third generation ‘exiles,’ book says

A new book by communications professor Carl Kell tells the story of the 1980s SBC “holy war” through the eyes of sons and daughters of moderates disenfranchised by the fray.

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