Developer David Spence renovated the building where Davis Street Baptist Church met in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. He organized a Sacred Plates exhibit to honor founding pastor Virgil Hunton. (PHOTO / Courtesy of David Spence)
Developer David Spence renovated the building where Davis Street Baptist Church met in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. He organized a Sacred Plates exhibit to honor founding pastor Virgil Hunton. (PHOTO / Courtesy of David Spence)

Intrigued by its history, developer spares abandoned Dallas church from demolition

Developer David Spence originally planned to level the building and use the property as a parking lot. Instead, the former Davis Street Baptist Church building will become a restaurant that honors the spiritual heritage of the site. 

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When a minister was told he could not send food to children in North Korea, he sent soccer balls instead. (Creative Commons photo by James Boyes)
When a minister was told he could not send food to children in North Korea, he sent soccer balls instead. (Creative Commons photo by James Boyes)

Creativity, patience needed to minister overseas

When North Korea suddenly banned food donations for children, a Korean-American Baptist minister sent soccer balls instead. He and others say overseas ministry often requires a cool head and solution-based thinking to succeed. 

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Children from a refugee camp in northern Iraq wait in line to receive new shoes, provided by Buckner International and Texas Baptist Men. (Images courtesy of Buckner International)
Children from a refugee camp in northern Iraq wait in line to receive new shoes, provided by Buckner International and Texas Baptist Men. (Images courtesy of Buckner International)

Not forgotten, Christians tell embattled Yazidis

Baptists have spearheaded efforts to send spiritual and material aid to the ethinc group living in fear of ISIS. 

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A recent Baylor study found a connection between spirituality and business success. (Creative Commons photo by Lars Plougmann)
A recent Baylor study found a connection between spirituality and business success. (Creative Commons photo by Lars Plougmann)

Study shows faith helps overseas companies; U.S. businessmen say, ‘Here, too’

A Baylor University study discovered a link between a God-inspired work ethic and business success in companies overseas. American businessmen say the principle holds true in the United States, too. 

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Marc Wyatt brings a wall mirror into Welcome House in Raleigh earlier this month. He and his wife, Kim, helped get the residential facility open for refugees resettled in the area. (Jeff Brumley/BNG)
Marc Wyatt brings a wall mirror into Welcome House in Raleigh earlier this month. He and his wife, Kim, helped get the residential facility open for refugees resettled in the area. (Jeff Brumley/BNG)

Taking refugee work to the next level in North Carolina’s Research Triangle

Kim and Marc Wyatt have helped open Welcome House in Raleigh, N.C.,  which provides a home for single and small families of refugees who are resettled in the area.

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Missionary sent to revive Zimbabwe seminary

A Southern Seminary Ph.D. student and his family have moved to Zimbabwe with a mission to revive a seminary struggling since the firing of its former principal over doctrine in 2011.

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More than 3,500 babies are abandoned annually across South Africa, many left to die on the street or dumped in a gutter. Johannesburg ministries like the El Roi Baby Home and Door of Hope Children’s Mission rescue dozens of these babies, providing them with a safe home while seeking to place each one with a “forever family.” (Photos courtesy of CBF)
More than 3,500 babies are abandoned annually across South Africa, many left to die on the street or dumped in a gutter. Johannesburg ministries like the El Roi Baby Home and Door of Hope Children’s Mission rescue dozens of these babies, providing them with a safe home while seeking to place each one with a “forever family.” (Photos courtesy of CBF)

Baptists aid effort to rescue abandoned babies in South Africa

A Johannesburg ministry seeks transformation in a city where 200 babies are abandoned each month.

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Conference confronts transgender ‘confusion’

A “first-ever” conference by evangelicals on the subject of transgenderism is underway today at Southern Seminary.

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Egalitarian advocate preaches at Campbellsville

Mimi Haddad of Christians for Biblical Equality says theological gatekeepers and false assumptions lead many evangelicals to wrongly believe the Apostle Paul opposed women in ministry.

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‘Francis effect’ boosting Catholic Church’s image for U.S. Protestants

Pope Francis is boosting the reputation of the Catholic Church among Protestant pastors in America.

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Pope Francis speaks during his weekly general audience on Sept. 16, 2015, on St. Peter’s Square. (Photo by Massimo Valicchia/NurPhoto via AP Images)
Pope Francis speaks during his weekly general audience on Sept. 16, 2015, on St. Peter’s Square. (Photo by Massimo Valicchia/NurPhoto via AP Images)

Baptists excited and hopeful about papal visit

Pope Francis' visit to the United States this week is expected to showcase the pontiff’s focus on a wide range of social, environmental and justice issues. Baptist observers say he demonstrates how to be missional in ministry.

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World’s restoration is focus of young adult gathering

Kairos event will explore the God who is “always creating and recreating,” say leaders.

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Paige Patterson details missiological ‘battle’ at IMB

The president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary says the fight over church-planting strategies being used overseas is “more subtle” than the inerrancy controversy that split the SBC.

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CBF releases funds for Syrian refugee relief

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is continuing long-term efforts to serve Syrian refugees through its field personnel and ministry partners in the Middle East and now Southeast Europe. 

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Russell Moore says faithful evangelicals cannot affirm homosexuality

Discussing his new book at a gathering of religion journalists, the head of the SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission said “so-called evangelicals” who affirm homosexuality must believe the church was wrong for 2,000 years.

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A U.S. Coast Guard officer looks for survivors in the path of Hurricane Katrina. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
A U.S. Coast Guard officer looks for survivors in the path of Hurricane Katrina. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

10 years later, one Baptist group reflects on Katrina and its aftermath

One of the worse disasters in U.S. history left 1,800 dead and more than $100 billion in damage.

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Youth focus on a repair project on a house in Tazewell County, Va. (Bluefield College photo)
Youth focus on a repair project on a house in Tazewell County, Va. (Bluefield College photo)

Project impacts low-income families in southwest Virginia

Home repair and spiritual growth combined to give youth new insights this summer, say project organizers.

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‘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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