While many Americans own Bibles, relatively few actually read them, surveys say. (Creative Commons photo by Emuishere Peliculas)
While many Americans own Bibles, relatively few actually read them, surveys say. (Creative Commons photo by Emuishere Peliculas)

Trump ‘just a symbol’ of America’s declining religious literacy, minister says

Recent surveys document that Americans as a whole — not just presidential candidates — are becoming increasingly less knowledgeable about Christianity and Scripture, and religion in general.

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CBF missions doubles down on long-term presence

A new funding plan for CBF Global Missions eliminates distinctions between self-funded and fully funded personnel.

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Those who continually seek spiritual highs through worship and other practices may be addicted to the feelings produced. (Creative Commons photo by Soul Cafe)
Those who continually seek spiritual highs through worship and other practices may be addicted to the feelings produced. (Creative Commons photo by Soul Cafe)

Addicted to spiritual highs? Try calming the soul, experts say

Church hopping to find more exciting pastors and worship, or turning to end-times theories, may be more about escaping boredom and fear than about connecting with God, according to writers and ministers who focus on spiritual formation.

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Former Baptist youth minister Chris Adams, now rector of an Episcopal parish in New Mexico, says he isn’t worried that a split will occur in the Anglican Communion. (Photo courtesy of Chris Adams)
Former Baptist youth minister Chris Adams, now rector of an Episcopal parish in New Mexico, says he isn’t worried that a split will occur in the Anglican Communion. (Photo courtesy of Chris Adams)

For Baptists-turned-Episcopalians, Anglican disagreement feels familiar

Former Baptist ministers who are now Episcopal priests say their church’s disagreement with the Anglican Communion is in some ways reminiscent of the controversies that roiled the Southern Baptist Convention.

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IMB layoffs hit home office

The Southern Baptist International Mission Board announced Jan. 14 the elimination of its stateside communications department.

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Many are surprised to learn that human trafficking is a problem within the U.S. (Creative Commons photo)
Many are surprised to learn that human trafficking is a problem within the U.S. (Creative Commons photo)

Baptists team up to combat domestic human trafficking

Efforts also are underway to educate more churches and individiuals about the scope of the problem, which some incorrectly believe is only an overseas one.

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Paris is home to a wide array of local and ethnic Christian churches, which CBF field personnel are attempting to bring into spiritual harmony. (Creative Commons photo by Yann Caradec)
Paris is home to a wide array of local and ethnic Christian churches, which CBF field personnel are attempting to bring into spiritual harmony. (Creative Commons photo by Yann Caradec)

Couple creating church ‘Mosaic’ from diversity in Paris

CBF field personnel Julie and David Brown are working to overcome cultural and racial differences that divide some Christians and churches in Paris. Often that means welcoming immigrants and refugees.

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Christians and Muslims don’t worship same God, SBC leader says

Weighing in on the latest round of a debate popping up on and off since 9/11, theologian Albert Mohler says it’s impossible to truly worship God while rejecting Jesus Christ.

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Two rural churches rile Baptist association by calling women as pastor

Nelson Baptist Association in Kentucky recently removed two churches after both called a woman as their senior pastor.

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Pastor cites ‘feminist rebellion’ in moral decline

A Southern Baptist pastor made waves in Memphis, Tenn., with a televised sermon claiming that women need to submit to their husbands in all things and that a “feminist rebellion” was responsible for many of the problems the country is facing.

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Buckner has helped residents in the Mexican state of Chiapas to achieve family, spiritual and economic health. (Photos by Russ Dilday, Buckner International)
Buckner has helped residents in the Mexican state of Chiapas to achieve family, spiritual and economic health. (Photos by Russ Dilday, Buckner International)

In Chiapas, faith transforms lives in the ‘Rock Crusher’

The lives of a young Mexican woman and her family have been transformed in a way that is impacting the surrounding community.

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Lighting candles can bring calm to a tumultuous Advent season, say some ministers. (Creative Commons photo by Markus Grossalber)
Lighting candles can bring calm to a tumultuous Advent season, say some ministers. (Creative Commons photo by Markus Grossalber)

Advent story filled with drama and stress, says minister

A writer and minister says Advent is based on a harrowing narrative of controversy and stress as Mary and Joseph head to Bethlehem. But she and other ministers offer guidance on how to find balance in the journey.

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Amie Singleton hugs Rwandan orphan John Hope on his arrival at DFW International Airport. (Photos courtesy of Emily Turner)
Amie Singleton hugs Rwandan orphan John Hope on his arrival at DFW International Airport. (Photos courtesy of Emily Turner)

American adopts ‘son,’ 21, during Africa mission trip

 A routine mission trip turned into a life-transforming journey for a Baptist woman and a sight-impaired Rwandan orphaned by tragedy.

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Homeless items stolen from church

Members of Valley View Church in Louisville, Ky., are asking whoever stole a trailer full of donated items intended for the homeless to give it back.

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Church building on site of SBC’s birth declared unsafe

The former meeting place of First Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga., host of the inaugural Southern Baptist Convention in 1845, has been declared unsafe for occupancy.

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Seminary leaders are searching for ways to provide theological education to the church while offering the best possible training for future ministers. (Creative Commons photo by Phil Sexton)
Seminary leaders are searching for ways to provide theological education to the church while offering the best possible training for future ministers. (Creative Commons photo by Phil Sexton)

Divinity school deans: Changing theological education easier said than done

Suggestions that seminary education needs to change are valid, but finding affordable ways to implement those changes are the challenge, a number of divinity school leaders say.

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Participants sing during a hymn festival at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Communal singing is crucial to healing from traumatic events, organizers say. (Photos courtesy of Deborah Loftis)
Participants sing during a hymn festival at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Communal singing is crucial to healing from traumatic events, organizers say. (Photos courtesy of Deborah Loftis)

Online hymn collection aims to comfort those grieving after events like Paris attacks

The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada has launched the downloadable resource as a way to help people respond in song to human and natural disasters.

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Mission teams from the South Africa Ministry Network spent a week in July working at the Thembelethu Care Organization, a Christian ministry for orphans and vulnerable children impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. (Photos courtesy of CBF)
Mission teams from the South Africa Ministry Network spent a week in July working at the Thembelethu Care Organization, a Christian ministry for orphans and vulnerable children impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. (Photos courtesy of CBF)

Seeing where God is at work in South Africa, Baptists from U.S. join in

Adopting a ‘pilgrim posture,’ a group ministers to those who serve abandoned children and AIDS victims in South Africa.

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Church’s waning clout no surprise to ‘remnant’

A Southern Baptist journalist says Christians shouldn’t worry about losing influence in American life, because God has always worked best with a “remnant.”

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In a classroom at the Ruth School, Roma children are given opportunities to receive an education that does not discriminate based on their cultural background. They are taught to read and write in the Roma language and Romanian as a means to succeed in society. (CBF photos)
In a classroom at the Ruth School, Roma children are given opportunities to receive an education that does not discriminate based on their cultural background. They are taught to read and write in the Roma language and Romanian as a means to succeed in society. (CBF photos)

School, outreach open a ‘whole new world’ to Roma children

The Ruth School seeks to help children from the shunned minority in Romania integrate into the communities.

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