Pastor’s killer ruled not guilty due to insanity

After years of dispute over whether he is competent stand trial, an Illinois judge has found a man who killed a Baptist preacher in a 2009 church shooting to be criminally insane.

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Military, hospital and other settings often leave chaplains feeling isolated from other ministers, and even other believers, for extended periods of time. (Creative Commons photo)
Military, hospital and other settings often leave chaplains feeling isolated from other ministers, and even other believers, for extended periods of time. (Creative Commons photo)

Missouri minister launching network for busy, isolated chaplains

James Layman, a retired hospital and military chaplain, was moved to act after noticing how many chaplains struggle on their own.

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By all accounts the Cuban-born Ruben Ortiz has the energy and personality to match the passion he has for church and relationship building.
By all accounts the Cuban-born Ruben Ortiz has the energy and personality to match the passion he has for church and relationship building.

Networking two continents: For Ruben Ortiz, it means bridge-building

For Ruben Ortiz, “reaching as many people as possible” means connecting with Hispanic Baptists across North and South America.

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James Dunn, robust advocate for religious liberty, dies July 4

As executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty for two decades, Dunn was outspoken in his support of religious liberty and separation of church and state.

This article was updated on Sunday, July 5, to include iinformation about the memorial service.

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Tectonic shift: Pam Durso on 30 years of progress for Baptist women ministers

Opportunities for Baptist women ministers have expanded in the past three decades and for much of that time, Pam Durso, executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry, has been at the forefront of the movement. Baptist News Global asked her to reflect on changes in the past — and those to come.

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Baptist minister Laura Barclay, right, watches as Benjamin Moore is hugged after his wedding to Tadd Roberts. The wedding, at which Barclay officiated, was held on June 26, just hours after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationally. (Photo by Jackie Whitaker)
Baptist minister Laura Barclay, right, watches as Benjamin Moore is hugged after his wedding to Tadd Roberts. The wedding, at which Barclay officiated, was held on June 26, just hours after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationally. (Photo by Jackie Whitaker)

Been there, done that: Some Baptist ministers have already officiated at same-sex marriages

While conservatives are getting most of the attention for their opposition to same-sex marriage, some moderate and progressive Baptist pastors are stepping forward not only in support of the practice but also in conducting ceremonies.

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Don McGregor, editor, ABP founder, dead at 91

As a Baptist state paper editor who championed a free denominational press, Mississippi layman Don McGregor was instrumental in the formation in 1990 of what today is known as Baptist News Global.

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Gay Baptist minister followed long path to marriage equality

Two years after protesting Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage, Bojangles Blanchard and Dominique James finally obtained their marriage license June 29.

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Then Capt. Charles Seligman (right), a chaplain, speak to volunteers following a hike at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras. (U.S Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kimberly Rae Moore)
Then Capt. Charles Seligman (right), a chaplain, speak to volunteers following a hike at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras. (U.S Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kimberly Rae Moore)

Chaplain: Military trains you to see ministry as God’s work, not yours

Air Force Maj. Chuck Seligman, a chaplain endorsed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, said it’s challenging to leave people and ministries behind every three or four years. But that constant round of rotations helps remind him and other chaplains whose work they are really doing through their service.

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Jeff Haggray to lead American Baptist mission agency

The former executive minister of the District of Columbia Baptist Convention will succeed Aidsand Wright-Riggins as executive director of American Baptist Home Missions Societies.

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