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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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Pastor greeted with bombing on first day in N.M. church

Kevin Glenn’s first day as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Las Cruces, N.M., was interruped when an improvised explosive device detonated in a mailbox attached to the church.

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Advocate for women ministers honored for lifetime achievement

Christians for Biblical Equality honored Pam Durso with its Lifetime Achievement Award at the group’s recent meeting in California.

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Youth pastor’s arrest affects two churches

Leaders of both his current and former church say they had no suspicion about a youth pastor who reportedly confessed to police that he tried to solicit sex from teenagers.

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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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Devotional website heading ‘Back2School’

Produced by Passport Inc. with ecumenical partners, the six-week series will focus on “seasons” relevant to the faith lives of students.

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SBC president declines to second-guess Glorieta sale

Glorieta homeowner Kirk Tompkins issued an open letter July 21 asking SBC President Ronnie Floyd to investigate whether LifeWay Christian Resources acted properly in selling 2,400 acres of mountain property near Santa Fe, N.M., for $1.

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A study has found that fewer Americans are moving, but churches will have to work hard to attract those neighbors, ministers say. (Creative Commons photo by Jason Wohlford)
A study has found that fewer Americans are moving, but churches will have to work hard to attract those neighbors, ministers say. (Creative Commons photo by Jason Wohlford)

Fewer people moving doesn’t mean more will come to church, ministers say

A Barna Group study finds that Americans are increasingly remaining in the communities where they live, giving hope to pastors and others that more relationships can be established with church neighbors. But they also warn that congregations must become more relevant to those in surrounding neighbhorhoods.

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Confederate flags left at MLK’s home church

Ebenezer Baptist Church Pastor Raphael Warnock says the message of four Confederate flags left on the church property “ought to get the attention not only of black people but of freedom-loving people.”

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St. Louis mention in Planned Parenthood video riles Missouri abortion foes

Leaders of Missouri Right to Life and the Missouri Baptist Convention urged stricter oversight of medical clinics offering abortion after a video report alleging that St. Louis is a prime market for the purchase of organs from aborted fetuses.

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Pastor calls Planned Parenthood exposé ‘journalistic distortion’

Pro-choice pastor Donna Schaper says abortion opponents have a hard time dealing with women as “moral agents.”

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SBC ethics head supports ‘First Amendment Defense Act’

Russell Moore of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is among faith leaders urging passage of a bill aimed at protecting religious freedom that opponents say would have dangerous and far-reaching consequences for LGBT Americans.

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Whether in the church or having left it, experts say the ‘nones’ need fellowship regardless. (Creative Commons photo)
Whether in the church or having left it, experts say the ‘nones’ need fellowship regardless. (Creative Commons photo)

Baptists reflect on fellowship as ‘nones’ seek their own brand of community

As people without any religious affiliation grow in numbers in the U.S., they are seeking community in a variety of places and pursuits.

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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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