Historic First Baptist Church in Philadelphia is beginning a new story after more than three centuries. (Photo by Norman Jameson)
Historic First Baptist Church in Philadelphia is beginning a new story after more than three centuries. (Photo by Norman Jameson)

A Philadelphia story, with a bright future

It might have gone the way of many other urban churches. Instead, First Baptist Church in Philadelphia is partnering with another congregation to keep vibrant ministry alive in Center City.

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For surrogate mother, it’s all about making dreams reality

For surrogate mother, it’s all about making dreams reality

Advent anticipates the Christmas celebration of joy and life and miracles. One minister’s wife says she’s found a calling in being a surrogate mother, giving the gift of life to couples who are unable to conceive.

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Young ministers learn the pastor’s delicate balance

Young ministers learn the pastor’s delicate balance

Teaching young leaders how to engage ministry without getting “chewed up” is the aim of a growing number of congregations.

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Aaliyah Johnson, Ira Nealy, Ann Carter and Keyonta Lee.  (Photo courtesty of Ann Carter)
Aaliyah Johnson, Ira Nealy, Ann Carter and Keyonta Lee. (Photo courtesty of Ann Carter)

Hope blooms in the Arkansas Delta, thanks to ministry team

After nearly 10 years of ministry among children and youth in the economically-deprived Arkansas Delta, leaders at First Baptist Church in Richmond, Va., dreamed of expanding their vision for the region. It turned out that meant bringing some of the youth to minister in Richmond.

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Art by Lindsay Bergstrom
Art by Lindsay Bergstrom

In grappling with autism, from surviving to thriving

If you asked families living with autism spectrum disorder how they really feel about going to church, you would find a chorus of answers.

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Taking Jesus seriously in East Texas

Taking Jesus seriously in East Texas

From both his pulpit and his back porch, Kyle Childress has been asking questions about violence and war, poverty and wealth, and caring for God’s earth.

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A remembrance of things past

A remembrance of things past

For iconic Baptist communicator W.C. Fields, now 92, time smoothes memories.

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Watchman on the wall: Brent Walker’s 25 years in D.C.

Watchman on the wall: Brent Walker’s 25 years in D.C.

For 25 years Brent Walker has observed the religious-liberty landscape from a perch at the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, just blocks from the U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court. He began in 1989 as associate general counsel then became general counsel in 1993 and executive director in 1999. We asked him to look back over his quarter-century on the “serpentine wall” of church-state separation.

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As full-time ministry becomes more challenging, listening for “the call” from God is harder, say some church leaders.
As full-time ministry becomes more challenging, listening for “the call” from God is harder, say some church leaders.

Here am I, send me … anywhere but the ministry

As churches in the United States acquaint themselves with a post-Christian environment, they find creating a “culture of call” increasingly challenging.

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Hold the ladder

By Norman Jameson

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