Churchgoers were left shaken during Sunday morning services after authorities say explosions occurred less than 30 minutes apart outside two Las Cruces churches. (Robin Zielinski/The Las Cruces Sun-News via AP)
Churchgoers were left shaken during Sunday morning services after authorities say explosions occurred less than 30 minutes apart outside two Las Cruces churches. (Robin Zielinski/The Las Cruces Sun-News via AP)

Civility the right response to church bombings, Baptist pastor says

Kevin Glenn, whose Calvary Baptist Church was one of two congregatons attacked Sunday in Las Cruces, N.M., says it's important to remember Christ died for the bombers, too.

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Ky. Baptist children’s home hires CEO

Veteran nonprofit leader Dale Suttles was elected July 31 as president of Sunrise Children’s Services after serving 20 months as interim president.

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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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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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Former preacher deemed fit to stand trial for triple murder

Two of the three victims were active in ministry at a Southern Baptist church.

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Millennials and other young adults are turning their backs on traditional church membership, preferring to measure their fellowship by service instead. (Creative Commons photo)
Millennials and other young adults are turning their backs on traditional church membership, preferring to measure their fellowship by service instead. (Creative Commons photo)

Young adults challenging traditional church membership concepts

Churches are grappling with Millennials who want their church membership defined in terms of mission and ministry, not names on a roll.

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CBF Virginia leader takes job with BTSR

Rob Fox, a graduate and former employee at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, is returning to his alma mater after six years as field coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia.

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Tommy Deal, top right, attends a gathering of the North American Baptist Fellowship’s Disaster Response Network in 2014. Deal’s relationship-building skills were a big asset in his role as leader of CBF’s disaster response efforts. (BNG photo)
Tommy Deal, top right, attends a gathering of the North American Baptist Fellowship’s Disaster Response Network in 2014. Deal’s relationship-building skills were a big asset in his role as leader of CBF’s disaster response efforts. (BNG photo)

Deal, disaster response director with ‘a chaplain’s heart,’ leaving CBF

Tommy Deal’s last day as CBF disaster response director is July 31. Ron Fairley, coordinator of projects and services for CBF, will serve as interim beginning Aug. 1.

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Rwandan peacemaker given human rights award

Corneille Gato Munyamasoko aimed at forgiveness and reconciliation between perpetrators and victims of the Rwandan genocide.

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Developing ‘transcongregational’ mindset could be BWA’s gift to Baptists, says Upton

The outgoing president of the Baptist World Alliance sees growing connectedness among churches.

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New BWA president aims to be transformative agent

As the global organization’s top elected official, Paul Msiza will bring experience deeply rooted in South Africa’s history.

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South African culture featured in BWA congress opening

Visions of the Baptist World Alliance’s next five years are inspired by South Africa’s transformation, say leaders.

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New BWA president Paul Msiza (center) examines documents with General Secretary Neville Callam and staff member Julie Justus, prior to a meeting of the General Council. (BNG photo)
New BWA president Paul Msiza (center) examines documents with General Secretary Neville Callam and staff member Julie Justus, prior to a meeting of the General Council. (BNG photo)

Second African since 1905 takes helm of global Baptist group

Pastor Paul Msiza of Pretoria assumes the presidency of the Baptist World Alliance as it holds its congress in Africa for the first time.

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Adopt-a-School programs are popular among a range of civic, business and religious groups. Some are even promoted by local and state governments.  (Creative Commons photo by Minnesota governor’s office)
Adopt-a-School programs are popular among a range of civic, business and religious groups. Some are even promoted by local and state governments. (Creative Commons photo by Minnesota governor’s office)

Adopting schools is about community building, not proselytizing, educators say

The key for schools is to avoid favoring certain churches or denominations over others and not requiring student participation in church events held at school.

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VBS can be a transformative experience for congregations seeking to break down barriers between races and economic classes, clergy and lay leaders say. (Creative Commons photo by Nate Pesce)
VBS can be a transformative experience for congregations seeking to break down barriers between races and economic classes, clergy and lay leaders say. (Creative Commons photo by Nate Pesce)

For these Baptists, VBS transforms congregations and communities

A joint VBS held by Baptist churches in Waco helped break down the racial divide between them. Other churches have reported similar experiences when racially divergent congregations cooperate to host these summer programs. 

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Feds offer reward in black church fire

Investigators are still looking for a suspect in a June 24 arson at Briar Creek Road Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C.

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Jean Carnahan has leaned on her faith to get through dark times. (University of Missouri photo)
Jean Carnahan has leaned on her faith to get through dark times. (University of Missouri photo)

Faith propels Carnahan to 'repair the world' after governor husband, son lost in crash

Former Missouri senator and First Lady Jean Carnahan said her Baptist faith, and the Jewish notion of making the world a better place, have sustained her after her husband, Gov. Mel Carnahan, and their son, Randy, died in a 2000 plane crash.

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Memorial service for ‘Baptist folk hero’ portrays passionate life

James Dunn, who died July 4, was committed to religious liberty, social justice and his thousands of friends, said speakers at his memorial service.

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