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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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Authorities are investigating a number of fires at African-American churches to determine if they were intentionally set. (Creative Commons photo by Erik Olson)
Authorities are investigating a number of fires at African-American churches to determine if they were intentionally set. (Creative Commons photo by Erik Olson)

Black church fires evoke both fear and faith in Baptist communities

Baptist leaders say the recent spate of African-Amerian church fires in the South have been disturbing — even when not ruled arson — because of the recent AME church shooting in South Carolina. 

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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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Kentucky Baptist Fellowship names coordinator

Rhonda Abbott Blevins, former associate coordinator for missions for the Kentucky affiliate of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, returns as chief executive Aug. 1.

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Merianna Harrelson preaches at Emmanuel Baptist Fellowship in Lexington, S.C. (Photo courtesy of Merianna Harrelson)
Merianna Harrelson preaches at Emmanuel Baptist Fellowship in Lexington, S.C. (Photo courtesy of Merianna Harrelson)

On their own: The challenges, blessings of being sole pastors of small churches

Financial difficulties and feelings of isolation are overshadowed by the loyalty and humility found in small churches by the pastors that lead them — often alone.

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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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Voiding toxic thinking and behavior in church is as important as voiding toxins in the body, church coaches say. (Creative Commons photo by Josh McGinn)
Voiding toxic thinking and behavior in church is as important as voiding toxins in the body, church coaches say. (Creative Commons photo by Josh McGinn)

Finding an antidote to toxic churches and toxic leadership

Poisons can inflame the body of Christ and render missions and ministry ineffective by putting self above God, church health experts say.

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Citing confidentiality breaches, American Baptists suspend executive search

A yearlong search for the next general secretary of American Baptist Churches USA has been suspended over “breaches of confidentiality” that officials say have compromised the process.

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Maintain legacy of racism busting, American Baptists told

“We know how to do this,” Amy Butler challenged members of America’s most diverse Protestant body.

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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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Rob Nash named interim dean at McAfee

Mercer University Provost Scott Davis has appointed missions professor Rob Nash Jr. as interim dean of the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology, effective July 1.

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At First Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, last Sunday, the pulpit remained vacant and draped in black in memory of victims at the Charleston, S.C., church.
At First Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, last Sunday, the pulpit remained vacant and draped in black in memory of victims at the Charleston, S.C., church.

Confronted with shocking violence, pastors struggle for the right words

Sermons last Sunday focused on the racially motivated killings at a South Carolina church.

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SACS extends probation for Louisiana College

The accrediting agency’s board of trustees also placed another Baptist school on probation: Bluefield College in Virginia.

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Union University murder trial postponed

After being pushed back once due to a backlog at a crime lab, the murder trial of 22-year-old Charlie Pittman has been postponed a second time due to a scheduling conflict involving some of the witnesses.

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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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The Carroll Center is B.H. Carroll’s newly purchased administrative hub in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Loopnet.com)
The Carroll Center is B.H. Carroll’s newly purchased administrative hub in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Loopnet.com)

B.H. Carroll sees new administrative hub as key to decentralized, virtual future

The Carroll Center is the institute’s newly purchased administrative hub in Irving, Texas, finally giving it a permanent home, leaders say.

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