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Last June, Kevin Ezell (left), president of the SBC North American Mission Board, and David Platt, president of the International Mission Board, led a standing ovation for their missionaries during the SBC annual meeting. (Photo by John Swain/NAMB)
Last June, Kevin Ezell (left), president of the SBC North American Mission Board, and David Platt, president of the International Mission Board, led a standing ovation for their missionaries during the SBC annual meeting. (Photo by John Swain/NAMB)

Southern Baptists to cut missionary force by 15 percent

Leaders of the International Mission Board announced a plan Aug. 27 to achieve a balanced budget that includes reductions in the work force both at home and abroad.

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Jimmy Carter’s church to limit Sunday crowds

Well-wishers flocking to Plains, Ga., to hear Jimmy Carter teach Sunday school after being diagnosed with cancer are overwhelming the relatively small Maranatha Baptist Church.

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SBC president talks about sex the Sunday after Ashley Madison scandal

Ronnie Floyd says millions of families are going to suffer from the hacking of a website promoting adultery, and some of those are Southern Baptists.

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Couple accused of stealing from church they helped plant

Keith Hall, former pastor of The Journey Church of the Triad, and his wife, Leslie, are accused of embezzling more than $40,000 from the Southern Baptist-affiliated church they helped launched in 2006.

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The Spring Break Food Drive, an annual collaboration of students and community organizations, collects food for young people in Fredericksburg, Va., who miss free and reduced meals during breaks from school. (Photo by Blake Tommey)
The Spring Break Food Drive, an annual collaboration of students and community organizations, collects food for young people in Fredericksburg, Va., who miss free and reduced meals during breaks from school. (Photo by Blake Tommey)

Opening doors — front and back — to minister

Through Kairos, a Fredericksburg, Va., ministry is engaging both campus and community.

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American Baptists join Baptist family in prayer for Jimmy Carter

A statement Aug. 25 described the 39th president as “a faithful and courageous leader in Baptist life” whose example has “inspired many to offer their lives in service to others.”

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Minority members of multiracial churches often adopt the attitudes of majority whites, a recent study found. (Creative Commons photo)
Minority members of multiracial churches often adopt the attitudes of majority whites, a recent study found. (Creative Commons photo)

Study: church diversity does not guarantee diverse thinking, beliefs

The study found that minorities in multiracial churches often adopt white attitudes on socioeconomic issues. Some Baptist ministers say there are a number of factors behind those findings.

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Baylor launches investigation of student-athlete’s sexual assault

Questions are circling around what the university knew regarding the former football player’s indictment over a year ago and his earlier act of violence against a female at another college.

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SBC parliamentarian ‘converts’ from long affiliation with Christian Church

After helping Southern Baptist Convention presidents navigate parliamentary procedure during contentious annual meetings throughout the “conservative resurgence,” Barry McCarty has finally taken the plunge to become a Southern Baptist.

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State convention challenges church’s acceptance of gays

Leaders of the South Carolina Baptist Convention are asking First Baptist Church in Greenville — which has already disassociated with the Southern Baptist Convention and its local association — to sever its final ties with Southern Baptists after the historic church adopted a new policy of non-discrimination against gays.

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Preacher camp members discuss sermon series ideas during their most recent annual gathering in North Carolina. (Photo courtesy of Amy Butler)
Preacher camp members discuss sermon series ideas during their most recent annual gathering in North Carolina. (Photo courtesy of Amy Butler)

‘Preacher camp’ inspires sermons, ministries and lives of 6 pastors

What began as a way to brainstorm sermon series ideas has evolved into friendship and pastoral ministry for a small group of Baptist pastors.

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Jimmy Carter says his future ‘in the hands of God’

The lifelong Baptist says he is “ready for anything” and “looking forward to a new adventure” in his fight against cancer.

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Short-term mission trips should focus on relationship building rather than seeking personal fulfillment for participants, some Baptist ministers say. (Creative Commons photo by David Amsler)
Short-term mission trips should focus on relationship building rather than seeking personal fulfillment for participants, some Baptist ministers say. (Creative Commons photo by David Amsler)

Ministers, churches seek end to ‘mission tourism’

Baptist leaders say the historic, western style of short-term mission trips were more about self-fulfiment rather than transforming the lives of impoverished people. They are calling for more thoughtful, missional approaches where the goal is to participate in God’s transformative action around the world.

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Minister charged with murder appears in court

Richard Shahan, accused of his wife’s murder in 2013, is now scheduled to stand trial April 18, 2016.

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Global Women wins Best of Pelham Award

Global Women “envisions a world where every woman is empowered by the love of God, valued by her community and equipped to fulfill her unique purpose.”

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Experts say Baby Boomers want their retirement years to be filled with meaningful activities -- and that churches should help them achieve that goal. (Creative Commons photo by Bill Stanley)
Experts say Baby Boomers want their retirement years to be filled with meaningful activities -- and that churches should help them achieve that goal. (Creative Commons photo by Bill Stanley)

Churches must be creative to meet coming ‘Boomer wave’

While not as ‘glamorous’ as reaching out to Millennials, attracting Boomers can revitalize the mission and ministries of churches, congregational coaches say.

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Former Union University student pleads guilty to murder

Charlie Pittman, 22, was sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to murdering 21-year-old Olivia Greenlee and staging her death to look like a suicide.

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Al Mohler, Franklin Graham, criticize FBC Greenville’s affirmation of gays

The president of the seminary that began in the historic South Carolina congregation says theological drift is inevitable when a church or denomination isn’t tethered to biblical inerrancy.

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Churches should play a leading role in healing tensions resulting from police brutality cases, a Missouri commission said. Here, demonstrators at a protest rally. (Creative Commons photo by Paul George)
Churches should play a leading role in healing tensions resulting from police brutality cases, a Missouri commission said. Here, demonstrators at a protest rally. (Creative Commons photo by Paul George)

Churches integral to healing communities marred by violence, commission says

The 2014 Ferguson shooting and riots led the Missouri governor to create a commission to recommend healing strategies for communities. One recommendation is that churches become heavily involved in such work.

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Historic Baptist church adopts gay non-discrimination policy

Instead of choosing sides, a bellwether moderate Baptist church seeks consensus in a culture-war issue.

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