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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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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Often the congregation is the source of toxicity that undermines ministers. (Creative Commons photo by James Thompson)
Often the congregation is the source of toxicity that undermines ministers. (Creative Commons photo by James Thompson)

Churches unhappy with pastors should look in the mirror, consultants say

Often, those complaints about poorly trained ministers result from toxic churches where few pastors could succeed, experts say.

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Church apologizes for botched discipline case

The Village Church debacle isn’t the first time an attempt to recover the practice of church discipline has gone awry.

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Many congregations opt to renovate instead of build new when facilities issues arise. (Creative Commons photo)
Many congregations opt to renovate instead of build new when facilities issues arise. (Creative Commons photo)

Church on a tight budget? Renovate, don’t build

While there are some exceptions, many congregations find that renovating and repurposing existing facilities offers signficant savings. 

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Saddleback Church raising $71 million in largest campaign

At 61, Rick Warren isn’t ready to rest on his laurels, and neither is his 24,000-member megachurch, sixth largest in the United States.

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Whether in the church or at a seminary, experts say Baptists and other lay Christians should seek to broaden their knowledge of theology, scripture and worship. (Creative Commons photo)
Whether in the church or at a seminary, experts say Baptists and other lay Christians should seek to broaden their knowledge of theology, scripture and worship. (Creative Commons photo)

Baptist scholars urge churches adopt in-depth theological teaching for lay people

Baptists and other Christians educated about the history of Scripture, church and doctrine make better disciples, experts say.

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Pastor Johnny McKinney (right) greets member John Hodges after church. (Photo by Bobby Rettew)
Pastor Johnny McKinney (right) greets member John Hodges after church. (Photo by Bobby Rettew)

S.C. churches join ranks to minimize challenges, multiply ministry

Churches in Anderson, S.C., learn firsthand that it takes commitment and faith to believe something greater lies beyond hardship.

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The harsh discipline of centuries ago has given way to a more compassionate approach — at least in most churches. (Creative Commons photo by Hartwig HKD)
The harsh discipline of centuries ago has given way to a more compassionate approach — at least in most churches. (Creative Commons photo by Hartwig HKD)

Public church discipline case a reminder of Baptist past, if not present

Experts say the church discipline case at the Village Church in Dallas is a throwback to times when congregations more aggressively policed their own.

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Man confesses to child porn; church disciplines his wife

Elders of a Calvinist Southern Baptist megachurch have apologized for ministering to a member who confessed to sex crimes while disciplining his wife for having their marriage annulled.

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