LifeWay makes offer on new Nashville property

Local media say a Nashville government agency is planning to sell land on the southern edge of downtown where LifeWay Christian Resources will build a new headquarters.

Read More
Daniel Rowe, associate minister of college at University Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville, leads a service. (UHBC Photo)
Daniel Rowe, associate minister of college at University Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville, leads a service. (UHBC Photo)

Church joins movement offering hands-on ministry experience to young people

University Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville, Texas, seeks to boost health of the larger church with an internship program aimed at college students. Like some pastoral residency approaches, the UHBC program offers leadership experience in church ministries.

Read More

Fox News personality fills pulpit at Southern Baptist church

Todd Starnes, who covers culture war issues for Fox News, recently described perceived threats to religious liberty at a historic Southern Baptist pulpit in Georgia.

Read More
Many licensed clinical social workers are reluctant to talk of matters of faith with clients, a new study has found. (Creative Commons photo by Britt-Knee)
Many licensed clinical social workers are reluctant to talk of matters of faith with clients, a new study has found. (Creative Commons photo by Britt-Knee)

Social workers struggle to talk religion and spirituality, study says

A new study finds many licensed clinical social workers lack the training and confidence to discuss matters of faith with clients.

Read More

Former youth minister sentenced in third court

A confessed child molester in three counties described Thursday’s 30-year prison sentence as his “last stop.”

Read More

Complementarian scholar moves to Midwestern Seminary

Provost Jason Duesing describes a new faculty being assembled at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary as the Kansas City Royals of theological education.

Read More

Baylor drops language referring to ‘homosexual acts’

In a change widely interpreted more in tone than impact, the world’s largest Baptist university has dropped its sometimes controversial ban on “homosexual acts.”

Read More
Educators at Baylor have found that lower income children do better in school when given the chance to study advanced topics with dedicated teachers. (Creative Commons photo by Brad Flickinger)
Educators at Baylor have found that lower income children do better in school when given the chance to study advanced topics with dedicated teachers. (Creative Commons photo by Brad Flickinger)

For low-income kids, new program offers a shot at college

Baylor University’s Project Promise exposes young students to teachers and subjects that inspire them to achive academically.

Read More

Church/state group attacks ‘bogus’ religious liberty claims

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has unveiled a new multi-pronged strategy to fight the growing idea that religious freedom somehow gives American citizens a right to discriminate.

Read More

Jimmy Carter says Jesus would approve gay marriage

In a Huffington Post interview promoting his new memoir, the 90-year-old former president also said he believes if he had been re-elected in 1980, he could have been successful in brokering lasting peace in the Middle East.

Read More
Military, hospital and other settings often leave chaplains feeling isolated from other ministers, and even other believers, for extended periods of time. (Creative Commons photo)
Military, hospital and other settings often leave chaplains feeling isolated from other ministers, and even other believers, for extended periods of time. (Creative Commons photo)

Missouri minister launching network for busy, isolated chaplains

James Layman, a retired hospital and military chaplain, was moved to act after noticing how many chaplains struggle on their own.

Read More

Lynn Messer still missing after a year

Friends, family and police are still looking for answers a year after a pro-family lobbyist’s wife vanished without a trace.

Read More

Pastor’s killer ruled not guilty due to insanity

After years of dispute over whether he is competent to stand trial, an Illinois judge has found a man who killed a Baptist preacher in a 2009 church shooting to be criminally insane.

Read More
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.

Read More

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.

Read More
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. 

Read More

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.

Read More
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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More