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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Annual Lott Carey gathering tackles police-community relations

The organization's Annual Session also featured community service, cultural enrichment and worship events.

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Federal grant will help Mercer University serve disadvantaged students

Funds received over a five-year period will benefit students at Mercer's Macon and two regional campuses. Nearly 150 scholarships will be provided.

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From microbiology to ministry, veteran leader retires from ABC-USA regional post

Dwight Stinnett says God must have had a sense of humor when calling him out of a life in academia to the ministry. He recently retired as executive minister of American Baptist Churches of the Great Rivers Region.

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Payday lending must be opposed with advocacy and education, CBF field personnel Scarlette Jasper says. (Creative Commons photo by Taber Andrew Bain)
Payday lending must be opposed with advocacy and education, CBF field personnel Scarlette Jasper says. (Creative Commons photo by Taber Andrew Bain)

Advocate links with CBF to combat payday lending

CBF field personnel Scarlette Jasper urges individuals and churches to become involved in advocacy and education efforts to end predatory payday lending practices that sink economically disadvantaged families further into debt.

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Baptist leaders pray for Jimmy Carter

The world’s most famous Sunday school teacher has a strong following in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and New Baptist Covenant movements.

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Union University quits CCCU over homosexuality

Tennessee Baptist Convention-affiliated Union University is the first school to leave the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities after two other members recently came out in support of gay marriage.

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Lynn Hutchinson, third from right, said she and her husband Mike have gained insights into the suffering of African immigrants to Europe. (CBF photo)
Lynn Hutchinson, third from right, said she and her husband Mike have gained insights into the suffering of African immigrants to Europe. (CBF photo)

One couple tries to ease plight of Africa-to-Europe immigrants

Missions and ministry have taken Lynn and Mike Hutchinson to the centers of immigration in Africa, and to the very heart of the pain and suffering experienced by immigrants and their families.

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Baptist protestors arrested in St. Louis

Among protestors arrested in civil disobedience marking the one-year anniversary of the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., were members of a delegation representing the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America.

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Kentucky seminary celebrates commencement, accreditation

Six men and women made history on a Saturday morning, receiving master’s degrees from a newly accredited CBF partner school.

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Craig McMahan, left, and Christopher Le fit a man with a prosthetic leg in Vietnam this summer. (Photos by Marin Guta)
Craig McMahan, left, and Christopher Le fit a man with a prosthetic leg in Vietnam this summer. (Photos by Marin Guta)

In Vietnam, Mercer project provides prosthetics and hope

The Mercer on Mission project in Vietnam provides prosthetic legs to thousands, including many who lost limbs during the Vietnam War and from previously unexploded land mines and bombs in its aftermath.

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