CBF prays for victims in S.C. church shooting

Thursday’s business session at the June 15-19 CBF General Assembly in Dallas began on a somber note, as members paused to pray for AME brothers and sisters suffering in South Carolina.

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Mohler: ‘Confessional’ faith safeguards against error

The president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary says the rejection of biblical authority is what set liberal denominations on a trajectory toward gradual acceptance of homosexuality.

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Taking Jesus seriously in East Texas

Taking Jesus seriously in East Texas

From both his pulpit and his back porch, Kyle Childress has been asking questions about violence and war, poverty and wealth, and caring for God’s earth.

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Former SBC presidents unite against gay marriage

With a landmark Supreme Court ruling expected any day, former Southern Baptist Convention presidents joined current SBC President Ronnie Floyd in a joint statement refusing to validate same-sex marriages.

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CBF Arkansas adds assistant coordinator

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Arkansas has named a recent Truett Seminary graduate to be the organization’s first assistant coordinator.

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Americans under 30 view volunteerism as a big part of their identity. (Creative Commons photo)
Americans under 30 view volunteerism as a big part of their identity. (Creative Commons photo)

Volunteerism, vital for missions, transforms individuals and churches

Leaders of churches and ministries say they could not function without volunteers who seek God through missions work.

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SBC asks Supreme Court to rule against gay marriage

The nation’s second-largest faith group behind Roman Catholics says the Bible, not judges or politics, should define what marriage is.

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President of Northern Seminary to resign next year

Alistair Brown will have served eight years as the school’s top executive.

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SBC ousts another gay-friendly church

The pastor of Weatherly Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville, Ala., says he bears no ill-will toward the Southern Baptist Convention, but “at the end of the day, I must be honest.”

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General Assembly’s proximity to McKinney should be cause for reflection and prayer, some CBF ministers say. (Creative Commons photo by Craig Sunter)
General Assembly’s proximity to McKinney should be cause for reflection and prayer, some CBF ministers say. (Creative Commons photo by Craig Sunter)

Pray for McKinney while in Dallas, ministers urge CBF Baptists

With the CBF’s General Assembly in Dallas, some pastors say it’s a perfect opportunity to raise awareness around issues of police brutality.

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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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Ministers and church members are taking the initiative to help victims of human trafficking. (Creative Commons photo by Imagens Evangélicas)
Ministers and church members are taking the initiative to help victims of human trafficking. (Creative Commons photo by Imagens Evangélicas)

Baptists open safe house for human trafficking victims

The effort seeks to bring ministry, comfort to victims of human trafficking.

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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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Meeting in Ohio, SBC grapples with numerical decline

News got worse in 2014 for Southern Baptist Convention leaders hoping to turn around what has been termed a 50-year pattern of numerical decline.

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A group  of athletes including Isaiah Austin, Baylor basketball coach, and one of the instructors, debriefing together after a faith and sports lab. (Baylor University photo)
A group of athletes including Isaiah Austin, Baylor basketball coach, and one of the instructors, debriefing together after a faith and sports lab. (Baylor University photo)

Connecting faith and sports can be challenging, says seminary professor

A top athlete himself, John White says it can be difficult getting athletes, coaches and teams to see the value in acknowledging their bodies belong to Christ.

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Baptist judge orders recognition of gay marriage

A judge in Little Rock, Ark., in the news for ruling in favor of same-sex couples is well-known to moderate Baptists.

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Students find a framework for saying ‘yes’ to God’s call

In the Alliance of Baptists’ Summer Communities of Service, young adults explore their spiritual vocation.

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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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