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An interpreter, center, works with U.S. military members in Afghanistan. (Creative Commons photo by ISAF Media)
An interpreter, center, works with U.S. military members in Afghanistan. (Creative Commons photo by ISAF Media)

Baptist church strives to help Afghan Muslim find welcome, work

An Afghan physician who served as an interpreter for the U.S. military in Afghanistan fled the revenge-seeking Taliban for a better life in the United States. NorthHaven Church in Norman, Okla., has welcomed him to worship and is trying to help him find work.

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Susan Sparks finds her voice most powerfully in the pulpit. (BNG photo by Norman Jameson)
Susan Sparks finds her voice most powerfully in the pulpit. (BNG photo by Norman Jameson)

Breaking the power of the dour hour

Comedian-preacher is breaking barriers — including the glass ceiling.

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Second vote on Brewton-Parker accreditation due in December

A Georgia Baptist college previously informed its accreditation was revoked won a reprieve and will remain on probation pending a new vote by the SACSCOC board of trustees in December.

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Seminary trustees clear president in Muslim student flap

Trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary have concluded an investigation into whether President Paige Patterson did anything wrong by admitting a Palestinian Muslim student into the school’s Ph.D. program in biblical archeology.

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New Baptist Covenant gets $1 million gift

A four-year gift by the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation is intended to nurture 100 “covenants of action” uniting Baptists of different stripes in shared mission.

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Rather than trying to emulate spectacularly successful megachurches, church planters and struggling congregations should discern what works best in their community and put the Kingdom ahead of survival, church coaches say. (Creative Commons photo by Keoni Cabral)
Rather than trying to emulate spectacularly successful megachurches, church planters and struggling congregations should discern what works best in their community and put the Kingdom ahead of survival, church coaches say. (Creative Commons photo by Keoni Cabral)

No magic bullet for church survival, Rick Warren and other Baptists say

California pastor Rick Warren says too many churches want a quick ride to success, and Baptists who coach churches say they see the same tendencies.

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‘Third Way’ pastor says disunity bigger problem than homosexuality

Danny Cortez, pastor of New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, Calif., comments for the first time since his church’s ouster from the Southern Baptist Convention.

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SNAP says SBC leader poor choice for prayer chairman

An advocacy group says leaders with questionable policies on handling sex abuse should be corrected, not honored.

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Pastors must embrace conflict to extract the good it contains. (Creative Commons photo by Gwenael Piaser)
Pastors must embrace conflict to extract the good it contains. (Creative Commons photo by Gwenael Piaser)

Church conflict requires pastoral courage, patience

Congregational discord can often generate positive growth if pastors and others embrace conflict and talk out differences, expert says.

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U.S. prof on loan to Liberia for 2 more years

Mercer University professor Richard Wilson plans to continue efforts to revive Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary temporarily interrupted by Ebola.

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African-American Baptist group protests ‘Black Jesus’

The Progressive National Baptist Convention is mounting a petition drive seeking removal of a TV comedy that leaders say disrespects their faith tradition.

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Amid wars, rumors of wars, Baptist leaders voice hope

Directors of the Alliance of Baptists have countered doomsday prophecies with a “Statement of Hope for a World in Crisis.”

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The Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention has distributed food and sanitary supplies since the outbreak of the Ebola virus. (LBMEC photo)
The Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention has distributed food and sanitary supplies since the outbreak of the Ebola virus. (LBMEC photo)

As Ebola crisis depletes food supplies, Baptists find ways to fill the gap

In Liberia, hard hit by the virus, the economy spirals downward and food is increasingly scarce.

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Guy Sayles stepping down at FBC Asheville

A prominent CBF pastor says a bout with cancer got him thinking about what he should do with the time he has left in ministry.

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