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A stained-glass depiction of Christ greets worshipers at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla. (Jeff Brumley/ABPnews/Herald)
A stained-glass depiction of Christ greets worshipers at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla. (Jeff Brumley/ABPnews/Herald)

Ornate sanctuaries no distraction from the Word, Baptist pastors say

While many Baptists have historically rejected religious symbolism in their sanctuaries, others have embraced it as a way to get worshipers focused on God.

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Hispanic pastors rally to pray at the border

Groups gathered at the processing facility for unaccompanied minors and a Border Patrol station.

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Should churches, denominations bear responsibility for unethical clergy? Some ethicists say yes.

But how that plays out in denominations of autonomous congregations can be tricky.

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Trial date set for accused molester

More than a year after his arrest on charges of taking indecent liberties with boys, a former Baptist church camp chaperone is getting his day in court.

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Baptists joining financial, spiritual fight against Ebola outbreak

Calls for prayer are rising along with the need for medical and financial assistance in West Africa, where the Ebola virus has killed more than 700 and sickened many more.

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Al Sharpton opens voter-rights center with rally at historic Baptist church

Wednesday marked the opening of the National Action Network’s Freedom Sunday national headquarters in Birmingham, Ala., and a keynote address at a community rally by Al Sharpton at the city’s 16th Street Baptist Church.

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Baptist school mourns loss of president’s son

The community at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Ga., is rallying around President Ergun Caner and his family after the sudden loss of 15-year-old Braxton Caner in Texas.

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Worship at The Well at Springfield in Jacksonville, Fla. Member Mike Belle said he joined the Baptist congregation because of its focus on authentic relationships, not for its worship style. (Jeff Brumley ABPnews/Herald)
Worship at The Well at Springfield in Jacksonville, Fla. Member Mike Belle said he joined the Baptist congregation because of its focus on authentic relationships, not for its worship style. (Jeff Brumley ABPnews/Herald)

Millennials warn churches against catering to their generation

A writer and others say stereotyping Millennials as eager for contemporary worship overlooks differences among individuals and the human capacity to change.

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On the improv circuit, comedian finds a ready audience for the gospel

After gigs in radio and professional wrestling, Dave Ebert, a graduate of Baptist-affiliated Bluefield College, found his purpose on stage.

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American Baptist region defrocks minister charged with larceny

American Baptist Churches USA no longer recognizes the ordination of a pastor charged with bilking the elderly.

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Baylor student, graduate die in car wreck

The musicians, along with two others injured in the crash, were en route to perform at an international conference.

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Same-sex couple makes ‘journey of faith’ to wed

A Baptist minister in Kentucky joined other faith leaders to organize a symbolic bus ride July 28 in support of same-sex couples denied the right to legally wed.

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A Baptist death row missionary says capital punishment denies God‘s grace to condemned prisoners. (Flickr Creative Commons photo by Christian Senger)
A Baptist death row missionary says capital punishment denies God‘s grace to condemned prisoners. (Flickr Creative Commons photo by Christian Senger)

Minister on death row surprised by only one thing: fellow Baptists’ support for capital punishment

Raised in Mexico by Southern Baptist missionaries who shared the gospel in prisons, Dorothy Ruelas said she was shocked to learn most Baptists in America support the death penalty.

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Baptists join others praising nominee for religious freedom ambassador

President Obama has nominated law professor and Rabbi David Nathan Saperstein as ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he will be charged with promoting religious freedom around the world.

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