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Pastors say those unaffiliated with church are less likely to see minister-led funerals. (Creative Commons photo by Tony Alter)
Pastors say those unaffiliated with church are less likely to see minister-led funerals. (Creative Commons photo by Tony Alter)

‘Nones’ increasingly uninterested in ministers at time of death, funerals

 Pastors report a rise in “do-it-yourself” funeral ceremonies.

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Regular attendance at religious services can reduce experimentation with alcohol and drugs, a Baylor study has found (Creative Commons photo by Fabio)
Regular attendance at religious services can reduce experimentation with alcohol and drugs, a Baylor study has found (Creative Commons photo by Fabio)

Study: Youth experiment less with alcohol, drugs when plugged into church

But adult addicts say churches need to present a loving, relevant God to young people to reduce risks of substance abuse and addiction.

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SBC leader says Honeycutt’s ‘holy war’ sermon was destined to fail

Aug. 28 marked the 30th anniversary of one of the most memorable sermons in a long-running struggle between factions vying for control of the Southern Baptist Convention in the late 20th century.

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Judge says Ten Commandments monument near Oklahoma capitol can stay

Plaintiffs — including an ordained Baptist minister — seeking removal of a public display of the Ten Commandments say they are offended when politicians seek to hijack their articles of faith.

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New mission center in Dallas taps Bill O’Brien as first executive

The longtime missiologist will lead an organization focused both on service ministries and congregational incubation.

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CBF of Virginia has bright future, officers say

Contributions are up, treasurer tells CBFVA’s General Assembly.

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Kentucky Baptist ‘lostness’ tour hits Louisville

Kentucky Baptists are spotlighting spiritual need in a city far different from the place remembered by generations of Southern Seminary alumni.

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Baptist-affiliated Buckner to pursue deal with Methodist retirement community

The combined entity would be one of the 20 largest not-for-profit senior-living providers in the U.S.

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Church treasurer charged with theft

Experts say congregations are particularly vulnerable to embezzlement, because they tend to place high trust in individuals and often lack financial controls.

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BJC Executive Director Brent Walker and Watson speak to students from Wake Forest University in the BJC’s Center for Religious Liberty. (PHOTO/Courtesy of BJC)
BJC Executive Director Brent Walker and Watson speak to students from Wake Forest University in the BJC’s Center for Religious Liberty. (PHOTO/Courtesy of BJC)

Charles Watson is on a mission: to ensure religious freedom for the next generation

Charles Watson Jr. is a Baptist-endorsed chaplain. But at 33 he’s found what’s likely to be a lifelong passion — advocating for religious liberty.

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Bruce Heilman’s 5,000 mile motorcycle trip from Virginia to Alaska this summer took him and his Harley Davidson to his 49th state. (Photo by Bob Brown/Richmond Times Dispatch)
Bruce Heilman’s 5,000 mile motorcycle trip from Virginia to Alaska this summer took him and his Harley Davidson to his 49th state. (Photo by Bob Brown/Richmond Times Dispatch)

At 88, Baptist educator Bruce Heilman is still taking on life

Crossing the country on his Harley, seeking healing for fellow Greatest Generation veterans, heading top universities — for Bruce Heilman, it’s always been about doing.

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Pastor/farmer to take Baptists’ First Amendment commitments to Va. legislature

Shelton Miles will advocate on behalf of the BGAV’s religious liberty committee.

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Florida Baptists debate alcohol use

A news story quoting a pastor who believes it’s time for Southern Baptists to leave behind their Prohibition-era values raised a ruckus in letters to the editor.

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For Baptist churches in Scotland, no change in status whatever the vote

The independence referendum won’t affect the Baptist Union of Scotland, which already is organized separately from England and Wales.

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