Churches balance reality, reverence when Christmas falls on Sunday

DALLAS (ABP) -- “You mean we have to go to church Christmas Eve and Christmas morning?” Many worship leaders know their own children likely will ask that question this year. They also know quite a few families in their congregations will answer, “No.” Read More

Pastor found guilty of child abuse

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (ABP) – A California jury deliberated nearly four days before finding an American Baptist pastor guilty on 11 of 12 child molestation charges Dec. 8. Read More

Task force completes study of SBC name change

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (ABP) – A task force appointed to study a possible name change for the Southern Baptist Convention has completed its work and will bring recommendations to the SBC Executive Committee Feb. 20.
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Church kicked out of association appeals for funds

OWENSBORO, Ky. (ABP) – A Baptist church kicked out of its association for allowing a gay-rights group to meet in its building has launched a national fundraising campaign to prevent having to close its doors. Read More

'Occupy' movement comes to church

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (ABP) – As the Occupy protest movement spreads into cities across the United States and around the world, one North Carolina Baptist congregation says it is time to occupy the church. Read More

Coalition requests policy on faith-based hiring

WASHINGTON (ABP) – Dozens of religious, civil rights, labor and women’s organizations, wrote the White House Dec. 7 asking how the Obama administration decides whether religious organizations may discriminate when hiring for government-funded positions. Read More

Ecumenical dialogue clarifies Baptist beliefs, says prof

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. (ABP) -- Ecumenical dialogue between Baptists and other Christian traditions clarifies Baptist distinctives rather than dilutes them, says a Gardner-Webb University professor who participated in recent preliminary conversations between Baptists and Orthodox Christians. Read More

CBF gets grant to assist ministers in first church

ATLANTA (ABP) – The Lilly Endowment has awarded the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship a $750,000 grant to create a program for ministers serving in their first church after seminary.
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Group urges churches to open pulpits to first-time women preachers

ATLANTA (ABP) – An annual emphasis that encourages Baptist churches for the first time to invite a woman to preach is also an opportunity for churches that fully support women in ministry, say sponsors of Martha Stearns Marshall Month of Preaching.
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Former pastor, educator Jack McEwen dies

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (ABP) – Jack McEwen, a former pastor and professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, died Dec. 5.
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