Bob Allen

Bob Allen

Bob Allen is news editor of ABPnews/Herald.

David Platt elected IMB president

The 36-year-old pastor of The Church at Brook Hills, a Southern Baptist congregation in Birmingham, Ala., takes office immediately as president of the SBC International Mission Board. With more than 4,800 missionaries, the IMB is the largest denominational missionary-sending body among American evangelicals.

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David Hull to join the Center for Healthy Churches

A former Alabama pastor and key leader in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship will assume the role of coordinator for The Center for Healthy Churches-Southeast.

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Liberian seminary responds to humanitarian crisis

As doctors continue to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a Baptist seminary in Liberia is trying to do its part to address a growing humanitarian crisis created in its wake.

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Wilshire honors George Mason for 25 years as pastor

Wilshire Baptist Church celebrated the 25th anniversary of George Mason's tenure as senior pastor with a weekend of activities Aug. 22-24. The weekend culminated in Sunday morning worship, with Rabbi David Stern of Temple Emanu-El preaching in both morning services.

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Church-state group opposes tax break for Ark museum

Critics say non-fundamentalist Christians need not apply for jobs at a creationist theme park being built with tax incentives from the state of Kentucky.

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Deaths of pastor, wife, ruled murder/suicide

Two Baptist churches in North Carolina are baffled by the deaths of a well-liked couple that police say resulted from a murder and a suicide.

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SBC leader says Gungor trusts science more than the Bible

Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler says Christians aren’t supposed to save the Bible from itself by trying to harmonize its truth claims with science.

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Pouring cold water on the ice-bucket challenge

As religious leaders including a former Southern Baptist Convention president are taking the Ice Bucket Challenge, denominational leaders warned Christians against unwitting support for types of medical research that require the destruction of human embryos.

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Pastor, former journalist leaving Baptists for UCC

Kathryn Palen, a former Baptist Press writer who for the last seven years has been pastor of an American Baptist church in Rhode Island, is joining the staff of a United Church of Christ congregation in Iowa.

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Former youth pastor charged with abuse

In less than a year, a second Southern Baptist church in Muscle Shoals, Ala., is dealing with allegations of child sex abuse by a former minister.

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