Funerals in pluralistic society: What makes them distinctively Christian?

Pastors often are asked to conduct funerals “without the religious stuff.” How should they respond?

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Kenyans participate in a freedom walk in Turkana, Kenya. (BPFNA photo)
Kenyans participate in a freedom walk in Turkana, Kenya. (BPFNA photo)

Activists reflect on Baptist peacemaking in wake of Stassen death

Experts say Baptists are becoming increasingly aware of the biblical foundation of peace and justice work, but the movement also is hindered by an American and Baptist culture that favors the use of armed conflict.

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Jason Williams (right) and other members of The Little Tree Community in Lincoln County, N.C. (Little Tree photo)
Jason Williams (right) and other members of The Little Tree Community in Lincoln County, N.C. (Little Tree photo)

Baptists pushing hospitality beyond comfort zones — and discovering deeper spirituality

The biblical practice of hospitality means more than generosity to friends or taking a casserole to a sick neighbor. Those who study the practice say to be spiritually beneficial, there must be a level of discomfort.

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Mohler defends exclusivity of Christ

A Southern Baptist seminary president urged preachers to be unashamed about the message that salvation is in Christ alone.

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PBS examines Calvinism in SBC

Seminary president Albert Mohler says he is thankful that while other denominations are battling liberalism, Southern Baptists are talking about the doctrines of grace.

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Put popular biblical story of woman caught in adultery in footnote, says theology prof

A pastor and theology professor says the story of the woman caught in adultery isn’t part of the original Gospel of John and shouldn’t be preached in pulpits.

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Seminary website lists aspects of ‘biblical womanhood’

The women’s programs at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary are countering criticism with a “positive” statement of what the Bible says about women’s roles.

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Follow God’s call, not ‘belittling voices,’ Paynter tells women ministers

God’s calling is a seed planted in peoples’ lives, says the CBF's top executive.

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Pastor says wifely submission models gospel

David Platt, pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala., says “sexual complementarity” in marriage represents the relationship between Christ and the church.

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Lay claim to ‘audacious freedom,’ divinity school students urged

Gospel freedom often sounds like jazz, feels like the blues and acts like grace, said church historian Bill Leonard.

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