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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The Navy is deciding how to offer religious literature in its base hotel network. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker)
The Navy is deciding how to offer religious literature in its base hotel network. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker)

Bible flap challenges Navy policies on faith in pluralistic society

The military, like other branches of government, faces challenges in an increasingly pluralistic society to accommodate religious belief without endorsing it.

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Past CBF moderator moving to UCC church

A recent key leader in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is embracing a new identity as a minister in the United Church of Christ.

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Four more Baptist groups join BWA

The new organizations bring to 231 the number of Baptist World Alliance affiliates.

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Churches and ministries reap benefits from commercial real estate sales. (Creative Commons photo by John Murden)
Churches and ministries reap benefits from commercial real estate sales. (Creative Commons photo by John Murden)

When the price is right, churches are selling property to advance ministry

Churches being wooed by developers are seeing opportunities to expand ministries and facilities with lucrative real estate deals. 

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Baptist Standard to cease operation of its FaithVillage social media network

Though site traffic was high, the resource provider didn’t generate enough revenue.

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Preacher returns to pulpit after son’s suicide

Ergun Caner says he has no answers about why his 15-year-old son killed himself, but he sought solace by returning to the pulpit.

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Culpepper stepping down after 20 years as McAfee dean

Alan Culpepper — the only dean Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology has known over its nearly two-decade-long history — has announced that he is turning over the reins to new leadership at the end of this academic year.

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Campbellsville, KBC leaders discuss partnership

A proposed partnership agreement would allow the historically Baptist school and Kentucky Baptists to work together apart from funding and election of trustees.

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One of the most counter-cultural actions American Christians can take is to learn how to come to the table together, says Milton Brasher-Cunningham. (ABPnews/Herald photo/Norman Jameson)
One of the most counter-cultural actions American Christians can take is to learn how to come to the table together, says Milton Brasher-Cunningham. (ABPnews/Herald photo/Norman Jameson)

‘Don’t eat alone’ is metaphor for healthy Christian life, says minister-chef

Milton Brasher-Cunningham sees an interweaving of food, faith and relationships around the table.

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Pastor repents for interaction with suicidal teen

A Southern Baptist citizen journalist says he regrets involving a teenager who recently ended his own life in a long-running controversy concerning the boy’s father.

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Tens of thousands of immigrant children are being placed with family members already in the United States, leading some to protest and others to seek ways to serve them. (Creative Commons photo by Anuska Sampedro)
Tens of thousands of immigrant children are being placed with family members already in the United States, leading some to protest and others to seek ways to serve them. (Creative Commons photo by Anuska Sampedro)

As immigrant children find sponsors, Baptists are discovering them in their midst

Unaccompanied immigrant children are being dispersed from holding centers on the border to sponsor homes around the nation, inspiring Baptists and other Christians to seeks ways to help them and their families.

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SBC public policy arm launches think tank

The SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission is announcing the launch of a new Research Institute with an array of new scholars and professionals as research fellows.

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Baylor Alumni Association files counterclaim in dispute with university

The lawsuit asserts Baylor University breached its license and recognition agreements and its promise to provide the alumni organization a building.

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Search for lobbyist’s wife enters second month

Lynn Messer, wife of a Missouri Baptist lobbyist, is still missing a month after disappearing from her home in southeast Missouri.

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Baptists in Gaza appeal for prayer after month of shelling

Baptists in Gaza are appealing to Baptists and other Christians to pray for their city which has endured a month of heavy fighting between Israel and Hamas.

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Baptist leader in Missouri arrested for seeking sex with animal

The president and CEO of a Baptist conference center could face penalties if convicted of solicitation.

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A sculpture by artist Karen Swenholt, whose work will be exhibited in the sculpture garden of a Virginia congregation. (KarenSwenholt.com photo)
A sculpture by artist Karen Swenholt, whose work will be exhibited in the sculpture garden of a Virginia congregation. (KarenSwenholt.com photo)

In this case, missional means a contemplative sculpture garden

The Church at Convergence in Alexandria, Va., hopes the sculpture garden it is creating will expand its influence in the community and help in the economic revival of the city's West End.

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Pastors and church health consultants say congregations that work with outside ministries and nonprofits have a greater impact on their communities. (Jeff Brumley/ABPnews/Herald)
Pastors and church health consultants say congregations that work with outside ministries and nonprofits have a greater impact on their communities. (Jeff Brumley/ABPnews/Herald)

Churches widen impact, relevance by working with outside groups

Partnering with existing ministries and community groups is helping churches fulfill their missions in their local communities. 

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‘Third-way’ Baptist church faces possible expulsion

A local association of Southern Baptist churches in southern California is poised to vote on removing a congregation for allegedly violating tenets of the faith in how it relates to gays.

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