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McAfee professor Rob Nash teaches a class in India during a mission immersion in May. (Photo by David Garber)
McAfee professor Rob Nash teaches a class in India during a mission immersion in May. (Photo by David Garber)

McAfee trip expands limits of faith, culture and ministry

Seminary students and faculty say a visit to India stretched their views of God’s role in their lives and taught them lessons about hospitality.

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Sex abuse victim sues Alabama Baptist church

A week after the arrest of a trusted financial secretary on charges of theft, an Alabama Baptist church is being slapped with a lawsuit claiming negligent hiring and supervision of a convicted child molester.

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Youth pastor gets 3 years for child porn

With credit for time already served, a former youth minister found with images of violent child pornography depicting victims as young as 5 could be out of prison in three years.

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Old abuse accusations resurface with recent arrest

An Alabama Baptist director of missions says accusations that he mishandled reporting of sexual abuse in the 1990s are untrue, and they are nothing new.

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Stephen Ministry provides presence, comfort and healing.
Stephen Ministry provides presence, comfort and healing.

Lay callings confirmed through Stephen Ministry

Leaders say the Christian ministry provides a full experience of the "priesthood of believers" for participants and profound, loving care for those in need. 

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American Baptist leader asks churches to address growing global conflict

Too many innocents killed as perpetrators refuse ways of peace, says Roy Medley.

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Kentucky Baptist Convention escrows funds for Campbellsville

The KBC will continue to fund student scholarships, despite dispute over the university’s governance.

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Campbellsville coaches share expertise, gospel on mission trip

Coaches from the Kentucky-based Baptist school are in Costa Rica holding coaching clinics, working in orphanages and knocking on doors to share the gospel.

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Jeff Stinson, shown during a 2003 deployment to Iraq with the U.S. Air Force, says churches provide essential sense of family to military personnel. (Photo provided by Jeff Stinson).
Jeff Stinson, shown during a 2003 deployment to Iraq with the U.S. Air Force, says churches provide essential sense of family to military personnel. (Photo provided by Jeff Stinson).

Air Force personnel cuts highlight importance of church in military life

Stress of deployments and even downsizing can be lessened for military members actively involved in their congregations. 

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Search for lobbyist’s wife in second week

A Thursday press conference asked the public for help in the search for the wife of a conservative lobbyist missing from the family’s farm for more than a week.

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Former church secretary indicted for theft

A lifelong member of an Alabama Baptist church stands accused of embezzling nearly $130,000 just months after another former staff member at the same church was convicted of child molestation.

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Baptist finds ‘heart’s desire’ in preaching gospel to detained immigrant children

Preacher Dan Trevino regularly hears nightmare stories from young people detained along the border — many of whom have found Christ in services held at a U.S. Air Force base where they’re being held.

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How you can help: Baptists in Texas seek funds, volunteers to aid immigrants

Texas Baptists are seeking funds, Spanish-language Bibles, shoes and volunteers willing to help provide medical and other services for immigrant children detained on the nation’s southern border.  

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Campbellsville seeks new relationship with Kentucky Baptists

Leaders of the school want to phase out direct funding from the Kentucky Baptist Convention over four years in exchange for more leeway in selecting the university’s board of trustees.

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Passport’s founders spearheaded quiet shift in how youth hear God’s call

Passport’s founders spearheaded quiet shift in how youth hear God’s call

Over a two decades Passport Inc. has become a leadership incubator, nurturing a new kind of Baptist minister. That’s no surprise to the organization’s founders.

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Bringing life back into a congregation can mean making difficult changes to worship style, culture and identity, experts acknowledge. However, they disagree on how many churches are willing to take those steps. (Jeff Brumley/ABPnews/Herald)
Bringing life back into a congregation can mean making difficult changes to worship style, culture and identity, experts acknowledge. However, they disagree on how many churches are willing to take those steps. (Jeff Brumley/ABPnews/Herald)

Experts seek balance between optimism and pessimism in future of congregations

Church revitalization is increasing, but is there enough interest to spark change?

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Kentucky Baptist Convention leaders, Campbellsville University trustees clash

A year after reaffirming a covenant agreement defining their relationship, a Baptist state convention and university are suddenly on the brink of severing ties.

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“I didn’t write this book; it wrote me,” says Merritt. (Photo/Dan Bigelow)
“I didn’t write this book; it wrote me,” says Merritt. (Photo/Dan Bigelow)

Jonathan Merritt explores how he took hold of ‘a thread called grace’

The faith and culture writer talks about the journey to revitalize his faith, the relevance of denominations, the debate over Calvinism and why a Southern Baptist preacher’s kid is living in Brooklyn.

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South African tapped to lead Baptist World Alliance

Ngwedla Paul Msiza, a pastor from Pretoria, is only the second African to lead the BWA and will take office in July 2015. 

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BWA resolution calls surge of child immigrants a ‘humanitarian crisis’

Global Baptist group urges comprehensive approach to underlying issues that contribute to crisis.

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