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Climbers make camp at a site above the clouds on Mount Kilimanjaro. (Photo by Tim Glover)
Climbers make camp at a site above the clouds on Mount Kilimanjaro. (Photo by Tim Glover)

Lofty fundraiser leads Baptist to climb Kilimanjaro

Hardin-Simmons athletic trainer takes on famous mountain in effort to raise money for global sports ministry. 

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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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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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Damage sustained at First Presbyterian Church in Napa, Calif. (Facebook photo by David Stoker)
Damage sustained at First Presbyterian Church in Napa, Calif. (Facebook photo by David Stoker)

Baptists prepared for Calif. quake response

Churches in Napa, Calif., are already busy serving quake victims in their communities, while national Baptist disaster-relief agencies stand ready with funds, people and equipment.

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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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Fellowship is a spiritual need the elderly who live at home or in nursing homes rarely see met. (Creative Commons photo by Kara Newhouse)
Fellowship is a spiritual need the elderly who live at home or in nursing homes rarely see met. (Creative Commons photo by Kara Newhouse)

Georgia church heeds calling to serve elderly through worship

After selling its building to developers, the congregation at Scott Boulevard Baptist Church in Decatur has created an endowment to meet the spiritual needs of isolated senior citizens — a ministry area experts say is one of the most under-served in the nation. 

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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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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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