Jeff Brumley

Jeff Brumley

Jeff Brumley is assistant editor of ABPnews/Herald.

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.

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

While many Baptists have historically rejected religious symbolism in their sanctuaries, others have embraced it as a way to get worshipers focused on God.

Calls for prayer are rising along with the need for medical and financial assistance in West Africa, where the Ebola virus has killed more than 700 and sickened many more.

A writer and others say stereotyping Millennials as eager for contemporary worship overlooks differences among individuals and the human capacity to change.

President Obama has nominated law professor and Rabbi David Nathan Saperstein as ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he will be charged with promoting religious freedom around the world.

Experts cite various reasons — including worship style and influence of younger generations — for Pew poll finding that most Americans have warm feelings for evangelical Christians. The poll also found that Jews and Catholics are held in high esteem.

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.

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.

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

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