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Some church leaders seek end to ‘mission tourism’

Some church leaders seek end to ‘mission tourism’

Parachute missions. Poverty tourism. Vacationary. Critics use these descriptors to characterize an approach to missions they believe encourages unhealthy dependency and paternalism.

Injunction extended in contraceptive case

Injunction extended in contraceptive case

Baptist organizations—including the Southern Baptist Convention’s insurance provider—got temporary relief Aug. 21 from an Affordable Care Act requirement that employers include in their employee health care plans drugs and devices they believe cause abortion.

Focus on objectives during market volatility, investment strategist advises

Focus on objectives during market volatility, strategist advises

A dramatic drop in the stock market led to headlines and concerns about stockholder portfolios, but long-term investors should continue to consider their objectives and time horizons, a Southern Baptist investment strategist recommended.

Jimmy Carter says his future ‘in the hands of God’

Jimmy Carter says his future ‘in the hands of God’

Former President Jimmy Carter said he was “surprisingly at ease” after being diagnosed with cancer, which has spread to parts of his brain.

Baptist Briefs: Baptist protestors arrested in Missouri

Baptist Briefs: Baptist protestors arrested in Missouri

Four of the 57 people arrested Aug. 10 in a peaceful protest outside a federal courthouse in St. Louis were part of an eight-member Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America delegation in Ferguson, Mo., there to observe the one-year anniversary of the Aug. 9, 2014, police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

God brought healing to sex trafficking victim

God brought healing to sex trafficking victim

The church has a vital role in seeking justice and salvation for trafficking victims, said Raleigh Sadler, a human trafficking awareness advocate based in New York.

Baptist leaders pray for Jimmy Carter

Baptist leaders pray for Jimmy Carter

Condolences and well-wishes worldwide followed an Aug. 12 announcement by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter that he has cancer.

Baptist Briefs: Advocate for women ministers honored

Pam Durso, executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry, accepted a lifetime achievement award from Christians for Biblical Equality.

Glorieta homeowner seeks day in court

Glorieta homeowner seeks day in court

Kirk Tompkins says LifeWay Christian Resources avoided his lawsuit challenging the 2013 property sale by hiding behind the First Amendment.

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SBC’s Send Conference focuses on reaching the world with the gospel

“We are going to send until the whole world hears,” Southern Baptist missions leader Kevin Ezell told the 2015 Send North America Conference.

Sealed with a prayer delivered by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, a Southern Baptist conference made it clear: There’s no separating religion and politics.

Southern Baptists urged to engage with politics, but be civil

Sealed with a prayer delivered by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, a Southern Baptist conference made it clear: There’s no separating religion and politics.

Bush says he ‘misspoke’ at SBC event

Bush says he ‘misspoke’ at SBC event

Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign quickly back-tracked from comments he made at a Southern Baptist Convention missions conference, where he said half a billion dollars of taxpayer money is too much to spend on women’s health issues.

Raphael Warnock (center, at the microphone), pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., and chair of the social justice commission for the Progressive National Baptist Convention, leads a call for the restoration of rights lost when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned portions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He is joined by (left to right) Charles Steele, president and CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Ambassador Andrew Young, director of the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy; Frederick Douglass Haynes III, pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas; and James Perkins, president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention.  (PHOTO / Ken Camp)

Progressive National Baptists call to restore, advance voting rights

On the eve of the landmark Voting Rights Act’s 50th anniversary—and hours after a federal appeals court ruled against Texas’ voter ID law—three groups historically linked to Martin Luther King Jr. launched a movement to restore rights they insist the U.S. Supreme Court “gutted.”

WorldCrafts adds artisan groups and products

WorldCrafts adds artisan groups and products

WorldCrafts, the fair-trade initiative of Woman’s Missionary Union, has added to its worldwide network of partners artisan groups from the Himalayan mountain villages of Nepal to metropolitan areas in Myanmar and Thailand to offer more than 250 products this year.

Civility the right response to church bombings, Baptist pastor says

Civility the right response to church bombings, Baptist pastor says

Kevin Glenn published a book last year detailing the loss of civility in American culture and proposing ways to revive it. Now Glenn has a chance to put Hand over Fist: An Invitation to Christ-centered Civility, to the test—thanks to the bombing of his church.

 
 
 
 
 
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