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Larry Yarborough, pastor of First Baptist Church of Gallatin, Tenn.

A stress-free December for pastors? No, but here are some tips

Besides preparing for some of the most anticipated worship services of the year and counseling an increased number of people facing specific holiday issues, pastors typically must juggle family commitments and last-minute invitations to Christmas parties.

Baptist Briefs: CBF chief urges Congress to act on immigration reform

Baptist Briefs: CBF chief urges Congress to act on immigration reform

While opinions differ on President Obama’s use of executive power, Congress still needs to act on long-term immigration reform, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship leader Suzii Paynter insisted.

Sexual revolution destroying families, Baptists tell Vatican conference

Baptists warn Vatican conference of dangers to marriage, family

Two prominent Southern Baptists, Russell Moore and Rick Warren, blasted the sexual revolution at a Vatican conference, saying it is destroying the institution of marriage.

Baptist Briefs: Virginia Baptists approve governance change

Baptist Briefs: Virginia Baptists approve governance change

A far-reaching shift in governance of the 191-year-old Baptist General Association of Virginia went into effect Nov. 12 when messengers at the group’s annual meeting adopted a set of constitutional and bylaw changes implementing a proposal adopted last year.

Baptist Briefs: IMB president presents strategy

Baptist Briefs: IMB president presents strategy

David Platt, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board, outlined his strategic plan during his first trustee meeting as head of the mission agency.

Baptist Briefs: African-American Baptist coalition takes on Ebola

Baptist Briefs: African-American Baptist coalition takes on Ebola

The African-American Baptist Mission Collaboration is launching a series of financial and spiritual initiatives to battle the deadly Ebola virus that has ravaged Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Protestant church giving reflects improving economic trends

Protestant church giving reflects improving economic trends

The nation’s slow economic recovery from a deep recession is showing up in the offering plates of Protestant churches in the United States, a recent survey by LifeWay Research reveals.

Holiness, not heterosexuality, goal of outreach to gays, speakers insist

Holiness, not ‘quick fix for gayness,’ goal of ministry, speakers say

The goal of ministry to gays and lesbians isn’t to make them heterosexual but to make them holy, three speakers told a Southern Baptist Convention-sponsored conference on the gospel and homosexuality.

Marriage crisis predated gay marriage, conference speakers say

Marriage crisis predated gay marriage, conference speakers say

The crisis in marriage preceded the rapid rise of legalized same-sex unions, and the church faces a daunting challenge in addressing it, speakers told 1,300 participants at a Southern Baptist conference on the issue.

Southern Baptist ethics chief denounces reparative therapy for gays

SBC ethics chief denounces reparative therapy for gays

Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore denounced reparative therapy, saying the controversial treatment that attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation has been “severely counterproductive.”

Evangelical ethicist David Gushee changes views on same-sex relationships

Ethicist David Gushee changes views on same-sex relationships

Baptist ethicist and theologian David Gushee has changed his views on gay rights and same-sex relationships.

Baptist Briefs: Foundation pledges $1 million to New Baptist Covenant

Baptist Briefs: New Baptist Covenant receives $1 million gift

The Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation has pledged $1 million over four years to support the New Baptist Covenant, a movement to unify U.S. Baptists across racial, geographical and theological lines.

Baptist church strives to help Afghan Muslim find welcome and work

Baptist church strives to help Afghan Muslim find welcome and work

An Afghan physician who served as an interpreter for the U.S. military in Afghanistan fled the revenge-seeking Taliban for a better life in the United States. NorthHaven Church in Norman, Okla., has welcomed him to worship and is trying to help him find work.

Baptist Briefs: African-American Baptist group protests TV show

Baptist Briefs: African-American Baptist group protests TV show

The Progressive National Baptist Convention is mounting a petition drive seeking removal of the television comedy Black Jesus, which its leaders say disrespects their faith tradition.

Baptist Briefs: Conferences take opposing views on homosexual behavior

Baptist Briefs: Conferences take opposing views on homosexual behavior

Two upcoming conferences focusing on homosexuality involve Baptists, but they take drastically different approaches to the subject.

 
 
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