Lumberton youth pens prize-winning essay

Nathan Webb, a senior at Lumberton High School, won the grand prize in this year’s Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest, sponsored by the Religious Liberty Council of the Baptist Joint Committee.

Controversial theologian Clark Pinnock dies

Clark Pinnock, an influential theologian whose spiritual pilgrimage led from a fiery fundamentalism as a young professor to an openness that caused some to brand him a heretic, died Aug. 15 of a heart attack.

Preacher's alter-ego a superhero wrestler in 'The Masked Saint'

Chris Whaley, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Longwood, Fla., wrestled professionally from 1978 until 1988 as "The Saint." Whaley drew from experiences both in the ministry and the ring to create a fictional superhero in The Masked Saint, published by Tate Publishing.

BWA leaders focus on diversity, justice, development

The BWA’s first global congress since its 2005 centennial and last year’s 400th anniversary of the beginning of the Baptist movement revealed an ever-more-diverse global fellowship poised to tackle injustice and poverty.

Group that demanded apology over view of women’s roles still waiting

An organizer of a recent women's-rights convention for evangelical Christians said the group is still awaiting a response more than a week after demanding a public apology from the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood for teaching they say is harmful to women.

Texans tapped for BWA service

The Baptist World Alliance selected about two dozen Texas Baptists for service on the global organization’s committees and commissions during the 20th Baptist World Congress this summer.

BWA confirms John Upton as president for next 5 years

John UptonThe Baptist World Alliance has elected John Upton, executive director of the Baptist General Association of Virginia and a former missionary and pastor, as its new president.


Liberation should mark Christianity’s mission, educator tells BWA

Liberation marked the ministry of Jesus Christ, and it should characterize the mission of God’s people today, a professor and advocate for marginalized women told the Baptist World Congress.


Christians must liberate & be liberated, seminarian tells BWA

Christians are called to be agents of liberation, but they also desperately need to be liberated themselves, ministry educator Janet Clark stressed at the 20th Baptist World Congress in Honolulu July 30.


Christianity’s relation to culture a matter of spiritual discernment

Should Christians ever abandon their cultures for the sake of the gospel. Baptists from all over the planet struggled with what to “embrace” and what to “release” of their cultures during a discussion session held in conjunction with the 20th Baptist World Congress in Honolulu.


Missions demands local strategies, global vision, panelists assert

Innovative missions today demand contextualized ministries shaped by local churches—not one-size-fits-all imported strategies implemented by professionals, a missions professor from Texas and a pastor from South Australia told a focus group at the Baptist World Congress.

Science vs. religion? Unnecessary battle

Science and religion do not need to quarrel, a molecular engineer and an ethicist told participants at the 20th Baptist World Congress.

Become ‘jubilee people,’ pastor tells world Baptists

Christians are called to join Jesus as “jubilee people,” Australian pastor Allan Demond told participants at the 20th Baptist World Congress in Honolulu July 31.


Holy Spirit transforms communities, creation African Baptist says

Christians who listen to the Holy Spirit will experience transformation and become agents of transformation, an African Baptist leader told the Baptist World Congress.


BWAid leader reflects on 20 years of relief and development

Paul MontacuteStanding in the exhibit hall during the Baptist World Congress in Honolulu, Paul Montacute surveys the array of displays and smiles with delight.

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