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Death in a minister's family means transitions in ministry, identity

The death of a minister—or the minister’s spouse—marks a difficult phase in the life of both the church and the pastor’s family. The church and the spouse left behind must deal with the loss of that team concept, the intertwining of gifts and calling when a pastor or his or her mate passes away.
       

Student ministers face challenges as age separates them from youth

Age can influence the career direction a youth minister or campus minister takes. Family transitions may lead to a ministry change, or the minister may feel age has separated him or her from students.
       

Learning takes place on life’s edges, author insists

Calvin MillerPeople who remain safely in the middle of life, far from the edges, have little to say, author Calvin Miller told the B.H. Carroll Theological Institute summer colloquy.
       

Baptist ethicist says oil spill a moral issue

A Baptist ethicist says the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a moral issue, although few Americans have framed the issue in moral terms.
       

McKissic calls on SBC to adopt zero-tolerance of racism

A prominent African-American pastor has announced plans to ask the Southern Baptist Convention to amend its constitution to ban churches that condone racism.
       

Amarillo boy begins relationship with Christ because of CD effort

Whats Missing CDWhen members of Iglesia Bautista Fuente Viva in Amarillo delivered a multimedia compact disc containing Scripture to homes near their church in early May, they wanted to bring encouragement to their neighbors and share the hope of Christ. Little did they know that only a few hours later, 10-year-old Manuel Gonzalez’s life would be changed forever from the message he heard on the Texas Hope 2010 CD.

       

Cultural festival provides churches in Valley occasion to share the gospel

The main streets of Matamoros, Mexico, and Brownsville filled with more than 20,000 people, flavorful food, festive music and brightly-colored floats during Charro Days, a weeklong festival celebrating the heritage between the sister cities. And a group of 55 church members gathered to share the hope of Christ with those they encountered that day.
       

Clergy shortage turns to ministerial glut in some denominations

After a decade-long clergy shortage in America’s pulpits, Christian denominations are now experiencing a clergy glut—with some denominations reporting two ministers for every vacant pulpit.
       

If there’s a just way to wage war, what about ending one?

As the United States prepares to reduce troop levels in Iraq this summer and Afghanistan next year, the 1,500-year-old "just war" theory is being deployed on a less familiar mission—ending the wars ethically.
       

Board distances BGCT from gay-affirming Dallas church

Doug WashingtonThe BGCT Executive Board voted May 25 to refuse any financial contributions from Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas, which has ordained as deacons practicing homosexuals, and the board asked the church to stop identifying itself as affiliated with the convention. Video Included

       

Book draws on music of U2 to call for Christian unity

A new book written by a Baptist professor applies theological themes found in the music of the Irish rock band U2 to the quest for Christian unity.
       
 
 

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