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The Missouri Baptist Convention announced the resignation of Executive Director David Tolliver.
       

Actress pushes churches to reach out to prisoners

Jesus said to love thy neighbor, feed the hungry, clothe the naked and visit the prisoners. So why do so many churches have such a hard time with that last one? Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank, for one, is waiting for a good answer.
       

Line between inspiration and insanity may be narrow

Historic figures who started new religious movements—including Martin Luther,  Joseph Smith, Mary Baker Eddy and Ellen White, as well as Jim Jones of the People’s Temple and David Koresh of the Branch Davidians—were viewed by outsiders as delusional. The question is: How can you tell?
       

Winter break provides opportunities to share gospel


Student teams  with Go Now Missions spread the gospel by giving new boots to orphans in Moldova, engaging African immigrants in New York City, encountering college students in East and South Asia, helping rebuild a Haitian village and building a home in Jamaica.

       

Former Point of Grace member wants to share legacy of hymns


Since retiring from the contemporary Christian group Point of Grace in 2008, Heather Payne has had her hands full raising four young children and serving in various ministries at First Baptist Church in Fisherville, Ky., where her husband, Brian, is pastor.
       

Academy for Spiritual Formation blends learning, discipline, community

Growing up in a Baptist church and later working part-time as a youth minister, Johnny Sears--director of the  Academy for Spiritual Formatio-- believed his faith had to go deeper than a set of beliefs or activities.
       

Life coaching makes its way into churches

Career coaching has been around in the business field for decades. More recently, it spun off a concept of life coaching. Now, the coaching concept is starting to make its impact in churches.
       

Gridiron event offers a ‘super’ evangelism opportunity

On Feb. 6, two teams will fight for professional football’s highest honor when they meet in Arlington for the 45th annual Super Bowl. A diverse group of Christians called Reach 45 is trying to point people to an even higher calling.
       

Champions for Life events reap harvest in Golden Triangle

More than 1,000 people made first-time decisions to follow Christ during Golden Triangle Baptist Association’s second Champions For Life week.Video Included
       

Tiny heart touches the hearts of thousands


Bowen Hammitt, son of lead singer Matt Hammitt of the Christian rock band Sanctus Real, his wife, Sarah, was born Sept. 9 with a serious and rare heart defect. The family's personal drama captured national attention and opened doors to share Christ’s love.

       

Seminary gives association six months to vacate property (Updated)

Southwestern SeminarySouthwestern Baptist Theological Seminary notified Tarrant Baptist Association before Christmas it had six months to vacate its offices on the edge of the seminary campus. The seminary asserted the association was in violation of its affiliation agreement—in part because of perceived toleration of homosexuality by a member church or churches.

       
 
 
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