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Southern Baptists’ large military presence colors gay debate

Repeal of a military ban on openly gay members is expected by many. But Southern Baptists, who have many more active-duty military chaplains than any other denomination, are not giving up without a fight.
       

Should churches allow sex offenders in pews?

“All are welcome” is a common phrase on many a church sign and website. But what happens when a convicted sex offender takes those words literally?
       

South Africa to host continent’s first Baptist World Congress in 2015

For the first time, the Baptist World Congress will be held in Africa in 2015, according to a July 27 announcement from Baptist World Alliance General Secretary Neville Callam.
       

Faith & Fitness: Exercise good, but only in moderation

The Bible portrays the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit. But some caution that too much focus on “temple care” can become a sin.
       

Catholics in Nagaland claim persecution by Baptists

NagalandBaptists in Nagaland defended themselves against charges of anti-Catholic bigotry after villagers tore down a Catholic church because the town allows churches only of the Baptist denomination. The controversy has generated widespread media attention pitting Catholics against the Nagaland Baptist Church Council.

       

Jimmy Carter credits Baptist preacher for his election as president

Jimmy Carter said July 23 he doubts he would have been elected 39th president of the United States without the aid of Jimmy Allen, a Texas Baptist preacher who endorsed him at a time when his 1976 presidential campaign was floundering.
       

Group demands apology for religious teaching that denigrates women

A group of women and men calling themselves the Freedom for Christian Women Coalition has demanded an apology for religious teaching they say is harmful to women. Shirley Taylor, founder of Baptist Women for Equality, presented the Demand for an Apology from the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood at a July 24 meeting in Orlando, Fla.
       

DBU tennis teams share gospel in England

The Dallas Baptist University Men and Women’s Patriot tennis teams taught tennis lessons, volunteered in church-sponsored ministries and shared their faith during an international mission trip to the Tees Valley of northern England.
       

Plainview church, family part of miracle for Kenyan

A Kenyan track athlete at Wayland Baptist University was crushed when doctors found a heart problem that could have kept him out of competition. But with help from a Plainview couple and their church, he’s been able to take it all in stride—literally.
       

Columbaria bring members of church family home for final rest

Historically, cemeteries often were adjacent to the church. But because land now is expensive and in short supply, churches are turning to columbaria—places to inurn the remains of those who have died and had their bodies cremated.
       

Rick Warren hospitalized with eye injury

Rick WarrenSouthern Baptist mega-church pastor and Purpose Driven Life author Rick Warren was recovering at home July 22 after being hospitalized overnight with eye injuries he suffered while gardening.

       
 
 
 
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