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View salvation as more than transaction with God, Leonard urges

To preserve spiritual vitality, Baptists must reconsider salvation as more than a mere transaction with God, church historian Bill Leonard noted during the Parchman lectures at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary.

Baptism remains Baptists’ symbol, but ‘problems’ must be answered

After four centuries, believers’ baptism remains the symbol of Baptist identity, historian Bill Leonard stressed during a lecture series at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary. But in the 21st century, Baptists must respond to two pressing “problems” with baptism—the widespread requirement that long-term Christians be immersed before joining a Baptist church and the rebaptism of church members, Leonard urged.

Rain doesn’t dampen spirits on Wayland Degree of Difference Day

Rain put a damper on a few planned service projects, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the Wayland Baptist University students and staff who turned out for the third annual Degree of Difference Day.

Christian ‘brand’ turning off younger generation, author insists

Research shows non-Christians think of Christian believers as judgmental, hypocritical and sheltered.

Candidates spar over abortion in final presidential debate

John McCain and Barack Obama differed sharply over the legality of abortion in their third and final presidential debate Oct.15 at Hofstra University, in one of the only mentions in this year’s presidential debates of a divisive cultural issue.

Everett sermon at Southwestern may be sign of thaw in relations

In a sign that once-frosty relations between the Baptist General Convention of Texas and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary may be thawing, the BGCT's new executive director, Randel Everett, spoke there Oct. 15.

Pastor says he’s ‘poli-ticked’ about election

At a time when polls indicate growing distaste for politics in the pulpit, Ed Young Jr., pastor of Fellowship Church in Grapevine,  is launching a high-profile sermon series aimed at getting Christians off the bench and into political action.

CBF field personnel minister among Middle Eastern group

Frank Morrow was in the Middle East doing relief work after a natural disaster when a local official asked, “Why do you do what you do? Why did you come?”

'Billy: The Early Years' falls flat in box office

A biopic about evangelist Billy Graham hit theaters with a thud its opening weekend Oct. 10-12, earning far less than other religion-themed movies like Fireproof and Bill Maher's agnostic comedy documentary Religulous.

ETBU names Oliver president-elect

Dub OliverEast Texas Baptist University’s board of trustees elected Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver of Waco as the school’s 12th president.

N.Y. Baptist group says to defrock pastor facing child-porn charge

A statewide fellowship of independent Baptist churches in New York is recommending defrocking one of its pastors arrested on child-pornography charges.

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