Baptist-affiliated Buckner to pursue deal with Methodist retirement community

The combined entity would be one of the 20 largest not-for-profit senior-living providers in the U.S.

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BJC Executive Director Brent Walker and Watson speak to students from Wake Forest University in the BJC’s Center for Religious Liberty. (PHOTO/Courtesy of BJC)
BJC Executive Director Brent Walker and Watson speak to students from Wake Forest University in the BJC’s Center for Religious Liberty. (PHOTO/Courtesy of BJC)

Charles Watson is on a mission: to ensure religious freedom for the next generation

Charles Watson Jr. is a Baptist-endorsed chaplain. But at 33 he’s found what’s likely to be a lifelong passion — advocating for religious liberty.

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Bruce Heilman’s 5,000 mile motorcycle trip from Virginia to Alaska this summer took him and his Harley Davidson to his 49th state. (Photo by Bob Brown/Richmond Times Dispatch)
Bruce Heilman’s 5,000 mile motorcycle trip from Virginia to Alaska this summer took him and his Harley Davidson to his 49th state. (Photo by Bob Brown/Richmond Times Dispatch)

At 88, Baptist educator Bruce Heilman is still taking on life

Crossing the country on his Harley, seeking healing for fellow Greatest Generation veterans, heading top universities — for Bruce Heilman, it’s always been about doing.

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Pastor/farmer to take Baptists’ First Amendment commitments to Va. legislature

Shelton Miles will advocate on behalf of the BGAV’s religious liberty committee.

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Florida Baptists debate alcohol use

A news story quoting a pastor who believes it’s time for Southern Baptists to leave behind their Prohibition-era values raised a ruckus in letters to the editor.

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For Baptist churches in Scotland, no change in status whatever the vote

The independence referendum won’t affect the Baptist Union of Scotland, which already is organized separately from England and Wales.

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Culture writer Jonathan Merritt says SBC warning against ‘third way’

While some evangelicals are opening to dialogue about homosexuality, the Southern Baptist Convention isn’t budging, observes Religion News Service Senior Columnist Jonathan Merritt.

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7 reasons why digital metrics matter to your church

Most church staff seldom pause long enough to wonder, “How do people think we are doing?”

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Former youth minister faces abuse charges

Kyle Adcock, former youth minister at Woodward Avenue Baptist Church in Muscle Shoals, Ala., appeared in court Friday to face multiple charges of sexual abuse of minor.

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Arguing less and listening more promotes greater civility, says author. (Creative Commons photo by Michael Phillips)
Arguing less and listening more promotes greater civility, says author. (Creative Commons photo by Michael Phillips)

Uncivil conduct among Christians fuels church decline, says Baptist pastor and author

Kevin Glenn’s new book, Hand Over Fist, offers ways Baptists and other Christians can be more civil to each other.

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ERLC head says Baptists should reclaim separation of church and state

Russell Moore says he is less concerned about America becoming a purely secular state than a government that has the power to determine which religious voices deserve a hearing in the public square.

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Mideast Christians appeal for action

Leaders of evangelical and Protestant groups in Syria and Lebanon say action must be taken to preserve a Christian presence in the area before it is too late.

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Church seeks dismissal in abuse lawsuit

A Southern Baptist church in Alabama says it cannot be held legally responsible for actions by a former employee that could not have been foreseen.

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The rise and fall and rise again of Joel Gregory

The rise and fall and rise again of Joel Gregory

Joel Gregory’s rise to prominence in the Southern Baptist Convention was meteoric. His fall was just as spectacular — and painfully public. Now, though, the preacher says the trajectory offered him a measure of both grace and humanity.

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