Baptist leader in Missouri arrested for seeking sex with animal

The president and CEO of a Baptist conference center could face penalties if convicted of solicitation.

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A sculpture by artist Karen Swenholt, whose work will be exhibited in the sculpture garden of a Virginia congregation. (KarenSwenholt.com photo)
A sculpture by artist Karen Swenholt, whose work will be exhibited in the sculpture garden of a Virginia congregation. (KarenSwenholt.com photo)

In this case, missional means a contemplative sculpture garden

The Church at Convergence in Alexandria, Va., hopes the sculpture garden it is creating will expand its influence in the community and help in the economic revival of the city's West End.

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Pastors and church health consultants say congregations that work with outside ministries and nonprofits have a greater impact on their communities. (Jeff Brumley/ABPnews/Herald)
Pastors and church health consultants say congregations that work with outside ministries and nonprofits have a greater impact on their communities. (Jeff Brumley/ABPnews/Herald)

Churches widen impact, relevance by working with outside groups

Partnering with existing ministries and community groups is helping churches fulfill their missions in their local communities. 

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‘Third-way’ Baptist church faces possible expulsion

A local association of Southern Baptist churches in southern California is poised to vote on removing a congregation for allegedly violating tenets of the faith in how it relates to gays.

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Trial date set for accused molester

More than a year after his arrest on charges of taking indecent liberties with boys, a former Baptist church camp chaperone is getting his day in court.

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Baptists joining financial, spiritual fight against Ebola outbreak

Calls for prayer are rising along with the need for medical and financial assistance in West Africa, where the Ebola virus has killed more than 700 and sickened many more.

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Baptist school mourns loss of president’s son

The community at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Ga., is rallying around President Ergun Caner and his family after the sudden loss of 15-year-old Braxton Caner in Texas.

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Worship at The Well at Springfield in Jacksonville, Fla. Member Mike Belle said he joined the Baptist congregation because of its focus on authentic relationships, not for its worship style. (Jeff Brumley ABPnews/Herald)
Worship at The Well at Springfield in Jacksonville, Fla. Member Mike Belle said he joined the Baptist congregation because of its focus on authentic relationships, not for its worship style. (Jeff Brumley ABPnews/Herald)

Millennials warn churches against catering to their generation

A writer and others say stereotyping Millennials as eager for contemporary worship overlooks differences among individuals and the human capacity to change.

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American Baptist region defrocks minister charged with larceny

American Baptist Churches USA no longer recognizes the ordination of a pastor charged with bilking the elderly.

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Baylor student, graduate die in car wreck

The musicians, along with two others injured in the crash, were en route to perform at an international conference.

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A Baptist death row missionary says capital punishment denies God‘s grace to condemned prisoners. (Flickr Creative Commons photo by Christian Senger)
A Baptist death row missionary says capital punishment denies God‘s grace to condemned prisoners. (Flickr Creative Commons photo by Christian Senger)

Minister on death row surprised by only one thing: fellow Baptists’ support for capital punishment

Raised in Mexico by Southern Baptist missionaries who shared the gospel in prisons, Dorothy Ruelas said she was shocked to learn most Baptists in America support the death penalty.

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Baptists join others praising nominee for religious freedom ambassador

President Obama has nominated law professor and Rabbi David Nathan Saperstein as ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he will be charged with promoting religious freedom around the world.

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Golden Gate campus fetches $85 million

The deal includes a two-year lease-back, giving the school time to move its main campus from the San Francisco Bay Area to Southern California.

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Colorblind artist feels drawn to draw Christ

Texas artist Lance Brown spreads the gospel with paint and visual storytelling.

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Once a bright hope, Arkansas Baptist College now faces fiscal challenges, lawsuits

This story has been edited to correct factual errors in the fifth and the next-to-final paragraph.

Once the feel-good story in moderate Baptist life, these days a historically black college reborn in Arkansas is best known for its mounting financial woes.

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McAfee professor Rob Nash teaches a class in India during a mission immersion in May. (Photo by David Garber)
McAfee professor Rob Nash teaches a class in India during a mission immersion in May. (Photo by David Garber)

McAfee trip expands limits of faith, culture and ministry

Seminary students and faculty say a visit to India stretched their views of God’s role in their lives and taught them lessons about hospitality.

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Sex abuse victim sues Alabama Baptist church

A week after the arrest of a trusted financial secretary on charges of theft, an Alabama Baptist church is being slapped with a lawsuit claiming negligent hiring and supervision of a convicted child molester.

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Youth pastor gets 3 years for child porn

With credit for time already served, a former youth minister found with images of violent child pornography depicting victims as young as 5 could be out of prison in three years.

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Old abuse accusations resurface with recent arrest

An Alabama Baptist director of missions says accusations that he mishandled reporting of sexual abuse in the 1990s are untrue, and they are nothing new.

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Stephen Ministry provides presence, comfort and healing.
Stephen Ministry provides presence, comfort and healing.

Lay callings confirmed through Stephen Ministry

Leaders say the Christian ministry provides a full experience of the "priesthood of believers" for participants and profound, loving care for those in need. 

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