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Trusting a Patient God to Work in Our Fellowship
Trusting a Patient God to Work in Our Fellowship

By: Shauw Chin Capps
The same God who has been at work in my life since I was a young teen halfway across the world is beckoning me to be patient and to entrust the future of our Cooperative Baptist Fellowship confidently to him.

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Illuminations: Threshold for New Stage of Our Journey
Illuminations: Threshold for New Stage of Our Journey

By: Colin Harris
The CBF released its Illumination Project report last month. While reactions were mixed, we hope God's grace will break through our deeply held religious beliefs to illuminate our hearts and minds.

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President Carter - An Advocate for Equality of Women
President Carter - An Advocate for Equality of Women

By: Bob Newell
President Jimmy Carter continues to advocate for the equality of women on both the small stage of his tiny Georgia Baptist church and the larger international stages.

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Encouraging Your Church to Consider Women in Ministry
Encouraging Your Church to Consider Women in Ministry

By: Zach Dawes
Moderate Baptists have significant work to do to expand opportunities for women called by God to pastoral leadership. These biblical texts can help church leaders share the basis for women in all ministry posts.

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'We Want to Be Loving, Respectful and Welcoming, But ...'
'We Want to Be Loving, Respectful and Welcoming, But ...'

By: Garrett Vickrey
Denominations are teaching congregations and congregants to do as they do: separate from those who might defile. This drive for collective purity is antithetical to the gospel stories that shape our faith.

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Give Thanks for a Letter from Billy Graham
Give Thanks for a Letter from Billy Graham

By: Robert Parham
A letter from Billy Graham voicing support for a 1978 Southern Baptist Convention resolution on nuclear arms co-written by Robert Parham and Glen Stassen "made a world of difference" in garnering support of the resolution.

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The Uphill Battle Women in Ministry Must Still Fight
The Uphill Battle Women in Ministry Must Still Fight

By: Merianna Harrelson
To be a woman in ministry in a Baptist denomination that only has 6.5 percent of pastors and co-pastors who are female is to fight an uphill battle. You still deal with sexual harassment, sexual abuse and sexual assault.

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How Churches Can Stop Stunting Women Called to Ministry
How Churches Can Stop Stunting Women Called to Ministry

By: Tambi Swiney
If churches desire to empower girls to believe they can grow up to become ministers, they need to be willing to hire and ordain women to serve as ministers. Let's stunt our girls' imaginations no longer.

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When Prayer, Peaceful Action Change a Nation
When Prayer, Peaceful Action Change a Nation

By: Elijah Brown
When Christians in Bolivia were concerned a new human-trafficking law could lead to unintended restrictions on religious freedom, they showed how prayer and peaceful actions could make a change.

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2 Women, Different Centuries, Aid Women Preachers
2 Women, Different Centuries, Aid Women Preachers

By: Pam Durso
Martha Stearns Marshall and Melissa Rogers were collaborative partners who advanced the cause of women preaching. Find out how they teamed up - even though they lived in different centuries.

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Illuminations: Room for All of Us at God's Table
Illuminations: Room for All of Us at God's Table

By: Bojangles Blanchard
There is room for us all at God's table. No amount of homophobic theology or discriminatory hiring policies can convince me or my LGBTQ+ family that we aren't loved by God for exactly who we are.

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Illuminations: Seeking Guidance of God's Spirit
Illuminations: Seeking Guidance of God's Spirit

By: Sara Powell
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship recently adopted a new policy dealing with LGBT issues after many years of an exclusive hiring policy on this matter. Such decisions require the guidance of God's Spirit.

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Illuminations: Dealing With a Messy Smudge of Ash
Illuminations: Dealing With a Messy Smudge of Ash

By: Mary Elizabeth Hill Hanchey
What has come out of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's Illumination Project is a good hiring policy undermined by an overly broad implementation plan that demurs rather than leads.

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Illuminations: Spiritual Equality of All Christians
Illuminations: Spiritual Equality of All Christians

By: George Mason
The painful truth the Illumination Project uncovered in their long discernment process is how silent our churches are when it comes to what is life and death for real people in our pews.

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Illuminations: The Long Struggle Against Discrimination
Illuminations: The Long Struggle Against Discrimination

By: Colin Harris
Threading the ethical needle is always a delicate matter in institutions and agencies that serve a diverse community. This has been the challenge faced by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's Illumination Project.

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Illuminations: Agree to Disagree - Agreeably
Illuminations: Agree to Disagree - Agreeably

By: Steve Wells
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is about partnership. We proudly claim the centrist ground and the big tent. We agree to disagree agreeably without dishonoring one another - even when doing so is hard.

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Explorations in Baptist History: Adam Clayton Powell Sr.
Explorations in Baptist History: Adam Clayton Powell Sr.

By: Jerrod Hugenot
Abyssinian Baptist Church is among the great congregations to rise up and minister to the urban multitudes in the history of New York City churches. One of its most visionary pastors was Adam Clayton Powell Sr.

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Texas Church's Ministry Extends Beyond Relief Efforts
Texas Church's Ministry Extends Beyond Relief Efforts

By: Julio Guarneri
Calvary Baptist of McAllen, Texas, provided relief to thousands of immigrants fleeing violence from Central America. However, beyond relief efforts, the church seeks opportunities for development, sustainment and advocacy.

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North Carolina Church Adopts Two Refugee Families
North Carolina Church Adopts Two Refugee Families

By: Don Gordon
While government has a duty to secure its borders, a North Carolina Baptist church adopted two refugee families, responding to God's call to help the stranger and give aid to the needy.

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Haitians, Others Arrive in Tijuana Seeking Entrance into US
Haitians, Others Arrive in Tijuana Seeking Entrance into US

By: Tim Long
Since May 2016, thousands of immigrants have flocked to Tijuana, awaiting their turn to cross into the U.S. Six Baptist churches from this Mexican border town are ministering to 500 of those asylum seekers.

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How One Church Tackled the Human-Trafficking Fight
How One Church Tackled the Human-Trafficking Fight

By: Jay Abernathy
Human trafficking is a year-round challenge. Imagine if each congregation in the U.S. became active voices against human trafficking and pornography. Here's how one Baptist church made a difference.

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Why We Must Reclaim Baptist Interdependency
Why We Must Reclaim Baptist Interdependency

By: Neville Callam
Hardly can one identify a greater need of Baptists today than to rediscover Baptist interdependency - an interdependency that rejects cultural imperialism, paternalism and neo-colonialism.

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How I Benefited from Attending BWA Meetings
How I Benefited from Attending BWA Meetings

By: Michael Okwakol
I first heard of the Baptist World Alliance when I joined the staff of the Baptist Union of Uganda in 1984. Since then, I have discovered many benefits from BWA involvement. Here are a few of them.

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How The BWA's Global Family Widened My View
How The BWA's Global Family Widened My View

By: Meredith Stone
My worldview was small until my seminary professors introduced me to the Baptist World Alliance's global family, where we teach each other that all folks are created in the divine image - not just Americans.

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How the BWA Enriches My Ministry, Mission Partnerships
How the BWA Enriches My Ministry, Mission Partnerships

By: Craig Sherouse
The beautiful diversity of the Baptist world family is always on display when the BWA meets. As a local church pastor for 41 years, my ministry and missional partnerships have been greatly enriched by the BWA.

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