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Australian Baptists Assess Fashion Companies' Ethics
Australian Baptists Assess Fashion Companies' Ethics

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Baptist World Aid Australia's annual report rates fashion brands on policies to mitigate worker exploitation, knowledge of suppliers, auditing of and relationships with suppliers, and worker empowerment.

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4 Differences Mark Pre-Easter vs Post-Easter Churches
4 Differences Mark Pre-Easter vs Post-Easter Churches

By: Bill Wilson
Pre-Easter churches are marked by discouragement, loss and despair while post-Easter churches are marked by confidence and hope. Is your church living on the right side of Easter?

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Baptists Must Not Be Silent in Calls for Religious Freedom
Baptists Must Not Be Silent in Calls for Religious Freedom

By: Shane McNary
When national policies motivated by short-term political goals endanger the long-term moral authority of the U.S., Baptists, as U.S. citizens, must not be silent in calls for justice and freedom.

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To Curb Genocide, You Must Start at Its Simple Roots
To Curb Genocide, You Must Start at Its Simple Roots

By: William Cowley
A full-fledged genocide can take years, sometimes generations, to explode, but each incident of genocide probably has a small, simple beginning. Sometimes, as simple as bullying on a playground.

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The Srebrenica Massacre - When Churches Were Silent
The Srebrenica Massacre - When Churches Were Silent

By: Tony Peck
More than 8,000 Muslim men and boys were massacred in Srebrenica, a province in Bosnia-Herzegovina, in July 1995. It was the worst act of genocide since World War II - and many churches remained silent.

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7 Healthy Habits of Congregations on Mission
7 Healthy Habits of Congregations on Mission

By: Bill Wilson
While building a congregation's life around a clear vision and purpose is easy to believe in, problems emerge when we talk about how to do it. Here are 7 habits of churches that are on mission.

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Building Up Church Members To Take On Ministry
Building Up Church Members To Take On Ministry

By: Sharon Prior
Many congregations expect their ministry staff to do almost everything, but hopefully those days are coming to an end. Ministers must develop a culture that helps members align their gifts with roles in the church.

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4 Observations, 4 Questions on Mission Work in Ghana
4 Observations, 4 Questions on Mission Work in Ghana

By: Reggie Warren
The Baptist General Association of Virginia partners with the Ghana Baptist Convention to launch 500 churches and to distribute 100,000 mosquito nets in the African nation.

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EthicsDaily.com's 2016 Baptists of the Year Honored
EthicsDaily.com's 2016 Baptists of the Year Honored

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Bill and Audrey Cowley, retired Southern Baptist missionaries, were honored as EthicsDaily.com's Baptists of the Year for 2016 at a recent dinner held in their honor.

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Food Drive Blossoms Into Ministry Feeding Thousands
Food Drive Blossoms Into Ministry Feeding Thousands

By: Bill White
After hearing a missionary speak about food insecurity, four young girls at Christ Journey Church in Miami wanted to do something about it. Their passion led to one of the church's most vibrant ministries.

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How One Church Helped 200,000 Get Drinking Water
How One Church Helped 200,000 Get Drinking Water

By: Bill Ross
Efforts by First Baptist of Marietta, Georgia, led to the creation of Pure Water Initiative Inc., a nonprofit that has so far provided drinking water to nearly 200,000 people in India, Indonesia and other nations.

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Church's Medical Mission Teams Save Lives, Treat Thousands
Church's Medical Mission Teams Save Lives, Treat Thousands

By: Kevin Head
Noah, a young man in Kenya, received a life-saving operation this year. He is one of many people who were treated by short-term mission teams from First Baptist Church of Roswell, Georgia.

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Teaching Ghana's Villages How to Repair Broken Wells
Teaching Ghana's Villages How to Repair Broken Wells

By: Debra Wint
Many wells in Ghana's frontier region were installed by outsiders and have broken down. Villagers can't repair them. Texas Baptist Men Water Ministry works with villagers to teach them how to repair these wells.

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How Your Church Can Transform From Tepid to Robust
How Your Church Can Transform From Tepid to Robust

By: Mark Tidsworth
Some church leaders desire to keep as many people happy as often as possible, but this leads to a watered-down, tepid religion. Here's what your church needs to do to become a robust congregation.

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3 Major Temptations That Rural Ministers Battle
3 Major Temptations That Rural Ministers Battle

By: Jonathan Davis
Rural ministers have unique temptations that threaten to derail them. Unlike their big-city counterparts, these pastors of small-town churches must be on their guard for these temptations.

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Health Professionals Serve Through Short-Term Missions
Health Professionals Serve Through Short-Term Missions

By: Angela Sudermann
God has been using health professionals to advance the mission of Christ through American Baptist International Ministries since 1821. To this day, they continue to serve in health and wellness ministries worldwide.

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Teaching Missions to Kids in Our Self-Centered Culture
Teaching Missions to Kids in Our Self-Centered Culture

By: Sarah Stevens
In a culture that encourages and even demands self-centeredness, the church's role in teaching children to have a global and others-centered worldview is increasingly important. Here's how one church does it.

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Missouri Baptist Church Meets Medical Needs in Guatemala
Missouri Baptist Church Meets Medical Needs in Guatemala

By: Gary Snowden
For nearly a decade, First Baptist of Lee's Summit, Missouri, has held mission trips to western Guatemala, partnering with local churches to provide leadership training and provide medical care among other needs.

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Robert Parham: An Ethicist with a Worldwide View
Robert Parham: An Ethicist with a Worldwide View

By: Emmanuel McCall
At a time when it was unpopular for black and whites to travel together, Robert and I became "soul partners" as we crisscrossed the nation in numerous racial reconciliation initiatives.

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Cooks on a Mission Shares Love of Christ Through Food
Cooks on a Mission Shares Love of Christ Through Food

By: Mary Splawn
A passion for food and hospitality combined at Mountain Brook Baptist Church in Alabama to make a global impact. Since 2010, women at the church have connected their love for cooking with the church's mission work.

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Average Age of U.S. Protestant Pastors Trending Upward
Average Age of U.S. Protestant Pastors Trending Upward

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The average age of U.S. pastors is trending upward, moving from 44 years old in 1992 to 54 in 2017, says a new study released by Barna Group and Pepperdine University.

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Sustaining Ministries Through Indigenous Missionary Support
Sustaining Ministries Through Indigenous Missionary Support

By: David Emmanuel Goatley
During its history, the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention has sent out many missionaries to foreign countries. Today, however, all of Lott Carey's missionary personnel are indigenous.

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How Your Church Can Break the Fortress Mentality
How Your Church Can Break the Fortress Mentality

By: Garrett Vickrey and Lance Mayes
Many churches have a fortress mentality, which leads them to lock their doors away from the big, bad world. Here's how one church works to break that stranglehold.

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Why Immigrants Flee Their Homes to Come to the U.S.
Why Immigrants Flee Their Homes to Come to the U.S.

By: Sue Smith
It's easy for many Americans to look at immigrants and wonder why they are here. However, if more people had the opportunity to visit immigrants' countries of origin, they would have a better understanding.

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Kansas Baptist Church Shows Hospitality to Refugees
Kansas Baptist Church Shows Hospitality to Refugees

By: Ruth Rosell
After watching the mounting refugee crisis in Europe last year, members of Prairie Baptist Church in Kansas found ways in their own community to help Syrian refugee families.

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CBF of Georgia Connects Youth to Mission Projects
CBF of Georgia Connects Youth to Mission Projects

By: Martha Kate Hall
Since 1997, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia has held March Mission Madness, in which hundreds of middle and high school students spend an entire Saturday serving in a local community.

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Yes, Many Baptists Observe Ash Wednesday Too
Yes, Many Baptists Observe Ash Wednesday Too

By: Joe LaGuardia
Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of Lent, re-enacts the Jewish tradition of repenting with ashes and can provide rich meaning in one's journey of faith. Here's how.

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Sharing the Gospel, Saving Lives in West African Nation
Sharing the Gospel, Saving Lives in West African Nation

By: Reggie Warren
Partnering with the Ghana Baptist Convention, the Baptist General Association of Virginia is working to start 500 Baptist churches and to distribute and install more than 100,000 malaria-protecting mosquito nets.

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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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South Sudan Faith Leaders Address U.N. Famine Declaration
South Sudan Faith Leaders Address U.N. Famine Declaration

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Baptist and Catholic leaders have addressed the United Nations' Feb. 20 formal declaration of famine in South Sudan, noting government complicity in the crises plaguing the African nation.

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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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Baptists Minister to Refugees Amid South Sudan Conflict
Baptists Minister to Refugees Amid South Sudan Conflict

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Amid increasing violence in South Sudan, Baptists in this African nation are ministering to refugees and internally displaced persons. The country is the world's third largest refugee crisis but receives far less attention.

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Church's Countercultural Witness through Resettlement of Syrian Refugees
Church's Countercultural Witness through Resettlement of Syrian Refugees

By: Robert Parham
While many in the U.S. oppose the resettlement of Syrian refugees here, churches have been at the forefront of resettling them.

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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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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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Texas Lawmakers Unite on Human Trafficking
Texas Lawmakers Unite on Human Trafficking

By: EthicsDaily Staff
In a nationwide polarized political climate, Texas lawmakers have found an issue around which they can unite: putting an end to human trafficking. An estimated 313,000 people in Texas are trafficking victims.

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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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How the BWA Opened My Eyes to Global Baptists
How the BWA Opened My Eyes to Global Baptists

By: Paul Msiza
Growing up during apartheid's reign in South Africa was difficult. Christianity was viewed with suspicion, and Baptists were marginalized. But then I was exposed to the Baptist World Alliance.

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While Size of Crowds Notable, They Prove Nothing
While Size of Crowds Notable, They Prove Nothing

By: Reggie Warren
Comparing crowd sizes became a surprising focal point following President Trump's inauguration. But what do they mean? Christians in the 21st century should know that the size of crowds mean little.

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Baptists Serving in Moldova Enjoy Fruitful Ministries
Baptists Serving in Moldova Enjoy Fruitful Ministries

By: Daniel Trusiewicz
Baptists have enjoyed freedom to preach the gospel, train leaders and carry out fruitful missionary activities in Moldova since the eastern European nation gained its freedom in 1991. Here are the stories of three of them.

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Like King, I Have a Dream - For the Church
Like King, I Have a Dream - For the Church

By: Jim Hill
I have a dream that one day white Christians will have the courage to lead a nation to have an honest conversation about racism and white privilege. I have a dream that conversation will lead our nation to begin to heal.

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Prophetic Priests and Priestly Prophets
Prophetic Priests and Priestly Prophets

By: Guy Sayles
While the priest's work is primarily within the church and the prophet's focus is most often beyond it, we're living in times when these distinctions are breaking down.

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Stepping Into a Journey Toward Reconciliation
Stepping Into a Journey Toward Reconciliation

By: Charles Cheek
Not long ago, neighbors gathered on front porches to freely exchange ideas to bring about change. We've lost sight of that in our isolated society. But we can gather again on the "front porch" for justice.

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Connecting with Your Church's Missing Generation
Connecting with Your Church's Missing Generation

By: Sarah Stone
Millennials are one of the biggest challenges facing the church, but also one of its greatest resources. We need to understand them, encourage them and, most of all, pray for them.

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King Distinguished Between Segregating, Segregated Churches
King Distinguished Between Segregating, Segregated Churches

By: Zach Dawes
Many churches remain predominantly black or white, but Martin Luther King Jr. reminded us of the difference between segregated and segregating churches. MLK Jr. Day services offer an opportunity to integrate.

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Nigerian Christian Leaders Called for Day of Mourning; Islamic Leaders Condemn Attacks
Nigerian Christian Leaders Called for Day of Mourning; Islamic Leaders Condemn Attacks

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Following attacks killing hundreds of Nigerian Christians, the nation's Christian leaders called for prayer and Islamic leaders condemned the attacks.

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How Baptist Women Fight Against Modern-Day Slavery
How Baptist Women Fight Against Modern-Day Slavery

By: Candice Lee
It's tempting to imagine that trafficking only happens in faraway countries, but that's not the reality. The Woman's Missionary Union provides grants to respond to human trafficking in the U.S. and around the world.

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4 Steps You Can Take to Thwart Human Trafficking
4 Steps You Can Take to Thwart Human Trafficking

By: Stacy Blackmon
Some folks may feel that human trafficking is too big of a problem for them to offer any help. But individuals, small groups, even churches can play a vital role in stopping human trafficking in its tracks.

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A Baptist Report Card on Human Trafficking
A Baptist Report Card on Human Trafficking

By: Robert Parham
National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is Jan. 11, a time to draw attention to the third leading worldwide criminal industry. While there's no doubt Baptists have taken a stand, let's use this day to become further engaged.

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Stopping Human Trafficking Begins in Our Churches
Stopping Human Trafficking Begins in Our Churches

By: Pam Strickland
Many practicing Christians view pornography, which drives demand for prostitution and sex trafficking. To stop human trafficking, the church must end the demand for victims. And we must start with us.

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Helping More Churches Commit to Supporting Human Rights
Helping More Churches Commit to Supporting Human Rights

By: Stuart Blythe
While Baptists are committed to human rights at an official level, that commitment doesn't seem to make it into many churches - even though clear theological grounds exist for the support of human rights.

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One Church's Role to Put Dent in Sex Trafficking
One Church's Role to Put Dent in Sex Trafficking

By: Duane Brooks and Jen Whittenberg
More than just football comes to town with the Super Bowl. In addition to the thousands of visitors in town for the game, there is an increased demand for commercial sex. Here's one church's response.

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The Thin Line Between Prostitution and Sex Trafficking
The Thin Line Between Prostitution and Sex Trafficking

By: Valerie Carter
Unlike sex-trafficked victims, society, including the church, does not look favorably upon those in the business of prostitution. But there's a thin line between the two, and our thinking must change.

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Bill and Audrey Cowley: EthicsDaily.com's 2016 Baptists of Year
Bill and Audrey Cowley: EthicsDaily.com's 2016 Baptists of Year

By: Robert Parham
Retired missionaries Bill and Audrey Cowley showed courage during a time of tribal genocide in Nigeria in 1966 and built one of Africa's transformative educational institutions. They are EthicsDaily.com's Baptists of the Year.

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Why You Can't Communicate Enough to Your Church
Why You Can't Communicate Enough to Your Church

By: Dennis Bickers
When churches face change, a leader can't make the mistake of a lack of communication. During change, communication is crucial. Most people in church will do the right thing when they have the right information.

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Cowleys Cultivated Nigerian Talent at Baptist School
Cowleys Cultivated Nigerian Talent at Baptist School

By: Cliff Vaughn
Bill and Audrey Cowley not only saved lives during a tribal genocide in Nigeria in 1966, they also founded Baptist High School in 1961, which emerged as a pre-eminent educational institution and remains so to this day.

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Does Your Church Need a Recombobulation Area?
Does Your Church Need a Recombobulation Area?

By: Bill Wilson
Going through airport security can leave people discombobulated. Similarly, many congregations are discombobulated by the challenges of being a 21st century church. We need a recombobulation area.

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Looking Back at BCE / EthicsDaily.com's Busy 2016
Looking Back at BCE / EthicsDaily.com's Busy 2016

By: Zach Dawes
The Baptist Center for Ethics / EthicsDaily.com hit the ground running in 2016 and didn't slow down. As the year nears its close, we look forward to continuing our efforts to advance the common good in 2017.

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Is Your Church Asking the Right Questions?
Is Your Church Asking the Right Questions?

By: Ircel Harrison
Many church leaders often review the health of their church with questions that are internally focused. While that's important, you can't stop there. You need to ask externally focused questions. Are you?

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A Baptist Who Embodied the Spirit of Lottie Moon
A Baptist Who Embodied the Spirit of Lottie Moon

By: Bader Mansour
Everyone who grew up Southern Baptist knows Lottie Moon. A missionary to China in the 1800s, she personified the missionary spirit of Southern Baptists. But do you know the story of George Laty?

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Ways to Worship When Christmas Day Falls on Sunday
Ways to Worship When Christmas Day Falls on Sunday

By: Jerrod Hugenot
With a low church attendance expected when this Christmas Day arrives on a Sunday, what can smaller churches do? One solution could be this different way to try out a Christmas Day hymn sing.

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Name That Baptist
Name That Baptist

Play "Name That Baptist," a game created by EthicsDaily.com staff for its 25th anniversary celebration in 2016. The game offers a playful review of Baptist Center for Ethics' quarter century of work by highlighting global Baptist leaders who have collaborated to help advance the common good.

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Why Your Sermon Must Differ From Fake News Sites
Why Your Sermon Must Differ From Fake News Sites

By: Dennis Bickers
With the viral popularity of fake news sites, people are inundated everyday with false, misleading and negative information. When they come to church, they need to hear a message filled with truth and hope.

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Faith-Based Hospital Sends Message of Gratitude to
Faith-Based Hospital Sends Message of Gratitude to "the Least" in Local Community

By: Don Sewell
For the fourth year in a row, 70 Baylor Scott & White Health employees handed out more than 500 Thanksgiving sack lunches to the marginalized.

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Global Baptists Urged to Observe Human Rights Day
Global Baptists Urged to Observe Human Rights Day

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Human Rights Day will be observed on Dec. 10. The Baptist World Alliance is encouraging its members to participate in the annual observance in their worship services over that weekend.

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6 Lessons Your Church Can Learn from Sea Glass
6 Lessons Your Church Can Learn from Sea Glass

By: Bill Wilson
Pounded by the waves and roiled in the sand and stones, ordinary glass bottles and containers wash up on beaches, transformed into pieces of art. And they offer six illustrations for what it means to be the church.

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British Faith Leaders to Gov't: Help Besieged Syrians Now
British Faith Leaders to Gov't: Help Besieged Syrians Now

By: Paul Hobson
The leader of the Baptist Union of Great Britain has joined other faith leaders from that nation to urge government leaders to take immediate action to deliver aid to up to 250,000 civilians in Aleppo.

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How Your Pastor Can Stay Grounded in Ministry
How Your Pastor Can Stay Grounded in Ministry

By: Dennis Bickers
Many pastors must report on the number of visits they make and committee meetings they attend. But to stay grounded, pastors must focus on the invisibles: prayer, Scripture reading and spiritual direction.

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Why Your Church Needs More Than One Theologian
Why Your Church Needs More Than One Theologian

By: Barry Howard
Your church will be healthier if members are equipped to be good theologians. There are two categories of theology: folk and academic theology. Both are extremely important to the health of the church.

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Christian Reaction to Election: Don't Lose Focus
Christian Reaction to Election: Don't Lose Focus

By: Larry Eubanks
A lot of U.S. Christians are concerned about who won the election - some are jubilant, others despairing. If you're enveloped by either, you've placed your hope in the wrong place and the wrong person.

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Protestants, Catholics Move Toward Closer Communion
Protestants, Catholics Move Toward Closer Communion

By: Neville Callam
As part of their commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Lutherans in Germany held a joint ecumenical remembrance with Catholics, making a serious commitment to visible unity.

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Is Your Church Culture Creating New Pastoral Leaders?
Is Your Church Culture Creating New Pastoral Leaders?

By: Bill Wilson
Where are our next pastoral leaders going to come from? They'll come from your church, but only if your church takes seriously their role in creating a healthy culture of call.

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Using the Latest Tools to Communicate the Gospel
Using the Latest Tools to Communicate the Gospel

By: Dennis Bickers
If you want to reach young adults, you won't do it by mailing them your monthly newsletter. That may have worked years ago, but churches must change their communication strategies to reflect the times.

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Beating Burnout: Why Every Moses Needs a Jethro
Beating Burnout: Why Every Moses Needs a Jethro

By: Jim Kelsey
Overcome by other tasks, some pastors lose that gripping purpose that once consumed their imagination and called forth the best they had to give. They need someone who can help them claim their original calling.

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Why Differences Should Not Divide Christians
Why Differences Should Not Divide Christians

By: Frank Rees
While Christians are all one in Christ, that does not mean our Christian identity does away with our differences. Difference is part of who we are because difference is part of who God is.

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Building Relationships with People of Other Faiths
Building Relationships with People of Other Faiths

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
How do we build relationships with people of other faiths? Here are five points to consider when your congregation takes steps to reach out to your Muslim neighbors.

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Egypt's Baptists Serve Many Poor, Illiterate People
Egypt's Baptists Serve Many Poor, Illiterate People

By: Daniel Trusiewicz
The Baptist Convention in Egypt comprises 19 local churches and many church plants. The small convention is active in seeking opportunities to plant new congregations.

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European, Middle East Baptists Respond to Refugee Crisis
European, Middle East Baptists Respond to Refugee Crisis

By: Paul Hobson
Baptists in Europe and the Middle East who are involved in the response to the refugee crisis are seeing an "incredible spiritual harvest," says a member of the European Baptist Federation.

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Healthy Congregations Know When to Adapt - Part 2
Healthy Congregations Know When to Adapt - Part 2

By: Mark Tidsworth
Every church is engaging in the adaptive process, given the large-scale changes happening all around us. Some are intentional, some haphazard. Here are 7 types of churches positioned for adaptive change.

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Healthy Congregations Know When to Adapt - Part 1
Healthy Congregations Know When to Adapt - Part 1

By: Mark Tidsworth
While some churches want to cling onto their cherished practices or the way they've always done things, healthy churches learn to adapt. Here are 9 indicators your church faces roadblocks to change.

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Why Great Churches Are Like Your Best Vacation
Why Great Churches Are Like Your Best Vacation

By: Bill Wilson
Most churches are unable to offer a clear purpose that's shared and embraced with passion by many of their people. That's why pushing people to purpose is a necessary and invaluable process for leaders.

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5 Lessons Learned by a Local Church Pastor
5 Lessons Learned by a Local Church Pastor

By: Matt Sapp
Pastors have many lessons they've learned over the course of their ministry. One local pastor shares five of them. The first one? Slow and steady wins the race. Church work is no sprint.

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Baptists as a Movement of People
Baptists as a Movement of People

By: Jim Kelsey
Baptist churches are well equipped to move with freedom and flexibility in a rapidly changing world, leaving behind those things that are not core to who we are and might slow us down on our journey.

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7 Signs of Movement-Focused Churches
7 Signs of Movement-Focused Churches

By: Bill Wilson
Healthy churches recognize that the era of programming is giving way to a season in which we rediscover our movement roots. Does your church still push programs or is it working to launch and sustain a movement?

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Baptist, Muslim Leaders Discuss 9/11's Ongoing Impact
Baptist, Muslim Leaders Discuss 9/11's Ongoing Impact

By: EthicsDaily Staff
As the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11 approaches, Baptist and Muslim leaders believe interfaith engagement offers hope for a better future, even as negative rhetoric heightens tension for U.S. Muslims.

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How Has Society Grown Up After 9/11?
How Has Society Grown Up After 9/11?

By: Mitch Randall
After 15 years, you would assume our society has grown up regarding the relationship between Christians and Muslims. At times, the opposite seems true. We must set aside our ignorance and biases.

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Uniting to Work Together - 15 Years Later
Uniting to Work Together - 15 Years Later

By: Danny Chisholm
As we approach the 15th anniversary of 9/11, it's more vital than ever for Muslims and Christians in the U.S. to work together. We can unite to improve our communities without compromising our religious views.

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South Sudan Uses More Child Soldiers; Hope for Peace Dims
South Sudan Uses More Child Soldiers; Hope for Peace Dims

By: EthicsDaily Staff
More than 50,000 people have died in South Sudan's 3-year-old civil war as both sides increasingly rely on recruiting children to fight. An estimated 16,000 children have been recruited in the conflict.

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World Baptist Leaders Meet with Ukraine's President
World Baptist Leaders Meet with Ukraine's President

By: EBF Staff
European Baptist leaders met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, during which the president signed a decree celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in the eastern European nation.

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Should Pastors Endorse Presidential Candidates?
Should Pastors Endorse Presidential Candidates?

By: Brian Kaylor
Christians do not owe their chief loyalty to either political party. By publicly endorsing a candidate, pastors will tie their own credibility - and their churches' credibility and witness - to what that candidate says or does.

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Is Your Church Like Cut Flowers?
Is Your Church Like Cut Flowers?

By: Bill Wilson
Some churches are like cut flowers, beautiful but facing a future of slow decline. Churches should strive to be like garden perennials, springing up year after year, rather than "flash in the pan" annuals.

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4 Rules on Talking Politics in Sunday School
4 Rules on Talking Politics in Sunday School

By: Tony Brooks
If you lead a Sunday school class, your role is to discuss issues based on Scripture. As the political season heats up, discussion will turn toward politics. Here are 4 rules to manage those conversations.

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Setting Goals to Map Out Your Church's Future
Setting Goals to Map Out Your Church's Future

By: Ircel Harrison
Churches planning for the future need to set goals to map out how they'll reach their destination. There will always be those who resist goals. Here are ways to answer those objections.

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Reaffirming Church Unity Amid Diverse Political Views
Reaffirming Church Unity Amid Diverse Political Views

By: Danny Chisholm
Many churches are not uniform when it comes to political views. We are a tapestry of different political, social and theological positions. This political season, we must reaffirm what unifies us amid diverse views.

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Taking the Long View: Lessons from 17-Year Locusts
Taking the Long View: Lessons from 17-Year Locusts

By: Joel Snider
Our lives are consumed by the 'tyranny of the urgent,' those things that get in our way and demand attention. Instead, as the 17-year locust reminds us, the long view of life is the healthiest and most effective.

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Which Set of Questions Best Defines Your Church?
Which Set of Questions Best Defines Your Church?

By: Mark Tidsworth
When it comes to church, there are driving questions behind and underneath everything we do. Of these two question sets - one foundational, the other organizational - which one drives your church?

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When Anxiety Attacks: 3 Questions to Correct Your Course
When Anxiety Attacks: 3 Questions to Correct Your Course

By: Bill Wilson
Christians often talk about how God is always good yet live anxious and obsessed lives. That gap between rhetoric and actions is at the heart of the dysfunction of many local churches and individual Christians.

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12 Healthy Trends Emerging in Revitalizing Churches
12 Healthy Trends Emerging in Revitalizing Churches

By: Barry Howard
Does your church need to be revitalized? It is a process of restoring a healthy vision, good congregational morale and a sustainable model for engaging in mission and ministry. Here are 12 healthy trends.

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Spiritual Fitness Tracker: How to Get Your '10,000 Steps'
Spiritual Fitness Tracker: How to Get Your '10,000 Steps'

By: David Hull
Personal fitness trackers are in demand and are a great way to measure our fitness goals to reach 10,000 daily steps. What if you could wear a spiritual fitness tracker? What would it measure?

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Global Baptist Gathering Expands Christian Community

By: Zach Dawes
Interacting with global Baptists during the Baptist World Alliance's annual gathering offered two advantages: Your personal echo chamber is revealed, and you're able to expand your sense of community.

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Australian Baptist Leader's Long-Term, Healthy Ministry Tips
Australian Baptist Leader's Long-Term, Healthy Ministry Tips

By: EthicsDaily Staff
How does a pastor 'stay fresh' after a 40-year ministry with the same church? Bill Brown, senior pastor of Syndal Baptist Church in Australia, shared his insights in a video interview with EthicsDaily.com.

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Churches Provide Sanctuary as South Sudan Struggles to Keep Peace

By: EthicsDaily Staff
South Sudan found itself on the brink of civil war July 7 when fighting broke out in its capital city. Thousands fled their homes.

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Video Interviews Highlight Global Baptists
Video Interviews Highlight Global Baptists

By: EthicsDaily Staff
As Baptists from 50 nations gathered in Canada last week for the Baptists World Alliance annual gathering, EthicsDaily.com shot video interviews with Baptist leaders from around the globe.

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Baptists Advocate for Global Religious Liberty
Baptists Advocate for Global Religious Liberty

By: Brian Kaylor
The Baptist World Alliance's annual gathering frequently focused on religious liberty, passing resolutions that address religious-liberty violations in Nigeria and that urge Baptists to minister to refugees.

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Canadian Baptists Reflect on History, Future
Canadian Baptists Reflect on History, Future

By: Brian Kaylor
Canadian Baptists at the 2016 Baptist World Alliance annual gathering welcomed global Baptists to Vancouver, reflecting on their unique ministry heritage and context as they introduced their country.

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Global Baptists Consider Paris Agreement, Climate Change
Global Baptists Consider Paris Agreement, Climate Change

By: Brian Kaylor
Global Baptists discussed the COP21 agreement, emphasized the reality of climate change, and urged a more robust creation care theology at a commission meeting during the 2016 BWA gathering.

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UN: Record Levels of Forced Global Displacement

By: EthicsDaily Staff
More than 65 million people were forcibly displaced by conflict in 2015, a United Nations' report says, which is nearly 6 million more than 2014. Over half of those forcibly displaced were children.

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Baptists Gather for Global Collaboration and Witness

By: Brian Kaylor
More than 300 Baptists from more than 50 countries trekked to Vancouver for the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance, uniting for worship, ministry planning and dialogue.

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By: Neville Callam
Steve Harmon's new book, "Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future," calls for the kind of receptive ecumenism without which the church can hardly be fully the church.

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Global Baptists Grapple with Relief Model
Global Baptists Grapple with Relief Model

By: Brian Kaylor
Global Baptists face a growing debate over how Baptist relief and development agencies could most effectively collaborate. The issue likely will be a focal point during the BWA annual gathering.

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Observations on CBF's 25th Anniversary
Observations on CBF's 25th Anniversary

By: Robert Parham
The people at the 25th anniversary of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's annual gathering were the event's highlight. Here are a few who shaped our past and lead our future.

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Georgia Baptist Pastors Tempted With Reach for Power
Georgia Baptist Pastors Tempted With Reach for Power

By: Michael Helms
Many Christians are threatened by U.S. pluralism pecking away at their majority status. To fight it, some Georgia Baptists are pushing for laws that benefit them, but that's liberty and justice for some.

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Balancing Two Visions in Baptist Life
Balancing Two Visions in Baptist Life

By: Frank Broome
Two visions are at work in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship family. One vision cherishes the best of what it means to be Baptist; the other wants to change the world. Both visions have value.

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Southern Baptists Ding Obama, Discuss 'Elephant in the Room'
Southern Baptists Ding Obama, Discuss 'Elephant in the Room'

By: Brian Kaylor
President Barack Obama was criticized and presidential candidate Donald Trump was subtly promoted during the recent annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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Baptist Church in South Sudan Helping IDPs With Limited Supplies

By: EthicsDaily Staff
First Baptist Church in Kajo Keji, South Sudan, is struggling to find sufficient supplies to help the more than 200 internally displaced persons it is hosting.

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7 Changes the Future Holds for Local Churches

By: Dennis Bickers
Churches are in transition, similar to a trapeze artist who has let go of one swing and is suspended midair while the next swing approaches. Here are 7 changes the approaching future holds.

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Southern Baptists Adopt Controversial Resolution on Israel
Southern Baptists Adopt Controversial Resolution on Israel

By: Brian Kaylor
Southern Baptists at their annual meeting adopted a pro-Israel resolution deemed by some Arab Baptist leaders as unbiblical and harmful to their peacemaking efforts.

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A Baptist Editor Lands on the Wrong Side of Equality

By: John Pierce
Christian fundamentalists have a record of landing on the wrong side of equal rights and social change. A Georgia Baptist editor has peddled a fear-based argument to limit Muslims' religious freedom.

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Europe's Refugees: Crisis or Blessing?
Europe's Refugees: Crisis or Blessing?

By: Tony Peck
At a European Baptist Federation conference, Baptists were challenged to change their language about the arrival of thousands of refugees to Europe, viewing it not as a crisis but a blessing.

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'A Beautiful Constraint'
'A Beautiful Constraint'

By: Guy Sayles
Constraints can be 'beautiful' opportunities. When determination and commitment clash with limits and constraint, that energy can help us consider changes we've previously been unwilling to make.

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Millennials Will Soon Step into Church Leadership

By: Dennis Bickers
Millennials will soon begin to step into leadership roles in every organization including churches. But they won't be content to manage like current leadership. They want to lead and make a difference.

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10 Reflections Gleaned from a Decade of Pastoring

By: Chris Smith
Pastoring can be daunting, painful, disappointing and down-right depressing. It can also offer times of great fulfillment, joy, peace and gladness. Here are 10 lessons I've learned on the journey.

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Jesus, Muslims and the Quran: Building Fruitful Dialogue
Jesus, Muslims and the Quran: Building Fruitful Dialogue

By: Martin Accad
Beliefs about Jesus today are diverse among Muslims. When our conversation is rooted into a robust life in the footsteps of Jesus, theological dialogue with Muslims will be strengthened and more fruitful.

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European Baptists Respond to Refugee Crisis
European Baptists Respond to Refugee Crisis

By: Paul Hobson
As part of the Baptist Union of Great Britain's general assembly, British Baptists learned how they and other Baptists from Lebanon and Croatia are meeting the needs of refugees.

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Cuban Baptists Find Joy, Growth Amid Difficulties
Cuban Baptists Find Joy, Growth Amid Difficulties

By: Brian Kaylor
Despite the technological and financial limitations that Cubans have faced over the last 50 years, Baptist leaders there report dramatic growth among churches over the last two decades.

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Missouri Baptist Church to Host 'Provocative Conversations'
Missouri Baptist Church to Host 'Provocative Conversations'

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A Baptist church in Kansas City, Missouri, will hold a series of 'provocative conversations' - human trafficking, racism, foster care and the future of education - and how they affect their community.

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10 Confessions of a Middle-Aged Pastor

By: Barry Howard
Confession is good for the soul, they say. So here are 10 confessions from one pastor about what he believes about church and ministry after 37 years of service.

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Two Baptist Women to Be Honored during CBF Assembly
Two Baptist Women to Be Honored during CBF Assembly

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Recognitions of two Baptist women, Molly T. Marshall and Barbara "Babs" Baugh, will bookend the Friday event lineup at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's general assembly in June.

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What's Your Church's Blind Spot?

By: Bill Wilson
We all have blind spots, but so do our churches. Churches ignore their blind spots at their own peril; they are an early warning system for more complicated issues ahead.

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Why Women Matter in Church Leadership
Why Women Matter in Church Leadership

By: Jerrod Hugenot
While some Baptists claim that women should not be in church leadership, especially pastoral ministry, the truth is that without their leadership and commitment, churches would not have much left.

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Evangelism: Some Good News about the Good News - Part 2
Evangelism: Some Good News about the Good News - Part 2

By: Glen Marshall
Evangelism often happens best when it happens obliquely. If evangelism is always the primary motivator for everything we are, do and say, we will end up making our evangelism inauthentic.

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Evangelism: Some Good News about the Good News - Part 1

By: Glen Marshall
Evangelism can so easily become intrusive, arrogant, pushy, manipulative, forced, artificial, dishonest - anything but good news. However, it doesn't have to be that way.

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Your Pastor as the Church's Chief Celebration Officer

By: Mark Tidsworth
Does your church celebrate the good things? An important element of pastoral leadership is to ask: How are we doing with celebrating God's good work in and through our congregations?

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Baptist World Aid Australia Grades Fashion Companies' Ethics

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Fashion companies have improved oversight of fabric producers but remain largely ignorant of raw materials sources and labor conditions, a Baptist World Aid Australia report says.

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When Your Church Dives into Despair, Try 20-Year Test

By: Bill Wilson
A calamity arises in every church. Many react by proclaiming it's the worst thing to ever happen. Instead of bemoaning the church's imminent doom, those church folks need to take the 20-Year Test.

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Faith Leaders Play Key Role in Responding to Ebola Virus
Faith Leaders Play Key Role in Responding to Ebola Virus

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Three nations - Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia - were at the center of the Ebola epidemic, and faith leaders have been vital in responding effectively to the crises in the West African nations.

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Pastor as CEO? All the Perks; Zero Accountability

By: Joe LaGuardia
Many in the pastoral profession desire all the perks of being a CEO in a local church but refuse to be held accountable to the same standards as CEOs in the business world.

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The Leadership Crisis Faced by Smaller Churches
The Leadership Crisis Faced by Smaller Churches

By: Dennis Bickers
Finding qualified persons for smaller churches is often a struggle. Unfortunately, many pastors refuse to serve smaller churches. For many of these churches, the answer may be sitting in their pews.

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Whose Heart Will You Wake Up Today?
Whose Heart Will You Wake Up Today?

By: Jim Kelsey
People with no interest in religious faith aren't bad or rejecters of God. They simply do not fully appreciate what lies dormant within them. We can wake up their hearts.

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An Example of Christian Leadership You're Not Expecting
An Example of Christian Leadership You're Not Expecting

By: Stuart Blythe
Think of models of leadership in the Bible and several names come to mind: Abraham, Joseph, David. Another individual in the Bible is a model leader, even though he's not foremost on many lists.

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8 Mistakes Ministers Make When Leading Adaptive Change
8 Mistakes Ministers Make When Leading Adaptive Change

By: Mark Tidsworth
Pastoral leaders are at their most vulnerable when attempting to lead major changes in their churches. Here are eight common pitfalls made by many ministers when initiating changes.

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God Works Through the Weak to Thwart the Powerful's Plans
God Works Through the Weak to Thwart the Powerful's Plans

By: Simon Jones
God often works where he's not invited or welcomed - except by those who have no other prayer but that he'll come to their aid in their distress. Just ask those, many of them Christians, in the refugee camp in France.

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Effective Pastoral Leadership Isn't What It Used To Be

By: Mark Tidsworth
How can pastors know if they're effective leaders? The answer may depend on the culture of their churches. Are they stable and content or adaptable and fluid? One needs a statesman, the other a movement leader.

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After Ebola Crisis, Liberia's Struggles Continue
After Ebola Crisis, Liberia's Struggles Continue

By: Faliku S. Dukuly
Liberia's Ebola crisis took nearly 5,000 lives even as groups like the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary stepped in to help. Now declared free of Ebola, the African nation's struggles continue.

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Why UK Should Continue its European Union Partnership
Why UK Should Continue its European Union Partnership

By: Tony Peck
This June, United Kingdom citizens will vote in a referendum on whether or not the government should continue to be part of the European Union. One Baptist leader calls on Britain to continue its partnership.

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IMB President Discusses Future Following Personnel Reduction
IMB President Discusses Future Following Personnel Reduction

By: EthicsDaily Staff
After shedding more than 1,000 missionaries and staff, Southern Baptists' International Mission Board president discusses the agency's future and mobilizing ordinary Christians to the mission field.

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UK Baptists Urge Government to Protect Refugees
UK Baptists Urge Government to Protect Refugees

By: Baptist Union of Great Britain
As the French government demolishes homes in a makeshift refugee camp, where migrants hope to cross the English Channel into Britain, Baptists in the United Kingdom urge their government to ensure protection.

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How You Can Relate Scripture to Changing Culture
How You Can Relate Scripture to Changing Culture

By: Neville Callam
As we seek to relate the teaching of Scripture to the vexed issues of contemporary life, we should not fail to recognize the complexity of the process by which we can hear the voice of God.

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Standing Up to Rhetoric from Bullying Politicians
Standing Up to Rhetoric from Bullying Politicians

By: Sean McKenzie
Some political candidates are engaging in divisive rhetoric, notably against immigrants, as part of their grab for power. They are modern-day playground bullies, and we must stand up to them.

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Two New Churches Get Off the Ground in West Bank
Two New Churches Get Off the Ground in West Bank

By: Daniel Trusiewicz
The Council of Local Evangelical Churches in the Holy Land, working with the European Baptist Federation, is involved in starting two new churches in the West Bank.

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7 Ways to Develop Leaders for Your Small Church
7 Ways to Develop Leaders for Your Small Church

By: Dennis Bickers
Leaders, including pastors, are responsible for growing other leaders. This is especially true in smaller churches because many of them struggle to find pastors.

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Decision Lessons for Pastors from President Bush
Decision Lessons for Pastors from President Bush

By: Dennis Bickers
Regardless of your feelings for President George W. Bush, his book, "Decision Points," highlights his thinking of some of the decisions in office. It's a good lesson for pastors who have to make tough decisions.

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4 Steps on How Pastors Should Handle Politics in Pulpit
4 Steps on How Pastors Should Handle Politics in Pulpit

By: Barry Howard
The pulpit is a place to accent the privilege and responsibility of choosing our leaders, not a place to dictate the decision. Here are four steps for pastors who want to encourage good citizenship from the pulpit.

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Does Your Church Care About Those Who Wander?
Does Your Church Care About Those Who Wander?

By: Bill Wilson
Rather than spending time judging others so that we feel better about ourselves, churches are called to go out and find those who have wandered from God's dream for their lives and bring them back.

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Baptists in Nation of Georgia Criticize Blasphemy Bill
Baptists in Nation of Georgia Criticize Blasphemy Bill

By: Brian Kaylor
Baptist leaders in the former Soviet-bloc country of Georgia are speaking out against a proposed national bill that would criminalize insulting a religion or religious leaders.

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Can Civility Be Restored in American Politics?
Can Civility Be Restored in American Politics?

By: Robert Parham
Incivility and profanity are running rampant in the GOP primary season, with Donald Trump leading the pack. The same woes are surfacing on the Democratic side. Can churches help restore civility?

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Baptists Save Poor Communities in Myanmar
Baptists Save Poor Communities in Myanmar

By: Joe Nicholson
The Karen Baptist Convention, a network of Baptist churches in Myanmar, is reaching some of the nation's most vulnerable people and helping them to lift themselves out of poverty.

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The Dangers When Ministers Endorse Presidential Hopefuls
The Dangers When Ministers Endorse Presidential Hopefuls

By: Danny Chisholm
Ministers create inherent dangers when they endorse presidential candidates. It sets ministers up for disappointment, confuses and alienates laity and exaggerates pastors' influence.

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Don't Let Extremists Hijack 'Evangelical' Label
Don't Let Extremists Hijack 'Evangelical' Label

By: Roger Olson
Some equate "American evangelicalism" with a far right-wing political movement, but many evangelicals don't identify with or participate in the Religious Right or fundamentalist theology.

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British Baptist Church Earns Award for Going Green
British Baptist Church Earns Award for Going Green

By: John Weaver
A Baptist church in England has received an award to recognize its ongoing efforts to care for the environment in all areas of church life. It's one of more than 300 churches from all denominations to earn the award.

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Goodwill Muslim Leaders Speak Up for Religious Freedom for Minorities
Goodwill Muslim Leaders Speak Up for Religious Freedom for Minorities

By: Robert Parham
The Marrakesh Declaration, a historic document by some 300 Muslim scholars, calls for religious minorities in Islamic countries to be treated with respect.

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Every Church Must Adapt to Process of Change
Every Church Must Adapt to Process of Change

By: Mark Tidsworth
Recognize it or not, like it or not, all congregations are currently in the change process. The question then is about adaptation: How effectively will you navigate these white waters of change?

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ERLC's Moore Appears to Favor Presidential Hopeful Rubio
ERLC's Moore Appears to Favor Presidential Hopeful Rubio

By: Brian Kaylor
As various conservative Christians issue public endorsements of presidential candidates ahead of Monday's Iowa caucus, a key Southern Baptist leader remains uncommitted - officially.

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Evangelical Leaders Call for Biblical Approach to Immigration
Evangelical Leaders Call for Biblical Approach to Immigration

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Thirty-two Iowa pastors and a handful of national leaders have informed the 2016 presidential candidates that evangelical voters "are looking for a biblical approach regarding immigrants and immigration."

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Helping Others to Escape Poverty's Grip

By: Bob Newell
Born into poverty in 1935, Elvis Presley overcame the odds to become a music legend. Many others around the globe face similar disadvantages. How can we as Christians give them opportunities to prosper?

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Report: Global Migrant-Refugee Crisis Exacerbated by EU Policies
Report: Global Migrant-Refugee Crisis Exacerbated by EU Policies

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Restrictive European Union policies have exacerbated the global migrant-refugee crisis, making migration an increasingly perilous and dangerous endeavor, a Doctors Without Borders report says.

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7 Core Areas to Assess Your Church's Health
7 Core Areas to Assess Your Church's Health

By: Larry McSwain
How healthy is your church? That will vary based on several factors, including socioeconomic status and location. But here are seven core markers to see how your church fares during its checkup.

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Sudanese Baptist Reflects on Nation's History, Baptist Work and Witness
Sudanese Baptist Reflects on Nation's History, Baptist Work and Witness

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The end of Sudan's two-decade civil war in 2005 brought hope, but not stability or lasting peace. Baptists in that nation are doing their part to help.

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10 Insights to Handle Church Conflict Agreeably
10 Insights to Handle Church Conflict Agreeably

By: Bill Wilson
Many clergy aren't prepared to navigate conflict and intense conversations. If that includes you, here are 10 insights to help you work through that next difficult round of criticism.

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Baptists Weigh High Court's Pending Immigration Case
Baptists Weigh High Court's Pending Immigration Case

By: Brian Kaylor
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a lawsuit challenging an executive action on immigration taken by President Obama. The decision could impact up to 4 million undocumented immigrants.

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10 Qualities for Our Nation's Next President
10 Qualities for Our Nation's Next President

By: Terry Austin
What personal traits and skills are important for the next president of the United States? No matter what their political party, we need someone with the qualities to identify the best approach to the issues.

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Baptists and Life in Covenant: Part 2
Baptists and Life in Covenant: Part 2

By: Paul S. Fiddes
Some may find the covenantal approach of mutual trust between churches is hopelessly impracticable, but Baptists have learned over the years to live with the risks of trust and love.

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Baptists and Life in Covenant: Part 1
Baptists and Life in Covenant: Part 1

By: Paul S. Fiddes
From the beginning of their church life, Baptists thought that "walking together and watching over each other" was more than individual believers in a congregation; it involved churches watching over each other.

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11 Characteristics the Church Needs in Leaders Today
11 Characteristics the Church Needs in Leaders Today

By: Renée Embree
To be effective in today's culture, the church desperately needs leaders with deep character and faithful competence to help the church go from where it is today to where it needs to be for tomorrow.

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Baptist Leader Reflects on King's Visit to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Baptist Leader Reflects on King's Visit to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

By: Zach Dawes
Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary on April 19, 1961. A Baptist minister, then a second-year student, recalls the visit.

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Suffering from Too Much Ceremonial Christianity
Suffering from Too Much Ceremonial Christianity

By: John Pierce
The United States is plagued with 'ceremonial Christianity,' which baptizes national allegiance and political ideologies in the language of faith. And Jesus' teaching is lost in the process.

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Free EthicsDaily.com Interfaith Resource Sheet for Congregations
Free EthicsDaily.com Interfaith Resource Sheet for Congregations

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Amid divisive, anti-Muslim rhetoric, Baptist leaders have urged interfaith engagement with Muslim neighbors. To aid churches in those initiatives, EthicsDaily.com offers a free downloadable resource.

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SBC Leaders Lean Toward Cruz in Presidential Campaign
SBC Leaders Lean Toward Cruz in Presidential Campaign

By: Brian Kaylor
With the first primary votes just three weeks away, many Southern Baptist leaders appear to lean toward backing Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Theological Tradition: A Long and Dangerous Road
Theological Tradition: A Long and Dangerous Road

By: Joe LaGuardia
We often exercise theological gerrymandering to support our ideological beliefs about the day's most pressing issues. We must avoid any declaration that God is taking one side over the other.

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Is Your Church's Ministry Aligned with Your Vision?
Is Your Church's Ministry Aligned with Your Vision?

By: Dennis Bickers
Most churches have no sense of a clear vision for ministry. And those that do typically have a vision that's so fuzzy or generic that it's unhelpful. Start the new year right with a clear vision.

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3 Ways Pastors Learn to Trust Their Churches
3 Ways Pastors Learn to Trust Their Churches

By: Mark Tidsworth
Trust is a two-way street. While much attention has focused on building the congregation's trust in the pastor, there's been less focus on building the pastor's trust in the church.

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EthicsDaily.com: 2015 in Review
EthicsDaily.com: 2015 in Review

By: EthicsDaily Staff
What did EthicsDaily.com accomplish in 2015? To start with, more than 500 columns and around 100 news articles were published, written by more than 150 unique contributors from 23 U.S. states and nine countries.

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European Baptists' Support Jordan's Peace Efforts
European Baptists' Support Jordan's Peace Efforts

By: EBF News
In a letter to Jordan's King Abdullah II, European Baptist Federation's Tony Peck praised the Jordanian government and royal family for promoting religious tolerance in the Middle East.

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When Speaking the Truth Isn't Always Appropriate
When Speaking the Truth Isn't Always Appropriate

By: Ron Rolheiser
Having the truth is one thing, speaking it in a place and a manner that's helpful is quite another. Simply put, it isn't always helpful or charitable or mature to throw a truth into someone's face.

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What Leaders Need to Help Thriving Churches Change
What Leaders Need to Help Thriving Churches Change

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
When a church needs to change, it requires careful preparation and persuasion. The wise leader needs to recognize that change in church life needs time and patience.

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Baptist of the Year: Molly Marshall
Baptist of the Year: Molly Marshall

By: Robert Parham
A Southern Baptist by heritage and academic training and president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Molly Marshall is EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2015.

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Baptist Pastors Stand in Solidarity With Muslims at Interfaith Events
Baptist Pastors Stand in Solidarity With Muslims at Interfaith Events

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Baptist ministers across the U.S. have signed interfaith statements expressing solidarity with their Muslim neighbors and condemning anti-Islamic rhetoric.

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5 Signs of Invigorated, Engaged Pastors
5 Signs of Invigorated, Engaged Pastors

By: Mark Tidsworth
Exceptional pastoral leaders are not few and far between. Everyone can be or become an effective pastoral leader. Here are five characteristics of invigorated and engaged clergy.

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Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 2
Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 2

By: Martin Accad
With the church in the Middle East on life support, the solution is not to fan fears of Islam and Muslims and develop strategies of war against them. Rather, the transformation must start from within.

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Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 1
Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 1

By: Martin Accad
The church of the Middle East is on life support, and fingers regularly point at Islam as the cause of its demise. Under such circumstances, how do you prepare future leaders for the Arab church?

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The State of Clergy: Learned Helplessness
The State of Clergy: Learned Helplessness

By: Mark Tidsworth
Many clergy experience periods of learned helplessness, entrenched in their belief that nothing will change. How do you make sure it's only one stop on your vocational journey?

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The Tale of Two Baptist Responses on Syrian Refugees
The Tale of Two Baptist Responses on Syrian Refugees

By: Robert Parham
How should U.S. citizens in general and Baptists in particular respond to the U.S. accepting 12,000 Syrian refugees? We have two models. One serves those in great need; the other rejects them out of fear.

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The 'Evangelical Right's' Problem - and Its Opportunity
The 'Evangelical Right's' Problem - and Its Opportunity

By: Colin Harris
The marriage between the evangelical and political right seems to have evolved into a relationship where the power it sought is now defining that faith and its responses to issues. But there may be hope.

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How Ministers Can Beat Feelings of Exhaustion
How Ministers Can Beat Feelings of Exhaustion

By: Bill Wilson
Ministry leaders are marked by fatigue and weariness. Their work is both deeply rewarding and immensely frustrating. When you feel exhausted or isolated, find those folks who will lift you up.

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IMB Spending Claims to Justify Layoffs Don't Match Audits: Part 2
IMB Spending Claims to Justify Layoffs Don't Match Audits: Part 2

By: Brian Kaylor
Southern Baptists' International Mission Board says it sold $18 million in overseas properties to cover missionary expenses in 2014, but that number doesn't match the agency's own 2014 audit.

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IMB Spending Claims to Justify Layoffs Don't Match Audits: Part 1
IMB Spending Claims to Justify Layoffs Don't Match Audits: Part 1

By: Brian Kaylor
The head of Southern Baptists' International Mission Board said the elimination of up to 800 missionary positions was necessary because of a $210 million spending deficit. But those numbers don't add up.

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Reflecting on 2015, Looking Forward to 2016
Reflecting on 2015, Looking Forward to 2016

By: Zach Dawes
While many newspapers charge readers to access their online information, EthicsDaily.com provides free content for churches and people of faith. And we're able to do it with your financial support.

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Border Blocks in Nepal Could Trigger Humanitarian Crisis
Border Blocks in Nepal Could Trigger Humanitarian Crisis

By: Sarah Stone
Following two major earthquakes, Nepal is facing nationwide fuel shortages after more than two months of blockades along its border with India. The shortage is closing schools and affecting hospitals.

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How Churches Can Measure Their Significance
How Churches Can Measure Their Significance

By: Griff Martin
Many churches are facing serious struggles or are in decline. Instead of measuring success by numbers, money, fame or power, churches must begin to measure their significance. Here's how.

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Why Caring for Refugees Isn't Optional for Christians
Why Caring for Refugees Isn't Optional for Christians

By: Ferrell Foster
Others may turn away from the suffering of refugees, but followers of Jesus can't afford such apathy. By caring for those who suffer, we're caring for Him. Jesus is a refugee, and he needs us.

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On Being European, Human Rights and Grace
On Being European, Human Rights and Grace

By: Stuart Blythe
When it comes to human rights, many Christians can be ambivalent on the subject. The concept of grace, however, offers a different way to theologically reflect upon human rights.

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Lessons in Leadership from the Political Process
Lessons in Leadership from the Political Process

By: Guy Sayles
Our political process offers many valuable - albeit negative - lessons for church leaders. However, politics does teach us the importance of fashioning networks and coalitions, all for the common good.

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British Churches: Benefit Cuts Will Harm Poor Families
British Churches: Benefit Cuts Will Harm Poor Families

By: Paul Hobson
The British government's welfare reform bill is a dangerous shift that will harm poor families and their children, according to a report from churches representing several faith groups.

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6 Ways to Make Your Ministry Last for Long Haul
6 Ways to Make Your Ministry Last for Long Haul

By: Dennis Bickers
Increasingly, many people leave the ministry before retirement. The average seminary grad exits within five years of graduating. These six practices will help you remain in ministry.

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By: EthicsDaily Staff
The layoff of up to 800 Southern Baptist Convention mission personnel was addressed in a live webcast on Tuesday by the president of the convention's International Mission Board.

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Some 4,000 people, many of them women and children, languish in a refugee camp on France's northern coast. The threat of violence is high, a British Baptist pastor said. "They need some form of justice."

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In the novel-turned-movie "The Martian," an astronaut stranded on Mars must learn to grow potatoes for his survival. His task illustrates 12 lessons for the church and its survival.

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By: Bill Wilson
Declining receipts from churches and increasing pressure from the national Baptist body to forward a larger percentage of receipts upstream are squeezing state conventions and associations.

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By: EthicsDaily Staff
Ending a strike by Christian schools that began on Sept. 1, leaders of the Israeli government and the nation's Christian schools reached an agreement enabling students to return to classes.

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By: Paul Hobson
Fifty-seven percent of people in England call themselves Christians, and one in five of those who don't is open to finding out more about Jesus after hearing Christians talk to them about their faith, a British report says.

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By: Chris Hall
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By: EthicsDaily Staff
Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith leaders signed a statement calling for a broad commitment to end hunger by 2030. Bread for the World released the statement signed by 67 leaders.

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Smaller churches offer all kinds of excuses why some programs or ministries are not effective; the bottom line is they just do not have the resources to do more than a few things.

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By: Robert Parham
The differing views of a British officer and a U.S. Baptist missionary illustrate the clash that would contribute to Nigeria's religiously related violence.

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By: EthicsDaily Staff
While the state of Israel fully funds state-run public and Orthodox Jewish schools, it provides only 29 percent for Christian schools, leading them to strike.

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By: David Bunce
Members of a Baptist church in Austria joined other volunteers to help thousands of refugees pouring their nation, many en route to Germany. And your church can help in three ways.

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By: Paul Hobson
Following Britain's prime minister describing migrants as a "swarm of people," leaders from several British denominations called for "a more informed and higher level of debate on the issue."

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By: Daniel Trusiewicz
Poland is a nominally religious nation with 38.5 million residents. The Baptist movement is nearly 160 years old; they have more than 5,000 baptized members in 90 local congregations.

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Is Your Church Fragile or Agile?

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Developing a church vision statement shouldn't be a cumbersome task. A lean final document can emphasize future direction and leave much of the implementation for future teams to decide.

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Some churches relate to God horizontally through fellowship and healthy relationships; other relate to God vertically through worship and spiritual practices. They key is to find the balance.

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Baptists from around the world, meeting in Africa for the Baptist World Congress, heard updates from those in western African nations impacted by last year's Ebola epidemic, which claimed more than 11,000 lives.

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By: Brian Kaylor
South African leaders spoke during the Baptist World Congress about the nation's Truth and Reconciliation Commission that helped the transition from racial apartheid.

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By: Brian Kaylor
The general secretary of the Association of Baptist Churches in Rwanda was honored during the Baptist World Congress for his human-rights efforts in the face of ethnic prejudice and genocide.

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Africans Welcome Global Baptists to BWA Congress

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South African musicians danced and sang as they welcomed Baptists from around 80 nations to the 21st Baptist World Congress in South Africa, held every five years by the Baptist World Alliance.

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At the Baptist World Alliance's Congress, held every five years and for the first time in Africa, outgoing president John Upton reflects upon the "power of collectiveness" of global Baptists.

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When Catholic Church cardinals chose their replacement for retiring Pope Benedict, I didn't care. Today, I've come to admire and recognize Pope Francis as a Christian leader. Here's why.

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Catholics and Baptists have both had varying levels of embrace for connecting faith and social justice. It's ultimately gratifying to see people of faith share abundance where scarcity might reign.

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Legendary UNC Coach Dean Smith had a three-prong philosophy for his teams: play hard, play smart, play together. And that's not a bad philosophy for churches, too.

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Before ever undertaking a cross-cultural short-term mission experience, realize all that you don't know and do some intentional study about the people group or country where you're headed.

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Joel Gregory, who will deliver the closing sermon at the Baptist World Congress in South Africa this month, discusses the global Baptist witness in the latest Skype video from EthicsDaily.com.

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Pope's Encyclical Deserves More Than Polite Silence from Baptists

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U.S. Baptists raised their voices following the Charleston shooting and the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling. By contrast, few Baptist voices spoke up about the pope's encyclical on the environment.

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Don't Neglect to Exercise Your Freedom to Worship

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As you celebrate the unrivaled freedom we enjoy in the U.S., celebrate your religious liberty by exercising your freedom to worship. And respect the freedom of others to choose when or if they worship.

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The One Way Bodybuilders and Baptists Are Alike

By: Bill Wilson
The two groups meeting separately at the hotel couldn't have been more different. Sure, the bodybuilders didn't look anything like the Baptists, but in one key way they're both very much alike.

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By: Dennis Bickers
Some congregations spend too much time looking for persons with degrees and formal education. The next pastor or staff member of your small church may be already sitting in your pews.

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Why Many Churches Have a Common Core Christianity

By: Joe LaGuardia
Common Core provides national benchmarks for students. With so many churchgoers lacking basic bible knowledge, many churches must take a Common Core approach from the pulpit.

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Tweets Spread Word of Untold Story at Ethics Luncheon

By: Robert Parham
After a preview of EthicsDaily.com's documentary on the story of what missionaries did in Nigeria in 1966 amid several days of genocide that took 30,000 lives, the Twitter reaction was energizing.

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No Matter Where You Serve in Church, We're All Together

By: David Fitch
Some folks serve their church in traditional organized functions; others serve outside the church walls. Both groups must come together in a way that's seamless and represents a whole of way of life.

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Will Your Church Turn the World Upside Down?

By: Bill Wilson
Turning the world upside down is risky business for churches. They must be ready to weigh new ideas, suggest alternatives, propose new methods or raise questions. And some folks won't like it.

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Ethics Luncheon Will Get Peek at Forthcoming Documentary, Recognize Baptist Leader

By: Robert Parham
Ethics luncheon attendees will get a peek at a new documentary - an untold story - about missionaries during a time of genocide in Nigeria in 1966.

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Grieving Over the Loss of Phil Lineberger

By: Ed Hogan
Phil Lineberger, who passed away May 31, led the Baptist General Convention of Texas through its darkest hours. First and foremost, however, he was a pastor who loved his congregation.

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Ukrainian Pastor Speaks of Hope Amid War

By: Brian Kaylor
A Baptist pastor from eastern Ukraine sees God at work in his country even after the destruction of his 300-member church by pro-Russian separatists when he refused to back their cause.

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2 Important Skills for Church Leaders

By: Guy Sayles
Effective leaders need two important skills when leading a church. They need to be able to motivate members to take a hill and they need to be able to discern which hills to take.

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Baptists Ready to Respond to East African Nation's Unrest

By: Paul Hobson
The Burundi president's announcement that he would seek a third term sparked unrest in the East African nation. More than 20 have died, 100 injured, 600 arrested and 100,000 fled the country.

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Why Colonial Baptists Were Reluctant Patriots

By: Thomas Kidd
While Baptists were reluctant supporters of the colonists' war for independence from Great Britain, they also saw an opportunity for attaining religious freedom for everyone.

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Why Pastors Must Accept and Live Within Their Limits

By: Danny Chisholm
Speed limit signs remind us of our limitations. One of the most difficult aspects of being a church minister is realizing that you have limits and must live within them.

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EthicsDaily.com Documentaries to Screen at Baptist World Congress in Durban

By: Robert Parham
Three EthicsDaily.com documentaries will be shown at the Baptist World Congress in South Africa, where thousands of global Baptists will gather in July.

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Skype Interview: Michael Okwakol on African Churches

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Michael Okwakol, senior pastor of a Baptist church in Uganda and president of the All Africa Baptist Fellowship, talks about challenges for African churches in a new EthicsDaily.com Skype interview.

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3 Steps That Flourishing Churches Will Take

By: Mark Tidsworth
The North American Christian church is losing its cultural majority status and privilege, along with its influence in the public square. The churches that flourish will practice these three things.

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Does Your Church Function as a Green-Light Church?

By: Bill Wilson
Churches used to be a source of entrepreneurship, but many have abandoned that spirit and are in survival mode. Instead of being a green-light church where ideas are born, they're stuck in yellow and red.

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Southern Baptists Need to Keep Away from Party Politics

By: Thomas Kidd
Southern Baptists rescinded presidential hopeful Ben Carson's invitation to speak at their annual Pastors' Conference. Evangelicals need to stop platforming political candidates at denominational functions.

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Christian Delegates Grapple with Ukrainian Conflict

By: Chris Hall
About 60 delegates and observers grappled with how the global church should respond to the Ukrainian conflict at a special event in London organized by BMS World Mission.

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Baptists Respond to Crisis Rocking Ukraine
Baptists Respond to Crisis Rocking Ukraine

By: Tony Peck
European Baptist Federation leaders visited Baptist churches as part of a 1,000-mile journey through Ukraine, a nation rocked by fighting between separatists and government forces.

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African Diaspora's Descendants Returned to Evangelize
African Diaspora's Descendants Returned to Evangelize

By: Neville Callam
Descendants of the African diaspora, including Jamaican Baptists and members of other denominations, played a significant role in returning to their homeland to spread the Gospel.

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Training the Church's Next Generation of Leaders

By: Ircel Harrison
It's not enough to identify and disciple leaders for the church. Leaders need to invest their time to mentor young leaders who will in turn invest their time training the following generation.

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Baptist Churches: Part of a Denomination or Confederation?

By: Greg Mamula
Are Baptist churches part of a denomination? Or is a confederation a more precise term? In a confederation, each church continues to remain themselves while uniting for a common purpose.

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Baptist Ethics Pioneer A.C. Miller Stayed Tethered to Bible

By: Robert Parham
To understand better white Baptists of the South on race, you need to remember a forgotten figure, A.C. Miller, and a slice of history, 1954's Southern Baptist Convention.

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Your Church Must Choose: Window or Aisle Seat?

By: Bill Owen
You may feel cramped in the window seat of a flight, but you have a great view of the world. The aisle seat offers far more comfort. Metaphorically speaking, many churches prefer the aisle seat.

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Baptists Sporadically Issue Condemnations of Genocide

By: Brian Kaylor
Baptist groups have sporadically raised their voices against genocide. When they do, they have strongly condemned killing and affirmed the value of all lives.

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Guardian or Gardener? Which Describes Your Church?

By: David Hull
Churches are either guardians or gardeners. Is yours protecting the ministries that were planted yesterday or digging new soil, planting new seeds and pruning back the old so that new growth can occur?

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British Charity Urges Churches to House Vulnerable

By: Fiona Spence
Ed Walker wanted to do something about Britain's homeless so he and his wife bought a house and rented it out to an ex-offender who had been living in a hostel. And Hope into Action was born.

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The Danger When Your Church Keeps Secrets

By: Dennis Bickers
Church leaders sometimes keep secrets from congregations, often thinking they are protecting the church. When those secrets are exposed, trust is broken. Here's how to rebuild that trust.

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How to Lose the Next Generation of Church Leaders

By: Ircel Harrison
If your congregation wants to enlist and nurture a new generation of church leaders, it won't happen by putting them on committees, especially if most of those assignments don't provide any sense of fulfillment.

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Baptists Send Cheese, Letter about Religious Liberty to POTUS

By: Zach Dawes
Religion can and should play a role in shaping society, but it should do so by offering a moral compass through public witness that retains a distinction and distance from politicians and parties.

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Why Some Successful Pastors See Themselves Negatively

By: Mark Tidsworth
Some pastors tend to discount their competence and success. When pastors believe God has given them what they need in order to serve well, they lead more effectively.

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6 Ways for Ministers to Build Trust, Transparency

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
Pastors should be prepared to give an account of their ministry to the lay leaders of their churches. Here are six ways that pastors and churches can build trust and transparency.

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EthicsDaily.com Documentaries Set for March TV Broadcasts

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Two EthicsDaily.com documentaries - "Through The Door," a look at the faith community's engagement with prisons, and "Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism," will air on TV networks in March.

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March Madness: Dean Smith Visits an RA Banquet

By: Bill Wilson
More than just a basketball coach, Dean Smith was an active layman at his Baptist church and took his faith very seriously. And years ago, he stopped by to encourage a group of boys at their RA banquet.

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Syria Called 'Worst Humanitarian Crisis of Our Time'

By: Paul Hobson
The Syrian conflict entered its fifth year last weekend. More than 200,000 people have been killed inside Syria; half of the population has been forced to leave their homes.

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Baptist Churches Advancing in Albania

By: Daniel Trusiewicz
Albania in southeastern Europe regained its independence and opened its doors to Christian missionaries in 1991. Today, about 160 evangelical churches exist, including eight Baptist congregations.

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Looking for a Warm Home in the Winter of Baptist Discontent

By: Robert Parham
Even though Baptists are in a winter of discontentment, they do manage to collaborate in some remarkable ways. One of the best examples of collaboration is the Baptist World Alliance.

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The church needs to gather together, but they should be so much more than just people who gather for worship and prayer. The church is a group of people with a common mission out in the world.
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Despite What Churches Think, Bigger Isn't Better

By: Colin Sedgwick
Too many pastors and church members believe that size is the supreme mark of "success" in church life. What if we made our true priority being the most loving, Spirit-filled or prayerful?

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How Your Church Can Help Our Society Trust Again
By: Joe LaGuardia and Karen Woods
Clashes between protesters and police officers illustrate the growing distrust that rules our society. When distrust breeds disharmony and violence, how can churches step in to provide reconciliation?
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The Key to Successful Leadership in Small Churches

By: Dennis Bickers
To effectively lead a small church, you must first find out who are the influential members. In order to be effective, you must be willing to lead through the leaders.

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Measured Thought vs. Shooting from the Hip
By: Colin Harris
Any faith can be guilty of horrendous atrocities; no faith can be rightly evaluated in terms of what extremists do in its name. When someone in authority gives this measured response, it's labeled as indecisive.
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Faith Leaders Shrug at Critical Immigration Ruling

By: Brian Kaylor
When a federal judge halted President Obama's executive order on immigration, putting nearly 750,000 immigrants at risk for deportation, many faith leaders, including Southern Baptists, responded with silence.

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When Ministers Ignore Ethical Boundaries
By: Ircel Harrison
Certain boundary issues – money, relationships, time management –are often overlooked in ministerial training. Why do good leaders ignore common sense and fail to observe boundaries?
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When Choosing Churches, Brand Loyalty Has Little Sway

By: Michael Helms
Few people will join your church because they've been looking for a particular denomination. They don't care about your brand; they want a church that meets their needs.

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The Two Most Dangerous Words Spoken in Church
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Two words uttered back to back are the most dangerous in church. They indicate that we believe we are exceptions to the rule. But three steps can put us on the right track.
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In West Africa, Doctor Says Ebola's End in Sight
In West Africa, Doctor Says Ebola's End in Sight

By: Sarah Stone
Ebola has claimed more than 9,000 lives across West Africa since the outbreak began in December 2013. A BMS World Mission doctor, who serves in Guinea, says the end is in sight.

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Texas Legislators Condemn Human Trafficking, Vow to Eradicate It
Texas Legislators Condemn Human Trafficking, Vow to Eradicate It

By: EthicsDaily Staff
About 100 people attended an event in Texas focused on ending human trafficking. The state accounts for almost 14 percent of all calls received by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

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Brian Williams and 8 Lessons in Leadership Credibility
Brian Williams and 8 Lessons in Leadership Credibility
By: Dennis Bickers
NBC's Brian Williams' situation offers an important reminder: To be successful in leadership, you must earn the trust of those you serve. Without credibility, you can't earn that trust.
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3 Habits to Help Your Church Develop Disciples
By: Mark Tidsworth
Developing each other and ourselves as disciples of Jesus Christ is one of the unique roles of God's church. Here are three ways your church can begin to develop disciples.
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European Baptists Appeal to Russian, Ukrainian Baptists
European Baptists Appeal to Russian, Ukrainian Baptists

By: Paul Hobson
The European Baptist Federation has challenged Russian and Ukrainian Baptist leaders to issue a joint statement calling for peace while acknowledging their differences.

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Resolution Seeks Greater Religious Tolerance in Europe
Resolution Seeks Greater Religious Tolerance in Europe
By: Paul Hobson
Recognizing freedom of religion as a fundamental right, a European human rights group passed a resolution urging greater tolerance of other faiths, including Christian minorities.
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Baptist Vision for Church Abolishes Secular Life
Baptist Vision for Church Abolishes Secular Life
By: Stephen Holmes
In their beginnings, Baptists did away with traditional distinctions of Christian life. Rather than being seen as discarding the religious life, it was more accurately an abandonment of secular life.
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Nigerian Baptists React to Kerry's Visit Ahead of Election
Nigerian Baptists React to Kerry's Visit Ahead of Election
By: Brian Kaylor
As Nigeria prepares to vote in a presidential election, three prominent Nigerian Baptists share their thoughts about U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to the African nation.
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Baptist Student Union's Dissent Against Vietnam
Baptist Student Union's Dissent Against Vietnam
By: Nathan Finn
Although the Southern Baptist Convention generally supported U.S. military involvement in Vietnam, the Baptist Student Union, its official collegiate ministry, was an exception.
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Guatemalan Ministry Brings Life and Hope: Part 2
Guatemalan Ministry Brings Life and Hope: Part 2
By: Brian Kaylor
Standing in the city cemetery in Guatemala City, a contradictory mix of life and death covers the landscape. A nearby ministry started by a Guatemala Baptist leader seeks to tip the balance toward life.
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Baptists Expand Their Mission Work in Netherlands
Baptists Expand Their Mission Work in Netherlands
By: Eron Henry
About 80 churches with some 11,000 members make up the Union of Baptist Churches in the Netherlands. As Baptists migrate throughout the nation, church leaders seek to expand their missional focus.
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Guatemalan Baptists Train for Transforming Ministry
Guatemalan Baptists Train for Transforming Ministry
By: Brian Kaylor
Protestants have grown in recent decades in the Central American nation of Guatemala, but one Baptist leader there sees the need for training to better prepare its leaders.
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8 Lessons Learned as EthicsDaily.com's Managing Editor

By: Zach Dawes
After serving two years as EthicsDaily.com's managing editor, Zach Dawes shares eight leadership lessons he's learned. Some may apply to your area of service.

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Nigerian Baptist: World Ignores Terrorist Massacres Here
Nigerian Baptist: World Ignores Terrorist Massacres Here
By: Paul Hobson
Boko Haram, a jihadist group seeking to establish Sharia law in Nigeria, carried out a massacre in the west African nation's northeastern region. And a Baptist leader there says the world merely watches.
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How African Baptists Have Committed to Evangelism
How African Baptists Have Committed to Evangelism

By: Neville Callam
When Baptists from around the world gather is South Africa in July for the Baptist World Congress, they'll find a continent of Baptists already spreading the Good News among fellow Africans and beyond their shores.

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3 Ways Pastors Earn the Right to Be Prophetic
3 Ways Pastors Earn the Right to Be Prophetic
By: Mark Tidsworth
When a pastor tells a church they're falling short of where they should be, is it out of frustration and anger or from a loving desire to speak a prophetic truth? Here are three ways to know.
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Reforming Islam: Dusting Off the Diamond
Reforming Islam: Dusting Off the Diamond

By: Martin Accad
Islam is like a diamond that has collected dust and needs to be cleaned up, said a spokesman for the American Muslim community. In what ways can Christians help? Or will we throw stones?

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Cuban Baptists Praise Shift in U.S.-Cuba Relations
Cuban Baptists Praise Shift in U.S.-Cuba Relations

By: Brian Kaylor
Leaders of a Cuban Baptist group praised the news that the U.S. and Cuban leaders have announced a historic shift in relations between the two nations after a strained 50-year relationship.

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Beloved Baptist Leader Carolyn Crumpler Dies
Beloved Baptist Leader Carolyn Crumpler Dies

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Beloved Baptist leader Carolyn Weatherford Crumpler died on Jan. 2. Always loyal to her institution and a tireless advocate for missions, she challenged Southern Baptists to engage social issues.

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Why Americans are Wrong to Shrug Off Torture
Why Americans are Wrong to Shrug Off Torture

By: Zach Dawes
Most Americans believe our use of torture is justified, a survey found. But torture is always immoral, and information obtained through torture, even if it does save the lives of many, does not make it a moral act.

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Pope's Uncomfortable Truth Reminds Us Who We Are
Pope's Uncomfortable Truth Reminds Us Who We Are
By: Colin Harris
Pope Francis called on church leaders to engage in a radical recommitment to Christian justice and move away from comfort and privilege. His prophetic message should resonate with all faiths.
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Baptist of the Year: Don Sewell
Baptist of the Year: Don Sewell

By: Robert Parham
Representing how a number of goodwill Baptists have responded to the swelling refugee crises and the devastating disease of Ebola, Don Sewell is EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2014.

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How Your Church Will Benefit from Networking
How Your Church Will Benefit from Networking
By: Ircel Harrison
Networking – sharing information with others – is essential for leaders of 21st century organizations. Churches will reap the benefits if they find ways to institutionalize networking in their congregations.
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Advent: Perfect Time for Churches to Pursue Vision
Advent: Perfect Time for Churches to Pursue Vision
By: Bill Wilson
Healthy churches start with a powerful, shared vision that captures God's dream for them and then work tirelessly to embrace it across every aspect of congregational life.
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4 Types of Leadership Needed in Missional Churches
4 Types of Leadership Needed in Missional Churches
By: Ircel Harrison
God gives different abilities and gifts to each of us. Churches must rely on a diversity of leadership if they want to become truly missional. Here are four types of leadership they'll need.
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Baptists' Differing Views on Senate Torture Report
Baptists' Differing Views on Senate Torture Report
By: Brian Kaylor
Baptist leaders offered a variety of responses to the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee's long-awaited report on the U.S. use of torture during the George W. Bush administration.
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How Christians Should Engage Their Culture
How Christians Should Engage Their Culture
By: Ircel Harrison
When Christians respond to culture, they can curse the darkness or light a candle. Too often, they're trained to attack. Instead, we should engage the culture. The Apostle Paul shows us how.
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Vocational Ministry Takes Toll on Many Ministers
Vocational Ministry Takes Toll on Many Ministers

By: Travis Collins
The church needs servant leaders who are living out a biblical model for that ministry. Vocational ministry is hard and many ministers suffer abuse from churches, but they're not all innocent victims.

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The Type of Leadership Ferguson Needs Now
The Type of Leadership Ferguson Needs Now
By: Terrell Carter
In the aftermath of the decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown, the Ferguson community will seek out leaders. Here is who they need and don't need.
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The Need for a Seat at the Table in Ferguson
The Need for a Seat at the Table in Ferguson

By: Terrell Carter
To quell the civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, the perceived oppression must be acknowledged by all parties. Leaders must be transparent and offer a seat at the decision-making table to community members.

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Personality-Driven Churches Can't Thrive for Long Term
Personality-Driven Churches Can't Thrive for Long Term
By: Brock Ratcliff
A church should not break apart when a pastor leaves, yet many large churches are built around a single personality. When church members don't have a sense of ownership, they're rendered to consumer status.
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Observe Human Rights Day in December;
Observe Human Rights Day in December; "It Is Our Baby"
By: Robert Parham
Baptists must reclaim our heritage as human rights advocates. We can help church members know that history by observing Human Rights Day in December and know how human rights is Jesus' agenda.
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5 Dangerous Paths for Ministers Under Pressure
By: Bill Wilson
While everyone wrestles with some degree of career frustration, clergy are increasingly identified as especially prone to struggle. When the pressure is too great, these five paths lead to devastation.
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How Lebanese Churches Help During Syrian Crisis
How Lebanese Churches Help During Syrian Crisis

By: Rupen Das
Syria occupied Lebanon for 20 years. The memory still burns in many Lebanese families. But when Syrian refugees cascaded into Lebanon to flee their nation's civil unrest, Lebanese churches had to make a choice.

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Standing Up to Hate Against Our Muslim Neighbors
Standing Up to Hate Against Our Muslim Neighbors
By: Elizabeth Evans Hagan
We live in a Christian society and don't face the level of persecution that Paul faced. But we can stand up to hate against our Muslim neighbors, just like these Oklahoma University students did.
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When It's OK for Your Pastor to Break Confidentiality
When It's OK for Your Pastor to Break Confidentiality
By: Reggie Warren
If ministers can't keep confidences in the churches where they serve, trust is quickly broken. But there are times when a minister must go public with information someone wants kept secret.
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Cuban Baptists Advocate for Church-State Separation
Cuban Baptists Advocate for Church-State Separation
By: Brian Kaylor
With one pastor referring to it as "one of the main principles of Baptists," Cuban Baptist leaders emphasized the importance of the separation of church and state.
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U.S., Cuban Baptists Build Bridges During Celebration
U.S., Cuban Baptists Build Bridges During Celebration
By: Brian Kaylor
A 12-person Baptist delegation from the United States trekked to Cuba earlier this month for two days to learn more about Cuban Baptists and build bridges of understanding.
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Top 10 Reasons This Will Never Work: Leading Change in Church
Top 10 Reasons This Will Never Work: Leading Change in Church
By: David Fitch
If churches are reluctant to do one thing, it's change. And pastors have heard every reason imaginable why doing something new will never work. Here is one pastor's list of the top 10 excuses.
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7 Tips to Help Burned-Out Pastors
7 Tips to Help Burned-Out Pastors
By: Griff Martin
More often than not, pastors are tired and burned out from their church ministries rather than content and satisfied. Can this trend turn around? Consider this confession from a happy pastor.
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What Kind of Leader Does Your Church Need?
What Kind of Leader Does Your Church Need?

By: Darren Blaney
The Bible isn't concerned about churches being led by charismatic leaders sharing the vision and achieving goals. Its focus is on godly men and women helping others become godly men and women.

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Forcing New Ministry Methods into Old Structures
Forcing New Ministry Methods into Old Structures
By: Ircel Harrison
When new ways of doing ministry are forced into yesterday's old models, only waste and damage can result. The Bible did warn us what happens when we pour new wine into old wineskins.
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3 Ways You Can Live by the Compass, Not the Clock
3 Ways You Can Live by the Compass, Not the Clock
By: Bill Wilson
Most people – and churches – live by the clock, racing from event to event to meet expectations. Instead, we need to live by the compass, learning to anticipate and reflect, rather than react.
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Why Your Church Can Disagree and Still Be United
Why Your Church Can Disagree and Still Be United
By: Pat Took
For a church to achieve unity, or be of "one mind," it doesn't require seeing eye-to-eye on all issues. Rather, churches should be filled with dissident voices struggling to find God's way together.
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Early Church Offers Important Evangelism Lessons
Early Church Offers Important Evangelism Lessons
By: Zach Dawes
Faced with declining attendance and budgets, churches must seek a new way to live out evangelism that doesn't rely on the "if you build it, they will come" mindset. The early church can guide us.
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These Stats Shine Light on Local Church Health
These Stats Shine Light on Local Church Health
By: Bill Wilson
While the sobering statistics and gloomy projections about the health of the local church have clergy and lay leaders wringing their hands, don't neglect these hopeful trends.
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Baptists Offer Divergent Responses to Obama's ISIS Speech
Baptists Offer Divergent Responses to Obama's ISIS Speech
By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists and other Christians responded in varying ways to President Barack Obama's prime-time speech about proposals to confront a growing terrorist threat in the Middle East.
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6 Lessons I Learned Returning to the Pastorate
6 Lessons I Learned Returning to the Pastorate
By: Ronnie Brewer
After spending almost three years in denominational work, a minister transitioned back to pastor a local church. The six lessons he learned may also apply to other churches.
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What Your Congregation Can Learn from Common Core
What Your Congregation Can Learn from Common Core
By: Brock Ratcliff
Contrary to what others may think, Common Core is not an invasion by the federal government into our children's classrooms. And Common Core has a lesson for your church.
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Prathia Hall: An Extraordinary, Ordinary Saint
Prathia Hall: An Extraordinary, Ordinary Saint
By: Courtney Pace Lyons
Prathia Hall faced many obstacles in her life but didn't let them discourager her. She was a civil rights activist, Baptist preacher and a mentor to more than 200 African-American clergywomen.
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3 Ways You Can Help Ferguson's Residents
3 Ways You Can Help Ferguson's Residents
By: Terrell Carter
Life for residents in Ferguson, Missouri, has slowed to somewhat of a grinding and frustrating halt. What can we do to help the people who live there? Consider these three things.
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Should You Be Free to Choose Your Own Religion?
Should You Be Free to Choose Your Own Religion?

By: Sam Chaise
Religious freedom, where individuals are free to choose their religion, is on the decline in North America and Western Europe, shifting from pluralism to secularism, which favors the lack of religion.

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Let's Reserve Martyrdom for Real Martyrs
Let's Reserve Martyrdom for Real Martyrs
By: Bill Wilson
We're tempted to see our own issues as supremely important, but we would be wise to remember that many other folks are facing far more challenging difficulties in their own lives.
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How to Hijack a Religious Tradition
How to Hijack a Religious Tradition
By: Colin Harris
The priorities of the Religious Right and evangelicals have drifted far from their original roots. That's why it's always wise to be careful who you let tell you who you are.
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Does Your Church Have a Trusting Leadership Culture?
Does Your Church Have a Trusting Leadership Culture?
By: Bill Wilson
The hardest part of ministry for many leaders is staff trust. While no magic pill will solve the issue, there are best practices and habits that can create a healthier church culture.
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Asking Wrong Questions About Bivocational Ministry
Asking Wrong Questions About Bivocational Ministry
By: Dennis Bickers
Many people have misconceptions about bivocational ministry, even seminary students. Here are some of the wrong questions that church members and leaders often ask.
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TV Network Will Air EthicsDaily.com Documentary on Baptists and Racism
TV Network Will Air EthicsDaily.com Documentary on Baptists and Racism
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Soul of the South Network will air EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism," on July 28, with multiple broadcasts after the initial airing.
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Global Baptists Speak Out on Religious Liberty, Justice, Migration
Global Baptists Speak Out on Religious Liberty, Justice, Migration

By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists from nearly 60 nations gathered in Turkey for the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance, electing new leaders for the global group and passing six resolutions.

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Middle Eastern Baptists Share Fears, Hopes as Minority Faith
Middle Eastern Baptists Share Fears, Hopes as Minority Faith
By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists from Israel, Syria and Iraq explained at a BWA forum how they live as a minority group in their nations and shared their efforts to build bridges with their non-Christian neighbors.
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Speaker: Baptists Must Advocate for Displaced, Stateless People
Speaker: Baptists Must Advocate for Displaced, Stateless People

By: Brian Kaylor
An American Baptist involved in refugee and immigration advocacy urged all Baptists to get involved in issues concerning displaced and stateless persons at the BWA's annual gathering.

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The Most Critical Time in the Life of Small Churches
The Most Critical Time in the Life of Small Churches
By: Dennis Bickers
When smaller churches search for a new pastor, they often want to fill the void as quickly as possible. They're better off without a pastor for a longer time than to call the wrong person.
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How to Ensure Your Church Staff is the Right Size
How to Ensure Your Church Staff is the Right Size
By: Larry McSwain
With the majority of churches plateaued or declining, congregations need to do some fresh thinking about how to realign their staffing levels so they remain healthy and effective.
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People Rarely Radically Change; They Need Nudges
People Rarely Radically Change; They Need Nudges
By: Bob Browning
Church members can take a frustratingly long time to make decisions that change their personal lives as well as the church. Don't expect overnight transformations. Learn to nudge people a little at a time.
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Why Churches Need But Don't Want Revitalization
Why Churches Need But Don't Want Revitalization
By: Dennis Bickers
Most churches are either declining or plateaued and need to be revitalized. However, church revitalization requires a willingness to change, and change does not come easy for many churches.
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How to Overcome the Challenges of Church Leadership
How to Overcome the Challenges of Church Leadership
By: Dennis Bickers
Ministers are called to the greatest opportunity that exists, but that doesn't mean the work comes without challenges. Here's how you can transform those challenges into joyful opportunities.
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How Will Your Church Respond to the Fire Below?
How Will Your Church Respond to the Fire Below?
By: Bill Wilson
Burning platform syndrome. It's what organizations go through as they consider change. We jump off the "platform" when the pain or danger of staying exceeds the pain or danger of making a change.
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Patterson Apologizes, Defends Admitting Muslim Student
Patterson Apologizes, Defends Admitting Muslim Student
By: Brian Kaylor
The president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary apologized to the Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday for admitting a Muslim doctoral student into the seminary.
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Despite Naysayers, Women Served in Ministry for Centuries
Despite Naysayers, Women Served in Ministry for Centuries
By: Joe LaGuardia
Even though some haven't welcomed women in ministry in recent years, women have been included in leadership in Baptist life since the 1600s. And they'll continue to bless the church for years to come.
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Muslim Student at Baptist Seminary Likely to Spark SBC Drama
Muslim Student at Baptist Seminary Likely to Spark SBC Drama
By: Brian Kaylor
The admission of a Muslim student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary will likely impact the agenda of the Southern Baptist Convention meeting this week.
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"Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism"

The Web site for EthicsDaily.com's documentary Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism.

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7 Suggestions for Pastors Leaving Their Churches
7 Suggestions for Pastors Leaving Their Churches
By: Mark Tidsworth
Leaving a church for retirement or another ministry is a hard transition. Pastors must be able to let go and trust their church into God's care as expressed through the next pastors and staff members.
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Why Your Minister Should Be Like Your Physical Therapist
Why Your Minister Should Be Like Your Physical Therapist
By: Bill Wilson
A good pastor is like a physical therapist. Both push you to do things you often don't want to do, but they know that what you need is more important than what you want.
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William Tolbert Jr.'s Triple Legacy to Liberia
William Tolbert Jr.'s Triple Legacy to Liberia

By: Richard Wilson
William Tolbert Jr., leader of Liberia and former Baptist World Alliance president, was assassinated in 1980, but his legacy lives on through the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary's lecture series.

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Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls – Part 2
Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls – Part 2
By: Arthur Brown
Boko Haram, the militant Islamic group responsible for kidnapping 200 Nigerian girls, does not represent the Quran's teaching on education or marriage, three Muslim leaders said.
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Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls
Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls
By: Arthur Brown
It's a Western myth that Muslims do not speak out against the violent actions of extremist adherents of their faith. Here are three Muslim leaders who condemn the abduction of 200 Nigerian girls.
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Affirmation Statement on Admission of Muslim Ph.D. Student to SBC Seminary
Affirmation Statement on Admission of Muslim Ph.D. Student to SBC Seminary

By: Robert Parham
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's president took the right course of action in admitting a Muslim student to the Ph.D. program.

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Why Many Churches Aren't Developing Effective Leaders
Why Many Churches Aren't Developing Effective Leaders
By: Dennis Bickers
Nothing good can happen in organizations without effective leaders. For churches to enjoy an effective ministry over years, future leaders must be filling its pipeline in various stages of development.
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Effective Church Leaders Must Anticipate Change
Effective Church Leaders Must Anticipate Change
By: Ircel Harrison
Church leaders must be able to look to the future and assess what changes are waiting on the horizon. That means instead of sitting back and being reactive, a leader needs to be "preactive."
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Who Needs You to be a Good Shepherd?
There are times when all of us are sheep in need of a shepherd. Be careful who you listen to and follow. [ ]On the other hand, there are times when we are called upon to be shepherds who take care of sheep. As parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches, administrators, ministers, business owners, civic and church leaders, we must be careful how we lead those who look to us for guidance and protection. As Christians, we never have permission to ignore their needs or exploit them. As good shepherds, our priority is to build healthy families and communities where everyone is valued, treated with respect and encouraged to achieve their potential.
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Islamic, Baptist Leaders Discussed Boko Haram Crisis Before Schoolgirl Abduction
Islamic, Baptist Leaders Discussed Boko Haram Crisis Before Schoolgirl Abduction
By: Robert Parham
Before Boko Haram abducted 300 Nigerian girls, Baptist and Islamic colleagues met to explore a joint response to the Islamic terrorist group.
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Like Gardens, Healthy Churches Have Loving Caretakers
Like Gardens, Healthy Churches Have Loving Caretakers
By: Bill Wilson
If churches are like gardens, then those who serve in them – laity and clergy alike – are the gardeners. Are we willing to work together to ensure the growth of a healthy church?
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Who Leads Your Church: Wizard of Oz or Dorothy?
Who Leads Your Church: Wizard of Oz or Dorothy?

By: Zach Dawes
Too many churches follow the Wizard of Oz leadership model of a larger-than-life character hiding behind a curtain. Instead, author Brian McLaren says, your church needs a Dorothy.

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Why Churches Can't Do Ministry the Way They Used To
Why Churches Can't Do Ministry the Way They Used To
By: Dennis Bickers
If they want to successfully impact a changing world for Jesus Christ, pastors and churches must continually reinvent themselves. Churches will either continue to reinvent themselves or they will die.
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3 Ways Your Church Can Flourish Like a Garden
3 Ways Your Church Can Flourish Like a Garden
By: Bill Wilson
The garden is a powerful biblical theme. Jesus taught many lessons involving plants, growth, agriculture and gardening. Here are three ways your church can be like an abundant garden.
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Why Churches Need a Theology of Prophetic Engagement
Why Churches Need a Theology of Prophetic Engagement
By: Elie Haddad
For Christian churches serving in a place where the majority of people are not Christians, it's vital to discover why God has placed them where they are and how they can reach their communities.
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3 Ways for Your Church to Navigate the Giants
3 Ways for Your Church to Navigate the Giants
By: Bill Wilson
Your church may face seemingly insurmountable obstacles, like the giants in the land that sparked fear in most of the Israelites. Here are three things you need to navigate those obstacles.
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6 Signs Your Congregation Doesn't Smell Right
6 Signs Your Congregation Doesn't Smell Right
By: Bill Wilson
What kind of aroma does your church culture have? Here are six ways to tell if your congregational culture has the sweet smell of success or stinks to high heaven.
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Peter Thomas Stanford: From Slave to Baptist Minister
Peter Thomas Stanford: From Slave to Baptist Minister
By: Paul Hobson
Peter Thomas Stanford's life didn't have a promising beginning, but the freed slave earned an education and became the first black minister of a British church in the late 1800s.
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Why Smaller Churches Must Focus on Unique Vision
Why Smaller Churches Must Focus on Unique Vision
By: Dennis Bickers
Many smaller churches feel they must compete with larger ones. Churches, however, are not called to duplicate the ministries of others, but to focus on the unique vision God has for them.
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Why Your Church Needs to Stop Counting People
Why Your Church Needs to Stop Counting People
By: Joe LaGuardia
Churches often measure their growth by how many people they get in the pews on Sunday morning, but is that really the best way to measure the spiritual health of a congregation?
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When Worlds Unravel, God Knits Something New
When Worlds Unravel, God Knits Something New
By: Greg Mamula
Christian churches across North America have served a great purpose for the past 50 to 75 years. That world's been unraveling over the past few decades. God is knitting something new. Will we be ready?
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6 Things Your Church Has in Common with Universities
6 Things Your Church Has in Common with Universities
By: Bill Wilson
Any church leader paying attention to the stresses and strains upon their local church should model themselves after universities. Their similarities can help your church chart its future.
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Where Are All These Liberian Baptists Going?
Where Are All These Liberian Baptists Going?

By: Richard Wilson
Nearly 2,000 people have been traveling through Liberia in March, but they aren't migrants or refugees fleeing conflict. This movement of people is a pilgrimage of memory and hope.

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What Can Your Church Learn from America's Cities?
What Can Your Church Learn from America's Cities?
By: Bill Wilson
If your church faces an uncertain future like so many others, look for examples of others who have met challenges and turned them into opportunities for success. And remember these 6 lessons.
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The Place Where Racial Reconciliation Should Begin
The Place Where Racial Reconciliation Should Begin
By: Dennis Bickers
When people utter racial slurs, it reflects what's in their hearts. While laws prevent negative behaviors, they can't change a person's heart. That's why racial reconciliation must begin in church.
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Baptists Offer Divided Response to Pope Francis
Baptists Offer Divided Response to Pope Francis
By: Brian Kaylor
Some Baptists have offered praise for Pope Francis, elected a year ago, despite key theological differences between Baptists and Catholics. Others dismissed him and his call for Christian unity.
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Church Trends: Riding the Wave in The Garden State
Church Trends: Riding the Wave in The Garden State
By: Lee B. Spitzer
Like waves in the ocean, five trends are impacting the ministry of American Baptist churches in New Jersey. Whether positive or negative, they all have possibilities.
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Baptist Church in Sri Lanka Celebrates 200 Years
Baptist Church in Sri Lanka Celebrates 200 Years
By: Chris Hall
A Baptist Missionary Society missionary began a church in Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon, in 1813. Two centuries later, Cinnamon Gardens Baptist Church is thriving and sending its own missionaries.
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Local Baptist Church Recognized for
Local Baptist Church Recognized for "Going Green"
By: EthicsDaily Staff
First Baptist of Austin is one of the "greenest" churches in central Texas. The city of Austin awarded its Green Business Leaders Program platinum certification award to the church.
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Mission Group Meeting Needs of Nepal's People
Mission Group Meeting Needs of Nepal's People

By: Chris Hall
Marking 60 years of service, United Mission to Nepal improves the lives of Nepal's neediest by providing healthcare and helping to improve the education system among other initiatives.

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Baptist Leaders Urge Prayer for Ukraine, Russia
Baptist Leaders Urge Prayer for Ukraine, Russia
By: Paul Hobson
Baptist leaders, including a federation of Baptist unions that were part of the Soviet Union, called for a peaceful resolution to the tension between Ukraine and Russia.
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4 Signs Your Church Has Slipped into Survival Mode
4 Signs Your Church Has Slipped into Survival Mode
By: Randy Hyde
When a church exists in survival mode, it won't have the energy and ability to engage in visionary thinking. And that's the place where a church is able to change lives. So where are you?
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"Is the God of Mohammed the God of Christianity?"
By: Richard Wilson
When we focus on a doctrine of exclusion, Christians and Muslims miss the important opportunities to focus on common issues, such as attention to the poor and the quest for spiritual maturity.
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Baptists Helping to Serve New Ukraine
Baptists Helping to Serve New Ukraine
By: Paul Hobson
A Baptist elder has been selected as the new interim president of Ukraine as the nation rebuilds after its political upheaval. He has vowed to step down after elections in May.
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George Liele: Father of Baptist Missions
George Liele: Father of Baptist Missions

By: Noel Erskine
Before Adoniram Judson sailed for Burma and William Carey left for India, George Liele began his mission work in Jamaica. He was the first ordained black Baptist pastor in the U.S. and the Caribbean.

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7 Steps to Increase Your Self-Discipline in Ministry
7 Steps to Increase Your Self-Discipline in Ministry
By: Mark Tidsworth
One of the nice benefits of serving as a pastor or church staff member is the control you have over your schedule, but it's also a contributing factor to the need for high levels of self-discipline.
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Southern Baptist Church Plants People to Respond to Baptism
Southern Baptist Church Plants People to Respond to Baptism
By: Brian Kaylor
Elevation Church, a Southern Baptist megachurch, has a guide on how to hold spontaneous baptism services with this instruction: Plant people to respond to the call. Is that ethical?
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Why Your Church Benefits When You Build Consensus
Why Your Church Benefits When You Build Consensus
By: Nick Lear
While it may be easier to ask for forgiveness than seek permission, it's not a good leadership model for churches. It's worth the time to explain decisions and let people suggest alternatives.
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Attendance Alone Doesn't Reflect Your Church's Vitality
Attendance Alone Doesn't Reflect Your Church's Vitality
By: Bill Wilson
When a church's weekly average attendance drops, leaders look for someone to blame. Rather than scapegoating, churches must rethink how they connect with people.
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Why Your Church Should Consider an Older Pastor
Why Your Church Should Consider an Older Pastor
By: Dennis Bickers
When searching for a new pastor, many churches automatically exclude older candidates. It's a huge mistake to believe that all older pastors cannot effectively lead a church in today's society.
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Building Interfaith Relationships - A Theology of Life
Building Interfaith Relationships - A Theology of Life

By: Martin Accad
The Syrian conflict has provoked a growing fear of Islam and Muslims among Christians in Syria, the region and, to some extent, throughout the world. Interfaith relationships can turn that around.

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Wake Up! How to Know When Your Church Veers Off Course
Wake Up! How to Know When Your Church Veers Off Course
By: Bill Wilson
Has your church drifted off the path that God intended for you to travel? Maybe what your congregation needs is a rumble strip to get you back on course.
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Women in Ministry: We're Here to Stay
Women in Ministry: We're Here to Stay
By: Naomi King Walker
Qualified and called women ministers permeate every area of Baptist life, yet many still enjoy far fewer opportunities than their male counterparts. The attitudes of churches are evolving. Has yours?
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Churches Struggling with Headwinds are Ready to Fly
Churches Struggling with Headwinds are Ready to Fly
By: Bill Wilson
Resistance from headwinds helps airplanes generate the lift needed to take off. When your church encounters struggles, it's ready to take off and fly as it works through the difficulties. 
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Global Baptists Contribute to Global Church Observation - Lent
Global Baptists Contribute to Global Church Observation - Lent

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Although few Baptists observe Lent, we can learn a great deal from this tradition. EthicsDaily.com has a Lenten Bible study with contributions from international Baptists.

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What Does the Future Look Like for Smaller Churches?
What Does the Future Look Like for Smaller Churches?
By: Dennis Bickers
Whether you like it or not, changes are coming for your smaller church. The wise congregation will weigh the options and pick the model that makes the most sense for them.
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BWA Appeals for Help for Central African Republic
BWA Appeals for Help for Central African Republic
By:  BWA Staff
With widespread suffering in the wake of rebels overthrowing the Central African Republic's government, the Baptist World Alliance is appealing for assistance.
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For Effective Change, Leaders Must Walk the Talk
For Effective Change, Leaders Must Walk the Talk
By:  Dennis Bickers
When a church goes through change, it's vital for pastors and lay leaders to model that change. Failure to do so means others in the church are not going to change either.
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Why Your Ministry Should Behave Like a Lava Lamp
Why Your Ministry Should Behave Like a Lava Lamp
By: Greg Mamula
As churches respond to the leading of the Spirit, they're much like the wax in a lava lamp. As they are heated and cooled on the teachings of Christ, they are flexible and fluid.
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U.S. Is Oddly Quiet about Religious Liberty Success
U.S. Is Oddly Quiet about Religious Liberty Success
By: David Stratton
The U.S. reveres not merely religious toleration but religious liberty for all. Unlike other nations, violence in the name of religion is nearly nonexistent. So why are we so silent about our success?
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Why Many Pastors Will Need to Reinvent Themselves
Why Many Pastors Will Need to Reinvent Themselves
More churches in all denominations are turning to bivocational pastors. While pastors could once assume that they could secure a fully funded ministry position, that's no longer a safe assumption.
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Baptist of the Year: Linda Leathers
Baptist of the Year: Linda Leathers
Linda Leathers is EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2013. She is CEO of The Next Door, a ministry that seeks to meet the abundant needs of women released from prison.
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Why Your Church Should Deep-Six Those Sign-Up Sheets
Why Your Church Should Deep-Six Those Sign-Up Sheets
Finding volunteers by posting a sign-up sheet on the church bulletin board has seen its day. Let's stop depending on volunteers and become more intentional about developing leaders.
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Bapticostal Churches: Baptist Identity in the 21st Century
Bapticostal Churches: Baptist Identity in the 21st Century
A distinctive element of Baptist churches is the congregational type of church governance, but that style of governance is being reshaped by many new Baptist churches.
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When Churches Transition to Bivocational Ministry
When Churches Transition to Bivocational Ministry
More churches are likely to transition from a full-time pastor to a bivocational minister. To succeed with this change, both the pastor and the congregation must change expectations.
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5 Ethical Standards for Christian Outreach
5 Ethical Standards for Christian Outreach
From ousting a Muslim who tried to attend a women's conference to giving away cars to attend church on Easter, should there be ethical standards for Christian outreach? Consider these five.
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3 Lessons from Three Decades of Ministry, Marriage
3 Lessons from Three Decades of Ministry, Marriage
Just like marriage, all the training in the world can't prepare you for leading a church. You have to live it. Here are three lessons from three decades of ministry and marriage.
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3 Ways Your Church Can Stay Focused on Its Vision
3 Ways Your Church Can Stay Focused on Its Vision
When a church establishes a new and fresher vision, they stick with it for a season before slipping back into their old, destructive patterns. Here are three ways to stay focused on your vision.
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Philippine Baptists Report on Devastation in Country
Philippine Baptists Report on Devastation in Country
Five Baptist World Alliance organizations in the Philippines reported on Typhoon Haiyan's widespread devastation that devastated the southeast Asian country on Nov. 8.
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7 Ways to Introduce Advent to Your Congregation
7 Ways to Introduce Advent to Your Congregation
Introducing Advent to congregations who haven't observed the season can be challenging. Few churches respond quickly to change. Here are seven ways to help.
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Reformation Teaches Us the Power of Preaching
Reformation Teaches Us the Power of Preaching
The Protestant Reformation would not have been possible without the emergence of inspiring preachers. To bring about such needed shifts today, the role of the pulpit is a critical place to begin.
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How Bivocational Pastors Can Benefit from Coaching
How Bivocational Pastors Can Benefit from Coaching
Bivocational pastors can benefit from coaching sessions because they are a source of encouragement and helps them to step back and look at their overall ministry.
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BWA Leader: Baptists Should Take Strong Stance Against Racism
BWA Leader: Baptists Should Take Strong Stance Against Racism
Churches have a responsibility to oppose racism that still persists, even in the church. Churches that refuse to do so are guilty of a major failing, a Baptist leader said.
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5 Essential Tools to Make Your Ministry Healthier
5 Essential Tools to Make Your Ministry Healthier
Healthy clergy are always on the lookout for best practices that breathe life into their ministries and, thus, their places of service. Here are five practices that can help.
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Europe's Baptists Urged to Embrace Baptist Relations Covenant
Europe's Baptists Urged to Embrace Baptist Relations Covenant
European Baptists would benefit by adopting the principles of the Covenant on Intra-Baptist Relations, says Neville Callam, general secretary of the Baptist World Alliance.
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10-Point Checklist to Keep Your Church from Death Spiral
10-Point Checklist to Keep Your Church from Death Spiral
When visibility is low, pilots can suffer from spatial disorientation and are in danger of flying their planes into the ground. Churches can suffer from a similar disorientation. Here's how to handle it.
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3 Ways Churches Can Return to Their True Mission
3 Ways Churches Can Return to Their True Mission
Thousands of churches have lost their moorings in terms of their purpose, forgetting they exist to embody in all they do the will of God for the world. Here's how they can get back on track.
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4 Levels of Trust Churches Need for Effective Stewardship
4 Levels of Trust Churches Need for Effective Stewardship
Trust must extend to every aspect of the church, including the character and commitment of the pastor, staff and others who manage financial resources.
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7 Reasons Smaller Churches Struggle and Close
7 Reasons Smaller Churches Struggle and Close
Many smaller U.S. churches are near the end of their ministries, with thousands of them expected to close every year. Here are seven reasons for the trend, and a hope on how it can be prevented.
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Leading Congregations – A Calling, Not a Career
Leading Congregations – A Calling, Not a Career
Church leaders who follow Jesus' summons to "follow me" understand that the primary task of leadership is to encourage all of God's people to become followers, too.
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10 Thoughts for Realistic Expectations for Music Ministry
10 Thoughts for Realistic Expectations for Music Ministry
Many who lead in music and worship ministry are the recipients of an obscene amount of vitriol, anger, criticism and unreasonable expectations. Here are 10 thoughts to keep expectations realistic.
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Breaking News: Pastor Accepts Call to Smaller Church
Breaking News: Pastor Accepts Call to Smaller Church
Pastors typically don't accept calls to smaller churches. Some pastors, however, feel God calling them to smaller churches. If it happens to you, it's an incredible ministry opportunity.
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A More Fitting Metaphor for Pastors – as Artisans
A More Fitting Metaphor for Pastors – as Artisans
We've used a lot of metaphors to describe church leaders – shepherd, physician, CEO – but what artisan? Artisans were skilled masters who produced beautiful and functional work.
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5 Ways to Plug in Church Members for Service
5 Ways to Plug in Church Members for Service
When church members say they can't find a place to plug in, it may have more to do with the way the church empowers members than with the lack of available opportunities.
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5 Unhealthy Expectations Small Churches Have for Pastors
5 Unhealthy Expectations Small Churches Have for Pastors
Many smaller churches are increasingly becoming bivocational. Many of those churches have unrealistic expectations for their next pastor. Here are five of the most common.
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Seeking God's Will at Your Church? Get a Shredder
Seeking God's Will at Your Church? Get a Shredder
We all have lots of ideas about how church ought to be run – great ideas. But we need to come to the place where we realize God wants our hearts before he wants our ideas.
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British Baptists Train
British Baptists Train "Pioneers" to Rethink Church
Every church has them. People not content with the way things are. They're not critics; they're activists. And a British Baptist program trains them to start fresh expressions of church.
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4 Lessons on Transferring Leadership in Churches
4 Lessons on Transferring Leadership in Churches
Transferring from one leader to the next in churches isn't always neat or simple, but church leaders can benefit from the lessons of Elisha's succession to Elijah.
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10 Lessons Learned on Life after Pastoral Ministry
10 Lessons Learned on Life after Pastoral Ministry
The life of a pastor looks different when the pastor is now in the pew. Here are 10 things learned about pastoral ministry from someone who no longer pastors a congregation.
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Why Pastors Should Consider Smaller Churches
Why Pastors Should Consider Smaller Churches
It can be easy for pastors to be tempted by the idea that moving to bigger churches is a sign of ministry success. But smaller churches have much to offer, too.
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Speakers Urge Baptists to Engage with Muslims
Speakers Urge Baptists to Engage with Muslims
During the Baptist World Alliance gathering in Jamaica, several speakers urged Baptists to understand and engage Muslims to advance the common good in the Middle East.
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Baptist Contribution to Understanding of Holy Spirit
Baptist Contribution to Understanding of Holy Spirit
Baptists have historically focused on the person and work of Christ and largely undervalued the work of the Spirit, a presenter at the Baptist International Conference on Theological Education says.
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BWA to Focus on Baptist-Muslim Relationships Again in 2013
BWA to Focus on Baptist-Muslim Relationships Again in 2013
When global Baptist leaders gather this week in Jamaica for the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance, Baptist and Muslim relationships will again top the agenda.
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What a Baptist Pastor Learned from a Catholic Priest
What a Baptist Pastor Learned from a Catholic Priest
When I hear someone decry Catholicism, I point to Father John Kieran as a model for Catholic integrity, vibrant missions and ecumenical ministry. Here is what he taught me.
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Balancing the Tension Between Pastor, Prophet Roles
Balancing the Tension Between Pastor, Prophet Roles
For pastors and laypersons alike, balancing a spirit of sensitivity and compassion while speaking prophetically about today's issues isn't easy. Being one often risks the other.
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How You Can Tell the Emperor He Has No Clothes
How You Can Tell the Emperor He Has No Clothes
Providing another viewpoint to someone in a position of power always carries risk. Here are some lessons for both sides to encourage open and honest communication.
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Are You Pursuing Success While Ignoring Signifcance?
Are You Pursuing Success While Ignoring Signifcance?
We often live our everyday lives outside the arena where God is at work. We keep busy with our consumer lifestyles, pursuit of pleasure and drive to appear successful.
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Why You May Not Be a Baptist and Not Know It
Why You May Not Be a Baptist and Not Know It
Some value a confessional statement over the Spirit-revealed truth of Scripture, even when those statements are contrary to historic Baptist principles. In their eyes, you may not be a Baptist.
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The Call to Leadership is Often Uncomfortable
The Call to Leadership is Often Uncomfortable
What makes a good leader? They help others move beyond themselves into the world that is around them. And that can sometimes be uncomfortable.
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3 Essentials for Effective Conflict Management
3 Essentials for Effective Conflict Management
No one can eliminate all conflict in a church, but motivated and effective leaders prevent much conflict from even developing. Here are three ways they do it.
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5 Ways Churches Can Curb Pastoral Abuse
5 Ways Churches Can Curb Pastoral Abuse
Pastoral abuse of any form occurs when pastors overstep their boundaries and view church members as a means to an end. Here are five ways the church can respond.
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10 Ways You Can Ruin Your Pastor's Sermons
10 Ways You Can Ruin Your Pastor's Sermons
If you want to encourage your pastor to deliver inspiring sermons, think about ways you can ensure awful messages every week – and let them suggest ways to promote positive results.
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Baptists, Muslims Seek Common Ground, Peace
Baptists, Muslims Seek Common Ground, Peace
By: Molly Marshall
A growing suspicion of Muslims has become part of our national discourse,
but a gathering of Muslim and Baptist leaders met to seek common
ground and mutual peace. 
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Is Loyalty to MSNBC or Fox News More Critical to Church Membership Than 'Jesus is Lord'?
Is Loyalty to MSNBC or Fox News More Critical to Church Membership Than 'Jesus is Lord'?
How do you become a church member in today's politically charged culture? It's more about landing on the left or right side of politics than it is about being a child of God.
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Health Ministry Requires Healthy Ministers
Health Ministry Requires Healthy Ministers
Most clergy, and especially health ministers, struggle with internal stress. If you start to think of yourself as a catalyst, there are three ways you can lower that stress.
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7 Ways Your Church Can Respond to Tragedy
7 Ways Your Church Can Respond to Tragedy
Every day seems to bring news of a devastating disruption in some community's life. When news of disaster breaks in on us, here are seven things congregational leaders can do.
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When Church Conflict Erupts, We Blame Wrong Thing
When Church Conflict Erupts, We Blame Wrong Thing
Three churches in conflict from three different denominations. People in each one blamed denominational polity. The truth is often closer to our hearts than we want to admit.
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Women in Ministry Must Pave Way for Next Generation
Women in Ministry Must Pave Way for Next Generation
Women serving in the ministry know some ceilings won't be broken in their lifetimes. Yet they can join together and beat upon the glass ceiling to make a million cracks.
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Mumford Musician Wary of Christian Baggage
Mumford Musician Wary of Christian Baggage
Mumford and Sons' front man drew fire from evangelicals for telling Rolling Stone that the word "Christian" carries too much baggage. His hesitation is understandable.
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Church Musicians – Worship Leaders or Performers?
Church Musicians – Worship Leaders or Performers?
As church musicians, the ultimate goal of presenting our best talents to God during worship is not to draw the spotlight on ourselves but to reflect the spotlight so that it shines on God.
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How Your Church Benefits From a Long-Term Pastor
How Your Church Benefits From a Long-Term Pastor
Most ministers rarely stay long at churches. Many move on in search of greener pastures. Many congregants feel they must defend their turf. What if those attitudes changed?
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How Your Church is Like the Corvette
How Your Church is Like the Corvette
The Corvette evokes great nostalgia and loyalty among a dwindling crowd. Designers must remain true to their traditional heritage while becoming relevant for the next generation. Sound familiar?
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Middle East Conference to Address Human Rights
Middle East Conference to Address Human Rights
This June's Middle East Conference in Lebanon will tackle religious freedom, freedom of speech and human trafficking. The lineup includes Christian and Muslim speakers.
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Pope Francis Models Humility in World that Practices Humiliation
Pope Francis Models Humility in World that Practices Humiliation
In publicly identifying Christianity with humility, Pope Francis has shown the world another way – a way that stands in sharp contrast with the practice of humiliation.
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5 Ways Your Church Can Discern Future Trends
5 Ways Your Church Can Discern Future Trends
Everyone is searching for "the next big thing" that can empower the ministry of the church. How do we know if it's real or a bust? Five ideas can help you discern.
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4 Characteristics of Churches That Call New Leaders
4 Characteristics of Churches That Call New Leaders
Many congregations are so focused on survival that they've grown blind to the call to propagate and reproduce leaders, but they're putting their future at stake.
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Goodwill Baptists Applaud Election of Pope Francis
Goodwill Baptists Applaud Election of Pope Francis
Despite thundering silence from SBC leadership and one seminary president quick to criticize, Baptists would do well to applaud the election of Pope Francis.
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SBC's Evangelistic Claims for Iraq War Fell Apart
SBC's Evangelistic Claims for Iraq War Fell Apart
Southern Baptist leaders who promoted the Iraq War thought it would open heavenly doors. Ten years later, those efforts never materialized, and Iraqi Christians have suffered.
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Resistant or Resilient: Which Describes Your Church?
Resistant or Resilient: Which Describes Your Church?
As congregations age, most churches will face a turning point of sustainability in the near future. Whether they survive will depend on whether they're resistant or resilient.
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Will Baptists Become Advocates for Climate Change?
Will Baptists Become Advocates for Climate Change?

With a few exceptions, churches and denominations have been silent about climate change. Since the issue isn't going away, what will it take to move them to action?

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4 Steps to Help Lay Leaders Start New Churches
4 Steps to Help Lay Leaders Start New Churches
Can lay leaders successfully launch a new church? Here are four steps that an established congregation can follow to carry out a lay-led church start strategy.
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6 Steps to Lead Your Church Through Successful Change
6 Steps to Lead Your Church Through Successful Change
If there's one thing that doesn't change, it's that we all resist change. How do you help your church adjust when a major change needs to be made? Help them through these six stages.
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5 Skills Required for Today's Ministers
5 Skills Required for Today's Ministers
Seminaries aren't producing the kind of pastoral leaders that churches need. Here are five skills that ministers required to meet their faith communities' needs.
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4 Ways Your Church Can Become Whole-Hearted
4 Ways Your Church Can Become Whole-Hearted
Today's churches face significant headwind and many challenges. Half-heartedness can lead to irrelevance or even extinction. Here are 4 ways to "put your heart into it."
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Can You Evaluate Your Pastor's Effectiveness?
Can You Evaluate Your Pastor's Effectiveness?
There is no comprehensive and exhaustive clergy competency list. Since leadership in congregations is an extremely relevant issue, how do we make progress on it?
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7 Ways Your Church Can Become More Innovative
7 Ways Your Church Can Become More Innovative
Change isn't easy. When it happens in church, we either adapt to it or use it as a springboard for innovative and effective ministry. Here are 7 areas where that can happen.
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4 Habits to Build Healthy Leadership at Your Church
4 Habits to Build Healthy Leadership at Your Church
Is your church led by staff or controlled by staff? When staff leadership is unhealthy, it's often at the heart of church conflict. Try these 4 habits to build a healthier leadership culture.
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How Your Church Can Escape the Happiness Trap
How Your Church Can Escape the Happiness Trap
When church happiness is enshrined, God's Holy Spirit is constrained. Leaders' energy is consumed internally rather than in external ministry. The false god of happiness needs to go.
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How Ministers Can Make Themselves Indispensable
How Ministers Can Make Themselves Indispensable
Each of us is gifted by God in special ways. Take time to identify the things that you can do better, more effectively or with more ability than anyone else.
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Baptist of the Year: Glen Stassen
Baptist of the Year: Glen Stassen

Glen Stassen, who has maintained a remarkable concentration on peacemaking for more than 35 years, is EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2012.

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6 Silicon Valley Lessons for Ministry Entrepreneurs
6 Silicon Valley Lessons for Ministry Entrepreneurs
Ministry entrepreneurs learn not only from traditional Christian sources but from the marketplace as well. Consider these six lessons taken from Silicon Valley.
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Baptist Chaplain Supports Prisons Week on British TV
Baptist Chaplain Supports Prisons Week on British TV
As many churches in Britain participated in Prisons Week, a Baptist minister appeared on a long-running religious program on British TV as it focused on prison ministry.
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Managing Church Conflicts When Both Sides Are Right
Managing Church Conflicts When Both Sides Are Right
Some church conflicts can't be resolved with traditional problem-solving skills. When both sides are right, healthy congregations know how to manage these polarities.
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British Baptists Welcome New Archbishop of Canterbury
British Baptists Welcome New Archbishop of Canterbury
British Baptists are welcoming the selection of Justin Welby as the next Archbishop of Canterbury, citing his wisdom, mediation skills and commitment to mission.
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Coptic and Anglican Leaders Chosen
Coptic and Anglican Leaders Chosen
Two new Christian leaders were chosen this month. Pope Tawadros II now leads the Coptic Church, and Bishop Justin Welby is the next Archbishop of Canterbury.
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Defy the Status Quo; Undo Something Today
Defy the Status Quo; Undo Something Today
Steve Jobs, Reed Hastings and Wendy Kopp all changed the status quo by challenging the way it worked with a new way of doing things. So what can you undo?
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7 Reasons Churches Face a Conflict Pandemic
7 Reasons Churches Face a Conflict Pandemic
Congregational conflict appears to be reaching pandemic levels. Here are the seven most popular culprits driving this surge followed by seven possible solutions.
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5 Ways Pastors Can Know It's Time to Move On
5 Ways Pastors Can Know It's Time to Move On
When should a pastor leave a church? When should he or she stick it out? All ministers wrestle with these questions. Here are five clues to determine if you should stay or go.
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Tinted Windows and Bodygaurd
Real power, the power of the kingdom, is found in humility, and in service to others.
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Healthy Church Teams Hold Each Other Accountable
Healthy Church Teams Hold Each Other Accountable
Many church staff members operate in a world void of accountability, but healthy ministerial teams develop good practices around holding one another accountable.
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Why It's Time for Your Church to Fail
Why It's Time for Your Church to Fail
If God's churches are going to be what the world needs, they're going to have to take some risks. And when you take risks, you need to learn from your failures.
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4 Indicators That Pastors are Fulfilling Their Passion
4 Indicators That Pastors are Fulfilling Their Passion
Passionate pastors are captivated by Christ. They not only admire and respect Jesus' ministry, they want to reflect the Spirit of Christ. Here are four ways that happens.
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Baptists Help Syrians Displaced by Civil War
Baptists Help Syrians Displaced by Civil War
Baptists around the world are being encouraged to make donations to the Baptist World Alliance to help Syrians displaced by the Middle Eastern nation's civil war.
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4 Steps to Avoid a Church's Biggest Conflict
4 Steps to Avoid a Church's Biggest Conflict
One of the biggest conflicts in church life centers on staff. There are four steps – one in particular – that can put your church on the road to a healthy staff.
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Seven Things I've Learned about Faith in the Public Square
Seven Things I've Learned about Faith in the Public Square
There's a lot one can learn after heading up the Baptist Center for Ethics for 21 years and EthicsDaily.com for a dozen. Here's a short list of seven lessons.
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Why Having It Your Way in Church is Deadly
Why Having It Your Way in Church is Deadly
Church members rarely argue about the real issue. Whether it's about the style of worship or the color of the carpets, most conflicts are really about getting our way.
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6 Steps to Help Pastors Be Effective Leaders
6 Steps to Help Pastors Be Effective Leaders
Church staff members expect their leaders to identify a direction, set the pace and provide the resources and encouragement. If they fail, the situation can become very chaotic.
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5 Insights to Help Your Church Survive Change
5 Insights to Help Your Church Survive Change
Change is never easy for a church. We often cause havoc when we force change too quickly or expect 100 percent agreement. Here are five insights to help your church survive.
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21 Lessons in Politics from a Baptist Preacher
21 Lessons in Politics from a Baptist Preacher
Baptist churches are about the purest form of democracy around. Here are 21 lessons to help pastors hone their skills of diplomacy, bridge-building and persuasion.
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Trouble at Church? The Cavalry Ain't Coming
Trouble at Church? The Cavalry Ain't Coming
Healthy faith communities know the cavalry isn't riding to the rescue to solve their complex issues. Instead, they allow God to lead them into the depths of authentic faith.
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Would Jesus Attend Your Inwardly Focused Church?
Would Jesus Attend Your Inwardly Focused Church?
Churches that focus on themselves instead of their communities produce highly anxious leaders who fear offending their members and building churches Jesus wouldn't attend.
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What's The Most Important Part of Church?
What's The Most Important Part of Church?
What's the most crucial part of a church? Is it the buildings, budgets or perhaps programs? Could it be its "take" on finer points of doctrine? No, but read on for the answer.
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Did Southern Baptists' Golden Era Trigger Today's Malaise?
Did Southern Baptists' Golden Era Trigger Today's Malaise?
With many churches in decline and as the neighborhood churches disappear, wouldn't it be nice to return to the golden era of Southern Baptist life? Not in a heartbeat, says one pastor.
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5 Issues That Bother Pastors About Search Committees
5 Issues That Bother Pastors About Search Committees
Search committees have a daunting task as they seek a pastor for their church. Often staffed by volunteers, they have limited time. Here are five issues they should address.
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4 Suggestions to Help Ministers of the Future
4 Suggestions to Help Ministers of the Future
What kind of skills will seminary students need if they want to be prepared to minister a decade from now? Here are four ways they can be effective in 2022.
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Norway Marks First Anniversary of Massacre
Norway Marks First Anniversary of Massacre
Sunday marks the first anniversary of the massacre of 77 people in Norway. The tragedy is "second only to World War II" in terms of national grief, a Baptist minister there says.
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Christians Face Mounting Pressure in the Middle East
Christians Face Mounting Pressure in the Middle East
With numerous hot spots in the Middle East, Baptists should continue to pray for the region, according to an official with the Baptist World Alliance and the European Baptist Federation.
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5 Statements That Mean Your Church is in Trouble
5 Statements That Mean Your Church is in Trouble
If you hear one of these five statements in your church, you can know your church is in trouble. And that may indicate that it's time to ask for an outside perspective.
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4 Pastors Describe a Healthy Search Process
4 Pastors Describe a Healthy Search Process
Searching for a new pastor is exhilarating and risky for congregations. Four pastors who recently made the transition share how your church can do it successfully.
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Baptists Will Address Environment, Religious Freedom, Technology in Chile
Baptists Will Address Environment, Religious Freedom, Technology in Chile
Baptist-Muslim relationships. Sustainable development. Religious freedom. All are on the agenda when global Baptists meet for the Baptist World Alliance gathering in Chile.
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When Senior Pastors Are in Over Their Heads
When Senior Pastors Are in Over Their Heads
As pastors move to larger churches, they find themselves in over their heads. The skills that carried them to senior leadership often stymie them as they take on a new level of responsibility.
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Different Motives Define Tale of Two Servants
Different Motives Define Tale of Two Servants
What's your motive when you serve others? The pages of the Bible reveal a tale of two servants. One whose motives were pure, and another with self-centered motives.
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Biography Recognizes Steve Jobs' Bright and Dark Sides
Biography Recognizes Steve Jobs' Bright and Dark Sides
Walter Isaacson's biography on Steve Jobs reminds us that a person can make a tremendous contribution to culture, business and society even if he isn't the nicest person in the room.
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Film Celebrates 400 Years of Baptists in Britain
Film Celebrates 400 Years of Baptists in Britain
A 15-minute YouTube film celebrates 400 years of Baptists in the United Kingdom, weaving together Baptist history with interviews on topics from women's ministry to worship.
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14 Pieces of Advice for New Ministers
14 Pieces of Advice for New Ministers
For new graduates ready to enter the ministry, the landscape is changing rapidly and difficult to navigate. Here are 14 thoughts to consider for the men and women starting their ministry.
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15 Characteristics of Great Church Leaders
15 Characteristics of Great Church Leaders
No matter where you travel on the planet, innovative church leaders have some common characteristics, including patience and optimism. Check out all 15.
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Legacy Continues of Baptist Who Helped End Slave Trade
Legacy Continues of Baptist Who Helped End Slave Trade
A Jamaican Baptist who spoke out against the injustice of slavery will have his legacy extended in a project that will deepen the understanding of black and ethnic minority Baptist Christians.
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Being Thankful for Impact of an Opinionated Woman
Being Thankful for Impact of an Opinionated Woman
If something didn't work the way it should, Ethel would find out why and fix it. She was a formidable woman with strong opinions about everything. And you know what? She was right.
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Real Leaders Inspire Others to Do Better
Real Leaders Inspire Others to Do Better
In contrast to political opportunists, genuine leaders move us from apathy to engagement, from indifference to involvement, and from settling for the status quo to reaching for new realities.
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Coincidence or Providence on Way to New Baptist Covenant III Meeting?
Coincidence or Providence on Way to New Baptist Covenant III Meeting?

The hand of God is a mysterious reality. Whether you tilt toward coincidence or providence probably depends on your presupposition about the divine.

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CEO as Commander in Chief: A Workable Model?
CEO as Commander in Chief: A Workable Model?
With the GOP presidential nominee all but confirmed, U.S. voters will need to decide if the CEO model of leadership is what the nation requires at this moment in its history.
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EBF Leaders Call for Solidarity with Christians in Middle East
EBF Leaders Call for Solidarity with Christians in Middle East
In the wake of the Arab Spring, European Baptist Federation leaders said Baptist churches in the Middle East face great uncertainty, but there were open doors to spread the Christian message.
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Are Churches Really Prepared for Future?
Are Churches Really Prepared for Future?
Church leadership in the 21st century involves making many decisions about the future of ministry, often against a backdrop of rapid change and poorly understood but increasingly challenging circumstances.
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Hear a Word about Baptist Day at the White House
Hear a Word about Baptist Day at the White House
The opportunity for 60 Baptist leaders to dialogue with White House officials fostered a network of goodwill Baptists who are concerned about social justice.
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When Faith, Government Intersect for Common Good
When Faith, Government Intersect for Common Good
Our Constitution certainly mandates a separation of church and state – even if it doesn't use that language. However, no mandate separates faith from public life.
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Goodwill Baptists to Meet, Discuss Issues with White House
Goodwill Baptists to Meet, Discuss Issues with White House

Roughly 60 Baptists from across the country will meet with White House officials in the nation's capital on March 7 for a candid discussion of faith and social issues.

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Why Your Church Should Consider an Older Pastor
Why Your Church Should Consider an Older Pastor
Many pastor-search committees believe they need a young pastor to attract young families to their churches, but effectiveness and appeal to young adults have little to do with a pastor's age.
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Southern Baptists Mull Whether ‘Southern’ Still Fits
FAIRHOPE, Ala. (RNS) For the Rev. Jerry Henry, pastor of First Baptist Church of Fairhope, being Southern Baptist is a defining aspect of life.
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Churches Using Old Answers for New Problems
Churches Using Old Answers for New Problems
In many churches, leaders deal with today's problems by going back to the answers that worked for them in the past. But old answers can never solve new problems.
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No Pews, No Suits, No Problem
(RNS) Ron Williams is the pastor of Church at the GYM in Sanford, Fla. As the Baptist church's name implies, Williams' congregation meets, well, in a gym.
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Why God Doesn't Recognize Your Plans
Why God Doesn't Recognize Your Plans
We often make great plans about how we want to serve God – and then expect God to show up and bless them. Instead, we need to show up for God's plan.
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Your Church Lost Its Way? 6 Questions to Ask
Your Church Lost Its Way? 6 Questions to Ask
Churches and organizations don't always get in trouble for doing the wrong thing. Often, they'll lose their way when they try to do too many good things.
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Pastor Poised to Be First Black to Lead Baptists
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Rev. Fred Luter told his African-American congregation that he will seek to become the first black man to lead the SBC.
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2012 Is About Leadership
2012 Is About Leadership
Leadership is the pole to which many issues are tethered in 2012. And for people of faith, the biblical witness provides the best record of the upside and downside of leadership in transition.
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Kansas Politician's Apology: Sorry You Were Offended
Kansas Politician's Apology: Sorry You Were Offended
A Kansas politician apologized for forwarding emails critical of President Obama. However, like many before him, he didn't apologize for what he said but for offending those who misinterpreted him.
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Where's Your Congregation's Focus: Inward or Outward?
Where's Your Congregation's Focus: Inward or Outward?
In healthy congregations and parishes, the gap between where we invest most of our resources and what we sense to be our essential calling is under constant evaluation. Where's your focus?
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Growth Transitions Can Challenge Congregations
Growth Transitions Can Challenge Congregations
As congregations grow, they must transition to different ways of organizing themselves. One of the most difficult transitions occurs when they move to groups leading different functions.
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How to Stretch Your Congregation to Change
How to Stretch Your Congregation to Change
Most faith leaders instinctively want to stretch their congregations in new directions, but creating the tension to move congregations toward that change is a challenge.
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British Mural Gives Modern Twist to Prodigal Son
British Mural Gives Modern Twist to Prodigal Son
Featuring a variety of everyday people, a mural commissioned by a British Baptist church communicates a contemporary interpretation of the story of the Prodigal Son.
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Baptist of the Year: Wayne Flynt
Baptist of the Year: Wayne Flynt

Known as "the conscience of Alabama," Wayne Flynt has spoken with moral clarity and prophetic passion for decades. He's EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2011.

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Pastor: God Awakened Church – To Plant Trees
Pastor: God Awakened Church – To Plant Trees
Deforestation has a big environmental and economic impact. Doing its part to sow seeds of justice and hope, one church has planted nearly 100,000 trees in two years.
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Baptist Church in Gaza Under Pressure to Close
Baptist Church in Gaza Under Pressure to Close
The only evangelical church in one of the most fiercely Muslim areas of the world is under severe pressure and may close its doors without support from Western Christians, the founder of Open Doors said.
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3 Temptations Faced by Christian Leaders
3 Temptations Faced by Christian Leaders
Contemporary Christian leaders face three temptations, the late Henri Nouwen said, and urged them to pursue "a life of downward mobility" embodied by prayer, vulnerability and trust.
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Bill of Rights: Protecting Minorities from Majority Abuse
Bill of Rights: Protecting Minorities from Majority Abuse
Baptists in the late 1700s supported the Bill of Rights, which were intended to protect the minority from the majority. Sadly, some Baptists have abandoned this noble heritage.
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Small Churches, Can You Sustain New Programs?
Small Churches, Can You Sustain New Programs?
Small churches may be eager to launch new programs or ministries, but they need to ask an important question before they do. Can we sustain it?
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Shifting Gears Toward the Third Decade; Seeking Reader Support
Shifting Gears Toward the Third Decade; Seeking Reader Support

After 20 years of service, we know the Baptist Center for Ethics didn't get to where we are without a lot of goodwill Baptists trusting our direction and underwriting our mission.

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17 Ways to Avoid Invasion of the Pastor Snatchers
17 Ways to Avoid Invasion of the Pastor Snatchers
When you church needs a new pastor, a healthy search process will require patience, spiritual maturity and hard work. It's more than a recruitment search. Done poorly, it can be disastrous.
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Baptist Journal Releases Volume on Racism
Baptist Journal Releases Volume on Racism
A Baptist theological journal examines the issue of racism among Baptists but with a twist, showing examples of racial and cultural progress that can serve as role models for others.
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Baptist Prophet Squares Off Against Baptist Governor in Alabama
Baptist Prophet Squares Off Against Baptist Governor in Alabama
On an NBC news program, Baptist prophet Wayne Flynt said Alabama's anti-immigration law was racist while the state's Baptist governor, who signed the law, denies he's a racist.
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Baptist Center to Be Built in Iraq
Baptist Center to Be Built in Iraq
A multipurpose Baptist center will be built in northern Iraq and will include a church, seminary, school and medical clinic. The clinic for women and children will be completed in 2012.
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Recognizing Students' Needs in Theological Education
Recognizing Students' Needs in Theological Education
Affordable and accessible theological education starts with recognizing the needs of students and their churches and being able to provide the resources that speak to their context.
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NCC Leader to Step Down
(RNS) The National Council of Churches announced that General Secretary Michael Kinnamon is resigning due to health reasons.
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Overcoming Isolation and Fatigue in Ministry
Overcoming Isolation and Fatigue in Ministry
Ministry leaders today often wrestle with fatigue and weariness. To survive, they must acknowledge they can't do it alone and find others who will support and affirm them.
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Leaders vs. Managers: Which Are More Valuable?
Leaders vs. Managers: Which Are More Valuable?
Every organization has leaders and managers. Managers have the gifts to make things run smoothly. Visionary leaders move organizations to the next level. But which are more important?
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What's a Baptist? Anything and Everything
What's a Baptist? Anything and Everything
Baptists took form seeking to reform the church in models of simplicity, but are so complex today that many observers despair of finding a model term for them.
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Three Ways to Lose the J-Word at Your Church
Three Ways to Lose the J-Word at Your Church
With the professionalizing of the clergy, an unfortunate and unbiblical dualism has arisen across the years. It's at the heart of one of the unhealthiest trends in modern congregational life.
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New Baptist Covenant Uses Technology to Connect Cross-Country Gatherings
New Baptist Covenant Uses Technology to Connect Cross-Country Gatherings
Connected by seven satellite feeds across the nation, potentially thousands of goodwill Baptists will come together in unity at next month's New Baptist Covenant.
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Avoiding the Iceberg: 6 Tips for Sinking Churches
Avoiding the Iceberg: 6 Tips for Sinking Churches
With the vast majority of churches in decline – some dramatically – many face a Titanic fate. Here are six steps you can put into practice to avoid your date with the iceberg.
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What Really Makes a Pastor a
What Really Makes a Pastor a "Big Dog"
How do pastors become really "big dogs" in the eyes of their church members? It's not how loud you bark that makes the difference; it's what you do over time.
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Jesus' Leadership Model: Servants Over CEOs
Jesus' Leadership Model: Servants Over CEOs
Jesus defines leadership by making it unmistakably clear that real leadership is a way of serving. And a servant leader is committed to the needs and potential of people.
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Why Our Churches Are Filled with
Why Our Churches Are Filled with "Ill" People
Not everyone who is ill is physically sick. Indeed, our churches seem to be brimming with ill-spirited people plagued by personal frustration, anxiety and unhappiness. Why are so few transformed by Christ?
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Four Ways That Leaders Learn Leadership
Four Ways That Leaders Learn Leadership
So how do you learn to be a leader? Using the challenges of their present assignments, effective leaders hone their leadership abilities and grow as leaders.
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How Does Someone Become a Leader?
How Does Someone Become a Leader?
Leadership is more than being placed in a position of authority. Leaders often emerge in times of change or crisis, and they've been good stewards of the resources given to them.
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Christian Women Take on Leadership in Arab World
Christian Women Take on Leadership in Arab World
Times are changing in the Arab world as more Christian women assume positions of leadership. But, as two women point out, more women need the courage to step out of their comfort zones.
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Outspoken Archbishop Takes the Reins in Philly
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) Archbishop Charles J. Chaput was installed as leader of the 1.5-million strong Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
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Four Leadership Lessons We Can Learn from Steve Jobs
Four Leadership Lessons We Can Learn from Steve Jobs
With Steve Jobs' announcing his resignation as Apple's CEO due to health issues, many are extolling his virtues as a visionary leader. Here are four lessons we can learn from him.
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Lebanese Baptists Aid Syrian Refugees
Lebanese Baptists Aid Syrian Refugees

A Baptist church in Lebanon is supporting hundreds of families, mostly women and children, who have fled Syria following the nation's harsh crackdown on demonstrators calling for freedom and democracy.

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Four Political Litmus Tests for the Common Good
Four Political Litmus Tests for the Common Good
Voter guides provided a litmus test to rate candidates on hot-button issues. Perhaps we need a new litmus test – one that rates candidates on what's best for the common good.
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At 39, Gordon President Leads Evangelical Up-and-comers
WENHAM, Mass. (RNS) Lindsay has been living the very phenomenon he’s studied in depth: evangelicals climbing the ranks of institutions and becoming elites.
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Africa's Hunger Crisis Reveals U.S. Leadership Crisis
Africa's Hunger Crisis Reveals U.S. Leadership Crisis
More than 11 million people in the Horn of Africa are expected to need food assistance until August 2012. And the lack of a U.S. response to this hunger crisis points to a failure in leadership.
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When the Swamp's on Fire: Navigating a Church Crisis
When the Swamp's on Fire: Navigating a Church Crisis
Sooner or later, most ministers will face a crisis that threatens to get out of control in a congregation's life. Here are five things to remember when the "swamp is on fire."
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Black Baptists Decry Disrespect Directed at Obama
WASHINGTON (RNS) A black denomination that began in support of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has decried the “disrespect” shown to President Obama.
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Head of Southern Christian Leadership Conference Dies
(RNS) The Rev. Howard Creecy Jr., chosen early this year as the new president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, died at the age of 57.
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Knowing the Right Time for Career or Ministry Change
Knowing the Right Time for Career or Ministry Change
Do you sense it's time for a change in your ministry or career? How do you know when a change is the right path? Of the many reasons for change, one is good.
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Watkins Re-elected President of Disciples
(RNS) The Christian Church voted to re-elect the Rev. Sharon Watkins as head of the denomination capping off a weeklong assembly.
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Chaput Will Upend Convention in the Most Conventional of Cities
(RNS) The most obvious reason he was sent to take over the prestigious Archdiocese of Philadelphia was the clergy sexual abuse scandal.
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Six Reasons Why Successful Leaders Collaborate
Six Reasons Why Successful Leaders Collaborate
Some leaders prefer to go it alone. Although working with a group on any project can have pitfalls and frustrations, successful leaders know the value of collaboration. Here are six reasons.
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The Two Most Dangerous Words You Can Say
The Two Most Dangerous Words You Can Say
People explain away the most obscene actions or attitudes with two words: Yes, but. These words reveal that we believe we are the exception to any rule. Fortunately, there's a solution.
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How Long Do You Think Your Church Will Survive?
How Long Do You Think Your Church Will Survive?
Congregations, like marriages and other relationships, must come to the startling realization that the future is not a sure thing before they are willing to try something new or different.
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Exactly Which God Does Alabama’s Governor Serve?
Exactly Which God Does Alabama’s Governor Serve?
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, a leader at his Baptist church, signed one of the nation’s harshest anti-immigration law. With the Bible’s call to protect the stranger, one might wonder what god the governor serves.
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Conservative Christian Group Plots Political Revival
Conservative Christian Group Plots Political Revival
Plotting their strategy to defeat President Obama, about 80 pastors and other conservative Christian leaders held a closed-door meeting this week to discuss the need for spiritual and political change in the nation.
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British Baptists Urged to Make Starting Churches a Priority
British Baptists Urged to Make Starting Churches a Priority
Baptist churches in Britain need to be more creative in efforts to start new churches, says a church-planting consultant, or they will face a decline in membership within a decade.
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Spanish Quake's Damage Includes Baptist Churches
Spanish Quake's Damage Includes Baptist Churches
An earthquake that killed nine people and left thousands sleeping in emergency tents in southeastern Spain also damaged Baptist churches and left many of its members homeless.
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Israeli Baptists Celebrate 100 Years in Region
Israeli Baptists Celebrate 100 Years in Region
Israeli Baptists celebrated their 100-year anniversary in the Middle East, which began with the return on Shukri Musa to his homeland from Illinois, where he was baptized and commissioned as a pastor.
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Four Traps That Await Clergy When They Move
Four Traps That Await Clergy When They Move
When ministers move to new congregations, they have to be careful to avoid some common traps that can ensnare their ministry. Healthy churches and ministers need to pay attention to these four trouble spots.
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The Example of Youth
I believe that most people have a dream, a vision, or an image of something that is big in their hearts.
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Mormons, Baptists Assist in Tornado Clean-up
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Mormon missionaries are often unwelcome guests when they knock at local front doors wearing white dress shirts and holding a Book of Mormon.
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Climate Change: How Evangelical and Catholic Leaders Differ
Climate Change: How Evangelical and Catholic Leaders Differ
More than two-thirds of evangelical pastors doubt global warming is real and manmade while Catholic leaders issued a call to action to address the problem. Why are evangelical leaders in denial?
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Two Kinds of Leaders: Shepherds and Thieves
Two Kinds of Leaders: Shepherds and Thieves
Jesus made it clear that he's the gate that protects the sheep. Those who lead his sheep fall in one of two categories – shepherds or thieves. Which leaders are today's sheep following?
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British Baptists Gather for Annual Assembly
British Baptists Gather for Annual Assembly
British Baptists met for their annual assembly, kicking off a weekend of thoughtful sermons and prayers for mission personnel. They also commissioned the army's chaplain-general, the first Baptist to hold the post.
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Baptist Leaders Reflect Morally on Killing of Osama bin Laden
Baptist Leaders Reflect Morally on Killing of Osama bin Laden
As patriotic triumphalism swept the country, ordinary Americans shot off fireworks, political leaders issued victory statements and newspaper headlines announced pride in national success. (White House photo by Pete Souza)
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Shiloh Baptist Church Gets Threats After Fox News Stories
Shiloh Baptist Church Gets Threats After Fox News Stories
Since President Obama and his family visited a Baptist church on Easter and Fox News later aired a tape of the church's pastor, the church has received more than 100 threatening e-mails, faxes and phone calls.
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Need To Be a Better Listener? Try These Six Steps
Need To Be a Better Listener? Try These Six Steps
Nothing's more frustrating for people than to be invited to a "listening session" and walk away feeling they weren't heard. Listening requires patience. Here are six steps to help you.
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Four Ways for Ministers to Become Entrepreneurs
Four Ways for Ministers to Become Entrepreneurs
Ministers wear many hats in church, and one they need to add to their collection is entrepreneur. Here are four ways to add a healthy injection of the entrepreneurial spirit into the life of a congregation.
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For Mormons, What Does Follow the Prophet Really Mean?
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Mormon leaders will offer sermons at an upcoming conference that many Mormons will treat like faxes from God.
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Southern Baptist State Lawmakers on
Southern Baptist State Lawmakers on "Dirty Dozen" List for Extremist Views
Of the dozen state lawmakers identified in a Southern Poverty Law Center report for their radical-right beliefs on immigration, conspiratorial attitudes and involvement with hate groups, four were Southern Baptists.
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When Experience Becomes Monumentally Unhelpful
When Experience Becomes Monumentally Unhelpful
More often than not, relying on someone with experience is good for an organization. However, experience can hold an organization back and cripple our best hopes and dreams.
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Schuller Says He Wouldn’t Have OK’d Church’s Gay Covenant
(RNS) Schuller said he never would have approved a recent covenant choir members were asked to sign urging them to be Christian and heterosexual.
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Breaking the Pattern of Demonization and Rebuttal
Breaking the Pattern of Demonization and Rebuttal
U.S. Rep. Peter King's hearings on the "radicalization of American Muslims" are only the latest Christian-Muslim flare-ups. To break this pattern of demonization, goodwill faith leaders must choose to be proactive.
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Need New Ideas in Church? Ask Novices, Skeptics
Need New Ideas in Church? Ask Novices, Skeptics
Too often we are limited by our own experiences and preconceived ideas. We need people who can think "outside the box" and encourage us to do the same. But where do we find these people?
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British Baptist Team Helped Feed Libyan Refugees
British Baptist Team Helped Feed Libyan Refugees
Members of a British Baptist church faced 10-hour days in primitive conditions as they helped cook for tens of thousands of refugees, who have been pouring across Libya's border to escape the fighting.
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Baptists Respond to Japanese Disaster, Met Needs after Four Other Quakes
Baptists Respond to Japanese Disaster, Met Needs after Four Other Quakes
Global Baptists have provided financial aid and are assisting with relief and rescue efforts after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami. They have responded to earthquakes in four other nations over the last 14 months.
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London Baptists Fund Olympics Position
London Baptists Fund Olympics Position
In the months leading up to next year's Olympics in London, Baptist churches will have help finding ways to engage in ministry during the games thanks to a new position funded by London Baptists.
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Developing Leaders Who Will Change the World
Developing Leaders Who Will Change the World
How do you develop highly motivated church leaders? Send them to places where they can witness God at work in power. And that's what a British Baptist missionary agency has been doing for decades.
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Cuban Pastor Resigns Under Government Pressure
Cuban Pastor Resigns Under Government Pressure
A Baptist pastor in Cuba said he is stepping down from his church position because of prolonged government pressure and threats made against the church. Other Baptist pastors face similar situations, he warned.
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How Churches Can Plan for Their Next Minister
How Churches Can Plan for Their Next Minister
Churches rarely do a good job in planning for their next pastor. When long-time pastors leave, they are usually followed by a person who is competent but doesn't last long.
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British Baptists Have Greatest Share of Websites
British Baptists Have Greatest Share of Websites
The number of churches in Great Britain with websites has increased markedly in the last two years; Baptists have the highest percentage among the main United Kingdom denominations.
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Former UCC President Suspended After Affair
(RNS) The former president of the UCC has been suspended for one year and ordered to undergo a program of growth.
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Clergy Answer King’s 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail
(RNS) A coalition of Christian churches answered the Rev. Martin Luther King’s 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”
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Pastor Who Prayed for Obama’s Death Turns to Westboro Baptist Church
(RNS) A Southern Baptist pastor who called for prayers for the death of Obama is now planning prayers against Westboro Baptist Church.
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Knowing When It's Time to Move On
Knowing When It's Time to Move On
While many leaders know when it's time to move on and let others take the reins, a few stay too long or leave too quickly. Two football players help illustrate both of these points.
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Attending A Baptism
“Baptist” is not necessarily a name our spiritual forefathers chose for themselves. It was given to them by those who observed their behavior, didn’t like it very much, and chose the name as a form of ridicule.
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Missouri Synod President to Keep Preaching Skills Polished
ST. LOUIS (RNS) The Rev. Matthew Harrison will serve a local church in addition to his role as President.
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Baptist of the Year: Babs Baugh
Baptist of the Year: Babs Baugh

Babs Baugh makes things happen. She acutely senses where goodwill Baptists are and recognizes the need for us to get our act together. She's EthicsDaily.com's pick for Baptist of the Year.

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American Baptist Delegation Visits Middle East
American Baptist Delegation Visits Middle East
A delegation of American Baptist leaders spent almost two weeks in the Middle East, engaging in interfaith dialogue with Muslims and encouraging Arab Christians.
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Fragmentary Notes from a Mission Trip to Tanzania
Fragmentary Notes from a Mission Trip to Tanzania
Following a Muslim-Baptist mission trip to Tanzania, it appears Tanzanians share common religious ground in a way superior to U.S. Christians who are struggling to interface with U.S. Muslims.
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HISNets Gives Its 100,000th Mosquito Net to Muslim Mother in Tanzania
HISNets Gives Its 100,000th Mosquito Net to Muslim Mother in Tanzania
During a Muslim-Baptist mission trip to provide mosquito-repellent nets in one of the world's poorer nations, a young Muslim mother received the 100,000th net distributed by a Baptist-led organization.
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Let There Be Peace
he peace God promises will be characterized by socially just leadership, fellowship built on genuine harmony, and the humbling and liberating work of repentance.
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Muslims and Baptists Join Hands in Mosquito Net Distribution in Tanzania
Muslims and Baptists Join Hands in Mosquito Net Distribution in Tanzania
Two Baptists and a Muslim left behind Oklahoma's infectious fear of Islam to combat the infectious disease of malaria in Tanzania, demonstrating that different faiths can work together to meet human needs.
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Vatican, China Clash over Bishop’s Ordination
HONG KONG (RNS/ENInews) Vatican and Hong Kong cardinals criticized the ordination of a Catholic bishop without Vatican approval.
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Mormons Soften Language on Gays
(RNS) A newly published compilation of guidelines used worldwide by leaders of the Mormon Church has softened the language about gay Mormons.
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Forbes Names Pope World’s Fifth Most Powerful Figure
(RNS) Pope Benedict XVI won the No. 5 spot in a list of the world’s most powerful people.
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How to Succeed in Ministry? Ask Your Orthodontist
How to Succeed in Ministry? Ask Your Orthodontist
The key to ministry success is identifying the most strategic issue and resolving it. As orthodontists know, it takes constant pressure applied at just the right place.
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How Ministry Success is Like Golfer's $11 Million Shot
How Ministry Success is Like Golfer's $11 Million Shot
How did Jim Furyk's pull off an unbelievable shot out of a wet sand bunker that helped him win more than $11 million? A lot of behind-the-scenes practice led up to that moment. Success in ministry is the same way.
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Top Canadian Orthodox Bishop on Leave for Misconduct
TORONTO (RNS) One of Canada’s top Eastern Orthodox hierarchs has resigned his duties and been granted a leave of absence.
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Documentary Screening Draws Crowd in Memphis, Creates Good Will
Documentary Screening Draws Crowd in Memphis, Creates Good Will
Taking a "step toward peace," some 300 people, including about one third of them coming from Memphis' Muslim community, attended a screening of "Different Books, Common Word" at First Baptist of Memphis.
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Va. Imam Named Head of Largest Muslim Group
(RNS) The Islamic Society of North America named a gregarious Sudanese-born Virginia imam as its new president.
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Long Denies False Allegations
(RNS) Pastor Bishop Eddie Long has decried the “false allegations” lodged against him.
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Embattled Philadelphia Bishop Says He Won’t Resign
(RNS) The embattled Episcopal bishop of Philadelphia is defiantly refusing to resign.
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FBC Memphis Invites City to Screening of Baptist-Muslim Documentary
FBC Memphis Invites City to Screening of Baptist-Muslim Documentary
First Baptist Church of Memphis is breaking new cultural ground with its sponsorship of a citywide screening of EthicsDaily.com's documentary about how U.S. Baptists and Muslims are engaged in interfaith dialogue and action.
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Churches Have Different Cultures but Common Mission
Churches Have Different Cultures but Common Mission
Every congregation has a unique culture. For church leaders, this means they must become social anthropologists who must peel back the layers of authority, custom and process to really understand their congregations.
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EthicsDaily.com Documentary at Memphis Church, Festival
EthicsDaily.com Documentary at Memphis Church, Festival
A documentary about Baptist-Muslim relationships will take a higher profile in the coming weeks, first at First Baptist Church of Memphis then at the International Black Film Festival of Nashville.
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Prominent Faith Leaders Denounce Islamophobia
WASHINGTON (RNS) Three dozen faith leaders issued a declaration denouncing anti-Muslim bigotry.
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Ways That You Can Recognize True Leadership
Ways That You Can Recognize True Leadership
They don't ask others to do what they are not already doing. They determine for themselves they will tell the truth. They seek to elevate others to achieve success. Who are they? They're true leaders.
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Former United Church of Christ President Admits Affair
(RNS) The former president of the UCC is divorcing his wife and is in a committed relationship with a former co-worker.
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The Note Read,
The Note Read, "BHO is a Marxist"
Many Baptists have watered down Jesus, severing his agenda for social justice from Christian faith. How do we counteract the ideological gloss on the biblical witness used to justify a laissez-faire economic system?
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Financial Woes Lead to President’s Resignation at Methodist College
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Trustees at Birmingham-Southern College accepted the resignation of President David Pollick.
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American Buddhist Godfather Robert Aitken Dies at 93
(RNS) Robert Aitken Roshi, pioneer in bringing Zen Buddhism to the West, died at age 93.
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Kenyan Church Leaders Defend Opposition to Constitution
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS/ENInews) Kenyan church leaders have rejected calls for an apology after they campaigned against a new constitution.
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Church of God Says Women Can Be Leaders but Not Bishops
(RNS) The Church of God has decided to permit women to serve on local church councils but they cannot be ordained as bishops.
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Thirty Years of Baptist Religious-Political Attacks
Thirty Years of Baptist Religious-Political Attacks
Thirty years ago, Baliey Smith, then Southern Baptist Convention president, stood in the Oval Office and attacked Jimmy Carter's religious beliefs because of political differences. Today, Baptists continue to follow that model.
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Mountains Hold Physical and Cultural Challenges
Mountains Hold Physical and Cultural Challenges
Mountains seem to beckon us to climb them. They pose a daunting physical challenge for the daring among us, and a few others also find cultural and spiritual tests awaiting them.
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Catholic Patriarch Blasts Israel for Allowing Gay Parade
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Catholic Church’s highest official in the Holy Land sharply criticized Israeli authorities for permitting a gay pride parade.
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County Pays Price for Ten Commandments Monument
County Pays Price for Ten Commandments Monument
Oklahoma's Haskell County erected a monument in 2004 on their courthouse lawn that included the Ten Commandments. That misguided decision will cost the county's taxpayers $199,000 plus interest.
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Ten Suggestions to Guide Baptists in Their Future
Ten Suggestions to Guide Baptists in Their Future
While Baptists have a rich 400-year history, it's important to reflect on our future – as individuals and as communities. To paraphrase Yogi Berra, if we don't know where we're going, we might not get there.
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BWA Leaders Lament Christian Vilification of Muslims, Offer Constructive Way Forward
BWA Leaders Lament Christian Vilification of Muslims, Offer Constructive Way Forward
Sharing their concerns about the vilification of Muslims by Christians, two Baptists mapped out ways for constructive engagement between the world's two largest faith groups during a Baptist World Alliance focus group.
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Predicting the Future? No Easy Task for Leaders
Predicting the Future? No Easy Task for Leaders
No one knows what the future holds. That's why every organization, including the church, needs courageous leaders who will encourage openness and trust that will allow stakeholders to talk, dream and innovate.
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 Interview (Part 1): David Coffey on His Five-Year Term as BWA President
Interview (Part 1): David Coffey on His Five-Year Term as BWA President
David Coffey showed courage and demonstrated wisdom during his presidential tenure of the Baptist World Alliance. As his term draws to a close, he reflected on his service in an EthicsDaily.com interview.
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Young Ministers Speak to the Baptist Future
Young Ministers Speak to the Baptist Future
What do the younger generation of Baptists think about where we are headed? While no Baptist speaks for another, these voices of influence will be among those who will one day define what it means to be Baptist.
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BWA Meets, Seasoned Leaders Speak to 21st Century Future of Baptists
BWA Meets, Seasoned Leaders Speak to 21st Century Future of Baptists
With Baptists celebrating 400 years of history and with global Baptists meeting for the BWA Congress, several seasoned Baptists share their views on the direction Baptists should take in their future.
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Last Call: British Baptist Holds Funeral in Pub
Last Call: British Baptist Holds Funeral in Pub
With the church under a major renovation, a British Baptist minister decided to hold a funeral in a local pub. More than 200 people crammed into the pub and listened intently to the Gospel.
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Goodwill Baptists Can Hang Together or Separately
Goodwill Baptists Can Hang Together or Separately
Some 300 people attended the Baptist Center for Ethics luncheon in Charlotte, N.C., the latest indicator that BCE's record of being on the cutting edge of moral engagement is on a successful track.
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Making Big Strides in Baptist-Muslim Relationships
Making Big Strides in Baptist-Muslim Relationships
During an EthicsDaily.com luncheon, two North Carolina pastors shared stories about how their congregations took some small steps that turned into significant strides in Baptist-Muslim relationships.
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British Baptists Receive Honor from Queen
British Baptists Receive Honor from Queen
Baptists in Great Britain were among those honored recently in the Queen's Birthday Honors list. They include a former president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain as well as a teacher retiring after 29 years of service.
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Building Bridges to Strengthen Christian-Muslim Relations
Building Bridges to Strengthen Christian-Muslim Relations
At EthicsDaily.com's luncheon during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Assembly, three individuals described how they built relational bridges over the cultural minefield of Christian-Muslim tensions.
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Why Do Churches Follow CEO Leadership Model?
Why Do Churches Follow CEO Leadership Model?
The corporate CEO tends to be associated with unbridled greed, hedonistic lifestyles, raw exercise of power and smug self-confidence. And yet this CEO model has carried over to various forms of Christian ministry.
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Baptists Offer Moral Critique of Israel's Deadly Attack on Freedom Flotilla
Baptists Offer Moral Critique of Israel's Deadly Attack on Freedom Flotilla
The Israeli commando attack on a pro-Palestinian flotilla 80 miles from Israel's coast that resulted in at least nine civilian deaths and 30 wounded has drawn a moral critique from global Baptists.
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What's Disappearing in Churches? The Middle
What's Disappearing in Churches? The Middle
Church life in modern America is characterized by the loss of a "consensus in the middle" and the growing influence of the extremes. With a weakened middle, many churches experience greater instability.
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Baptist Historians Stick Their Necks Out for the Common Good
Baptist Historians Stick Their Necks Out for the Common Good
Good Baptist historians stick their necks out for the common good and offer a relevant moral witness when it counts. They're more interested in strengthening the prophetic voice than offering soothing sermons.
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Baptist Organizational Leaders Voice Anxiety, See Abundance
Baptist Organizational Leaders Voice Anxiety, See Abundance
Anxiety and abundance were two themes that emerged during a retreat of organizational leaders related to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Baptists should rejoice at the challenges and prioritize the opportunities.
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CBF's Future: Walls Or Windmills
CBF's Future: Walls Or Windmills
The greatest challenge facing goodwill Baptists is to move decisively away from the tradition, temptation and timidity of wall-building. It's time to build windmills.
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Denzel Washington Talks a Second Time about EthicsDaily.com's TV Documentary
Denzel Washington Talks a Second Time about EthicsDaily.com's TV Documentary
Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington, seen here in The Book of Eli, has spoken publicly again about EthicsDaily.com's "Different Books, Common Word." (Photo: Warner Bros.)
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Catholics and Baptists Have Different Sacraments but Similar Child Abuse Scandals
Catholics and Baptists Have Different Sacraments but Similar Child Abuse Scandals
Conservative columnist Cal Thomas wrote that the sexual scandals in Catholicism and Protestantism were different, but Catholic and Baptist leaders have more similarities than differences on the child-abuse front.
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Temptations Lurk in Ministry Transitions
Temptations Lurk in Ministry Transitions
Too often, leadership transitions in church can take on the look and feel of political transitions. Unlike politicians, we need to recognize ministry is not about creating our own legacies
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Save Green, Go Green at June Luncheon in Charlotte
Save Green, Go Green at June Luncheon in Charlotte
Our annual luncheon during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's annual gathering will give you the chance to "Save Green, Go Green." Order your tickets today to this limited-seating event.
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Going It Alone? Why We Need Community
Going It Alone? Why We Need Community
Baptists have too often emphasized individualism – an it's-me-and-Jesus attitude – over community. But there are good reasons to be connected to others as part of our Christian life. Here are five of them.
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Baylor Regents, Others Devalue Authentic Churchmanship with Words about Ken Starr
Baylor Regents, Others Devalue Authentic Churchmanship with Words about Ken Starr
With their introduction of Ken Starr as Baylor University's next president, the school's regents and advisory committee members cheapened Baptist church membership.
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Baptist-Muslim Panelists Stress Interfaith Action at Documentary Screening in Houston
Baptist-Muslim Panelists Stress Interfaith Action at Documentary Screening in Houston
"Different Books, Common Word" can be an important vehicle for social change on the local level where Islamic centers and Baptist congregations can get together to screen the documentary and discuss it.
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"Voice From the Past" Advises Barack Obama
President Obama receives a lot of advice, including this letter from a voice from the past. "Mo Amramson" was also in charge of leading a multitude of people through troubling times.
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Needs Throughout Haiti Remain Critical
Needs Throughout Haiti Remain Critical
While most of the attention of the earthquake in Haiti has focused on Port-au-Prince, many throughout the country are suffering. One church network has been providing assistance to help with the ongoing crisis.
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500 Dead After Religious Violence in Nigeria
500 Dead After Religious Violence in Nigeria
Nigerian Baptists have asked for prayer following violence between Christians and Muslims that has left an estimated 500 people dead and displaced around 18,000 others.
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Baptist Church Damaged in Iraq Explosion
Baptist Church Damaged in Iraq Explosion
First Baptist Church of Baghdad suffered serious damage when a bomb exploded only a third-mile away from the building. The adults and children inside the building were not physically harmed.
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NBC-TV Station Looks at EthicsDaily.com Documentary Airing on ABC-TV Stations
NBC-TV Station Looks at EthicsDaily.com Documentary Airing on ABC-TV Stations
EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Different Books, Common Word," airing on ABC-TV stations across the country, is generating positive dialogue about the relationship between goodwill Baptists and Muslims.
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Denzel Washington Talks about EthicsDaily.com Documentary on BET
Denzel Washington Talks about EthicsDaily.com Documentary on BET
Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington called EthicsDaily.com’s hour-long documentary "an interesting show” on Thursday.
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EthicsDaily Documentary Airs This Weekend on ABC-TV Stations in Chicago, Richmond, Kansas City, Waco
EthicsDaily Documentary Airs This Weekend on ABC-TV Stations in Chicago, Richmond, Kansas City, Waco
EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims," continues to air on ABC-TV stations to glowing reviews. And it's not too late to ask your local station to air it.
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Right-Wing Columnist Criticizes EthicsDaily.com Documentary Without Viewing It
Right-Wing Columnist Criticizes EthicsDaily.com Documentary Without Viewing It
The founder of WorldNetDaily misled his readers about "Different Books, Common Word," EthicsDaily.com's documentary about Baptist-Muslim relationships. But facts bear little value for ideologues.
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Documentary Airs on ABC-TV Stations with Glowing Reviews, Airs Again Sunday
Documentary Airs on ABC-TV Stations with Glowing Reviews, Airs Again Sunday
The first of many broadcasts of EthicsDaily.com's "Different Books, Common Word" aired Sunday. The response has been exceedingly positive to the documentary on Baptist-Muslim relationships.
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Sadly, Many Surprised by Baptist-Muslim Relationships
Sadly, Many Surprised by Baptist-Muslim Relationships
During filming of "Different Books, Common Word," many couldn't believe Baptists and Muslims could have any sort of relationship. Their disbelief didn't grow in a vacuum. It was cultivated by extremism of word and deed.
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What Is the Most Important Religion Story for 2009?
What Is the Most Important Religion Story for 2009?
The Baptist-Muslim engagement was the most unanticipated and underreported religion story of 2009. And EthicsDaily.com's new documentary examines five stories that will shed light on that relationship.
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Baptist College: Faculty Must Affirm Faith Statement
Baptist College: Faculty Must Affirm Faith Statement
A small Baptist college in Georgia will require faculty to express public allegiance to the Southern Baptist doctrinal statement, reinforcing how Southern Baptist education has changed to be more about isolation and indoctrination.
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Ignoring Critics, Some Baptists and Muslims Cooperate
Ignoring Critics, Some Baptists and Muslims Cooperate
Some Christians want us to distance ourselves from Muslims, falsely claiming the actions of extremists define Islam. Yet these same critics consider Christian extremists to be the exceptions of their own faith.
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Baptist of the Year: Emmanuel McCall
Baptist of the Year: Emmanuel McCall
With gritty determination and undeniable dignity, Emmanuel McCall has worked constructively in the white Baptist power structure to advance racial reconciliation. He's EthicsDaily.com's Baptist of the Year for 2009.
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EthicsDaily.com's Baptist-Muslim Documentary to Air on ABC Stations
EthicsDaily.com's Baptist-Muslim Documentary to Air on ABC Stations
EthicsDaily.com's new documentary, "Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims," has been picked up by more than 60 ABC stations across the country for broadcast beginning in January. And more will follow.
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Will Baptists Decry Hatred Against Muslims?
Will Baptists Decry Hatred Against Muslims?
The first of three men who firebombed a Tennessee mosque received a 14-year prison sentence in November. Are we willing to take a stand, in words and actions, against such hatred and ignorance?
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Baptist Church Maintains Interfaith Ties with School
Baptist Church Maintains Interfaith Ties with School
A Baptist church in England has exemplified interfaith work in its eight-year partnership with a multifaith school. Most of the independent school's 200 boys are from Muslim, Hindu and Sikh families.
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Muslim Leaders Can Help Goodwill Baptists Think about Interfaith Dialogue
Muslim Leaders Can Help Goodwill Baptists Think about Interfaith Dialogue
Interfaith dialogue is difficult for many Baptists, but dismissing or avoiding it is not an option in the 21st century. Two Muslim leaders offer insights that can engage goodwill Baptists.
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Baptists Model Better Alternative to Allure of Gambling
Baptists Model Better Alternative to Allure of Gambling
With a huge lottery jackpot of more than $151 million awaiting two winners, it's a reminder why many Baptists do not participate in this or other forms of gambling. We bear witness to a better way.
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Uzbekistan Court Convicts Three Baptist Union Leaders
Uzbekistan Court Convicts Three Baptist Union Leaders
Three leaders of a Baptist organization in Uzbekistan, including its president, were convicted and fined for evading taxes and involving children in religious activity without their parents' consent.
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What Baptists Believe
So the next time you’re at a party and you’re asked what Baptists believe, don’t be calling me on your cell phone for a review!  Just remember the four fragile freedoms—Bible freedom, Soul freedom, Church freedom, and Religious freedom—and you’ll be fine.
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 If Women Ruled: Great Examples Always Have Exception
If Women Ruled: Great Examples Always Have Exception
Some recent inspiring stories in the news have indicated that this world might indeed be a better place if women ruled it. Of course, every rule has an exception. Bosnia's Iron Lady proves it.
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What's the Big Deal about Being Baptist?
No, Baptists aren’t the only freedom-loving people in the world.  But thanks to their efforts, millions of people here and abroad enjoy freedom of conscience when it comes to religion.  No elected official, no ordained minister controls what we believe, or what we do about church, if anything.  And that, my friends, is a very big deal!
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Baptists and Muslims Work Together for Health-Care Reform
Baptists and Muslims Work Together for Health-Care Reform
The possibility of advancing the common good, such as health-care reform, improves when goodwill Muslims and Baptists work together. A recent press conference illustrates this point.
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EthicsDaily.com Produces TV Documentary
EthicsDaily.com Produces TV Documentary
EthicsDaily.com has produced an hour-long documentary on Baptist-Muslim relations that will begin airing on ABC-TV stations in January 2010.
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"Different Books, Common Word"

The Web site for EthicsDaily.com's hour-long documentary "Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims."

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 Invention of Lying? SBC Head's Nazi Analogy Offensive
Invention of Lying? SBC Head's Nazi Analogy Offensive
A Southern Baptist leader evoked images of Hitler and the Holocaust to thwart health-care reform. It is a brutal insult both to the victims and survivors of that Holocaust. His handlers should silence him.
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CBS Reporter Gives a Christian Witness
CBS Reporter Gives a Christian Witness
A common prejudice among many people of faith is that the national media is hostile or indifferent toward faith. Perhaps that bias will change when they hear CBS correspondent Byron Pitts.
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Baptists Respond to Asia and Pacific Disasters
Baptists Respond to Asia and Pacific Disasters
Washington, DC (BWA) --Baptist World Aid (BWAid), the relief and development arm of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA), is coordinating relief efforts to the Philippines and Indonesia after these countries were badly affected by a typhoon and earthquakes, respectively.
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Calvin at 500
And if you are not already thoroughly confused, followers of Dutch theologian Joseph Arminius muddy the water still more. Arminians whole-heartedly agree with Calvin that we are incapable of saving ourselves. We don’t choose God. God chooses us. However, say Arminians, for God’s choice to finally make a difference, we must respond to God’s grace. In other words, God makes the first move (prevenient grace) but he can’t save us by himself.   At some point, we have to cooperate (cooperative grace) with God by accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. Even though God chooses us to be his own, we have the freedom to resist his grace and say, “No. I’d rather be in Hell.”
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Four Years Later, Katrina Assistance Still Needed
Four Years Later, Katrina Assistance Still Needed
It's been four years since Hurricane Katrina took its toll on Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states. The Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention is working to help people rebuild.
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Former Baptist Pastor Goes to Trial Charged with Genocide in Rwanda
Former Baptist Pastor Goes to Trial Charged with Genocide in Rwanda
A former Baptist pastor goes on trial for allegedly organizing the murder of 5,000 Rwandans in the 1994 rampage of Hutu-led genocide. Sadly, most Baptists said little during that time.
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What Drives Your Church? 'Come and See' or 'Go and Tell'
What Drives Your Church? 'Come and See' or 'Go and Tell'
Your church receives a $3,000 gift and comes up with two ways to spend the money. What the leaders decide may indicate the philosophy that drives your church.
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Class Act: CBF, Church Provide School Supplies
Class Act: CBF, Church Provide School Supplies
For the fourth consecutive year, Second Baptist Church of Little Rock, Ark., partnered with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship to ensure more than 300 students received much-needed school supplies.
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Can Baptists Learn to Perpetually Adore Jesus?
Can Baptists Learn to Perpetually Adore Jesus?
While Baptists don't hold to the idea that the bread in the Eucharist transforms into Christ, we might be a little envious of the revival of the practice of perpetual adoration.
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Baptists' Rallying Cry: Let Freedom Ring for All
Baptists' Rallying Cry: Let Freedom Ring for All
If individuals and groups truly have freedom, the public square will become a battle ground of conflicting views. Christians need to learn to live with being in a land of many voices.
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Global Baptists Hear Reports of Religious Discrimination, Interfaith Engagement
Global Baptists Hear Reports of Religious Discrimination, Interfaith Engagement
Baptists still face state-sponsored religious discrimination. Serbian Baptists, for example, are granted "considerably less rights than the privileged religious community," one pastor said.
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Attend Immigration Luncheon at New Baptist Covenant Meeting
Attend Immigration Luncheon at New Baptist Covenant Meeting
Immigration may not be in the headlines, but it is at the doorstep of the local church. The biblical witness' unavoidable imperative to care for the stranger makes it a top priority.
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Saving the Environment – A Resolution at a Time
Saving the Environment – A Resolution at a Time
If Baptists desire to speak with credibility on environmental stewardship, they must move beyond passing resolutions and pursue concrete actions.
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Baptists and Muslims: Being Good Neighbors
Baptists and Muslims: Being Good Neighbors

Fomenting fear of Muslims by making stereotypical observations and false accusations will not encourage peace. We need to build bridges, not walls.

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First Rule of Falling Leaders: Blame Something
First Rule of Falling Leaders: Blame Something
Rather than accept responsibility for setbacks, some leaders prefer to pass the buck to external factors or other people. (At least, that's what the liberal media want you to believe.)
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Speak Anyway
This time, they did. But God does not guarantee Ezekiel or Frank or anyone else that people will listen. That’s not our worry. God says, speak anyway. 
So, a little humility, weak and wobbly ones of God. It’s not all up to you. Speak anyway. Whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house), they shall know that there has been a prophet among them.
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Upcoming Oklahoma Gathering Models Baptist Inclusiveness
Upcoming Oklahoma Gathering Models Baptist Inclusiveness
Building Bridges, the New Baptist Covenant gathering in Oklahoma, is a must-attend event for goodwill Baptists, transcending racial, ethnic, theological, political and cultural boundaries.
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Warren Addresses American Muslims; American Muslim Speaks to ABC-USA
Warren Addresses American Muslims; American Muslim Speaks to ABC-USA
Distance is shrinking between Baptist and Muslim leaders in America — faster than rank-and-file members realize.
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BWA Gathering to Deliberate on Baptists' 400th Anniversary
BWA Gathering to Deliberate on Baptists' 400th Anniversary
When member of the Baptist World Alliance come together in the Netherlands in late July, the 400th anniversary of the founding of the first Baptist church will take center stage.
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Down on Today's Youth? Try Spending a Week with 500 of Them
Down on Today's Youth? Try Spending a Week with 500 of Them
So you think today's young people are hopeless? Maybe you should spend a week with nearly 500 of them at the annual Lott Carey Youth Seminar. You'll find visionaries who believe God will do more than we can ever imagine.
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Young Leaders Staying Home From SBC's Annual Meeting
Young Leaders Staying Home From SBC's Annual Meeting
When the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting begins today, leaders expect one trend to continue: Few young leaders will attend. One young pastor says many of his peers don't want to be associated with the SBC brand.
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South Carolina Minister Nominated to Serve as CBF Moderator-Elect
South Carolina Minister Nominated to Serve as CBF Moderator-Elect
Christy McMillin-Goodwin, associate minister for education and missions at Oakland Baptist Church in Rock Hill, S.C., has been nominated as moderator-elect for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
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Obama's Visit to Muslim Countries Sows Seeds for Peace
Obama's Visit to Muslim Countries Sows Seeds for Peace
President Obama's trip to predominantly Muslim nations in the Middle East holds historic promise. Every Christian can only pray that Obama's trip sows seeds that will bear fruit of a hundred-fold for peace.
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 Would a Baptist Church by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?
Would a Baptist Church by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?
Some churches have removed Baptist from their names, but others seek to reclaim the meaning of the name. Many principles of historical Baptist theology and polity offer a solid basis for citizenship in a free and diverse society.
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Baptist Leaders Endorse 'American Clean Energy and Security Act'
Baptist Leaders Endorse 'American Clean Energy and Security Act'
More than 140 Baptist leaders from across the country signed a Baptist Center for Ethics letter to lawmakers endorsing the "American Clean Energy and Security Act."
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Best Pastors Are More Than Skilled Leaders – They're Artists
Best Pastors Are More Than Skilled Leaders – They're Artists
Church leaders need to be more than good managers who grasp the mechanics of running a congregation. They need to be artists who understand discernment, composition, arrangement, timing, imagination and presentation.
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SBC Program Is Virtually All White, All Male; ABC Program Is Multi-Cultural
SBC Program Is Virtually All White, All Male; ABC Program Is Multi-Cultural
If the Southern Baptist Convention believes that actions speak louder than words, then its action of having a program of virtually all whites and all males places a big question mark over the convention's 2009 meeting logo.
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'Leaders Who Last'
'Leaders Who Last'
Margaret Marcuson's "Leaders Who Last" does not offer a quick fix or even guarantee success for clergy running on empty on ministry treadmills. If one theme pervades the book it is this: improving leadership is hard work and it takes time.
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Survey: U.K. Christians Optimistic About Their Churches' Growth
Survey: U.K. Christians Optimistic About Their Churches' Growth
The majority of Christians in the United Kingdom think attendance in their own churches will increase over the next 20 years, a survey revealed. They're less optimistic about growth of other churches in the U.K.
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Church's 'Beneath the Skin' Sessions Spark Candid Dialogue
Church's 'Beneath the Skin' Sessions Spark Candid Dialogue
When Churchland Baptist Church in Virginia used the "Beneath the Skin" DVD and study guide for a recent group session, it encouraged open and honest discussion that will hopefully trickle into further conversations in other settings.
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Will Baptists Answer the Call to Long-Term Mission Service?
Will Baptists Answer the Call to Long-Term Mission Service?
Few are answering the call to a vocation of full-time mission service overseas, a mission worker told Baptists at the annual Baptist Assembly in Great Britain. With the needs so great, why are the laborers so scarce?
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Disclaiming Gore Is Weak-Kneed Start to Baptist Creation Care Conference
Disclaiming Gore Is Weak-Kneed Start to Baptist Creation Care Conference
Some current Baptists are making the same mistake with the environment that their spiritual ancestors did with race relations.
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No Matter Who's in Charge, Total Power Often Corrupts
No Matter Who's in Charge, Total Power Often Corrupts
Our nation is at its best when we have leadership that appreciates the value of bipartisan power and the presence of an opposing party that can call for accountability. Whenever one party holds the power, disaster looms.
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Teen to British Baptists: Oppose Discrimination against Young
Teen to British Baptists: Oppose Discrimination against Young
After a passionate speech from an 18-year-old, British Baptists passed a resolution condemning the use of 'mosquito' alarms, which emit a high-pitched sound that's intolerable to many young adults, to force them away from businesses.
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New Baptist President Issues Challenge to Expect Revival
New Baptist President Issues Challenge to Expect Revival
The new president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, Kingsley Appiagyei, challenged Baptists "to expect great things from God, and also to attempt great things for God," at the Baptist Assembly's opening celebration.
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Baptists Seek Safety from Flu Virus, Remain Silent About Hate-Speech Virus
Baptists Seek Safety from Flu Virus, Remain Silent About Hate-Speech Virus
We are witnessing a pandemic in conservative America of hate-speech against Mexicans.
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Missouri Baptist Board OKs Mission Funds for Lawsuits
Missouri Baptist Board OKs Mission Funds for Lawsuits
Despite the Missouri Baptist Convention executive director's assertion that money given by churches to sustain ministries and missions efforts has not been tapped to fund lawsuits, the convention's executive committee is proposing exactly that.
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BWA Donates Funds to Drug Rehabilitation Clinic in Peru
BWA Donates Funds to Drug Rehabilitation Clinic in Peru
A Baptist World Alliance donation of almost $4,900 to a drug rehabilitation program in Arequipa, Peru, will be used to establish a chicken farm, helping the clinic become self-sufficient.
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Americans' Confidence in Religious Leaders at All-Time Low
Americans' Confidence in Religious Leaders at All-Time Low
Used car salesmen and members of Congress need to slide over and make room. A new study finds that only one out of five Americans have a "great deal" of confidence in leaders of religious institutions.
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Baptists' Witness in Israel Approaches a Century
Baptists' Witness in Israel Approaches a Century
With their roots stretching back to 1911, the Baptist community in Israel numbers 3,000 people making up 20 churches in Galilee and central Israel. They are a minority group in a multifaith, multicultural society.
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Pastor: Baptists in Gaza Caught Between 'Two Fires'
Pastor: Baptists in Gaza Caught Between 'Two Fires'
Baptists and other Christians in Gaza lived side by side with their Muslim neighbors in love and respect until six years ago. Today, they are caught between the Israeli attacks on Gaza and attacks from militant Muslims.
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In the Minority, Lebanese Baptists Take Message to Arab World
In the Minority, Lebanese Baptists Take Message to Arab World
The Baptist movement in Lebanon began more than a century ago when a Lebanese photographer visited a Baptist church in St. Louis. Today, its ministries include a seminary, publishing house, school and a community-relief organization.
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Campolo to Baptists: 'Carry Out the Great Commandment'
Campolo to Baptists: 'Carry Out the Great Commandment'
Popular author and preacher Tony Campolo urged Baptists to help care for the needs of others by making systemic changes to American society and churches, during the final session of the Baptist Border Crossing.
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Coffey Encourages New Baptist Covenant Movement
Coffey Encourages New Baptist Covenant Movement
David Coffey, president of the Baptist World Alliance, told an estimated 900 participants at the Baptist Border Crossing that their network will be successful as they trust the Lord to help them overcome barriers.
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Carter Urges Baptists to Unite Despite Differences
Carter Urges Baptists to Unite Despite Differences
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter encouraged Baptists to put aside disagreements, urging them instead to unite behind "the gospel's simple message," during a session of the Baptist Border Crossing.
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Women Ministers Form Support Group in Arkansas
Women Ministers Form Support Group in Arkansas
Carolyn Staley, minister of education at Pulaski Heights Baptist Church in Little Rock, Ark., has organized an Arkansas Chapter of Baptist Women in Ministry. Some of her members can't be named publicly.
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Police Raid Baptist Home in Azerbaijan, Detain Three Women
Police Raid Baptist Home in Azerbaijan, Detain Three Women
Three Baptist women were detained and fined for "illegally spreading Christianity and other faiths" in the South Caucasus country of Azerbaijan on March 25.
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Trip Inspires Students to Develop Missions Projects
Trip Inspires Students to Develop Missions Projects
Thirteen students toured six countries as part of a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship mission program last summer. Now they're helping others understand how the United Nations' goal to eradicate poverty intersects with their faith.
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North Carolina’s CBF Challenged to ‘Talk the Talk’
North Carolina’s CBF Challenged to ‘Talk the Talk’
Too many Christians buy into the idea that a vocal witness is not important and “words don’t mean anything,” Fred Craddock says.
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Today’s Leadership Thrives on Relationships, Core Values
Today’s Leadership Thrives on Relationships, Core Values
The mechanistic leadership model stifled creativity, meaning and relationships for everyone except those at the top. The new organic model is built on a core of spirituality and relationships.
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More than 120 Persons Baptized in Jordan
More than 120 Persons Baptized in Jordan
The baptisms were the culmination of an afternoon of celebration in which the Baptism Center at Bethany beyond Jordan was dedicated.
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Baptists and Muslim Scholars Meet in Jordan
Baptists and Muslim Scholars Meet in Jordan
The Baptist World Alliance convened a number of Christian and religious groups in Amman, Jordan, to discuss common interests and to review plans surrounding the official opening and dedication of the Baptism Center in Bethany beyond Jordan.
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Firebombing of Mosque in Rural Tennessee Sparks Baptist-Muslim Interface
Firebombing of Mosque in Rural Tennessee Sparks Baptist-Muslim Interface
The popular perception is that there is no constructive relationship between Baptists and Muslims in the United States. Why is that? Why is there so little recognized relationship between goodwill Baptists and Muslims?
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Rabbi, Pastor Team Up to Write Passover Haggadah for Christians
Two years ago Rami Shapiro, a former congregational rabbi for 20 years in Miami who now directs an educational center called One River Foundation, was invited to a Passover seder service at a church in Murfreesboro, Tenn., where he now lives.
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Jewish Group Hopes to Expand 'Eco-Kosher' to Other Faiths
Many Christians say grace at mealtime, but that shouldn't be the extent of the relationship between their faith and their food.
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This Friendship Is No Joke
I chuckled when I read, "A rabbi, a priest and a minister walked into a bar. The bartender said, 'Is this a joke?'" Well, it was no joke for me on May 29, 2005. The setting was not a bar, but the home of Rabbi Stephen Chaim Listfield in Montgomery, Ala.
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'God Has Always Had a Faithful Church,' SBC Leader Says
Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler gave qualified support for a view of history called the "trail of blood" that traces an unbroken succession of "true" churches back to the New Testament era.
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Baptists Bet Casinos, not Taxes, Are Moral Issue
Baptists Bet Casinos, not Taxes, Are Moral Issue
Religious groups are more than eager to love their neighbors when it comes to regulating personal behavior. But when it comes time to take on the big issues of social and economic injustice, conservative Christians begin to sound more like a certain character in one of Jesus' parables.
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Baptists Gather in a Commitment to Peace
Baptists Gather in a Commitment to Peace
Listening to the voices of the marginalised, opposing discrimination of women and noting the impact of climate change were among the commitments made by Baptists around the world in Rome as part of the 'urgent Gospel task of being justice seekers and peacemakers'.
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A Time for Not Talking About Race
A Time for Not Talking About Race
We like to talk—and act as if our latest opinion is the right one for everyone else to embrace. But our past actions do not afford us such a position on the subject of race. It is a time to shut up, reflect deeply and listen to others.
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Orgs Must Refocus as CBF Reduces Partner Funding
This past week, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship announced in a press release that income is running at seven percent below 2008 and at just 79 percent of its current budget. As a result, the organization is cutting internal spending by 20 percent, and reducing funding for partner organizations by 30 percent.
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Black, White Congregations Renew Relationships
Black, White Congregations Renew Relationships
I’m very grateful for “Beneath the Skin” as it proved to be an excellent resource to bring our two very different congregations together for meaningful discussion and planning.
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N.C. Gathering Marks Four Centuries of Baptist Movement
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- How can Baptists maintain an effective witness into their fifth century of existence? More than 400 participants gathered at First Baptist Church Feb. 9 to mark the 400th anniversary of the Baptist movement and to anticipate what the fifth century of Baptist life might hold.
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Confessions of an Interfaith Baptist Preacher
Confessions of an Interfaith Baptist Preacher
Why would a Baptist be heavily involved in an interfaith organization? Aren’t we known for our unreserved advocacy and commitment to Christian conversion? Shouldn’t our energies be focused on the advancement of gospel sharing? Is cooperation with other faiths a form of endorsement to their claims of spiritual legitimacy?
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Baptists and Racism
Baptists have a long and storied history on the issue of race and racism.
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EthicsDaily.com Documentary Accepted at Two More Festivals
An educational documentary on racism from EthicsDaily.com has been accepted at two more U.S. film festivals.
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Relief Pours in for Victims of Gaza War
Baptists around the world have been showing support for the beleaguered civilians caught in the crossfire between Israel and Hamas.
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Baptist-Jewish Relations
A collection of resources on Baptist-Jewish relations.
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Baptist-Muslim Relations
A collection of resources on Baptist-Muslim relations.
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Baptists and Muslims Pledge to Continue Dialogue
Baptist and Muslim participants at the first national Muslim-Baptist dialogue left with a desire to continue efforts to learn more about those of the other faith and find areas of common ground.
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Change Comes Slowly, but Surely
In November, Sen. Barack Obama entered into history as the first African American to be elected president of the United States. Next Tuesday he will take the oath of office and become the 44th president of our country.
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Baptists and Muslims Must Know Each Other, Panelists Say
Baptists and Muslims must get to know each other and overcome ignorance and misinformation. That was the dominant message from both Baptist and Muslim presenters at the first national Muslim-Baptist dialogue held Jan. 9-11 at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Mass.
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Muslim Leader Asks for Help from Baptists
Muslim leader Sayyid Syeed told Baptists and Muslims on Friday night at the opening session of the first national dialogue between two faiths in the Abrahamic tradition that his religion needed the help of Baptists in America.
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American Muslim, Baptist Leaders Hold Groundbreaking Meeting
Around 80 Baptist and Muslim leaders from across the nation gathered in Boston for a first-of-its-kind dialogue Jan. 9-11 in hopes of furthering mutual understanding and discovering areas of common ground. Held at the Islamic Center of Boston and Andover Newton Theological School, the meeting included presentations, breakout discussion sessions, worship services and fellowship times.
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New Leadership and Theological Transformation Might Reverse SBC Decline
Reversing the Southern Baptist Convention’s decline and loss of influence will demand new leadership and theological transformation, two very unlikely possibilities in the next decade. The SBC’s numerical slide and besmirched image took some 30 years to achieve and cannot be undone by a quick makeover.
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BWA Responds to Letter from Muslim Leaders
Washington, D.C. (BWA) -- The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) has issued a formal response to "A Common Word Between Us and You," a letter written by 138 Muslim leaders and scholars that appealed for Christians and Muslims to cooperate in engendering peace and religious freedom.
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Gaza’s Only Baptist Pastor Comments on Attacks
A Baptist pastor—the pastor of the only Protestant church in the Gaza Strip—has spoken about the plight of Palestinian Christians and others in the wake of the recent attacks.
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Ministry Leaders Must Contextualize
Recently, I wrote that an effective ministry entrepreneur needs to acquire specific knowledge, cultivate certain values and develop competent skills to be effective in ministry. Two of these skills are being able to read or discern the culture in which one ministers and then to use that culture to influence belief.
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Baptist of the Year: David Coffey

David Coffey is EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2008.

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'Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney'
You'll understand why places like Disney are case studies in remarkability when you read Creating Magic. For a company that big to be that good for that long, great leaders have to be at the helm of every aspect of the operation.
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Making Risky Decisions
Help can come from many sources, and true leaders are not always the people up front waving their arms. As we can learn from Naaman's experience, slaves can give great advice to generals, and servants can know better than kings what needs to be done.
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What the U.S. Recession Reveals About Leadership
Hardly anything has been reported about how religious leaders are responding to the economic crisis, or even their present failure to be as forceful on behalf of the vulnerable as they have tried to be when working to influence elections and boost the political clout of their religious constituencies.
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What I Heard at Baptist-Jewish DVD Screenings in Greensboro and Mobile
When we now listen to the religious minority's stories of injury and insult, we take the first step toward religious reformation. Awareness births empathy--empathy births a passion for righteousness. At least, that's the way goodwill Baptists ought to respond morally.
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Passing Along the Leadership Mantle
A smooth transition sends clear messages about the health and future of the group, while a rocky transition can handicap the new leader and set the group or organization back significantly. We need to be deliberate and biblical about leadership transitions.
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The Challenge of Conscience in an Age of Confusion
Can Baptist congregations still be courageous enough to respect, honor and validate the personal and moral choice of members who challenge the Christian mainstream by exercising a renewal of our commitment to the liberty of conscience?
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Anti-Christian Violence Spreads in India
Washington, D.C. (BWA) -- Baptist leaders in the southern state of Karnataka in India have informed the Baptist World Alliance that persecution is on the rise in that state.
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Experiencing Burnout
Even leaders who have experienced God's providence and power in amazing and unmistakable ways can give in to periods of fear, despair and darkness.
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So You Want to Be a Preacher
I never took a class in preaching; I don't remember anyone talking to me about preaching; I am sure I did not read anything about preaching. Given this, it is a wonder that anybody had the grit to sit through one of my so-called sermons.
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Baptists in Vietnam Gain Government Recognition
Washington, D.C. (BWA) -- Baptist Churches in Vietnam (BCV), one of several Baptist conventions and unions in the Southeast Asian country, gained official recognition from the Vietnamese government in early October.
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Failed Leaders Reject Truthful Messages
For any leader with eyes to see and ears to hear, this story from the 1800s continues to speak loudly of the danger of depending on the counsel of yes-men. For when "the lie" is shattered by reality, the leader is left standing naked and exposed before the world.
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Virginia Baptists Play Key Role in Rejecting Rezoning for Mosque
The southern cradle of Baptist religious liberty voted last week against religious liberty for Muslims, and thereby, for the prevailing cultural establishment of Christianity.
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Baptist Pastors Gauge Year-End Giving in Deepening Financial Crisis
Among several belt-tightening measures, First Baptist Church of Dalton instituted a spending freeze, assuming that year-end stock gifts and other profit-sharing donations will come in below last year's metrics. The church's staff has been asked to carry out missions on a low-cost or no-cost basis, and to look for cost recovery everywhere they can.
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How to Network at a Conference
Offering a meaningful and unique compliment will go a lot further than, "You're from Milwaukee? I had a layover there once." Yeah—you and millions of others. But only a few people said they liked my cufflinks.
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What Are Sermons Worth?
During my first semester at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in the fall of 1979 I had the privilege of taking a course on Job that was taught by Dr. Clyde Francisco. One day Dr. Francisco was talking about the 1974 tornados that had caused so much destruction in Louisville. His garage had been hit and he was working with a claims adjustor to determine the value of the garage contents, which included what Dr. Francisco described as a "sack of sermons."
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Regional New Baptist Covenant Meetings Planned
Inspired by the vision and success of the Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant held earlier this year, several Baptist groups are planning similar regional gatherings for 2009. Next year will also mark the 400th anniversary of the Baptist movement.
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N.C. Baptist Convention Eliminates CBF Giving Option
Messengers to the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina on Nov. 12 voted 431-354 to eliminate any possibility of contributions to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship through the convention's new single giving plan. The recommendation before the convention would have allowed congregations to continue a 10 percent contribution to CBF in Atlanta, but now that option will cease permanently beginning January 2010.
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Failed Leaders Create False Gods
Obsessed with his Model T design, Henry Ford permitted no modifications or improvements for twenty years. When his designers surprised him one day with a prototype of an updated model, Ford literally ripped off its doors and proceeded to demolish the car with his bare hands.
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Congo in Crisis, BWAid Appeals for Help
Washington, D.C. (BWA) -- Recent conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have displaced 250,000 people.
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Baptists: Governments Must Keep Promise to Poor
Two Oklahoma Baptist leaders are calling for Baptists to take action to assure that governments keep their financial commitments to poorer countries even in the midst of a global financial downturn.
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Racism Is a Sin
Three older pastors took me aside to offer some well-intentioned advice. In summary, they told me I wouldn't get far in ministry if I challenged racism. They defended their racist humor, insisting they meant no harm, declaring it was simply part of culture.
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African-American Baptists Reflect on Obama's Historic Victory
In light of Barack Obama's victory in Tuesday's presidential election, many people are considering what his election might mean for race relations in America. Reflections from several African-American Baptist ministers suggest that although they see Obama's election as an important moment, it must be just one step on a longer road toward racial reconciliation.
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Failed Leaders Ignore the People
Transitions in power are much like passing a baton in a relay race. The relay teams that win are often not the swiftest but the ones who have learned to negotiate and properly execute the exchange. It requires teamwork, communication, humility and sacrifice in order for the team to succeed.
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Baptist Democrats Face Mixed Election Results (Updated)
Two Baptist Democrats faced mixed results yesterday in congressional races for seats that have been long held by Republicans.
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Mo. Baptist Climate Resolution Attacks Global Warming
Messengers at the 2008 annual meeting of the Missouri Baptist Convention adopted a resolution on "environmental stewardship." However, the resolution barely promoted environmental stewardship but instead mainly attacked those who warn of the dangers of global warming.
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Azerbaijan Pastor to Be Tried Today
Washington, D.C. (BWA) -- Hamid Shabanov, a Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan who was arrested on June 20, faces trial today. He is charged for the illegal possession of a weapon.
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21st-Century Churches Adjust Missions Giving
Many churches have taken control of missions rather than delegating this task to someone else.
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Failed Leaders Turn From God
Those in leadership roles are most often already burning the candle at both ends. This constant being on the run results not only in physical fatigue, but also mental and spiritual fatigue. Fatigue is something that leaders must be careful to avoid, because when it comes, one's leadership may not be in line with God's guidance and will ...
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Vote Twice, at Least
Our county has such immense power, influence, and control over the lives of other nations and peoples that it would be unjust and irresponsible for individual Americans to vote only on their own self-identity and self interest within a national context.
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David's Advice for Presidential Candidates: Part Two
The David we find in 2 Samuel 11-20 is a man who loses focus, loses his leadership ability, and ultimately loses both his kingdom and much of his legacy.
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David's Advice for Presidential Candidates: Part One
Could our current presidential candidates learn anything from the biblical example of David, either before or after he became king?
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'Congo Week' Draws Global Baptist Support
A British Baptist organization and students around the world are promoting efforts this week to raise awareness of the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where more than five million people have died since 1996.
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Faithful Leaders Call for High Moral Standards
Juxtaposing this image of accomplishment against the tears of a broken person and shattered family reveals the superficial nature of politics and leadership. Admissions of weakness are the death knell of a public servant. They are fodder for opponents to start a raging fire of public anger designed to raise new leaders.
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Three Questions for a Meaningful Career
I'll never forget the guttural moan of the woman across the aisle from me, in seat 26D. It was nearly primal, a combination of bass, regret, woe, shame and despair. I can't blame her. I'd do the same thing if I realized I was at 15,000 feet on my way to the wrong city.
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Don't Be 'Incurious'
How can one sit at the intersection of faith and life and not be curious?
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CBF Coordinating Council Adopts New Strategic Priorities
ATLANTA (CBF) -- A year-long spiritual discernment process culminated Oct. 10 in the unanimous approval by its governing Coordinating Council of the re-prioritizing of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's work.
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Faithful Leaders Make Worship a Priority
Most of us need a place—a physical yet sacred space—where we can go to devote ourselves to a focused encounter with the very presence of God. Jesus himself spent considerable time around the Temple in Jerusalem. He recognized and utilized its value as a center for the people of God to encounter the life-changing presence of God.
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Former BWA Women's Leader Dies
(BWA) Edna Lee de Gutiérrez from Mexico, president of the Baptist World Alliance Women's Department (BWAWD) from 1985-1990 and vice president of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) from 1990-1995, died on Sunday, October 5.
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Faithful Leaders Practice the Gift of Wisdom
To some, Solomon's request for wisdom was admirable, and God's decision to grant him this and the wealth he did not ask for was a confirmation of the goodness of his request. To others, his response was manipulative.
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Oh What a Baptist Web We Weave
It is extraordinarily important that Baptists and those curious about Baptists should be directed to sites that are more than misinformed Web-filler.
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BWA Condemns Violence Against Christians in Orissa
Washington, D.C. (BWA) --The Baptist World Alliance has expressed grave concerns about the persecution of Christians in the Indian eastern state of Orissa.
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Baptist Official Offers Contradictory Positions on Muslim Engagement
A Southern Baptist Convention official who usually attacks Muslims and makes derogatory remarks about Islam recently offered his support for a report urging greater dialogue with the adherents of the world's second largest religion. The following day, however, he returned to his approach of rejecting dialogue as he attacked Christians attempting to increase understanding between the faiths.
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Faithful Leaders Discern the Lord's Wisdom
Like many Americans, our presidents have expressed their dependence on God and sought God's blessing. Some presidents have been very private about their faith. Others have been accused of parading their piety. Of course, discerning Christians listen to pious presidential statements with caution, hoping for integrity and watching for evidence of authentic faith in personal practices and public policies.
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Attack on Mosque Possibly Linked to Distribution of Controversial Anti-Muslim Film
Muslim leaders in Dayton, Ohio, said they don't know why anyone would disrupt a Friday night Ramadan service by spraying an unknown irritant into a mosque and forcing about 300 worshippers out of the building and into the street with burning eyes and throats. But the attack coincided with mass distribution in presidential swing states of a controversial DVD about Islamic terrorism.
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Evangelical Statement Favors Proselytizing Over Dialogue With Jews
A widely circulated document by a study commission of a worldwide evangelical alliance has raised eyebrows with its call to abandon Christian-Jewish dialogue and instead seek to evangelize European Jews.
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Baptist Relief Agency Labels World Hunger Crisis a 'Daily Disaster'
While Baptist World Aid observes World Hunger Month during October, the world's hunger crisis is a daily disaster. This year's awareness campaign seeks to drive home that point with the worldwide Baptist community under the theme, "Hunger Crisis: A Daily Disaster."
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SBC Leadership Not Interested in Rejoining Baptist World Alliance
The Southern Baptist Convention, which four years ago withdrew from the Baptist World Alliance over theological and relational differences, isn't likely to return to the fold any time soon, the denomination's leaders indicated Tuesday.
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Jail Term Prolonged for Baptist Pastor in Azerbaijan
A Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan must remain in jail for at least two more months while a criminal investigation against him continues, a court ruled Aug. 22.
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Jail Term Prolonged for Baptist Pastor in Azerbaijan
A Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan must remain in jail for at least two more months while a criminal investigation against him continues, a court ruled Aug. 22.
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Report: LifeWay Pulls Magazine Featuring Women Preachers
LifeWay Christian Stores reportedly pulled a Christian magazine from its racks because five smiling women on its cover are pastors.
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Must-Watch Thriller Weaves Together Muslim-Baptist Narratives
An action thriller ripping across three continents has a storyline about the son of an Islamic cleric, who displays admirable piety and wrestles with moral ambiguity, and the son of a Baptist preacher, who discloses a minimalist faith. One seeks God's will; the other says he believes in God without letting faith trouble his actions. One is black; the other is white. Both are Americans.
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Living a Life of Significance
Rev. Olu Menjay could have lived a comfortable life in America. As a refugee from the Liberian civil war, he was granted a green card. After graduating from Mercer and Duke Divinity School, he was in pursuit of a doctorate at Boston University when Rev. Emile Sam-Peal, general secretary of the Liberian Baptist Missionary and Education Convention, invited him to return to Liberia to become principal of Ricks Institute, a K-12 grade school about 12 miles outside Monrovia.
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Beneath Black, White--and Brown--Skin
Laura Cadena, a fifth-generation Tejana, recalls a story about when her grandmother moved from Laredo to Dallas, Texas: "She remembers getting on a bus and the sign saying 'Whites Only' or 'Blacks Only,' and she didn't know where she was supposed to sit."
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Obama Campaign Introduces Faith-Based Merchandise
The Obama campaign is reportedly rolling out a line of faith-themed merchandise catering to religious voters.
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Moderate and Conservative Southern Baptists Differ on Race at Three Points
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary doctoral student David Roach is writing his dissertation under the working title of "The Southern Baptist Convention and Civil Rights, 1954-1995." These bookend dates begin with the Supreme Court's ruling against the segregation of public schools and conclude with the SBC's resolution apologizing for current individual and systemic acts of racism. When he asked if he could interview me, he said that he knew my response would be cordial and candid.
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American Baptist Pastor in Palin's Hometown Says Her Election Would Be a 'Disaster'
Sarah Palin is a front-line culture warrior whose election as vice president would be a "disaster" for the country, says an American Baptist pastor and longtime nemesis in local politics in the governor's hometown of Wasilla, Alaska.
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Baptist Ethicist in New DVD Was FBI Target
Much has been written about Baptist ethicist Henlee H. Barnette, including the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was interested in some of his activities. But so far as we know, Barnette's FBI file hasn't seen the light of day—until now.
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'Beneath the Skin' DVD Examines Baptists and Race
Aidsand Wright-Riggins expected some sort of emotional response years ago as a religious-studies major in college when he illustrated a presentation on race and religion by tearing up an Ebony magazine portrayal of Jesus as an African-American.
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Russian Baptists Deliver Aid to South Ossetia
Russian Baptists are responding to human needs in the desperately poor and war-ravaged enclave of South Ossetia.
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Palin Pick Prompts Debate About Wives Working Outside the Home
Sarah Palin's nomination as vice president has sparked debate in conservative religious circles about whether a mother with young children ought to work outside the home.
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New Zealand Church Leaders Urge Leaders to Fight Poverty
Church leaders in New Zealand have issued an open letter calling on all politicians to make reducing poverty a high priority during an election year.
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Fellow Church Members, Deacons, Vie for Alabama Congressional Seat
Tip O'Neill's famous quote that "all politics is local" is nowhere truer this year than in Alabama's second congressional district, where both the Democratic and Republican candidates are deacons at the same Southern Baptist church.
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Missouri Baptist Editor Says Southern Baptists Shouldn't Rejoin Baptist World Alliance
A Baptist state newspaper editor hopes leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention won't take steps to rejoin the Baptist World Alliance.
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Georgia/Russia Conflict Divides Baptists in the Region
Armed military conflict between Russia and Georgia has spilled over into a war of words between the two nations' Baptists.
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City Councilman Faults 'Sorry Churches' for Not Fighting Social Ills
Taxpayers are forced to foot the bill for social programs because there are too many "sorry churches" that aren't doing what they're supposed to do, according to a city official in Jacksonville, Fla.
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SBC Leader Promotes Demonization of Muslims
A Southern Baptist leader credited with rejecting the demonization of Islam has a track record of promoting and offering derogatory statements about Muslims. Although Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, has been praised for avoiding hateful attacks on Muslims that other Southern Baptists have offered, he has at times refused to repudiate such remarks and has offered his own problematic comments about Islam.
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Omitted Titles in New Baptist Hymnal Reflect Theological Shift (Corrected)
Songs sung in church are more than words and music. They are teaching tools and a record of a congregation's values and beliefs. A new hymnal, just released by LifeWay Christian Resources, aims to set those standards in Southern Baptist churches for a generation--a generation that follows a seismic theological shift often called the "conservative resurgence."
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Poll Says Most Parents Satisfied With Their Children's Education
More than three-fourths of parents of school-aged youth say they are satisfied with their child's education, according to a new Gallup Poll.
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Labor Day Study Finds Growing Pay Gap Between U.S. CEOs, Workers
The CEOs of large American corporations made as much money in one day as the average worker earned over an entire year, according to an annual study timed for release around Labor Day.
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Labor Day Study Finds Growing Pay Gap Between U.S. CEOs, Workers
The CEOs of large American corporations made as much money in one day as the average worker earned over an entire year, according to an annual study timed for release around Labor Day.
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Minister-Led Chicago School Boycott Protests Funding Inequity
An Illinois state senator and Baptist minister organized a Tuesday boycott of Chicago public schools to protest inequities in state education funding.
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Baptist Preacher Terms Palin VP Pick 'Anti-Family'
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain's pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, aimed in part to ease doubts about his candidacy among the Religious Right, isn't winning over all conservative evangelicals.
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Former Coach, Now College President, Fights Racial Disparity in College Sports
On the football field a "crackback" is an unexpected blind-side block that takes a would-be tackler out of the play. When it comes to hiring black coaches, it's a standard part of the playbook, says Fitz Hill, former head coach at San Jose State University.
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BWA Leaders Request Prayer for Georgia
WASHINGTON (BWA) Baptist World Alliance President David Coffey and General Secretary Neville Callam are appealing for prayer for those affected by the conflict between Georgian and Russian forces over the Georgian breakaway provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Estimates are that more than 158,000 persons are displaced as a result of the fighting.
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'I Have a Dream' Sermon Established Martin Luther King as Prophet
Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered 45 years ago today, established the Baptist preacher as a modern-day prophet, according to scholars contacted by EthicsDaily.com.
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Christians Attacked In Orissa
WASHINGTON (BWA) A global Baptist leader decried attacks targeting Christians in the state of Orissa in eastern India. More than 600 churches have reportedly been demolished, 4,000 Christians forced to flee from their villages and at least 25 killed as a result of religious violence.
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Islamic Society of North America Invites Baptist Speakers to National Meeting
The Islamic Society of North American has taken a proactive initiative to invite two Baptists to speak this weekend in Columbus, Ohio, at its annual meeting, which will draw an estimated 30,000 Muslim participants, have some 600 display booths and offer a plethora of sessions ranging from the "Thinking Outside the Mosque" to "Medical Aspects of Fasting."
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Most Americans Think Churches Should Stay Out of Politics
For the first time in at least a decade, a majority of Americans believe churches should keep out of politics as opposed to expressing their views on social and political concerns.
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Wiley Drake Takes Up Prayer Call for Rainout of Obama Event
A Focus on the Family Action broadcaster has apologized for a tongue-in-cheek video asking people to pray for rain during Barack Obama's outdoor speech at next week's Democratic National Convention, but a former Southern Baptist Convention officer quickly took up the cause.
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Christian Leaders as Power Brokers
It sounds like the beginning of a corny joke: Two Christian guys walk into a Baptist church and tell the pastor they want him to help one of them become president of the United States.
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Some Baptists Must Build Trust with Muslims When Other Baptists Speak Ill of Islam
Roy Medley is one Baptist leader who thinks that when some Baptists make disparaging remarks about the Muslim faith then other Baptists have to step forward to build trust with the Islamic community.
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Listeners of Religious Radio Below Average in Knowledge of Current Events
People who listen to religious radio shows like "Focus on the Family" are less knowledgeable about current events than the average American, according to a recent survey on media consumption by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.
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Huckabee Endorses Controversial Zionist Group
Former presidential candidate and possible vice presidential nominee Mike Huckabee visited Israel as a guest of a right-wing Zionist group that is buying up property to move Jews into Jerusalem's Muslim Quarter in hopes of replacing the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque with a reconstruction of Solomon's Temple and ushering in the Messianic Age.
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Understanding the Times, and What We Should Do
On Saturday I met with the Coordinating Council of the Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship for the last time. Here are the challenges I presented.
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Baptist Theologians Reflect on Mosque-Building Boom in Germany
Muslims plan to construct over 180 mosques in Germany. The birthplace of the Protestant Reformation, Neo-Orthodoxy, Dietrich Bonheoffer's Confessing Church and Pope Benedict XVI, it is also the location of almost 1,000 Baptist churches and the Baptist World Alliance's 2008 youth conference.
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McCain Wins Points With Religious Right in Saddleback Forum
Saturday's Saddleback Civil Forum helped Republican presidential candidate John McCain shore up support among the Religious Right, according to several conservative commentators.
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Is Rick Warren Still Reading from a Small Bible?
Mega-church pastor Rick Warren has flipped from being a cheerleader for President Bush in the fall of 2004 to claiming neutrality in the 2008 presidential election. His twist is accompanied by a widespread claim that he now has a broader moral agenda. But discerning Christians ought to ask what purpose drove his shift and did he really pivot toward a more comprehensive set of moral issues?
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Baptists Seek Aid for Victims of Georgia-Russia Conflict
The Baptist World Alliance on Wednesday gave an initial grant of $10,000 to help people affected by violence between Russia and Georgia.
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Pastor Accused in Church-Starting Scandal Sues Texas Baptists for Libel
A pastor named in a 2006 church-starting scandal has sued the Baptist General Convention of Texas for libel, slander and defamation over allegations that he misappropriated church funds.
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Australian Baptists Join Other Religious Leaders in Calling for Action on Global Warming
In a rare interfaith effort, Australian Baptists joined other faith leaders in a letter calling for action by the federal government on climate change.
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Integrating Churches Easier Said Than Done
One reason 11 a.m. Sunday remains the most segregated hour in America is because many church members want it that way, according to a recent article by CNN.
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Moral Amnesia about SBC's Withdrawal from the BWA Is No Virtue
When the Southern Baptist Convention began the process of defunding the Baptist World Alliance and bore false witness against it, some Southern Baptists, who claimed to support the BWA, were publicly silent. They dared not challenge openly, if at all, the fundamentalist leadership. They engaged in collusion with wrongdoing, and that helped the SBC's abandonment of the Baptist global commons.
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NCAA Refuses to Ban Beer Advertising for Sports Broadcasts
The NCAA Executive Committee declined to ban alcohol advertising for sporting events, ignoring letters signed by coaches, presidents and athletics directors who said advertising beer is inconsistent with the NCAA's policy banning advertising for hard liquor and not in the best interest of college sports or higher education.
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Baptist Leader Decries Georgia-Russia Conflict
A Baptist leader in the eastern European state of Georgia says last week's invasion by Russia is the most serious threat to the former Soviet republic in recent history.
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How Churches Might Face the Coming Crises
An earlier column talked about several converging crises--energy, economy and environment. Since then the price of gas has gone down! Proof that I was wrong. Not!
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What's the Buzz? Seminary President Discusses Sin, Death and Mosquitoes
There may have been mosquitoes in the Garden of Eden, says a Southern Baptist seminary president, but they didn't become a pest until after Adam and Eve committed Original Sin.
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Congressional Candidate Featured in 'Golden Rule Politics' Wins Primary
A moderate Baptist pastor's wife who appears in a Baptist Center for Ethics DVD about faith and politics won Tuesday's Democratic primary for a seat in Congress.
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Christian Leader Rejects Abortion to Save a Woman's Life
A proponent of "biblical patriarchy" is drawing fire among conservative religious homeschoolers for his view that abortion is never morally justifiable, even to save the life of the mother.
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Churches at the End of Oil and Other Crises
Last November, I posed the question in a blog, "If gas hits $4/gal, what will your church do?" We are beyond $4/gallon gas now, and the future looks different than we ever thought it would just a couple of years back. But, there are other crises which will affect churches in the next few years:
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'Back to School' Also Means Return to Battles Over Intelligent Design
As fall approaches, along with back-to-school sales and tax-free holidays, expect more controversies about intelligent design, warns a Texas organization that monitors science teaching standards in public schools.
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Azerbaijani Baptist Pastor Avoids Prison, For Now
A jailed Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan won a partial victory July 29 when a judge decided not to convict him of criminal charges and referred the case back to the prosecutor for further investigation.
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Review the Cancer Chronicles of CBF
Cecil Sherman, founding coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, has acute leukemia, specifically acute myeloid leukemia. At 80 years old, he received his first round of chemotherapy early last week at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He knew going in that his protocol would require hospitalization for 30 days. Sadly his wife, Dot, died on Friday, after a long battle with Alzheimer's.
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Azerbaijani Baptist Pastor Avoids Prison, For Now
A jailed Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan won a partial victory July 29 when a judge decided not to convict him of criminal charges and referred the case back to the prosecutor for further investigation.
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Global Baptists Seek to Transcend 'Worship Wars'
Worship and the so-called "worship wars" were on the agenda during the Baptist International Conference on Theological Education, held in Prague July 27-29.
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Beijing Olympics Spark Debate About Religious Freedom in China
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution Wednesday calling on China to end abuses of human rights in advance of the upcoming Beijing Olympics.
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Accuser Recants Sex Abuse Charge Against Baptist Youth Minister
A woman who accused a Kentucky Baptist youth minister last year of sexually abusing her teenaged daughter now says she made the story up.
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Beijing Olympics Spark Debate About Religious Freedom in China
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution Wednesday calling on China to end abuses of human rights in advance of the upcoming Beijing Olympics.
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Rick Warren Says Pastors Shouldn't Endorse Candidates
"Purpose-Driven Life" author Rick Warren, who supported President Bush on the eve of the 2004 election, now says pastors should not endorse political candidates.
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Rick Warren Says Pastors Shouldn't Endorse Candidates
"Purpose-Driven Life" author Rick Warren, who supported President Bush on the eve of the 2004 election, now says pastors should not endorse political candidates.
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Professor's Views on Spouse Abuse Don't Square With SBC Statements
Recent comments by a Southern Baptist seminary professor that abused women are at least in part to blame if they refuse to submit to their husband's God-given authority don't square with official teachings of his denomination.
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Goodwill Baptists Share Common Future with Goodwill Muslims
When Indonesian Muslims were making intimidating phone calls and threatening churches in 1998, Muslim women at an Islamic boarding school guarded the wife of a Baptist pastor when her husband was out of the country advocating for human rights in Washington.
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SBC Leader Misstates Environmental Impact of Oil Wells
While promoting more domestic drilling for oil, Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, has repeatedly offered false claims about the environmental devastation of oil wells in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
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Baptist Leaders Urge Support for FDA Regulation of Tobacco
The House of Representatives could vote as early as this week on legislation that would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco products.
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BWA Leaders Pledge to Tackle Climate Change, Address Zimbabwe
Baptist World Alliance leaders repeatedly addressed the issue of climate change last week at their annual gathering in Prague, Czech Republic, even extending deliberations in the final session to strengthen a resolution on the issue.
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Global Baptists Voice Fear, Call for Positive Dialogue with Muslims Religious Leaders
When some Indonesian Muslims were looting, demonstrating, making intimidating phone calls and threatening churches in 1998, Muslim women at an Islamic boarding school protected the wife of a Baptist pastor when he was out of the country, showing him the positive side of Islam.
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Baptist World Aid Seeks to Become Baptist Hub for Disaster and Develop Initiatives
Baptist World Aid wants to become the "network hub" for the relief and development efforts for global Baptists, according to a document presented in Prague, Czech Republic, at the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance.
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