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Collaboration of SBC and CBF Loyalists Hinges on Advancing Common Good
Collaboration of SBC and CBF Loyalists Hinges on Advancing Common Good
It's good for Southern Baptist Convention and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship loyalists to pray for each other, but they can also work together for the common good.
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An Ordinary Hotel Room Gives Birth to Redemption
An Ordinary Hotel Room Gives Birth to Redemption

It was an ordinary hotel room the night before, but something was different that night. For a mother and her three children, it became a little corner of heaven.

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Skype Interview: Suzii Paynter on CBF's Future
Skype Interview: Suzii Paynter on CBF's Future
Suzii Paynter, nominee for Cooperative Baptist Fellowship executive coordinator, discusses CBF's short-term and long-term priorities in a new Skype interview from EthicsDaily.com. (Photo: CBF)
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How a Warm Building Helps to Share the Gospel
How a Warm Building Helps to Share the Gospel
Human beings need their physical needs met at a basic level. As winter hits Greece, PORTA – the Albania House in Athens has a warm building to welcome immigrants.
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Helping Others is Both Free and Costly
Helping Others is Both Free and Costly
PORTA, the Albania House in Athens, Greece, gives away many free services because their clients can't afford them. But those free services still carry a great cost.
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Skype Interview: Bob and Janice Newell Discuss Albania House in Athens
Skype Interview: Bob and Janice Newell Discuss Albania House in Athens
A half-million Albanian immigrants live in Athens. Bob and Janice Newell run a center where many of these "economic refugees" receive help in their transition. (Photo: LeadershipGreece2011.blogspot.com)
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Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop: CBF's Next Step
Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop: CBF's Next Step
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is undergoing an unprecedented leadership change and new organizational structure. But another shoe will soon drop.
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Baptist Luncheon in Texas Explores Forbidden Topic
Baptist Luncheon in Texas Explores Forbidden Topic

Faith and taxes may be a forbidden topic in many houses of faith, but it was the focus of the Baptist Center for Ethics' annual luncheon during the CBF General Assembly.

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Buy Your Ethics Luncheon Ticket Now, Prices Set to Increase
Buy Your Ethics Luncheon Ticket Now, Prices Set to Increase
Tickets are now available for the annual ethics luncheon during next month's General Assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Buy them now before they go up on May 31.
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Five Strategies to Give CBF a Solid Future
Five Strategies to Give CBF a Solid Future
If the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is not only to survive but prosper, it is time to go back to the drawing board and identify the values, strategies and systems that define it.
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CBF's Future: What Path Will They Choose?
CBF's Future: What Path Will They Choose?
As the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship faces a significant transition time, it should consider two areas when mapping out its future – competition and opportunities.
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How to Craft a Baptist Future with the Spirit
How to Craft a Baptist Future with the Spirit
As the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship celebrates 20 years, the president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary shares her vision for moving forward by trusting God's Spirit.
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Awards Given, Documentary Screened at BCE Luncheon
Awards Given, Documentary Screened at BCE Luncheon

Two awards were handed out and EthicsDaily.com's new documentary on immigration was screened at the annual luncheon of the Baptist Center for Ethics in Tampa, Fla.

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Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Seeks Path to Future
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Seeks Path to Future
As the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship holds its 20th annual meeting this week, a task force is gathering input on its future. While many will share their hopes and dreams for CBF, will they step up to make them a reality?
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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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What's CBF's Future in 21st Century?
What's CBF's Future in 21st Century?
As the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship approaches its 20th anniversary and thinks about its future, it will have to face up to some hard questions. Here are five.
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10 Observations about the Future of Baptists
10 Observations about the Future of Baptists
During these changing times in our world, there is much that impacts the Baptist movement. Here are 10 predictions and observations about what the future may hold.
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CBF Poised to Be Home for Progressive Christianity
CBF Poised to Be Home for Progressive Christianity
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship was born 20 years ago, and moderate Baptists began their slow Southern Baptist Convention exodus. Today, the CBF is poised to create a home for a brave, progressive Christianity.
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Oklahoma CBF Seeks Input to National CBF's 2012 Task Force
Oklahoma CBF Seeks Input to National CBF's 2012 Task Force
Funding career missionaries and adjusting the size of the Atlanta staff are twin goals that the national Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's 2012 Task Force should recommended, according to the Oklahoma CBF.
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Interfaith Friendships Enrich Individual Identities
Interfaith Friendships Enrich Individual Identities
Just as marriage creates a new generation in the human family, interfaith friendship creates a new generation in the family of God for those who are willing to embark on its journey.
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North Carolina CBF Seeks Input on Revised Statements
North Carolina CBF Seeks Input on Revised Statements
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina is seeking input on revisions to its foundational statements. However, those revisions mute some of the most distinctive aspects of the Baptist movement.
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How CBF Can Catch a Cultural Wave
How CBF Can Catch a Cultural Wave
Surfing takes a lot of effort to catch a wave and propel toward land. The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship needs to catch a cultural wave, morphing into a decentralized system to propel it into the future.
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CBF "2012 Task Force" Must Navigate Curve Between Jerusalem and Jericho
Charged with "visioning the missional and organizational future" of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the CBF's 2012 Task Force will soon begin the urgent work of re-envisioning and adopting a new roadmap for the future.
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What Will It Take For Churches To Mentor?
What Will It Take For Churches To Mentor?
When churches search for a pastor, their process focuses mostly on what the minister can offer the church, with little consideration of what the church can offer the minister. We need more churches to commit to mentoring.
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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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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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Taking Aim at Baptist Bureaucracies
Taking Aim at Baptist Bureaucracies
The Southern Baptist Convention and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship are looking at restructuring. Such efforts can be accomplished with clenched fists or open hands.
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Nonprofit Helps Arkansas Businesses Thrive
Nonprofit Helps Arkansas Businesses Thrive
A nonprofit organization in Helena, Ark., helps business start-ups and small local governments in Arkansas to go through strategic planning, branding and marketing plans at a fraction of the usual rates.
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Entrepreneurial Spirit Permeates Arkansas Delta
Entrepreneurial Spirit Permeates Arkansas Delta
Two events – the Delta Grassroots Caucus and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Arkansas' spring assembly – illustrated the entrepreneurial spirit permeating one of the nation's poorest economic regions.
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Denominations Must Align with Constituents
Denominations Must Align with Constituents
People give to those things they believe in and value, but they must hear the story and become engaged. If they chose not to support what we are about, maybe we are about the wrong things.
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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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Founding CBF Coordinator Cecil Sherman Dies
Founding CBF Coordinator Cecil Sherman Dies
Cecil Sherman, longtime leader of moderate Southern Baptists and founding coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, died April 17 in Virginia from complications of a heart attack.
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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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Can Coaching Help Your Church Meet the Challenge?
Can Coaching Help Your Church Meet the Challenge?
Having the full presence and attention of a coach, who is focused on you and your goals and desires, brings a partnership that many need these days to face fears and achieve goals.
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Lost and Found: Stolen Cell Phone Unites Volunteers
Lost and Found: Stolen Cell Phone Unites Volunteers
A mission volunteer's stolen cell phone contained the only photos of her recently deceased brother. That bad news, however, brought volunteers and children closer together.
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Making a Splash: CBF Camp Helps Young Swimmers
Making a Splash: CBF Camp Helps Young Swimmers
Nearly 400 youngsters from impoverished homes participated in an Arkansas swim camp led by CBF staffers. Six went on to a competitive meet, but getting there was an adventure.
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School Provides Safe Haven for Roma Teenagers
School Provides Safe Haven for Roma Teenagers
In Hungary, a weakened global economy has reignited violence against the Roma. A Baptist couple are working with one school where Roma teens have a chance to live their dreams.
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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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Baptists: Muslims Part of Extended Family
Baptists: Muslims Part of Extended Family
Baptists should approach Muslims with compassion and friendship. The first step in showing genuine love for another person is to accept them as they are.
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Baptist Luncheon Highlights Racism DVD, Panel
Baptist Luncheon Highlights Racism DVD, Panel
A panel attempted to unravel several tangled strands from “Beneath the Skin” during a screening of the award-winning documentary at the Baptist Center for Ethics luncheon at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Assembly July 2.
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Southern Baptist Leaders Exalt Non-Essential ‘Pet Doctrines’
Southern Baptist Leaders Exalt Non-Essential ‘Pet Doctrines’
Conservative leaders within the Southern Baptist Convention have exalted "pet doctrines" and personal opinions to the status of dogma. Those who disagree risk condemnation and expulsion.
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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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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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Carter Offering Played Role in Freeing Pastors in Azerbaijan
Carter Offering Played Role in Freeing Pastors in Azerbaijan
Two pastors imprisoned in Azerbaijan have been released, but a delegation said Baptists from that region have experienced ongoing hostility from authorities. Part of an annual offering will help these religious-freedom issues.
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Jewelry Co-Op Gives Inner-City Girls a Chance for Future
Jewelry Co-Op Gives Inner-City Girls a Chance for Future
About 10 teen and pre-teen inner-city girls in Arkansas came together through a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship ministry to form a co-operative to sell jewelry. The girls learned valuable business skills and gave back to others.
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Long After the Hurricanes, Churches Continue to Meet Needs
Long After the Hurricanes, Churches Continue to Meet Needs
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's disaster response efforts continue in Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast, where there are still families waiting to rebuild their homes and lives after hurricanes struck in 2005 and 2008.
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Couple Address Medical Needs of Banjara People in India
Couple Address Medical Needs of Banjara People in India
Macarena and Eddie Aldape hold medical camps twice a month across northern India, helping people whose socio-economic status limits their access to healthcare, education and jobs with decent wages.
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Baptists of Color Headline BCE Luncheon at CBF
Baptists of Color Headline BCE Luncheon at CBF
"Beneath the Skin," an award-winning documentary, and a panel of Baptists of color will headline the Baptist Center for Ethics' annual luncheon at this year's General Assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
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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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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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Pittmans Minister to Poor Miami Neighborhood
Pittmans Minister to Poor Miami Neighborhood
ATLANTA -- When many wouldn’t, Angel and Jason Pittman believe—in their neighbors, in the community, and in what God can do. After years of living that message in Overtown, the poorest neighborhood in Miami, the local community is starting to believe, too.
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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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CBF Couple Fights Poverty in Rural Alabama
CBF Couple Fights Poverty in Rural Alabama
ATLANTA -- Last summer Matt and Melanie Storie moved to rural Perry County, Ala. Statistics say it’s one of the nation’s poorest counties, but these Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel believe it is a place where hope and the presence of Christ are bringing about change.
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Churches Must Be Strengthened, Not Captive, to Past
Churches Must Be Strengthened, Not Captive, to Past
The greatest lesson we can learn from our experience in the SBC is to embrace the good experiences and to try to avoid duplicating the bad experiences. The old saying that “those who fail to study history are doomed to repeat it” is appropriate, but once one has studied history, he or she must take action in the contemporary world.
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DVD Showing on Racism Hits Home
DVD Showing on Racism Hits Home
Showings of “Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism” in two tiny south Arkansas towns hit home.
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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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CBF of North Carolina Pursues Luke 4 in Missions
CBF of North Carolina Pursues Luke 4 in Missions
Missions abroad are worthwhile, Larry Hovis said, but he feared that too much emphasis farther away could mean that CBFNC was neglecting an important part of the CBF mission of serving “the most marginalized, the most neglected, the least evangelized.” There were plenty of people in North Carolina who fit that description, he believed.
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Baptists Show Unity at Birmingham New Baptist Covenant Event Featuring President Carter
Baptists Show Unity at Birmingham New Baptist Covenant Event Featuring President Carter
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (CBF) -- More than 1,000 people gathered in Birmingham, Ala., Jan. 31 for the first regional gathering of the New Baptist Covenant. The event, which was held at the historic 16th Street Baptist Church, St. Paul's United Methodist Church and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, occurred on the one year anniversary of the Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant, which drew more than 15,000 Baptists in Atlanta.
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Arkansas CBF Initiative on Racism Goes Viral
A virus broke out in early December in Little Rock, one that infects people of faith with a passion to do justice. Ground zero was, of all places, a Baptist church. And day one wasn’t even Sunday.
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CBF Outreach Brings Christmas to the Poor in Arkansas Delta
The Mohawk haircut on the shepherd gave it away. This wasn�t going to be a typical Christmas nativity depiction.
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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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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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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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Theology of Southern Baptist VBS Song Questioned
Critics say a song being sung this summer in Southern Baptist Vacation Bible Schools across the country includes faulty theology about the Trinity and the Bible.
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Thinking Biblically About the Racial Profiling of the Roma People
The Italian government's plan to fingerprint the Roma people, commonly known as Gypsies, must be condemned by Baptists everywhere.
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Jesse Helms Attended Moderate Baptist Church
Sen. Jesse Helms, an icon of conservative politics who died Friday of natural causes, lay in state at a decidedly moderate Baptist church he attended faithfully for more than 30 years.
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American Baptist Leader Advocates 'Respect' for Minorities
An American Baptist leader encouraged the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship to become "more Baptist" by standing alongside the "resistance and resolve" of minorities.
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Holocaust Is Wrong Analogy for SBC Takeover
The Holocaust is a singular event of 20th-century social evil that should not be watered down by flawed analogies to other moral wrongs. Defective analogies trivialize genocide and the suffering of survivors.
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Baptists Discuss Ways to Build Bridges to Jews
Conversion should not be a hidden agenda in interfaith friendships between Baptists and Jews, but that does not mean Christians cannot talk about Jesus, said two panelists at a screening of a new Baptist Center for Ethics DVD titled "Good Will for the Common Good: Nurturing Baptists' Relationships With Jews."
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CBF Coordinating Council Endorses Micah Call
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Coordinating Council on Wednesday endorsed a global Christian campaign to deepen engagement with impoverished and marginalized communities and challenge international leaders to achieve the Millennium Development Goals to cut poverty in half by 2015.
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Despite Setbacks, Study Says Baptist Women Making Gains in Ministry
Despite the Southern Baptist Convention's declaration eight years ago that the Bible forbids women from serving as pastors, the ranks of ordained Baptist clergywomen in the South are growing faster than ever, according to a new report.
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Fred Shuttlesworth: Prophet of Social Equality at CBF
While not as well known as Martin Luther King Jr., Fred L. Shuttlesworth was the Baptist pastor most responsible for the success of the civil rights movement in the Alabama city known as "Bombingham." Fifty racially motivated bombings between 1947 and 1955 epitomized southern resistance to integration.
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Attend Screening of DVD Calling Baptists to Nurture Common Good with Jews
The premier event on Thursday morning at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship meeting in Memphis will be the Baptist Center for Ethics' screening with a panel discussion of a new DVD that challenges Baptists to nurture the common good with their Jewish neighbors.
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Myanmar's Government Criticized for Slow Response to Cyclone
A month after Cyclone Nargis, Myanmar's military rulers defended their relief operations amid international criticism that the government was dragging its feet in allowing aid to the hardest-hit areas of the Irrawaddy delta region.
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CBF Announces Partnership With Micah Challenge
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship recently announced a two-year partnership with Micah Challenge USA, part of a global campaign to mobilize Christians against poverty.
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Hear Our June 19 Luncheon Speaker, Who Said Fair Taxation Is Pro-Life Issue
Don't miss the Baptist Center for Ethics' luncheon in Memphis on Thursday, June 19, at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's annual gathering. You will hear a Methodist law-school professor who rocked Alabama's faith community out of its moral lethargy about an unfair tax structure; encouraged a Republican governor, who sought justice for the least of those in his state; and grabbed the attention of the Wall Street Journal. She has the moral vision of a biblical prophetess and the analytical carefulness of a tax expert.
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Abuse Arrest Prompts Resignation of Alabama Baptist Music Minister
A prominent Cooperative Baptist Fellowship church in Alabama has dismissed a popular minister of music under arrest on charges of child abuse and third-degree sex offense stemming from events alleged to have occurred several years ago in Maryland.
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The New Baptist Covenant Will Be Judged Not By How We Feel But By What We Do
I was unable to travel to the New Baptist Covenant Celebration, due to meetings I had to attend related to an opportunity to purchase land on the highway next to our church. I am sorry that I missed it.
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Alabama CBF Passes Policy Regarding Clergy Sexual Abuse
A state Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has adopted a policy for reporting sexual abuse by clergy that a victim advocate hopes will become a model for other Baptist bodies.
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