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The Secret’s Out #2: Churches Mum About LGBTQ Affirmation

By Merianna Harrelson | July 19, 2019

Even churches on the progressive end of the Baptist spectrum, who are open to the LGBTQ community being members, still prefer that their welcoming stance and support of same-sex marriage aren’t too widely broadcast.

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Dimitrina (Didi) Oprenova, minister of Sofia Baptist Church in Bulgaria and vice president of the Baptist World Alliance, is interviewed by executive director Mitch Randall about living out Galatians 3:28.

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By John Finley | February 6, 2002

Like many congregations in the antebellum American South, First Baptist Church, Savannah, Ga., was composed of white, slave and free black members. At the end of the Civil War, however, most African-American members withdrew to form their own churches. Segregated public and private facilities were the order of the day in Savannah until the modern […]

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New Book Explores the Intersection of Education and Religion

By Dave Russell | February 6, 2002

In his book, Education, Religion, and the Public Good, Martin Marty addresses the intersection of religion and education. This book, and an earlier volume rose out of Marty’s work with the Public Religion Project for the Pew Charitable Trusts. Marty considers education as a whole, from kindergarten through graduate school, public and private, and describes […]

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By Ray Furr | February 6, 2002

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By Karen Johnson Zurheide | February 5, 2002

America is seeing an epidemic increase in childhood obesity according to the Dec. 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Between 1986 and 1998, overweight (defined as body mass index greater than the 95th percentile for age and sex), increased significantly and steadily in children aged four to 12. By 1998, overweight […]

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By Pam Durso | February 5, 2002

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