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Opinion: Taking a leap of faith

September 16, 2011

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By Elizabeth Evans Hagan (ABP) — “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. By faith, Abel.… By faith, Noah.… By faith, Abraham.… By faith, Isaac.… By faith, Jacob.… By faith, Joseph.” And the list could go on. Hebrews 11, the place where these words are found, has […]

South Carolina CBF hosting Brian McLaren

September 16, 2011

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By ABP staff COLUMBIA, S.C. (ABP) – The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina and Baptist studies program at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary are sponsoring four sessions over two days with Brian McLaren, a popular author and leader in the “emergent” church. McLaren, whose books include Naked Spirituality and A New Kind of Christianity, is […]

Opinion: Running on faith

September 16, 2011

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By Bill Leonard (ABP) — In Faith of Our Fathers, Edwin Gaustad wrote that, “In 1800 when John Adams and Thomas Jefferson engaged in the first wide open presidential campaign in American history, Jefferson’s political enemies seized the occasion to abuse and condemn him for being opposed to religion.” Opponents labeled him an atheistic infidel, […]

Church building homes for victims of spring tornadoes

September 16, 2011

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By Bob Allen JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (ABP) – A Baptist church near the path of one of the tornadoes that swept across Alabama in April is halfway toward a goal of building 10 houses for people who lost homes and did not have insurance. Mike Oliver, pastor of First Baptist Church of Williams, says he expected […]

Opinion: A [Baptist] means of conversation

September 15, 2011

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By Zihna Gordon (ABP) – When I was 16 my family moved to a new town and a new denomination. The national leadership of the United Church of Christ had just informed local congregations that by their polity, the issue of whether each church identified themselves as “open and affirming” was each church’s business to […]

Violence taking toll on Syria’s Christians

September 15, 2011

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By ABP staff FALLS CHURCH, Va. (ABP) – Many Christians have fled Syria as a result of public demonstrations and violent government crackdowns in the Middle Eastern country over the past several months, officials of the Baptist World Alliance reported Sept. 14.   BWA leaders said fear and tension have caused many families to flee […]

Wake Forest endowed chair honors Baptist leaders

September 15, 2011

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By ABP staff WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (ABP) – Church history professor Bill J. Leonard has been named the first James and Marilyn Dunn Chair of Baptist Studies at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity, officials at the school in Winston-Salem, N.C., announced Sept. 14.   Leonard was founding dean of the Wake Forest School of […]

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