Wendell Griffen recently made headlines as some state politicians seek to remove him from the bench. Griffen serves as pastor of New Millennium Church (a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship congregation in Little Rock, Ark.) and as a Pulaski County circuit judge.
Nearly 700,000 tourists from the United States travel each year to Israel, accounting for about one-sixth of its tourists. Despite being considered a kind of religious pilgrimage to the “holy land,” the lands of the Bible actually stretch across several modern nations.
By Aaron Weaver and Carrie McGuffin, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship|
July 5, 2017
ATLANTA — Cooperative Baptists heard from the Fellowship’s two top-elected leaders during the Friday business session of the 2017 General Assembly: current CBF Moderator Doug Dortch, and incoming 2017-18 CBF Moderator Shauw Chin Capps.
The Partee Missouri Baptist Archive at William Jewell College won a digital imaging grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Studies to digitize every issue of Word&Way from its launch in July of 1896 through 1980 — a total of 71,320 pages. The grant will also pay for the digitizing of The Central Baptist, a Baptist newspaper in Missouri that ran from 1866 until the Word&Way bought it in 1912.
A steeple is perhaps the most distinguishing architectural feature of churches. When you see a steeple, you think “church.” There was a time when churches were at the center of villages. And the steeple, pointing to heaven, indicated this community belongs to God.
In the previous column, I noted evangelism is alive and well even though it may not look like “old-fashioned soul-winning.” Instead, the 21st century approach is imbedded in the church’s ongoing service, morphing into new shapes which are culture-sensitive.
But moderate Baptist churches also need to ask the hard question: Is that enough?
(The Conversation) The first truly African-American musical form, the “Spirituals,” took shape in the 17th and 18th centuries within the generations of slaves born into the tough American experience. Music was a daily part of their survival and sustenance.
As an author of a book on the gospel canon, “Great God A’Mighty! The Dixie Hummingbirds: Celebrating the Rise of Soul Gospel Music,” I have been particularly drawn to a compelling but lesser known outgrowth of the spiritual tradition – the African-American “folk” preachers.
By Carrie McGuffin, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship|
June 30, 2017
ATLANTA — Stepping out in faith not knowing the destination is part of the story of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, popular author and theologian Brian McLaren told nearly 1,500 attendees Thursday evening at the 2017 General Assembly.
By Madeleine Buckley, Religion News Service|
June 30, 2017
(RNS) When he founded the car-care ministry at McEachern Memorial United Methodist Church 15 years ago, David McCoy knew he was filling a need in his community. What he didn’t know was just how big a need that was.
Car-care ministries like McCoy’s, where church members repair cars for those in need, transcend state borders and religious groups. But, McCoy said, there still aren’t enough of them.
King David wrote about the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23) and he knew his subject. David knew great victories as well as the calamities resulting from his own ego and selfishness, but he also knew the restoration God's grace can bring to us in the darkness. Israel has come to the darkest night of the soul, when every day is more disastrous than the previous and it seems they are no more than a valley of dry bones.
KSDK's Mike Bush reports on dozens of volunteers in the town of Viburnum, Missouri who spend hours, days and sometimes weeks fixing the houses of their neighbors for free. "Love Thy Neighbor" began at First Baptist Church of Viburnum.
How important is the church architecture when you worship?