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The Baptist Academic Community of North America

The Baptist community in North America has a rich, vibrant, and diverse community of researchers, writers, and scholars. Today marks the beginning of sharing this community of scholars with one another, throughout the 22 denominational groups, colleges and almost 20,000,000 people.  We have much to learn from each other and many resources to share. Whether that […]

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Despite Summer of Protests, Many White Christians See Less Racism

(RNS) — As racial tensions have risen in recent months, a new report reveals that some White Christians are becoming less motivated to act on racial justice, and an increasing share say there is “definitely” not a race problem in the country. “Christians generally, and practicing Christians in particular, have changed their minds on addressing […]

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Churches Report Giving Boost Months after Pandemic Started

(RNS) — Giving to congregations has shifted upward after churches closed their buildings earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, a survey shows. The new State of the Plate research finds that close to two-thirds (64%) of churches across the country reported in August that giving is either up (22%) or steady (42%). By contrast, […]

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Black Church Leaders Demand Apology for Trump Ad

(RNS) — Leaders of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the pastor of an AME congregation in Wilmington, Delaware, are condemning a Trump-Pence campaign ad that uses footage of Joe Biden kneeling in the sanctuary of a Black church, describing it as racist and demanding an apology. Silvester S. Beaman, pastor of Bethel AME Church in […]

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Birmingham Church Bombed in ‘63 Planning Virtual Remembrance

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Crowds gather every year at 16th Street Baptist Church to mark the anniversary of the horrific day when a bomb planted by Ku Klux Klansmen went off just before worship, killing four Black girls. This year’s 57th observance will be virtual because of the coronavirus pandemic. Al.com reported that the downtown church is […]

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Old Scars & New Wounds: Christians Comfort Lebanon’s Trauma

One month since the blast, emotional support comes from evangelicals, refugees, children, and other unexpected sources. JAYSON CASPER|SEPTEMBER 9, 2020 12:47 PM To a traumatized child, a teddy bear can make a big difference. But as the handful of Lebanese evangelicals trained in counseling are emphasizing in the aftermath of the Beirut explosion, so can […]

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Civility is Not Enough

(BP) – I visibly cringe every time the word “civility” is used around me. I hate it. On the face of it, “civility” is one of those things that everyone supports – like “patriotism” or “family” or “honor.” But our civility is often limited to whether or not we agree with the other person. As […]

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The Pandemic at Six Months: Welcome to the Disillusionment Phase

(RNS) — Sunday (Sept. 13) marked six months since the U.S. declared the COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency. The reality that this pandemic is a marathon, not a sprint, has started to take a toll on people’s emotional and spiritual well-being, with more than half of adults reporting a decline in mental health due to worry and stress this year. In […]

Chaplain notes mental health hardships first responders face

STAMFORD, Conn. (BP)—Chaplain John Revell says first responders and police have “a front-row seat to depravity.” Revell, president of Life Line Chaplaincy in Stamford, about 40 miles north of New York City, said the horrors experienced by first responders on a daily basis have deep impacts on the heart, soul and mind. Combine that with […]

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Why You’re Having Anxiety Over Lockdown Ending, And How To Cope

As coronavirus restrictions lift and states began to reopen, therapists say there are things you can do to manage your anxiety and stress about the transition. By Brittany Wong, Huffpost As states and cities start to ease lockdown restrictions put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, many are thrilled to get back to business and […]

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Worship is Protest

Christian musician Sean Feucht sparked headlines after he renamed a Labor Day Christian concert a “worship protest” to get around coronavirus restrictions in Seattle, Washington. Although he wrongly downplays the coronavirus danger and still didn’t actually follow health rules, his language should remind us of the inherent role worship plays as a protest. Worship is inherently a […]

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