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 […]
As the coronavirus surges again, houses of worship struggle to serve their communities safely. Read full piece in The New York Times.
The first phase of excavation has ended for a Colonial Williamsburg archaeology project aiming to help tell the story of Williamsburg’s First Baptist Church, one of America’s oldest churches founded by free and enslaved Blacks. Read full piece in the Virginia Gazette
BOB SMIETANA, RNS For months, the leaders of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations have urged churches to social distance, wear masks, and do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, says the association of 20,000 evangelical health care professionals, those guidelines have often gone unheeded. “Despite these efforts, CMDA is saddened to […]
Andy Stanley, the pastor of one of the largest megachurches in the country, ponders the future of an influential corner of American Christianity. Read full piece in The Atlantic.
Listen to episode 145 of the Baptist Without An Adjective podcast here. Starlette Thomas, author, activist, and minister to empower congregations for the D.C. Baptist Convention, talks with Word&Way Editor & President Brian Kaylor about her work on the “raceless gospel.” She also discusses politics, coronavirus, and lamenting.
By Brian Kaylor, Word & Way With winter approaching, my son is already asking about when it will snow, how many days until Christmas, and when we can start decorating. When we do decorate — after Thanksgiving, as it should be done! — one thing we do is hang paper snowflakes he and my wife […]
This is a panel conversation among several scholars affiliated with the NABF concerning some of the issues currently facing Baptist churches and denominations. There is certainly much more that could have been said (and perhaps many more topics worth considering), but we offer it to serve the wider Baptist family, with the hope that it […]
(RNS) — Over the past five years, the U.S. has seen a marked increase in political violence — from an uptick in hate crimes nationally to the attempted assassinations of leading political figures to threats of violence against female politicians (from both parties), such as the recently discovered plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Political violence has been […]
After leaving Sukkoth they camped at Etham on the edge of the desert.By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor […]
(RNS) — Timothy Filston, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Thomasville, Georgia, had a request for his mask-wearing congregation during a recent sermon. “Give me all you can through your eyebrows,” said Filston. The church has begun meeting again in person for worship, and congregation members are required to wear masks during services. That’s great […]