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National news: most popular stories 2018

 


Viral baptisms in JCBs, tributes to Billy Graham and Firestarter events for Baptist church growth were among the most read national news stories in The Baptist Times in 2018


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1 Baptisms in a JCB in Canada
How do you respond when someone wants to be baptised, but there's no baptistery in sight? Army chaplain and Baptist minister Gary Birch takes up the story

2 ‘No other preacher could compare with him’
Tributes have been pouring in for Billy Graham, Baptist minister and evangelist, who has died aged 99

3 Baptist Union Council: March 2018
A report of Baptist Union Council March 2018, featuring progress on how we train, equip and encourage our future leaders

4 Events for Baptist church growth
A series of 24 hour 'Firestarter' events hosted by Baptist churches experiencing unusual growth have been organised – to see if this accelerated growth can become normal within our Baptist family

5 New safeguarding film for Baptist churches
A new film which aims to highlight excellence in safeguarding for Baptist churches has been released

6 'Creating a fresh momentum for change'
Our figures hide a background of embedded resistance to women’s ministry: the Baptists Together Gender Justice Hub is exploring ways of loosening some of the barriers. Mary Taylor reports from its most recent meeting

7 Baptist anger over Windrush crisis
‘Appalling and deplorable’. Baptists have spoken of their anger over the Windrush deportation crisis

8 'MLK continues to guide and inspire'
A selection of links to events, reflections and resources marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's death

9 Resourcing small Baptist churches
How best to resource, encourage and challenge small churches across Baptists Together?

10 'God was speaking deeply into their lives'
Sandra Crawford was not alone in experiencing a renewal of God's call on her life at the annual Fresh Streams conference
Baptist Times, 28/12/2018
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Christian charity Linking Lives UK challenging people to spend 24 hours in isolation, having no contact with the outside world
The meeting considered what actions might follow from this summer’s BWA Resolution: Recognising and affirming the calling of women in the church
With a contemporary new look and feel, the website has been designed to enable people to find the information that they’re looking for more quickly
Leading scholar in the field of Black Theology will be the new Director of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture at Regent’s Park College, Oxford
The fifteenth year of the Crucible course begins this autumn, with modules for the first time available in four different cities – London, Exeter, Manchester and Southampton
Church from Scratch in Southend has produced a new film to help churches reflect on and discuss sensitive issues around sexuality
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