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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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Church-based, actively Christian groups have teamed up to create a new network of Christian heritage tour operators, writes Adrian Gray
New college units are being prepared that will make 'a vital contribution in equipping Baptist ministers for the particular challenges of the increasingly post-Christendom context'
Christian charity acet UK has warned of new challenges in HIV prevention ahead of World AIDS Day on 1 December
Current Baptist Union President Ken Benjamin is to take up a key strategic role with The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC)
How Baptist ministerial formation is funded was a major topic at the latest Baptist Union Council
Mark Roques reports on a recent conference which affirmed business as a sphere of life that God is very concerned about
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