Creative Chaos

Creative Chaos

Preacher, folk artist Howard Finster left a large legacy SUMMERVILLE, Ga. — Howard Finster was a Baptist preacher with a sixth-grade education and a folk artist whose fame took him to New York galleries and put him on the front page of The Wall Street Journal. Whether...
Quotation Remarks

Quotation Remarks

“I’d like the last Guinea worm to die before I do.” —President Jimmy Carter, during an Aug. 20 press conference about his cancer diagnosis, referring to the eradication of Guinea worm disease that, thanks to Carter Center efforts, has fallen from 3.6 million cases to...
Editorial: ‘It’s what we do’

Editorial: ‘It’s what we do’

In writing the story that begins on page 32, about changes in funerals and burials, I recalled some of my personal experiences from a year ago when two of my three brothers died within a two-month span. While their services and final dispositions were different, the...
Religion and the American Presidents

Religion and the American Presidents

James Monroe (1817-1825) EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fifth in a series of articles by historian Bruce Gourley on the religious faith of U.S. presidents. Gourley is online editor and contributing writer for Baptists Today and executive director of the Baptist History...
Larger black churches avoiding decline

Larger black churches avoiding decline

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — At Alfred Street Baptist Church, the pews start to fill more than half an hour before the service begins. White-uniformed ushers guide African Americans of all ages to their seats. Some stand and wave their hands in the air as the large, robed choir...
Enemy within

Enemy within

Israel’s young militant settlers latest front in struggle against terrorism AHIYA, West Bank (RNS) — Elhanan Shmidov views this illegal Jewish outpost, within earshot of the drumming ceremonies of nearby Palestinian villages, as the epitome of “self-sacrifice,” where...