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End death penalty, say top faith leaders — including Baptists

End death penalty, say top faith leaders — including Baptists

In the week when Christians around the world commemorate the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, a diverse group of religious leaders called on public officials to end capital punishment.

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Baptist ministers oppose tax break for ‘Ark Park’

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is representing four Kentucky taxpayers seeking to intervene in a lawsuit filed by Answers in Genesis, a Christian ministry that is suing a Kentucky office that denied it tax incentives.

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CBF field personnel Greg and Sue Smith with Irene Calderón. (LUCHA Ministries photo)
CBF field personnel Greg and Sue Smith with Irene Calderón. (LUCHA Ministries photo)

Community rallies to rescue, nurture elderly immigrant

Rescued on a cold winter night, the aging Peruvian woman has warmed hearts and received support from ministries and fellow immigrants.

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Southern Baptist ethics czar defends Indiana religious liberty bill on MSNBC

Russell Moore says he believes concerns that the state’s new religious liberty bill gives business owners a license to discriminate are overblown.

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God wants Christians for ‘officiating crew,’ Evans tells The Gathering

The event in Baylor’s new football stadium drew about 35,000 people.

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Wendell Griffen, pastor of New Millennium Church in Little Rock, Ark. delivered the T.B. Maston Lectures in Christian Ethics at Hardin-Simmons’ Logsdon Seminary. (Photos by Kristen Harris-Bridwell/HSU)
Wendell Griffen, pastor of New Millennium Church in Little Rock, Ark. delivered the T.B. Maston Lectures in Christian Ethics at Hardin-Simmons’ Logsdon Seminary. (Photos by Kristen Harris-Bridwell/HSU)

No forgiveness for slavery, racism without repentance, CBF pastor says

Wendell Griffen says it’s not enough for Baptists and others to apologize for their part in discrimination — they must also make restitution.

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Supreme Court won’t force NYC to allow after-hours worship in public schools

The U.S. Supreme Court has left intact New York City’s prohibition against churches meeting for worship inside public schools.

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Cal Baptist women’s tournament run comes up one game short

The magic in the California Baptist University’s women’s basketball team NCAA Division II Cinderella tournament ran out on Friday.

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A Barna Group survey found that family, not God or country, is the number factor in self identity for most Americans. (Barna Group graphic)
A Barna Group survey found that family, not God or country, is the number factor in self identity for most Americans. (Barna Group graphic)

Survey results could push church beyond its walls into new ministries

A Barna Group study shows most Americans care more about family than they do faith, leading Baptist and other experts to urge churches to adopt ministry strategies to meet those concerns.

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Former CLC staffer David Lockard dies

Lockard worked a total of 36 years at the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board and Christian Life Commission until leadership changes trickling down from the SBC “Conservative Resurgence” prompted his resignation at age 62.

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Racially segregated churches ‘blasphemy,’ SBC leader says

Russell Moore says racial reconciliation is not just a cultural, political or social issue but a “gospel issue” for the local church.

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“Freedom is on decline in the world,” Baylor University President Ken Starr told participants at the Global Religious Freedom Summit on the Baylor campus. (Photo by Robert Rogers/Baylor Marketing & Communications)
“Freedom is on decline in the world,” Baylor University President Ken Starr told participants at the Global Religious Freedom Summit on the Baylor campus. (Photo by Robert Rogers/Baylor Marketing & Communications)

Is religious liberty declining around the world? One panel thinks so.

Baylor University President Ken Starr and other experts maintain the state of religious liberty is at its lowest point in recent history.

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Church-state group urges IRS to investigate Ted Cruz speech at Liberty University

Barry Lynn of Americans United for Church and State says the IRS should get tough on churches and charities that abuse the privilege of being tax-exempt by partisan politicking before the problem gets worse in the upcoming presidential election campaign.

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Kentucky Baptists applaud failure of medical pot

A lobbyist opposed to legalization of marijuana says the influence of Kentucky Baptists helped defeat proposals that would have permitted the drug’s medical use.

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