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Kelly Gissendaner (right), scheduled to be executed for the murder of her husband Monday night, was visited by two of her children, Kayla and Cody, who have reconciled with her since her incarceration.
Kelly Gissendaner (right), scheduled to be executed for the murder of her husband Monday night, was visited by two of her children, Kayla and Cody, who have reconciled with her since her incarceration.

Moderate Baptists rise to aid of woman on death row in Georgia

With the scheduled execution just hours away, members of Atlanta’s religious community are working to rally support for a fellow Christian whose death they say would be a travesty.

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Various reasons drive some Christians to church shop, including internal conflict and being turned off by denominationalism. (Creative Commons photo)
Various reasons drive some Christians to church shop, including internal conflict and being turned off by denominationalism. (Creative Commons photo)

Studies, experts suggest why some Christians like church shopping

Reasons for seeking new spiritual homes include an aversion to congregational conflict and the trappings of denominationalism.

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Kent McKeever, back row second from the right, and colleagues and friends at Mission Waco, pose with the orange T-shirt designed to inspire fair hiring polices for ex-cons. (Photo provided by Kent McKeever)
Kent McKeever, back row second from the right, and colleagues and friends at Mission Waco, pose with the orange T-shirt designed to inspire fair hiring polices for ex-cons. (Photo provided by Kent McKeever)

Minister trades prison garb for orange T-shirt to help ex-cons find work

Last year, Kent McKeever wore an orange prison jumpsuit for Lent to empathize with former prisoners and others on the margins of society. This year, he's waging a campaign to convince employers to give ex-cons a fair shake in the hiring process.

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SBC controversy reverberates for second, third generation ‘exiles,’ book says

A new book by communications professor Carl Kell tells the story of the 1980s SBC “holy war” through the eyes of sons and daughters of moderates disenfranchised by the fray.

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Example of sketch notes John Jay Alvaro uses for preaching. (Image courtesy of John Jay Alvaro)
Example of sketch notes John Jay Alvaro uses for preaching. (Image courtesy of John Jay Alvaro)

No manuscripts for Baptist pastor who sketches and colors sermon notes

Ink, watercolor and sketches help John Jay Alvaro preach every Sunday morning. It's a process that's also popular for devotionals and note-taking in church. 

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Baptists in Kentucky support cap on payday loans

While marketed as a solution to get people out of short-term financial problems, critics say payday lending is a predatory industry that generates billions of dollars in profit by trapping borrowers in spiraling debt.

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Petition to repeal anti-discrimination ordinance in Texas suburb ruled invalid

Apparently losing the battle against same-sex marriage in federal courts, conservative Christian activists, including Southern Baptists, are turning attention to local ordinances expanding non-discrimination protections to the transgendered.

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Willie James Jennings, associate professor of theology and black church studies at Duke University Divinity School, delivered the Howard Payne University Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics. (HPU photo)
Willie James Jennings, associate professor of theology and black church studies at Duke University Divinity School, delivered the Howard Payne University Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics. (HPU photo)

Confusing race with faith sent Christians down painful path

Racial tensions and racism in America were in part caused by Western Christians mistakenly equating race with biblical values, leading to divisive race issues in modern society, says a Duke University scholar.

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BJC defends Muslim woman’s right to wear hijab to work

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a landmark religious liberty case argued before U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday morning.

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Baptist board in Texas declares gender assignment ‘immutable’

The statement in part was adopted to provide grounds for some Baptist universities seeking exemptions to accommodations for transgender students.

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Religious groups deny defense of marriage reflects animus against gays

Faith groups including the moral concerns arm of the Southern Baptist Convention say they bear no ill-will toward homosexual couples but do not want them to be allowed to marry.

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Todd Still named Truett Seminary dean

The announcement ends a national search for the school affiliated with Baylor University.

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Richmond pastor Jim Somerville and a group of interfaith clergy spoke with Jordanian media during a trip to promote religious harmony.
Richmond pastor Jim Somerville and a group of interfaith clergy spoke with Jordanian media during a trip to promote religious harmony.

Baptist pastor inspired by Jews, Muslims during Holy Land pilgrimage

The group of interfaith clergy from Richmond, Va., including First Baptist Church Senior Pastor Jim Somerville, returned convinced peace among nations, religions and people is attainable.

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Baptist theologian says Bible doesn’t condone homosexuality

A Baptist theologian and interpreter of culture says churches should not reinterpret their views on what the Bible says about homosexuality based on whims of culture.

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