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Some Baptist ministers wonder if it remains appropriate for them to continue signing marriage licenses. (Creative Commons photo by Cari Berry)
Some Baptist ministers wonder if it remains appropriate for them to continue signing marriage licenses. (Creative Commons photo by Cari Berry)

Baptists seek guidance as same-sex marriage expands

Churches and pastors are taking a variety of responses to expanded legalization of gay marriage across the nation, including not signing marriage licenses for any couple and initiating ceremonies for gays and lesbians.

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Baptist takes multisite feature to churches looking for ‘good preaching’

A new company launched by Jim Somerville of First Baptist Church of Richmond, Va., offers rented or purchased sermons from respected preachers to small congregations, house churches and other faith communities without pastors.

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J.D. Greear, lead pastor of The Summit Church in the Raleigh, N.C., area, closes out the ERLC conference. (Baptist News Global photo by Bob Allen)
J.D. Greear, lead pastor of The Summit Church in the Raleigh, N.C., area, closes out the ERLC conference. (Baptist News Global photo by Bob Allen)

Emotions mixed for pro-gay ERLC conference attendees

Representatives of LGBT groups attending this week’s conference on The Gospel, Homosexuality and the Future of Marriage said while Southern Baptists aren’t conceding much in their opposition to homosexuality, the fact a conversation is taking place suggests change is in the air.

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ERLC president Russell Moore interviews Rosaria Butterfield at the Southern Baptist Convention-sponsored conference. (Baptist News Global photo by Bob Allen)
ERLC president Russell Moore interviews Rosaria Butterfield at the Southern Baptist Convention-sponsored conference. (Baptist News Global photo by Bob Allen)

Speakers say holiness, not heterosexuality, goal of outreach to gays

Speakers at the The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage conference described same-sex attraction as a temptation to be resisted, not something to be embraced.

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Houston withdraws controversial subpoenas of pastors’ sermons

The move had drawn outrage from Christians across the theological spectrum.

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ABC authorizes emergency grant for Liberian Baptists

The American Baptist Churches USA has allocated $120,000 for food, medical supplies and educational resources in the Ebola crisis.

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Shifting sands: Seminaries are at a crossroads

Shifting sands: Seminaries are at a crossroads

Shifts in American religious life have theological institutions navigating unfamiliar landscape.

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Shifting sands: Preaching abstinence

Looking to avoid seminary debt? Don’t borrow.

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Shifting sands: Wishing for seminary, thriving without it

What happens when there’s no time for theological education?

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Shifting sands: Bivocational ministry offers flexibility, freedom

Some ministers also value the close contact with the “real world.”

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Shifting sands: Against the trends, university launches college of theology

Does flexibility in theological education create its own market?

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Southern Seminary grad Jeff Hood says he feels like he knows more Southern Baptist ministers who are in the closet than those who are straight. (Baptist News Global photo by Bob Allen)
Southern Seminary grad Jeff Hood says he feels like he knows more Southern Baptist ministers who are in the closet than those who are straight. (Baptist News Global photo by Bob Allen)

Seminary grad outs ‘closets’ in Baptist life

An activist says there are gay clergy in the Southern Baptist Convention. They just don’t talk about it.

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BWA reconfirms 2015 Africa congress

Baptist World Alliance leaders polled Baptists around the world to confirm South Africa as the site for the 21st Baptist World Congress in response to fears of continuing Ebola outbreaks in other parts of the continent.

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As churches grapple with mental illness, ministers open up

As churches grapple with mental illness, ministers open up

For congregations to adopt a different attitude toward mental health, some clergy say they’ll have to be transparent about their own struggles.

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