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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Proposed ‘bathroom bill’ raises Baptist ire in N.C.

Supporters of Charlotte’s pending anti-discrimination ordinance accuse religious opponents of using scare tactics by claiming it would give sexual predators access to children in the form of men posing as women in order to use female-only public restrooms.

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Houston native Nick Deere is the current pastoral resident at First Baptist Church in Richmond, Va. — one of a growing number of congregations with pastoral resident programs. (Photo by Dean Hawthorne)
Houston native Nick Deere is the current pastoral resident at First Baptist Church in Richmond, Va. — one of a growing number of congregations with pastoral resident programs. (Photo by Dean Hawthorne)

Pastoral residencies picking up as churches expand ministry, purpose

Inviting young, developing ministers into the full ministry experience can invigorate congregations while providing the larger church with talented clergy capable of avoiding burnout. 

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Truett prof asks CBF liberals to drop ‘moderate’ label

A quarter century after forming to resist fundamentalism in the Southern Baptist Convention, theology professor Roger Olson says the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is increasingly polarizing over liberal views gaining ground in the originally moderate group.

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Southern Baptist florist at center of marriage debate

Conservatives say a Washington florist found guilty of violating the state’s anti-discrimination law for refusing to take part in a same-sex wedding is being punished for being true to her Southern Baptist beliefs.

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A remembrance of things past

A remembrance of things past

For iconic Baptist communicator W.C. Fields, now 92, time smoothes memories.

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Seminary president fears liberal drift in churches

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Jason Allen says Southern Baptists are enjoying a golden era of theological education.

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At Convergence, being missional cuts two ways

At Convergence, being missional cuts two ways

And the arts are at the heart of this Christian community.

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Fired Atlanta fire chief sues city

Atlanta’s former fire chief is suing to get his job back, claiming he was fired for speaking about his religious views.

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Baptist college reinstates fired VP

A Brewton-Parker College administrator fired amid upheaval over the president’s resignation has been reinstated by the school’s interim president.

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Participants brought MP3 and CD players and other devices to share music.
Participants brought MP3 and CD players and other devices to share music.

Unexpected spirituality emerges from night of sharing music

North Carolina minister Mike Queen’s passion for music becomes a spiritual catalyst for a group of men.

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Alabama Baptist church faces ouster for pastor’s gay-friendly views

A Baptist church mentioned in news coverage of the first day legal marriages were performed in Alabama faces expulsion from its local association of Southern Baptist churches.

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Watchman on the wall: Brent Walker’s 25 years in D.C.

Watchman on the wall: Brent Walker’s 25 years in D.C.

For 25 years Brent Walker has observed the religious-liberty landscape from a perch at the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, just blocks from the U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court. He began in 1989 as associate general counsel then became general counsel in 1993 and executive director in 1999. We asked him to look back over his quarter-century on the “serpentine wall” of church-state separation.

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Court upholds religious accommodation in Obamacare

A federal appeals court says certain employers allowed to opt out of required contraceptive coverage under Obamacare for religious reasons cannot prevent employees from receiving the coverage from a third party that does not object.

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