Supreme Court hears challenges to state gay-marriage bans

Supreme Court hears challenges to state gay-marriage bans

Justices heard arguments Tuesday in what is expected to be a landmark decision settling a question that has divided lower courts: Is same-sex marriage a constitutional right?

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Julie Pennington-Russell resigns as pastor of FBC Decatur

After 30 years of “running errands” for God in three different congregations, a pioneer Baptist woman in ministry is stepping out of the pulpit.

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PNBC head says anger OK, violence not

The president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention says violence like that on the streets of Baltimore isn’t the way to achieve social justice.

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Troops and other rescuers carry an injured quake victim from rubble in Kathmandu. (United Nations photo)
Troops and other rescuers carry an injured quake victim from rubble in Kathmandu. (United Nations photo)

Baptists join growing army of relief headed to Nepal

Groups are either raising money or sending assessment teams to Nepal — and some are doing both. 

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Baptist disaster responder, through Facebook, reports on Nepal efforts

Eddy Ruble, who serves through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in Southeast Asia, has extensive experience in providing disaster-response services in that part of the world. 

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Texas Baptists take sides in school choice, pastor protection legislation

Texas Baptist leaders weighed in on two pieces of legislation in Austin being watched in other states.

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Letting people out of jail but not back into society is unfair, restorative justice advocates say. (Creative Commons photo)
Letting people out of jail but not back into society is unfair, restorative justice advocates say. (Creative Commons photo)

Baptists lead movements to ease ex-offender return to society

A variety of restorative justice efforts are underway in states from Texas to Georgia and beyond.

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Baylor renames School of Social Work for Dean Diana Garland

Baylor University’s board of regents has voted to name the university’s School of Social Work in honor of its inaugural dean, Diana R. Garland, who recently announced she will step down from her position June 1 for health reasons.

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SBC Pastors Conference disinvites Ben Carson

The likely GOP presidential candidate and leaders of the pre-convention meeting agree that controversy over the invitation could create an unnecessary “distraction.”

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Union University murder trial postponed

Today was supposed to be the deadline for Charles Pittman, a former Christian ministry major at the Baptist-affiliated school in Jackson, Tenn., to plead guilty to murder, but his lawyers are still awaiting for crime lab reports to determine what evidence the state has against him.

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Aiming to deepen rite’s meaning, Baptist pastor in Ohio baptizes infant

Aiming to deepen rite’s meaning, Baptist pastor in Ohio baptizes infant

Rodney Kennedy at First Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio, said the practice conforms to his beliefs about baptism being the beginning of a life-long process. 

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Uzbek Baptist jailed for handing out Christian leaflet

Handing a Christian leaflet to a stranger he passed on the street earned a Baptist in Uzbekistan 15 days in jail.

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SBC Pastors Conference criticized for inviting non-Baptist presidential hopeful to speak

With one Southern Baptist (Ted Cruz) running for president and another (Mike Huckabee) expected to do the same, some are asking why planners of this year’s SBC Pastors Conference June 14-15 in Columbus, Ohio, are inviting Ben Carson, a Seventh-day Adventist, to speak.

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Cody Sanders describes three projects being funded by an Arcus Foundation grant in an Alliance workshop. (BNG photo by Bob Allen)
Cody Sanders describes three projects being funded by an Arcus Foundation grant in an Alliance workshop. (BNG photo by Bob Allen)

Project seeks to get churches talking about issues of sex and racism

The Alliance of Baptists has unveiled a project to help churches begin conversations about LGBT inclusion and racial justice funded by a $104,000 grant by the Arcus Foundation.

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