Jewish leaders worry sermon could fuel anti-Semitism

Houston’s Jewish community has criticized a prominent Southern Baptist pastor’s choice of words in talking about “dirty” Jews.

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Children participate in a Trunk-or-Treat event at Cliff Temple Baptist Church. (Photo courtesy of Cliff Temple Baptist Church).
Children participate in a Trunk-or-Treat event at Cliff Temple Baptist Church. (Photo courtesy of Cliff Temple Baptist Church).

Merger, not just ministry, is how this church is engaging Hispanics

A Hispanic co-pastor and multicultural mission trips is how Cliff Temple Baptist Church in Dallas is reaching Latinos in its surrounding neighborhoods.  

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Court upholds clergy housing allowance

A federal appeals court in Chicago struck down a challenge to a tax benefit for “ministers of the gospel,” finding that the atheist couple behind it has no legal standing to sue.

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Alabama Baptist convention opposes Common Core education standards

A resolution “On Parental Authority through Local and State Control of Education” urges the state of Alabama to repeal Common Core.

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Interim seminary head praises progress against Ebola in Liberia

While the war against Ebola isn’t over in Liberia, its spread has been contained enough for the country’s president to relax a 3 ½-month-old state of emergency.

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Gabe Swann, pastor of Church Arise, baptizes a Choctaw church member in the Mississippi River. (Photo courtesy of Gabe Swann)
Gabe Swann, pastor of Church Arise, baptizes a Choctaw church member in the Mississippi River. (Photo courtesy of Gabe Swann)

Choctaws in rural Mississippi find ‘open arms’ in church

A Mississippi congregation has spent years building relationships and trust with impoverished Native Americans in its midst, resulting in cooperation and ministry that has nourished both groups.

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Evangelicals already working to mobilize vote in 2016

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is lending his name to a rally in early 2015 asking evangelical pastors to begin praying about whether God wants them to run for political office.

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Vote inaugurates far-reaching governance change for BGAV

At its annual meeting, the Baptist General Association of Virginia also adopted a reduced budget and elected officers.

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Citing low receipts, North Carolina convention reduces budget

With annual giving from churches down by 7 percent, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina is tightening its belt.

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Maryland school board ‘steals’ Christmas

The latest casualties in the so-called war on Christmas are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

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(U.S. government photo)

For some Baptists, interfaith dialogue more practical than symbolic

Baptist pastors say building relationships with members of other faiths lays the ground work for easing social tensions and even achieving political goals.

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Tennessee Baptists elect first black president

A Memphis pastor is the first African-American to be elected president of the Tennessee Baptist Convention.

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Baptist leaders join plea to spare mentally ill man on death row

Diverse evangelical leaders — including Sam Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice and Lynn Hybels of Willow Creek Church — joined mental health experts and lawyers in protesting the impending execution of a mentally ill man in Texas.

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OK Baptists oppose homosexuality, but not gays

The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma reaffirmed its stance against gay marriage but added a voice of compassion for LGBT people.

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