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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As full-time ministry becomes more challenging, listening for “the call” from God is harder, say some church leaders.
As full-time ministry becomes more challenging, listening for “the call” from God is harder, say some church leaders.

Here am I, send me … anywhere but the ministry

As churches in the United States acquaint themselves with a post-Christian environment, they find creating a “culture of call” increasingly challenging.

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Arkansas lawmakers ban local anti-discrimination measures

A Southern Baptist legislator says deciding who gets protected as part of a special class should be consistent statewide and not vary from community to community.

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Dean Smith, shown here with Michael Jordan, is described by his long-time pastor as a man who saw his work as a ministry. (Photo by Zeke Smith via Wikimedia Commons)
Dean Smith, shown here with Michael Jordan, is described by his long-time pastor as a man who saw his work as a ministry. (Photo by Zeke Smith via Wikimedia Commons)

Dean Smith’s pastor remembers him as courageous

The revered North Carolina basketball coach, who died Feb. 7, was grounded in faith, said Robert Seymour at a funeral service yesterday.

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Pastor/blogger says Southern Baptists should be honest about their racial history

The author of a book examining why the most egregious racial injustice in American history found root in the heart of the Bible Belt says the SBC should stop pretending the denomination was organized due to pure missionary zeal.

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Judge denies change of venue for Union University murder trial

A former student at a Baptist school in Tennessee will stand trial May 12-14 in the county where he is charged with murder, a judge ruled Feb. 9.

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Texas State Capitol
Texas State Capitol

Proposed religious freedom amendment in Texas raises concerns

Their efforts coincide with campaigns in at least three other states to enshrine protections of religious belief. 

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Halt drone strikes, say faith leaders

Three Alliance of Baptists representatives were among faith leaders at a recent conference at Princeton Theological Seminary criticizing the use of unmanned drones in warfare.

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Legislator aims to make Bible state book of Tennessee

Jerry Sexton, a Tennessee legislator making national headlines for sponsoring a bill declaring the Holy Bible the state’s official book, entered politics last year after serving 25 years as a Baptist pastor.

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Belonging to a vibrant church or other religious group can help sexual abuse victims heal, according to a new Baylor University study.
Belonging to a vibrant church or other religious group can help sexual abuse victims heal, according to a new Baylor University study.

College sexual assault victims healed by religious communities, chaplains and study say

A Baylor study finds that college women who are sexual assault victims can find healing in religious groups where strong theological beliefs and social networking are encouraged. Baptist chaplains at Mars Hill Univeristy and the University of Virginia agree. 

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