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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Arkansas Baptist leaders satisfied with RFRA bill

The final version of a religious-liberty bill did not include language allowing relief whether or not the government is a party, but a supporter of the original bill says with legal precedent determining a corporation can qualify as a “person,” gay marriage opponents are satisfied with the version signed by the governor.

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State wants to proceed with Kelly Gissendaner execution

The Georgia Department of Corrections has decided to resume executions by lethal injection after determining there was nothing wrong with cloudy drugs that prompted delay of a woman on death row supported by clergy and death penalty opponents.

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Baptist in Kazakhstan faces jail

Baptist Nikolai Novikov refuses to pay a fine for handing out uncensored religious material, claiming the law he disobeyed is unjust.

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Pastors must model for others how to forge relationships between the races, Baptist ministers say. (iStock photo)
Pastors must model for others how to forge relationships between the races, Baptist ministers say. (iStock photo)

Pastors must help lead way to racial reconciliation, stop police violence, Baptist leaders say

Communities, even police, may not be able to understand how relationships between the races may solve local tensions, according to Baptist ministers who have participated in interracial dialogue.

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Pastor testifies at Senate hearing in IRS tax scam

A Baptist pastor victimized by a phone scam from someone purporting to be with the IRS testified about his experience in a Senate committee in hopes that his example might save others from being defrauded.

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Brief asks Okla. Supreme Court to strike down school voucher program

Four religious freedom and civil liberties groups say a scholarship program for children with disabilities violates a “No Aid” clause in the state’s constitution banning the use of public funds for religious indoctrination.

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Georgia Baptist college gets tax break

A flurry of tweaks as the clock ran out on the 2015 Georgia General Assembly included a tax loophole to save Truett-McConnell College $350,000 in sales tax on a construction project.

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Ellen Jimmerson (center) explored the rhetoric of language and how neutral terminology can mask evil with Shonda Jones (left), associate dean at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, and WFU associate professor in communications Alessandra Von Burg. Jimmerson was presenting her documentary “The Second Cooler” to classes and groups at WFU. (BNG photo by Norman Jameson)
Ellen Jimmerson (center) explored the rhetoric of language and how neutral terminology can mask evil with Shonda Jones (left), associate dean at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, and WFU associate professor in communications Alessandra Von Burg. Jimmerson was presenting her documentary “The Second Cooler” to classes and groups at WFU. (BNG photo by Norman Jameson)

Film focuses on U.S. economic policies that cause Latin American poverty

Baptist minister Ellin Jimmerson’s “The Second Cooler” describes decimated farm economies in Mexico and Central America and lifeless U.S. textile towns.

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Faith leaders support Iran framework deal

While not perfect, faith leaders say the president’s plan to gradually lift sanctions on Iran in exchange for nuclear concessions is better than alternatives, including another U.S.-led war on a Muslim country.

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Circle of Protection asks presidential contenders what they would do for the poor

A collection of Christian leaders forming a “circle of protection” for government programs that help alleviate poverty is asking candidates to produce video messages explaining how as president they would seek to help the poor.

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Body cameras can be only part of the solution to police violence, some ministers say. (Creative Commons photo by West Midlands Police)
Body cameras can be only part of the solution to police violence, some ministers say. (Creative Commons photo by West Midlands Police)

More than body cameras needed to stop police violence, Baptist clergy say

While some see body cameras as a way to curb deadly police shootings like one in North Charleston, S.C., last weekend, others say systemic issues like police training and a gun-loving culture must also be addressed.

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Baptist schools raise RFRA defense in federal appeals court

Two Texas Baptist universities argued religious objections to mandated coverage of contraceptives in the Affordable Care Act Tuesday in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Liberian Baptists oppose ‘Christian nation’ label

A proposal to declare Liberia a Christian nation is fomenting division between a Christian majority and Muslim minority in a country accustomed to civil war.

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Southern Baptists urged to pray as Supreme Court weighs gay-marriage arguments

When justices consider later this month whether gays have a constitutional right to wed, Southern Baptist leaders are praying that lawyers arguing for traditional marriage will have God on their side.

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Obama honors Gardner Taylor at Easter prayer breakfast

Speakers at the Tuesday morning event included Baptist News Global columnist Amy Butler, who gave the opening prayer.

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Baptists, others, fear legal gay marriage will censor free speech

Southern Baptist leaders are among parties in a Liberty Institute friend-of-the-court brief defending the right to free speech in the volatile debate over gay marriage.

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Catholics, Baptists join in religious liberty battle over gay marriage

Catholic and Baptist leaders have joined in a statement calling for a serious national discussion of religious liberty, following failure to add conscience exceptions to religious liberty measures in Indiana and Arkansas.

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Georgia tables controversial religious liberty bill

Georgia’s bid for a “religious liberty” bill died in committee in the 2015 General Assembly last week.

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