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In 2000, Baptist World Alliance general secretary Denton Lotz (left) and BWA president Billy Kim (center) met with Cuban leader Fidel Castro. (BWA photo)
In 2000, Baptist World Alliance general secretary Denton Lotz (left) and BWA president Billy Kim (center) met with Cuban leader Fidel Castro. (BWA photo)

U.S. Baptists welcome thaw in relations with Cuba

Thawing relations between the U.S. and Cuba follows relationships that have been building for years between Baptists in the two countries.

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Religion and politics do mix, Baptist author says, but not always in healthy ways

Scholar Brian Kaylor argues in a new book that “transubstantiating” politics into religious worship creates a distinct form of communication with implications for both church and state.

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BJC lawyer examines church’s role in civil marriage

Changes in definitions of marriage are sparking new discussion about the role of churches in performing civil marriages on behalf of the state.

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Members of Calvary, Riverside and Vienna Baptist churches in the Washington area participated in a protest last weekend. (Calvary Baptist Facebook photo)
Members of Calvary, Riverside and Vienna Baptist churches in the Washington area participated in a protest last weekend. (Calvary Baptist Facebook photo)

Baptist leaders ponder if protests are a social movement or a moment

Pastors say continuing demonstrations have the signs of a signficant movement for racial healing in America, and that churches must help lead the effort.

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Group asks Louisiana governor to drop endorsement of prayer rally

A church-state watchdog says Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s sponsorship and endorsement of an evangelistic Christian rally is inappropriate and possibly illegal.

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Majority of Americans believe in Virgin Birth, poll shows

A new poll on attitudes about Christmas reveals broad belief that the Nativity story told in Scripture is historically true.

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Participants hold discussions about mortality during a meeting of Death Cafe Atlanta. (Facebook photo courtesy of Mark LaRocca-Pitts)
Participants hold discussions about mortality during a meeting of Death Cafe Atlanta. (Facebook photo courtesy of Mark LaRocca-Pitts)

Baptist chaplains eye growing openness to discussion of death

The growing popularity of Death Cafe and other movements suggests that Americans are increasingly willing to talk about their own deaths and that of their loved ones.

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7 ways to help those suffering from ‘the empty chair at the holiday table’

Avoid telling those in grief how they ought to feel, says Baylor professor Helen Harris.

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Fayetteville, Ark., repeals anti-discrimination measure some Baptists opposed

Church leaders, including Southern Baptists, led a campaign to overturn a controversial measure that they claimed would infringe on their religious freedom.

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Youth pastor charged with child abuse

A former youth pastor at First Baptist Church on Park Street in Charlottesville, Va., faces charges of taking indecent liberties with a child.

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Appeals court hears GuideStone challenge to Obamacare

A three-judge panel in Denver heard arguments about a preliminary injunction currently blocking the government from penalizing GuideStone Financial Resources for refusal to cover contraceptives in health plans as required by the Affordable Care Act.

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SBC leader Russell Moore denounces Eric Garner grand jury decision

The head of Southern Baptists’ moral concerns agency says there are still “unreconstructed racists” in America, including some who “sit in pews.”

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Faith groups support tax break for Americans with disabilities

A rare show of bipartisanship in Congress bodes well for legislation aimed at improving the lives of up to 54 million Americans living with disabilities.

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Baptists oppose discrimination ordinance in Arkansas

Southern Baptists say they are optimistic voters will repeal a controversial civil rights ordinance in Fayetteville, Ark.

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Sociologists are finding many Christians are tired of serving on committees instead of serving others in the community. (Creative Commons image)
Sociologists are finding many Christians are tired of serving on committees instead of serving others in the community. (Creative Commons image)

Mundane work, internal politics drive many from church, experts say

But one Baptist pastor thinks that may reflect unrealistic expectations of church.

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Baptist group receives $182 million from feds to care for immigrant children

As partnerships between government and the private sector become more commonplace, the question of taxpayer funding of religious groups gets complicated.

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Former youth minister pleads guilty to abuse

Mack Allen Davis still faces charges in two other counties.

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Half of Americans want separation between church and state in marriage

A new LifeWay Research poll says many Americans are skeptical about the government’s role in marriage.

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Welton Gaddy decries burning of Brown family church

An interfaith leader and Baptist pastor says a church fire possibly set in retaliation of riots in Ferguson, Mo., resurrects ghosts from the past.

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Officials get mixed messages about right of conscience in marriage laws

Church-state watchdogs disagree about whether city and county clerks in states that allow gay marriage have a right of conscience to refuse service to same-sex couples.

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