Baptist ministers oppose tax break for ‘Ark Park’

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is representing four Kentucky taxpayers seeking to intervene in a lawsuit filed by Answers in Genesis, a Christian ministry that is suing a Kentucky office that denied it tax incentives.

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Southern Baptist ethics czar defends Indiana religious liberty bill on MSNBC

Russell Moore says he believes concerns that the state’s new religious liberty bill gives business owners a license to discriminate are overblown.

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End death penalty, say top faith leaders — including Baptists

End death penalty, say top faith leaders — including Baptists

In the week when Christians around the world commemorate the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, a diverse group of religious leaders called on public officials to end capital punishment.

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Wendell Griffen, pastor of New Millennium Church in Little Rock, Ark. delivered the T.B. Maston Lectures in Christian Ethics at Hardin-Simmons’ Logsdon Seminary. (Photos by Kristen Harris-Bridwell/HSU)
Wendell Griffen, pastor of New Millennium Church in Little Rock, Ark. delivered the T.B. Maston Lectures in Christian Ethics at Hardin-Simmons’ Logsdon Seminary. (Photos by Kristen Harris-Bridwell/HSU)

No forgiveness for slavery, racism without repentance, CBF pastor says

Wendell Griffen says it’s not enough for Baptists and others to apologize for their part in discrimination — they must also make restitution.

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Supreme Court won’t force NYC to allow after-hours worship in public schools

The U.S. Supreme Court has left intact New York City’s prohibition against churches meeting for worship inside public schools.

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A Barna Group survey found that family, not God or country, is the number factor in self identity for most Americans. (Barna Group graphic)
A Barna Group survey found that family, not God or country, is the number factor in self identity for most Americans. (Barna Group graphic)

Survey results could push church beyond its walls into new ministries

A Barna Group study shows most Americans care more about family than they do faith, leading Baptist and other experts to urge churches to adopt ministry strategies to meet those concerns.

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Racially segregated churches ‘blasphemy,’ SBC leader says

Russell Moore says racial reconciliation is not just a cultural, political or social issue but a “gospel issue” for the local church.

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“Freedom is on decline in the world,” Baylor University President Ken Starr told participants at the Global Religious Freedom Summit on the Baylor campus. (Photo by Robert Rogers/Baylor Marketing & Communications)
“Freedom is on decline in the world,” Baylor University President Ken Starr told participants at the Global Religious Freedom Summit on the Baylor campus. (Photo by Robert Rogers/Baylor Marketing & Communications)

Is religious liberty declining around the world? One panel thinks so.

Baylor University President Ken Starr and other experts maintain the state of religious liberty is at its lowest point in recent history.

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Church-state group urges IRS to investigate Ted Cruz speech at Liberty University

Barry Lynn of Americans United for Church and State says the IRS should get tough on churches and charities that abuse the privilege of being tax-exempt by partisan politicking before the problem gets worse in the upcoming presidential election campaign.

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Kentucky Baptists applaud failure of medical pot

A lobbyist opposed to legalization of marijuana says the influence of Kentucky Baptists helped defeat proposals that would have permitted the drug’s medical use.

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Faith leaders ask Congress to protect programs that aid the poor

More than 1,300 organizations from every state in the nation have signed a letter urging Congress to approve a budget that adheres to four basic principles intended to reduce poverty and inequality and spur broadly shared economic growth.

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‘90 Minutes in Heaven’ coming to big screen

As LifeWay Christian Resources exits a market derided by critics as “heaven tourism,” another Christian retailer is producing a film adaptation of the New York Times bestseller 90 Minutes in Heaven.

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Preaching brothers sentenced for child pornography

A former youth minister and his brother who volunteered at the same church are both in federal prison after confessing to sexting of teenagers in the youth group.

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Some Texas religious leaders worry that a state bill to toughen immigration enforcement would keep some Hispanics from attending church, and destroy immigrant families. (Creative Commons photo by Enrique López-Tamayo Biosca)
Some Texas religious leaders worry that a state bill to toughen immigration enforcement would keep some Hispanics from attending church, and destroy immigrant families. (Creative Commons photo by Enrique López-Tamayo Biosca)

Baptists oppose Texas bill as violation of biblical command to welcome strangers

A bill designed to boost local police powers to enforce immigration laws is detrimental to improving relationships between congregations and immigrant members, religious groups say.

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Marchers demonstrate for immigration reform. (Creative Commons photo by Valerie Hinojosa)
Marchers demonstrate for immigration reform. (Creative Commons photo by Valerie Hinojosa)

Evangelicals support immigration reform, Baptists say; now it’s Congress’ turn

A poll shows that most evangelicals support comprehensive immigration reform, prompting some to assure legislators they have the needed support to enact legislation promoting border security and a path to citizenship. 

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Sovereign Grace mom testifies in favor of longer statute of limitations on child sex abuse

A plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit alleging abuse and cover-up at an evangelical megachurch told lawmakers the courts will not consider the merits of her case because of Maryland’s statute of limitation on civil litigation.

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With pews increasingly empty in churches across the U.S., churches must be creative with their ministries, experts say. (Creative Commons photo by khrawlings).
With pews increasingly empty in churches across the U.S., churches must be creative with their ministries, experts say. (Creative Commons photo by khrawlings).

Be creative, not afraid, as the religiously unaffiliated rise in U.S., experts tell churches

A new suvery of American values shows the religiously unaffiliated now as one of the top three faith groups in the United States along with Catholics and white evangelicals.

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Participants in a Memphis zombie walk amble along a downtown street. Zombies have become powerful symbols for some Americans. (Creative Commons photo by Lindsey Turner)
Participants in a Memphis zombie walk amble along a downtown street. Zombies have become powerful symbols for some Americans. (Creative Commons photo by Lindsey Turner)

Many Americans find meaning in vampire, zombie tales, Baylor prof says

Scholar, author and lecturer Greg Garrett says popular books and films dealing with afterlife issues reveal the spiritual questions of many Americans, including those who are unaffiliated with churches.

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Historically Baptist college elects gay president

Though not Indiana’s first openly gay college president, Thomas Minar is the first for Franklin College, a small-town college 20 minutes from Indianapolis historically rooted in the American Baptist Churches USA.

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Faith groups celebrate 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Churches were exempted from a federal law requiring accessibility and equal opportunity for Americans in 1990, but advocates say the upcoming 25th anniversary of the landmark legislation is a second chance for houses of worship to take the lead in striking down barriers that remain.

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