Bob Allen

Bob Allen

Bob Allen is news editor of Baptist News Global.

FBC Decatur, Ga., elects openly gay deacon

First Baptist Church in Decatur, Ga., is the latest high-profile Baptist church to fully include LGBT members.

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Black pastor says racial profiling exists in the SBC

Texas pastor Dwight McKissic said many white Southern Baptists view African-American people with suspicion, especially if they don’t already know them.

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Board drops plans for Bible course in Oklahoma public schools

An Oklahoma school board has changed its mind about Bible teaching in public schools.

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CBF pastor hopes Darren Wilson decision will prompt dialogue

Pastor Scott Stearman says black and white Americans tend to look through “different glasses” when it comes to matters of racial injustice.

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Thabiti Anyabwile says Ferguson grand jury gives marching orders for change

A black Baptist leader called for “a more just system of policing and the protection of all life.”

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Nearly one-fourth of American families turn to church food pantries for help

Nearly 50 years after President Johnson declared a “war on poverty,” millions of Americans are still going to bed hungry.

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Obama’s action would be moot if Congress would act on immigration, says CBF head

Right or wrong, Suzii Paynter says, President Obama’s controversial unilateral action would become moot if Congress would act on immigration reform.

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U.S. Baptists engage in goodwill visit to Cuba

A delegation of Baptists from Missouri and Louisiana recently spent eight days on a goodwill mission to Cuba.

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SBC leader criticizes Obama’s immigration initiative, while other faith leaders praise it

Ethics spokesman Russell Moore said he fears President Obama’s decision to move forward on immigration policy without Congress will only encourage Republicans to dig in their heels.

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Prof says ex-gay therapy inadequate to help homosexuals change

An advocate of “biblical counseling” says what is missing in therapeutic approaches to fix unwanted same-sex attraction is “a Christian doctrine of sin.”

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