Bob Allen

Bob Allen

Bob Allen is news editor of Baptist News Global.

Union University murder trial postponed

Today was supposed to be the deadline for Charles Pittman, a former Christian ministry major at the Baptist-affiliated school in Jackson, Tenn., to plead guilty to murder, but his lawyers are still awaiting for crime lab reports to determine what evidence the state has against him.

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SBC Pastors Conference disinvites Ben Carson

The likely GOP presidential candidate and leaders of the pre-convention meeting agree that controversy over the invitation could create an unnecessary “distraction.”

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Baylor renames School of Social Work for Dean Diana Garland

Baylor University’s board of regents has voted to name the university’s School of Social Work in honor of its inaugural dean, Diana R. Garland, who recently announced she will step down from her position June 1 for health reasons.

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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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Project seeks to get churches talking about issues of sex and racism

The Alliance of Baptists has unveiled a project to help churches begin conversations about LGBT inclusion and racial justice funded by a $104,000 grant by the Arcus Foundation.

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Historians say Southern Baptist women paved way in improving race relations

While much history is written about the role of organizations such as the Christian Life Commission in leading the Southern Baptist Convention to repent of its racist past, a panel of historians says black and white women had been working together as partners for many years.

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Alliance celebrates 25 years of partnership missions

Cuban Baptist leaders believe normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba results in part from seeds planted a quarter century ago building church-to-church relationships between Baptists in the two countries.

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How Bill Moyers changed Baptist journalism

Twenty-five years ago, in the midst of controversy, editors launched something new.

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