Supreme Court brief argues for gay Baptist minister’s right to wed

Lawyers in four states filed legal briefs last week in a potentially historic same-sex marriage case brought by several gay couples, including one with ties to a Kentucky Baptist church.

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Kelly Gissendaner (right), scheduled to be executed for the murder of her husband Monday night, was visited by two of her children, Kayla and Cody, who have reconciled with her since her incarceration.
Kelly Gissendaner (right), scheduled to be executed for the murder of her husband Monday night, was visited by two of her children, Kayla and Cody, who have reconciled with her since her incarceration.

Moderate Baptists rise to aid of woman on death row in Georgia

With the scheduled execution just hours away, members of Atlanta’s religious community are working to rally support for a fellow Christian whose death they say would be a travesty.

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Various reasons drive some Christians to church shop, including internal conflict and being turned off by denominationalism. (Creative Commons photo)
Various reasons drive some Christians to church shop, including internal conflict and being turned off by denominationalism. (Creative Commons photo)

Studies, experts suggest why some Christians like church shopping

Reasons for seeking new spiritual homes include an aversion to congregational conflict and the trappings of denominationalism.

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Petition to repeal anti-discrimination ordinance in Texas suburb ruled invalid

Apparently losing the battle against same-sex marriage in federal courts, conservative Christian activists, including Southern Baptists, are turning attention to local ordinances expanding non-discrimination protections to the transgendered.

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Willie James Jennings, associate professor of theology and black church studies at Duke University Divinity School, delivered the Howard Payne University Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics. (HPU photo)
Willie James Jennings, associate professor of theology and black church studies at Duke University Divinity School, delivered the Howard Payne University Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics. (HPU photo)

Confusing race with faith sent Christians down painful path

Racial tensions and racism in America were in part caused by Western Christians mistakenly equating race with biblical values, leading to divisive race issues in modern society, says a Duke University scholar.

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Religious groups deny defense of marriage reflects animus against gays

Faith groups including the moral concerns arm of the Southern Baptist Convention say they bear no ill-will toward homosexual couples but do not want them to be allowed to marry.

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Proposed ‘bathroom bill’ raises Baptist ire in N.C.

Supporters of Charlotte’s pending anti-discrimination ordinance accuse religious opponents of using scare tactics by claiming it would give sexual predators access to children in the form of men posing as women in order to use female-only public restrooms.

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Southern Baptist florist at center of marriage debate

Conservatives say a Washington florist found guilty of violating the state’s anti-discrimination law for refusing to take part in a same-sex wedding is being punished for being true to her Southern Baptist beliefs.

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Fired Atlanta fire chief sues city

Atlanta’s former fire chief is suing to get his job back, claiming he was fired for speaking about his religious views.

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Pastor/blogger says Southern Baptists should be honest about their racial history

The author of a book examining why the most egregious racial injustice in American history found root in the heart of the Bible Belt says the SBC should stop pretending the denomination was organized due to pure missionary zeal.

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