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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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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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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Protest signs at a Ferguson protest in New York City. (Creative Commons photo)
Protest signs at a Ferguson protest in New York City. (Creative Commons photo)

Church shares racism with police forces, says minister and former cop in book

Terrell Carter — himself African-American — says perceptions about racism in the Ferguson police department are accurate but that many churches condemning cops are also rife with racism.

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American Baptist College criticized for inviting lesbian preacher

A historically black Baptist college that birthed leaders of the civil rights movement 50 years ago is being criticized today for inviting speakers to campus who support gay marriage.

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