St. Louis judge strikes down gay-marriage ban

Gay couples in Missouri won the second battle in a month when a state judge ruled that same-sex couples can wed.

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SBC policy expert says medical pot a ‘Trojan Horse’ for legalization

A Southern Baptist Convention policy specialist warns that while medical marijuana may seem a harmless or even compassionate idea, it leads to harder stuff.

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Latest gay marriage ruling, which involved Baptist plaintiff, could hasten Supreme Court decision

Observers say a federal appeals court ruling upholding gay marriage bans in four states virtually guarantees the high court will take up the issue.

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Wealth gap ‘tool of separation,’ black Baptist preacher says

Former National Baptist Convention of America President Stephen Thurston says there will never be full racial equity in America as long as there remains a wide gap between the rich and poor.

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Missouri Baptists oppose recognition of legal out-of-state same-sex marriages

A Missouri Baptist Convention resolution opposes same-sex marriage as a matter of religious conviction, while voicing compassion for individuals who are attracted to members of the same sex.

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Forest Avenue Baptist Church in Kansas City serves a meal at the church’s shelter for the homeless.
Forest Avenue Baptist Church in Kansas City serves a meal at the church’s shelter for the homeless.

Love your neighbor: Christ’s command inspires action and advocacy

Churches flesh out their response in a variety of ways.

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Anti-abuse group archives member stories

Amy Smith, a Baptist leader of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, says she has paid a price for exposing a now-convicted sex offender, but she would do it all over again.

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J.D. Greear, lead pastor of The Summit Church in the Raleigh, N.C., area, closes out the ERLC conference. (Baptist News Global photo by Bob Allen)
J.D. Greear, lead pastor of The Summit Church in the Raleigh, N.C., area, closes out the ERLC conference. (Baptist News Global photo by Bob Allen)

Emotions mixed for pro-gay ERLC conference attendees

Representatives of LGBT groups attending this week’s conference on The Gospel, Homosexuality and the Future of Marriage said while Southern Baptists aren’t conceding much in their opposition to homosexuality, the fact a conversation is taking place suggests change is in the air.

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Some Baptist ministers wonder if it remains appropriate for them to continue signing marriage licenses. (Creative Commons photo by Cari Berry)
Some Baptist ministers wonder if it remains appropriate for them to continue signing marriage licenses. (Creative Commons photo by Cari Berry)

Baptists seek guidance as same-sex marriage expands

Churches and pastors are taking a variety of responses to expanded legalization of gay marriage across the nation, including not signing marriage licenses for any couple and initiating ceremonies for gays and lesbians.

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ERLC president Russell Moore interviews Rosaria Butterfield at the Southern Baptist Convention-sponsored conference. (Baptist News Global photo by Bob Allen)
ERLC president Russell Moore interviews Rosaria Butterfield at the Southern Baptist Convention-sponsored conference. (Baptist News Global photo by Bob Allen)

Speakers say holiness, not heterosexuality, goal of outreach to gays

Speakers at the The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage conference described same-sex attraction as a temptation to be resisted, not something to be embraced.

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