Abuse victim sues Baptist church in Dallas

A former youth minister convicted of sex crimes against youth could not have acted without negligence by the church that hired and supervised him, according to a lawsuit filed this week in Dallas.

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Baptists to confront ‘transgender confusion’ in conference prelude

Biblical counselors attending an annual conference at a Southern Baptist seminary will have an option of arriving early for a special pre-conference addressing the issue of people who identify with a gender different than their biological sex.

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SBC leader calls on churches to confront suicide

While he has spoken on the subject in churches a few times since his daughter, Melissa, ended her own life five years ago, SBC Executive Committee President Frank Page had never talked about suicide at a seminary until Jan. 27 at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Muslims are undergoing a painful period of integration in the United States. (Creative Commons photo by Rana Ossama)
Muslims are undergoing a painful period of integration in the United States. (Creative Commons photo by Rana Ossama)

Some Americans feel ‘cold’ toward Muslims and Mormons, survey says

A Pew survey found that Republicans consider it better to be an atheist than a Muslim, while Democrats say being an atheist is preferable to being a Mormon.

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Teens lead prayer at Park Avenue Baptist Church in Atlanta. (PABC photo)
Teens lead prayer at Park Avenue Baptist Church in Atlanta. (PABC photo)

Fostering multiethnic churches easier said than done, pastors say

Congregations must make racial diversity a core value that guides hiring decisions, worship planning and every other facet of church life, Baptist ministers say.  

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Supporters say Muslim prisoner’s beard a win for religious liberty

A unanimous Supreme Court declared today that a Muslim prisoner can exercise his religious beliefs by adhering to certain religious grooming standards, affirming a landmark 2000 law and agreeing with principles outlined in a brief signed by the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.

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In hard-hit Appalachia, women find new opportunities

Bluefield College program also has “trickle-down effect,” say organizers.

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Clergy divided on Georgia religious liberty bill

Atlanta clergy — Baptists included — are of two minds on the need for a state RFRA being considered in the Georgia statehouse.

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Editor says Atlanta mayor should repent or resign

Fired Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran told a Baptist news service that he will likely sue to get his job back.

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Mohler says fire chief’s firing a win for ‘erotic liberty’

A Southern Baptist Convention leader says the controversial firing of Atlanta’s fire chief proves that “erotic liberty” trumps religious liberty when it comes to disputes over homosexuality and gay marriage.

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