Majority of Americans believe in Virgin Birth, poll shows

A new poll on attitudes about Christmas reveals broad belief that the Nativity story told in Scripture is historically true.

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Participants hold discussions about mortality during a meeting of Death Cafe Atlanta. (Facebook photo courtesy of Mark LaRocca-Pitts)
Participants hold discussions about mortality during a meeting of Death Cafe Atlanta. (Facebook photo courtesy of Mark LaRocca-Pitts)

Baptist chaplains eye growing openness to discussion of death

The growing popularity of Death Cafe and other movements suggests that Americans are increasingly willing to talk about their own deaths and that of their loved ones.

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7 ways to help those suffering from ‘the empty chair at the holiday table’

Avoid telling those in grief how they ought to feel, says Baylor professor Helen Harris.

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Fayetteville, Ark., repeals anti-discrimination measure some Baptists opposed

Church leaders, including Southern Baptists, led a campaign to overturn a controversial measure that they claimed would infringe on their religious freedom.

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Youth pastor charged with child abuse

A former youth pastor at First Baptist Church on Park Street in Charlottesville, Va., faces charges of taking indecent liberties with a child.

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Appeals court hears GuideStone challenge to Obamacare

A three-judge panel in Denver heard arguments about a preliminary injunction currently blocking the government from penalizing GuideStone Financial Resources for refusal to cover contraceptives in health plans as required by the Affordable Care Act.

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SBC leader Russell Moore denounces Eric Garner grand jury decision

The head of Southern Baptists’ moral concerns agency says there are still “unreconstructed racists” in America, including some who “sit in pews.”

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Faith groups support tax break for Americans with disabilities

A rare show of bipartisanship in Congress bodes well for legislation aimed at improving the lives of up to 54 million Americans living with disabilities.

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Baptists oppose discrimination ordinance in Arkansas

Southern Baptists say they are optimistic voters will repeal a controversial civil rights ordinance in Fayetteville, Ark.

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Sociologists are finding many Christians are tired of serving on committees instead of serving others in the community. (Creative Commons image)
Sociologists are finding many Christians are tired of serving on committees instead of serving others in the community. (Creative Commons image)

Mundane work, internal politics drive many from church, experts say

But one Baptist pastor thinks that may reflect unrealistic expectations of church.

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Baptist group receives $182 million from feds to care for immigrant children

As partnerships between government and the private sector become more commonplace, the question of taxpayer funding of religious groups gets complicated.

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Former youth minister pleads guilty to abuse

Mack Allen Davis still faces charges in two other counties.

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Half of Americans want separation between church and state in marriage

A new LifeWay Research poll says many Americans are skeptical about the government’s role in marriage.

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Welton Gaddy decries burning of Brown family church

An interfaith leader and Baptist pastor says a church fire possibly set in retaliation of riots in Ferguson, Mo., resurrects ghosts from the past.

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Officials get mixed messages about right of conscience in marriage laws

Church-state watchdogs disagree about whether city and county clerks in states that allow gay marriage have a right of conscience to refuse service to same-sex couples.

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Americans with fewest resources giving greater percentage to charity, study finds

Americans with fewest resources giving greater percentage to charity, study finds

Even though they’re earning less, the country’s poor and middle class are digging deeper for causes they care about.

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Engaging ‘nones’ is challenging but possible, say church leaders

Engaging ‘nones’ is challenging but possible, say church leaders

Though the number of people claiming no religious affilation is growing, churches still have some skin in the game.

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Black pastor says racial profiling exists in the SBC

Texas pastor Dwight McKissic said many white Southern Baptists view African-American people with suspicion, especially if they don’t already know them.

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CBF pastor hopes Darren Wilson decision will prompt dialogue

Pastor Scott Stearman says black and white Americans tend to look through “different glasses” when it comes to matters of racial injustice.

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Thabiti Anyabwile says Ferguson grand jury gives marching orders for change

A black Baptist leader called for “a more just system of policing and the protection of all life.”

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