Prof says pulpits mute on sin of domestic abuse

East Texas Baptist University professor Elijah Brown says domestic violence is too often “a dirty secret happening behind closed doors and weekly filling church pews in suffering silence.”

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Tenn. Baptist convention supports amendment placing more restrictions on abortion

Russell Moore, head of the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, says Tennessee is becoming “the abortion capital of the Bible Belt.”

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Mohler says gay diplomat unpopular among Christians in the Dominican Republic

The president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary says elections have consequences that can extend beyond the borders of the United States.

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Young people are not abandoning churches; they are simply changing churches, a Baylor University professor asserts. (Creative Commons photo by Jason Wohlford)
Young people are not abandoning churches; they are simply changing churches, a Baylor University professor asserts. (Creative Commons photo by Jason Wohlford)

Baylor professor disputes reports of religious, church decline

Contrary to popular belief — and media reports — Millennials and other young people are not abandoning church, says Baylor University professor Byron Johnson. And the so-called “nones” are not quite as religiously unaffiliated as many think.

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Faith leaders protest use of solitary confinement

Baptists have joined in on a report to the United Nations alleging that the widespread use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons is cruel and unusual punishment banned by international law.

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Declining membership has some Baptist and other evangelical churches searching for answers in politics. (Creative Commons photo by Quinn Dombrowski)
Declining membership has some Baptist and other evangelical churches searching for answers in politics. (Creative Commons photo by Quinn Dombrowski)

White evangelicals feel heat of religious decline, surveys show

But religious conservatives who fear they are being reduced to minority status in American society should embrace the development as a return to prophetic witness, says one scholar.

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Baptist church says ‘no’ to medical marijuana farm

Eight voting members of a tiny Baptist church in Florida blocked plans for a facility to produce a non-intoxicating strain of medical marijuana used to treat children with epilepsy.

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Time to fix broken immigration system, says Paynter

There’s power in Scripture to inform debate on this contentious issue, says the CBF’s executive coordinator.

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Pastors say those unaffiliated with church are less likely to see minister-led funerals. (Creative Commons photo by Tony Alter)
Pastors say those unaffiliated with church are less likely to see minister-led funerals. (Creative Commons photo by Tony Alter)

‘Nones’ increasingly uninterested in ministers at time of death, funerals

 Pastors report a rise in “do-it-yourself” funeral ceremonies.

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Judge says Ten Commandments monument near Oklahoma capitol can stay

Plaintiffs — including an ordained Baptist minister — seeking removal of a public display of the Ten Commandments say they are offended when politicians seek to hijack their articles of faith.

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Florida Baptists debate alcohol use

A news story quoting a pastor who believes it’s time for Southern Baptists to leave behind their Prohibition-era values raised a ruckus in letters to the editor.

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Culture writer Jonathan Merritt says SBC warning against ‘third way’

While some evangelicals are opening to dialogue about homosexuality, the Southern Baptist Convention isn’t budging, observes Religion News Service Senior Columnist Jonathan Merritt.

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Former youth minister faces abuse charges

Kyle Adcock, former youth minister at Woodward Avenue Baptist Church in Muscle Shoals, Ala., appeared in court Friday to face multiple charges of sexual abuse of minor.

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Arguing less and listening more promotes greater civility, says author. (Creative Commons photo by Michael Phillips)
Arguing less and listening more promotes greater civility, says author. (Creative Commons photo by Michael Phillips)

Uncivil conduct among Christians fuels church decline, says Baptist pastor and author

Kevin Glenn’s new book, Hand Over Fist, offers ways Baptists and other Christians can be more civil to each other.

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ERLC head says Baptists should reclaim separation of church and state

Russell Moore says he is less concerned about America becoming a purely secular state than a government that has the power to determine which religious voices deserve a hearing in the public square.

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Mideast Christians appeal for action

Leaders of evangelical and Protestant groups in Syria and Lebanon say action must be taken to preserve a Christian presence in the area before it is too late.

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Church seeks dismissal in abuse lawsuit

A Southern Baptist church in Alabama says it cannot be held legally responsible for actions by a former employee that could not have been foreseen.

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Harp 46 leads a 2013 worship service. Band member April Stace Vega says jazz  music in worship can transform musicians and worshipers alike. (Photo by Josh Hayden)
Harp 46 leads a 2013 worship service. Band member April Stace Vega says jazz music in worship can transform musicians and worshipers alike. (Photo by Josh Hayden)

Seeking God through worship — and jazz

Jazz’s improvisational nature reflectes the free-flowing nature of the Holy Spirit, say advocates of using the musical form in worship.

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Brendan Gleeson stars in the film ‘Calvary.’ (Fox Searchlight Pictures photo)
Brendan Gleeson stars in the film ‘Calvary.’ (Fox Searchlight Pictures photo)

Baptist film critics: Christian films and audiences must evolve

As Christian filmakers seek to grow markets and profits, observers say they must embrace difficult themes and subjects to succeed.

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Gushee urges CBF to reclaim lost ethical tradition

CBF theologian-in-residence David Gushee sees an opportunity to revive a social witness weakened by Southern Baptist Convention controversy in the last century.

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