Publisher finds challenges in appealing to conservative, liberal faith traditions

The Crown Publishing Group is distancing its WaterBrook Multnomah brand, a publisher of conservative evangelical authors including Al Mohler, from Convergent Books, a separate imprint formed in 2012 to appeal to a more liberal crowd.

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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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Houston withdraws controversial subpoenas of pastors’ sermons

The move had drawn outrage from Christians across the theological spectrum.

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Southern Seminary grad Jeff Hood says he feels like he knows more Southern Baptist ministers who are in the closet than those who are straight. (Baptist News Global photo by Bob Allen)
Southern Seminary grad Jeff Hood says he feels like he knows more Southern Baptist ministers who are in the closet than those who are straight. (Baptist News Global photo by Bob Allen)

Seminary grad outs ‘closets’ in Baptist life

An activist says there are gay clergy in the Southern Baptist Convention. They just don’t talk about it.

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As churches grapple with mental illness, ministers open up

As churches grapple with mental illness, ministers open up

For congregations to adopt a different attitude toward mental health, some clergy say they’ll have to be transparent about their own struggles.

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ERLC conference drawing diverse crowd

Pro-LGBT groups hope a Southern Baptist Convention conference intended to defend traditional marriage will open the door to more give-and-take about what the Bible says about homosexuality.

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Music minister charged with child exploitation

A Southern Baptist music minister in Kentucky faces federal charges stemming from alleged sexual exploitation of a 10-year-old girl.

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SNAP says SBC leader poor choice for prayer chairman

An advocacy group says leaders with questionable policies on handling sex abuse should be corrected, not honored.

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African-American Baptist group protests ‘Black Jesus’

The Progressive National Baptist Convention is mounting a petition drive seeking removal of a TV comedy that leaders say disrespects their faith tradition.

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The Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention has distributed food and sanitary supplies since the outbreak of the Ebola virus. (LBMEC photo)
The Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention has distributed food and sanitary supplies since the outbreak of the Ebola virus. (LBMEC photo)

As Ebola crisis depletes food supplies, Baptists find ways to fill the gap

In Liberia, hard hit by the virus, the economy spirals downward and food is increasingly scarce.

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Youth minister charged with sexual abuse

Texas youth minister Derek Hutter is under arrest for an alleged inappropriate 10-month relationship with a minor he met through his church.

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(Creative Commons Photo by Steve Rainwater)
(Creative Commons Photo by Steve Rainwater)

2 seminaries with Baptist ties join others adding science curricula

Andover Newton Theological School and Wake Forest University School of Divinity are among 10 U.S. seminaries awarded a total of $1.5 million in grants to integrate science and theological education.

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Broad Baptist coalition asks Houston mayor to withdraw subpoenas for sermons

Leaders of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Southern Baptist Convention and two Baptist state conventions in Texas have formed a united front against government intrusion into religion.

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LGBT leaders open to dialogue with SBC

Gay-rights groups are watching with interest a gathering of Southern Baptists at the end of October to explore what the Bible says about homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

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