Baptist editor blasts gay-marriage ruling

A Baptist newspaper editorial challenged Southern Baptists in Missouri to insist the state’s attorney general “do his job” by appealing a favorable ruling on same-sex marriage by a Kansas City judge.

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(Creative Commons/Photo by Pedro Ribeiro Simões)
(Creative Commons/Photo by Pedro Ribeiro Simões)

Faith community challenged to put a face on poverty, hunger

Religious groups are best suited to convince other Americans that the poor are worthy of help, says a politicans, but a Baptist minister notes that will take a willingness by Christians to risk forming relationships with those in need.

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The early Church Fathers recognized truth and beauty in non-Christian sources as evidence of God at work in the world, says cultural analyst Greg Garrett.
The early Church Fathers recognized truth and beauty in non-Christian sources as evidence of God at work in the world, says cultural analyst Greg Garrett.

Preachers: Read fiction to learn human condition, not for sermon fodder

Imaginative fiction can help preachers convey truth, says cultural analyst.

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Supreme Court sidesteps same-sex marriage, making it legal in five states

The high court’s decision surprised activists on both sides of the gay-marriage debate.

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Transgender minister, Baptist theologian headline conference promoting LGBT acceptance

An upcoming training event by Matthew Vines’ Reformation Project features personalities familiar to moderate and progressive Baptists.

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Complex problem of hunger demands collaborative response, say advocates

Simplistic explanations don’t offer solutions, speakers at hunger summit insist.

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Paynter challenges anti-hunger advocates to ‘live your call’

There are no silver bullets in ending hunger, but there is plenty of silver buckshot, the CBF executive coordinator said.

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Parents sue Second Baptist, Houston, over daughter’s abuse

A lawsuit filed Oct. 1 says a prominent Southern Baptist megachurch is responsible for harm done by a former youth minister now in prison for sexual abuse of a child.

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Not all clergy supporting Tenn. abortion amendment

More than two dozen Memphis-area clergy gathered this week to voice opposition to a proposed amendment to the Tennessee constitution permitting lawmakers to pass laws restricting a woman’s access to abortion.

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Church and community create a sense of family that keeps many Americans from moving, some surveys suggest. (Creative Commons photo by Elvert Barnes)
Church and community create a sense of family that keeps many Americans from moving, some surveys suggest. (Creative Commons photo by Elvert Barnes)

Church factors into American aversion to moving, pastors say

Surveys show that only one in 10 Americans is moving per year — far below the numbers of the 1950s and 1960s. Some say those statistics are driven by loyalty to communities and — for some — to churches.  

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NRB head exhorts Christian media to defend marriage

Jerry Johnson challenged the religious media’s “self-imposed Sharia law” against discussing same-sex marriage at last weekend’s Values Voter Summit in Washington.

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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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