Board drops plans for Bible course in Oklahoma public schools

An Oklahoma school board has changed its mind about Bible teaching in public schools.

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Nearly one-fourth of American families turn to church food pantries for help

Nearly 50 years after President Johnson declared a “war on poverty,” millions of Americans are still going to bed hungry.

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Obama’s action would be moot if Congress would act on immigration, says CBF head

Right or wrong, Suzii Paynter says, President Obama’s controversial unilateral action would become moot if Congress would act on immigration reform.

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SBC leader criticizes Obama’s immigration initiative, while other faith leaders praise it

Ethics spokesman Russell Moore said he fears President Obama’s decision to move forward on immigration policy without Congress will only encourage Republicans to dig in their heels.

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Gushee: LGBT equality is about more than who can have sex with whom

Author of a new book titled Changing Our Mind, Baptist ethicist David Gushee says the traditional way of interpreting the Bible’s message about homosexuality hurts and marginalizes people and is the opposite of what Jesus taught.

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Rick Warren says church cannot compromise on sex

Purpose Driven Life author Rick Warren told a Vatican audience it is simply untrue that the church must compromise on sexual morality in order to evangelize.

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An over-concentration on worship services is one turn-off for the ‘dones,’ experts say. (Creative Commons photo by James Emery)
An over-concentration on worship services is one turn-off for the ‘dones,’ experts say. (Creative Commons photo by James Emery)

You’ve met the ‘nones.’ Now meet the ‘dones.’

The ‘dones’ are those Christians who consider themselves faihful to God but are turned off by the institutional aspects of church — and they just quit going.

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SBC leader speaks at Vatican conference on the family

Even though he disagrees with Pope Francis on many things, Southern Baptist Convention ethicist Russell Moore praised the pontiff’s “strong statement” on the “complementary” of men and women in marriage.

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Jewish leaders worry sermon could fuel anti-Semitism

Houston’s Jewish community has criticized a prominent Southern Baptist pastor’s choice of words in talking about “dirty” Jews.

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Court upholds clergy housing allowance

A federal appeals court in Chicago struck down a challenge to a tax benefit for “ministers of the gospel,” finding that the atheist couple behind it has no legal standing to sue.

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Evangelicals already working to mobilize vote in 2016

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is lending his name to a rally in early 2015 asking evangelical pastors to begin praying about whether God wants them to run for political office.

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Maryland school board ‘steals’ Christmas

The latest casualties in the so-called war on Christmas are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

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Baptist leaders join plea to spare mentally ill man on death row

Diverse evangelical leaders — including Sam Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice and Lynn Hybels of Willow Creek Church — joined mental health experts and lawyers in protesting the impending execution of a mentally ill man in Texas.

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OK Baptists oppose homosexuality, but not gays

The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma reaffirmed its stance against gay marriage but added a voice of compassion for LGBT people.

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Americans are increasingly going online to share their faith, a survey shows. (Creative Commons photo by Boston Bill)
Americans are increasingly going online to share their faith, a survey shows. (Creative Commons photo by Boston Bill)

More Americans exploring, sharing faith online

A study finds that one in five Americans share their faith online, leading some to see the importance of churches having a robust digital presence, while others express caution.

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Baptist preacher breaks ranks on gay rights

Pastor Stan Wilson says it’s hard to love your LGBT neighbors without knowing who they are.

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St. Louis judge strikes down gay-marriage ban

Gay couples in Missouri won the second battle in a month when a state judge ruled that same-sex couples can wed.

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SBC policy expert says medical pot a ‘Trojan Horse’ for legalization

A Southern Baptist Convention policy specialist warns that while medical marijuana may seem a harmless or even compassionate idea, it leads to harder stuff.

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Latest gay marriage ruling, which involved Baptist plaintiff, could hasten Supreme Court decision

Observers say a federal appeals court ruling upholding gay marriage bans in four states virtually guarantees the high court will take up the issue.

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Baptist preacher wins Georgia House seat

Jody Hice, a preacher and radio host viewed with alarm by advocates of separation of church and state, is heading to Congress.

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