SBC public policy chief says God at work in Washington

Russell Moore says he sees God working in places “most distant from Christianity,” while those “that are kind of close to a Christian worldview” are “the hardest to the gospel right now.”

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Catholic University President John Garvey, Yeshiva University President Richard Joel and Baylor University President and Chancellor Ken Starr discuss the state of higher education and the calling of faith-based universities Feb 4. (Photo by Robert Rogers/Baylor Marketing and Communications)
Catholic University President John Garvey, Yeshiva University President Richard Joel and Baylor University President and Chancellor Ken Starr discuss the state of higher education and the calling of faith-based universities Feb 4. (Photo by Robert Rogers/Baylor Marketing and Communications)

Faith-based education offers ‘ethical ammo’ for American society, say university presidents

Heads of Baptist, Catholic and Jewish universities agree religious higher education is essential for the country’s health.

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Abuse victim sues Baptist church in Dallas

A former youth minister convicted of sex crimes against youth could not have acted without negligence by the church that hired and supervised him, according to a lawsuit filed this week in Dallas.

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Huckabee preaches at Southern Baptist megachurch

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee preached at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., during a book tour widely viewed as a prelude to a run for president.

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Obama praises church/state separation at prayer breakfast

President Obama condemned those who commit violence in the name of God in a National Prayer Breakfast address.  

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Baptists to confront ‘transgender confusion’ in conference prelude

Biblical counselors attending an annual conference at a Southern Baptist seminary will have an option of arriving early for a special pre-conference addressing the issue of people who identify with a gender different than their biological sex.

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BJC, others, oppose North Carolina voucher plan

Religious liberty and civil-liberties groups have asked the North Carolina Supreme Court to uphold a lower-court decision that the state’s school voucher law is unconstitutional.  

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SBC leader calls on churches to confront suicide

While he has spoken on the subject in churches a few times since his daughter, Melissa, ended her own life five years ago, SBC Executive Committee President Frank Page had never talked about suicide at a seminary until Jan. 27 at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Muslims are undergoing a painful period of integration in the United States. (Creative Commons photo by Rana Ossama)
Muslims are undergoing a painful period of integration in the United States. (Creative Commons photo by Rana Ossama)

Some Americans feel ‘cold’ toward Muslims and Mormons, survey says

A Pew survey found that Republicans consider it better to be an atheist than a Muslim, while Democrats say being an atheist is preferable to being a Mormon.

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Huckabee stumps at N.C. Baptist church

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee stopped by a prominent Southern Baptist church in North Carolina while on a high-profile book tour fueled by expectation that he will run for president in 2016.

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Teens lead prayer at Park Avenue Baptist Church in Atlanta. (PABC photo)
Teens lead prayer at Park Avenue Baptist Church in Atlanta. (PABC photo)

Fostering multiethnic churches easier said than done, pastors say

Congregations must make racial diversity a core value that guides hiring decisions, worship planning and every other facet of church life, Baptist ministers say.  

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Georgia Baptists divided over religious liberty bill

Leaders of the Georgia Baptist Convention say legislation is needed to prevent discrimination against Christians. A Baptist attorney says it makes it harder to convict those who try to use religious teaching as an excuse for child abuse.

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Georgia Baptist clergy oppose ‘religious liberty’ bill

Baptists in Georgia are lining up on opposite sides of a so-called religious liberty bill that opponents say could be used as a license to discriminate.

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Pastors are grappling with whether preaching to younger congregations means changing the way sermons are delivered. (Creative Commons photo by AllStars Youth)
Pastors are grappling with whether preaching to younger congregations means changing the way sermons are delivered. (Creative Commons photo by AllStars Youth)

Pastors eager to find preaching’s place in modern church

A series of Lilly Foundation grants and several large-scale evangelistic events demonstrate the continued importance and effectiveness of preaching. But being relevant without catering to the culture is a challenge.

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Nigerian Baptist leader says world ignoring Boko Haram

Since receiving international condemnation for kidnapping more than 200 schoolgirls last April, the extremist Islamic insurgency has only gotten stronger.

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Supporters say Muslim prisoner’s beard a win for religious liberty

A unanimous Supreme Court declared today that a Muslim prisoner can exercise his religious beliefs by adhering to certain religious grooming standards, affirming a landmark 2000 law and agreeing with principles outlined in a brief signed by the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.

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Though reversed, approving Muslim calls to prayer at Duke not threatening, theologian says

Criticism of Duke University’s decision, now reversed, to permit Muslim calls to prayer stems from fears of radical Islam, said Curtis Freeman.

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In hard-hit Appalachia, women find new opportunities

Bluefield College program also has “trickle-down effect,” say organizers.

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Clergy divided on Georgia religious liberty bill

Atlanta clergy — Baptists included — are of two minds on the need for a state RFRA being considered in the Georgia statehouse.

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Editor says Atlanta mayor should repent or resign

Fired Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran told a Baptist news service that he will likely sue to get his job back.

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