CBF, Southern Baptists find common ground in Kentucky politics

The Kentucky Baptist Fellowship and Kentucky Baptist Convention are both in a broad coalition of faith-based voices supporting an interest cap on payday loans.

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Mohler says fire chief’s firing a win for ‘erotic liberty’

A Southern Baptist Convention leader says the controversial firing of Atlanta’s fire chief proves that “erotic liberty” trumps religious liberty when it comes to disputes over homosexuality and gay marriage.

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A youth ministry consultant urges parents not to assume the worst when teens are texting. (Carissa Rogers/Creative Commons)
A youth ministry consultant urges parents not to assume the worst when teens are texting. (Carissa Rogers/Creative Commons)

Survey seeks to educate parents, youth ministers on teen texting

A Baptist youth ministry consultant is using an online poll to determine how much teenagers really do know about texting and chat acronyms that often worry parents.

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In wake of Paris attack, Al Mohler says West faces religious war

A Southern Baptist seminary president says the U.S.-led war on terror is not just a military battle but also a conflict of worldview.

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Baptist fire chief fired over anti-gay book controversy

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran’s handling of controversy over a book critical of homosexuality only confirmed doubts about his ability to manage a diverse work force in one of the nation’s most LGBT-friendly communities.

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Baptist pastor charged with abuse

New York State Police accuse the pastor of a small American Baptist church of sexually abusing a child in 2008.

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Trial postponed for accused Baptist preacher

A Missouri pastor whose former church drew media attention for supporting him despite charges of child sex abuse may finally get his day in court.

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Russell Moore, Richard Land, criticize normalizing relations with Cuba

Often noted for of their contrasting styles, the Southern Baptist Convention’s current and former ethics chief agree that restoring diplomatic ties with Cuba will reward the bad behavior of the Castro regime.

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Six-year-old Ebola survivor Patrick Poopei attends Sunday service at his local church in Paynesville, Liberia. (Photo by Morgana Wingard/Creative Commons)
Six-year-old Ebola survivor Patrick Poopei attends Sunday service at his local church in Paynesville, Liberia. (Photo by Morgana Wingard/Creative Commons)

Ebola, race, marriage and Obamacare top stories in 2014

Baptist reaction to the advance of gay marriage, racial justice, Obamacare and Ebola were among issues covered frequently in 2014 by Baptist News Global.

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What were people reading in 2014?

Here are the 10 Baptist News Global stories that received the most page views in 2014, as calculated by Google Analytics.

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As economy sours and tension persists, Russian Baptists ‘bind wounds’

In a Christmas statement, Russian Baptist leaders assert loyalty to country while urging peace.

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In 2000, Baptist World Alliance general secretary Denton Lotz (left) and BWA president Billy Kim (center) met with Cuban leader Fidel Castro. (BWA photo)
In 2000, Baptist World Alliance general secretary Denton Lotz (left) and BWA president Billy Kim (center) met with Cuban leader Fidel Castro. (BWA photo)

U.S. Baptists welcome thaw in relations with Cuba

Thawing relations between the U.S. and Cuba follows relationships that have been building for years between Baptists in the two countries.

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Religion and politics do mix, Baptist author says, but not always in healthy ways

Scholar Brian Kaylor argues in a new book that “transubstantiating” politics into religious worship creates a distinct form of communication with implications for both church and state.

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BJC lawyer examines church’s role in civil marriage

Changes in definitions of marriage are sparking new discussion about the role of churches in performing civil marriages on behalf of the state.

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Members of Calvary, Riverside and Vienna Baptist churches in the Washington area participated in a protest last weekend. (Calvary Baptist Facebook photo)
Members of Calvary, Riverside and Vienna Baptist churches in the Washington area participated in a protest last weekend. (Calvary Baptist Facebook photo)

Baptist leaders ponder if protests are a social movement or a moment

Pastors say continuing demonstrations have the signs of a signficant movement for racial healing in America, and that churches must help lead the effort.

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Group asks Louisiana governor to drop endorsement of prayer rally

A church-state watchdog says Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s sponsorship and endorsement of an evangelistic Christian rally is inappropriate and possibly illegal.

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Majority of Americans believe in Virgin Birth, poll shows

A new poll on attitudes about Christmas reveals broad belief that the Nativity story told in Scripture is historically true.

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Participants hold discussions about mortality during a meeting of Death Cafe Atlanta. (Facebook photo courtesy of Mark LaRocca-Pitts)
Participants hold discussions about mortality during a meeting of Death Cafe Atlanta. (Facebook photo courtesy of Mark LaRocca-Pitts)

Baptist chaplains eye growing openness to discussion of death

The growing popularity of Death Cafe and other movements suggests that Americans are increasingly willing to talk about their own deaths and that of their loved ones.

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7 ways to help those suffering from ‘the empty chair at the holiday table’

Avoid telling those in grief how they ought to feel, says Baylor professor Helen Harris.

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Fayetteville, Ark., repeals anti-discrimination measure some Baptists opposed

Church leaders, including Southern Baptists, led a campaign to overturn a controversial measure that they claimed would infringe on their religious freedom.

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