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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Baptist leaders oppose subpoenaing of pastors

Baptists across the theological spectrum agree that religious liberty for anyone means religious liberty for all.

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A National Congregations Study reports that choirs are disappearing in white Protestant churches, but musicians disagree over whether that is a good or bad trend.
A National Congregations Study reports that choirs are disappearing in white Protestant churches, but musicians disagree over whether that is a good or bad trend.

Singing on the same page — but is it with a choir or a praise band?

Churches increasingly opt for the latter, but some Christian musicians say abandoning choirs is a bad idea.

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Pro-gay Baptists welcome same-sex marriage in N.C.

Same-sex couples began lining up for marriage licenses Monday morning after Friday’s ruling striking down the state’s ban on gay marriage.

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(Creative Commons Photo/Chris Yarzab)
(Creative Commons Photo/Chris Yarzab)

Baptists weigh role (if any) of apologetics in postmodern culture

An emphasis on apologetics may help Christians transform culture, but some Baptists insist a faithful life can be just as important as words in demonstrating the beauty of Christianity. 

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Maryland high court denies abuse lawsuit appeal

A new lawsuit alleging widespread child abuse and cover-up involving Sovereign Grace Ministries is expected to be filed soon in Virginia.

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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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