Sisters Carole (right) and Mely were part of a surge of young immigrants fleeing violence in Central America for safety in the United States. They eventually joined their mother in Virginia, where Mely’s baby, Ashley, was born. (BNG photo by Jeff Brumley)
Sisters Carole (right) and Mely were part of a surge of young immigrants fleeing violence in Central America for safety in the United States. They eventually joined their mother in Virginia, where Mely’s baby, Ashley, was born. (BNG photo by Jeff Brumley)

Two young immigrants fleeing violence find refuge — and ministry — in U.S.

For two Salvadoran sisters who were part of the recent immigration “surge,” reuniting with their mother in Virginia also meant finding Baptists with open arms.

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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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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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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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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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