Bob Allen

Bob Allen

Bob Allen is news editor of Baptist News Global.

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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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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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Triple-murder suspect now eligible for death penalty

Originally charged with a lesser crime with mitigated circumstances, a man accused of killing three people including his wife and a Southern Baptist pastor has been indicted for first degree murder, which can be punishable by death.

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Georgia Baptists support fire chief suspended over homosexuality

Leaders of the 1.4-million-member Georgia Baptist Convention say suspended Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran is being punished for his faith.

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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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SBC president calls for racial healing

SBC President Ronnie Floyd urges Southern Baptists to ease the growing tension between the races in the United States.

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CBF helps sponsor first 5-day spiritual academy in Cuba

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and its Florida affiliate were among sponsors of a first-of-its-kind renewal event for pastors and church lay leaders in Cuba.

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Former SBC leader says race a rift in America’s social fabric

Two years after coming under fire for comments criticized as racially insensitive, Richard Land says America needs to “exorcize the ghosts of the past” regarding racial prejudice.

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