Bob Allen

Bob Allen

Bob Allen is news editor of Baptist News Global.

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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Alabama Baptist convention opposes Common Core education standards

A resolution “On Parental Authority through Local and State Control of Education” urges the state of Alabama to repeal Common Core.

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Interim seminary head praises progress against Ebola in Liberia

While the war against Ebola isn’t over in Liberia, its spread has been contained enough for the country’s president to relax a 3 ½-month-old state of emergency.

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Evangelicals already working to mobilize vote in 2016

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is lending his name to a rally in early 2015 asking evangelical pastors to begin praying about whether God wants them to run for political office.

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Citing low receipts, North Carolina convention reduces budget

With annual giving from churches down by 7 percent, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina is tightening its belt.

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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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Tennessee Baptists elect first black president

A Memphis pastor is the first African-American to be elected president of the Tennessee Baptist Convention.

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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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Kentucky Baptists dismiss gay-friendly church

Kentucky Baptists voted Tuesday to accept a committee’s recommendation to withdraw fellowship from Crescent Hill Baptist Church.

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