Bob Allen

Bob Allen

Bob Allen is news editor of Baptist News Global.

Southern Baptist florist at center of marriage debate

Conservatives say a Washington florist found guilty of violating the state’s anti-discrimination law for refusing to take part in a same-sex wedding is being punished for being true to her Southern Baptist beliefs.

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Seminary president fears liberal drift in churches

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Jason Allen says Southern Baptists are enjoying a golden era of theological education.

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Fired Atlanta fire chief sues city

Atlanta’s former fire chief is suing to get his job back, claiming he was fired for speaking about his religious views.

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Baptist college reinstates fired VP

A Brewton-Parker College administrator fired amid upheaval over the president’s resignation has been reinstated by the school’s interim president.

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Alabama Baptist church faces ouster for pastor’s gay-friendly views

A Baptist church mentioned in news coverage of the first day legal marriages were performed in Alabama faces expulsion from its local association of Southern Baptist churches.

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Court upholds religious accommodation in Obamacare

A federal appeals court says certain employers allowed to opt out of required contraceptive coverage under Obamacare for religious reasons cannot prevent employees from receiving the coverage from a third party that does not object.

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Arkansas lawmakers ban local anti-discrimination measures

A Southern Baptist legislator says deciding who gets protected as part of a special class should be consistent statewide and not vary from community to community.

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Pastor/blogger says Southern Baptists should be honest about their racial history

The author of a book examining why the most egregious racial injustice in American history found root in the heart of the Bible Belt says the SBC should stop pretending the denomination was organized due to pure missionary zeal.

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Judge denies change of venue for Union University murder trial

A former student at a Baptist school in Tennessee will stand trial May 12-14 in the county where he is charged with murder, a judge ruled Feb. 9.

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Halt drone strikes, say faith leaders

Three Alliance of Baptists representatives were among faith leaders at a recent conference at Princeton Theological Seminary criticizing the use of unmanned drones in warfare.

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