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Baptist minister Laura Barclay, right, watches as Benjamin Moore is hugged after his wedding to Tadd Roberts. The wedding, at which Barclay officiated, was held on June 26, just hours after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationally. (Photo by Jackie Whitaker)
Baptist minister Laura Barclay, right, watches as Benjamin Moore is hugged after his wedding to Tadd Roberts. The wedding, at which Barclay officiated, was held on June 26, just hours after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationally. (Photo by Jackie Whitaker)

Been there, done that: Some Baptist ministers have already officiated at same-sex marriages

While conservatives are getting most of the attention for their opposition to same-sex marriage, some moderate and progressive Baptist pastors are stepping forward not only in support of the practice but also in conducting ceremonies.

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BJC says same-sex marriage ruling unlikely to affect tax-exemption

Several news outlets have published stories questioning whether conservative religious colleges will lose their tax-exempt status for refusing to admit same-sex couples, in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of gay marriage. While perhaps legally possible, the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty says it is politically unlikely that will happen anytime soon.

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Don McGregor, editor, ABP founder, dead at 91

As a Baptist state paper editor who championed a free denominational press, Mississippi layman Don McGregor was instrumental in the formation in 1990 of what today is known as Baptist News Global.

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In some ways, science-religion discussions haven’t come far since the Scopes trial on evolution, but young people are largely uninterested in that approach to the topic. (Creative Commons photo by Kevin Dooley)
In some ways, science-religion discussions haven’t come far since the Scopes trial on evolution, but young people are largely uninterested in that approach to the topic. (Creative Commons photo by Kevin Dooley)

Millennials not OK with conventional science vs. religion debates, experts say

The generation’s openness to science doesn’t necessarily mean they have no room for faith. Scholars say the key is to not present the topic in an either-or manner. 

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Oklahoma Supreme Court orders removal of Ten Commandments from Capitol lawn

Bruce Prescott, an ordained Baptist minister who along with other Oklahomans filed a lawsuit seeking removal of a Ten Commandments monument on public property, said he is not opposed to displaying the Ten Commandments on private property or at religious institutions, but it is improper on the grounds of the State Capitol where people of various faiths and no faiths go to exercise their rights as citizens.

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Kentucky Baptist Fellowship names coordinator

Rhonda Abbott Blevins, former associate coordinator for missions for the Kentucky affiliate of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, returns as chief executive Aug. 1.

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Merianna Harrelson preaches at Emmanuel Baptist Fellowship in Lexington, S.C. (Photo courtesy of Merianna Harrelson)
Merianna Harrelson preaches at Emmanuel Baptist Fellowship in Lexington, S.C. (Photo courtesy of Merianna Harrelson)

On their own: The challenges, blessings of being sole pastors of small churches

Financial difficulties and feelings of isolation are overshadowed by the loyalty and humility found in small churches by the pastors that lead them — often alone.

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Gay Baptist minister followed long path to marriage equality

Two years after protesting Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage, Bojangles Blanchard and Dominique James finally obtained their marriage license June 29.

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Baptist groups react to gay marriage ruling

Baptist reaction to the Supreme Court’s recognition of same-sex marriage ran the gamut from disapproval to celebration to agreeing to disagree.

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Voiding toxic thinking and behavior in church is as important as voiding toxins in the body, church coaches say. (Creative Commons photo by Josh McGinn)
Voiding toxic thinking and behavior in church is as important as voiding toxins in the body, church coaches say. (Creative Commons photo by Josh McGinn)

Finding an antidote to toxic churches and toxic leadership

Poisons can inflame the body of Christ and render missions and ministry ineffective by putting self above God, church health experts say.

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State Supreme Court voids school voucher plan

Colorado’s highest court said a scholarship program in one of the state’s wealthiest school districts violates a constitutional ban on using public funds to support religion.

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Citing confidentiality breaches, American Baptists suspend executive search

A yearlong search for the next general secretary of American Baptist Churches USA has been suspended over “breaches of confidentiality” that officials say have compromised the process.

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Maintain legacy of racism busting, American Baptists told

“We know how to do this,” Amy Butler challenged members of America’s most diverse Protestant body.

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Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage in all 50 states

Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage in all 50 states

Responses to Friday’s landmark ruling ranged from exhilaration to disappointment, along with a focus on protection of consciences.

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