Briefs ask Supreme Court to take Obamacare case

Orthodox rabbis, Roman Catholics and Southern Baptists are among groups filing legal briefs Aug. 24 supporting an order of nuns who claim a new health care law forces them to violate tenets of their faith.

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Minority members of multiracial churches often adopt the attitudes of majority whites, a recent study found. (Creative Commons photo)
Minority members of multiracial churches often adopt the attitudes of majority whites, a recent study found. (Creative Commons photo)

Study: church diversity does not guarantee diverse thinking, beliefs

The study found that minorities in multiracial churches often adopt white attitudes on socioeconomic issues. Some Baptist ministers say there are a number of factors behind those findings.

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Ted Cruz recruiting pastors in push to defund Planned Parenthood

The Southern Baptist presidential candidate unveiled an ambitious attack on Planned Parenthood beginning with an invitation to 100,000 pastors to join in a Tuesday afternoon conference call.

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Injunction extended in contraceptive case

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that it would keep in place a preliminary injunction protecting plaintiffs including GuideStone Financial Resources from being forced to implement Obamacare.

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Baylor launches investigation of student-athlete’s sexual assault

Questions are circling around what the university knew regarding the former football player’s indictment over a year ago and his earlier act of violence against a female at another college.

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Even Christians will often choose nature over church, Bruce Gourley says. (Creative Commons photo by Moyan Brenn)
Even Christians will often choose nature over church, Bruce Gourley says. (Creative Commons photo by Moyan Brenn)

For some, another threat to church survival: natural beauty

A new study suggests a connection between low church attendance and scenic nature. The outdoors, it says, can satisfy spiritual needs the church attempts to provide.

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SBC parliamentarian ‘converts’ from long affiliation with Christian Church

After helping Southern Baptist Convention presidents navigate parliamentary procedure during contentious annual meetings throughout the “conservative resurgence,” Barry McCarty has finally taken the plunge to become a Southern Baptist.

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State convention challenges church’s acceptance of gays

Leaders of the South Carolina Baptist Convention are asking First Baptist Church in Greenville — which has already disassociated with the Southern Baptist Convention and its local association — to sever its final ties with Southern Baptists after the historic church adopted a new policy of non-discrimination against gays.

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Preacher camp members discuss sermon series ideas during their most recent annual gathering in North Carolina. (Photo courtesy of Amy Butler)
Preacher camp members discuss sermon series ideas during their most recent annual gathering in North Carolina. (Photo courtesy of Amy Butler)

‘Preacher camp’ inspires sermons, ministries and lives of 6 pastors

What began as a way to brainstorm sermon series ideas has evolved into friendship and pastoral ministry for a small group of Baptist pastors.

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Ted Cruz urges evangelicals to vote in 2016

The Texas Republican and member of First Baptist Church in Houston says evangelical non-voters “leave electing our leaders to unbelievers” and therefore “get exactly what we deserve.”

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Coalition opposes taxpayer-funded discrimination

A broad coalition of 130 organizations joined forces Aug 20 to ask President Barack Obama to end taxpayer-funded discrimination in social service programs which receive financing under the “faith-based” initiative.

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Jimmy Carter says his future ‘in the hands of God’

The lifelong Baptist says he is “ready for anything” and “looking forward to a new adventure” in his fight against cancer.

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Advocates urge Nepal to avoid criminalizing religious conversion

More than 350 people from a dozen countries sent a letter to Nepal’s political leaders.

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Short-term mission trips should focus on relationship building rather than seeking personal fulfillment for participants, some Baptist ministers say. (Creative Commons photo by David Amsler)
Short-term mission trips should focus on relationship building rather than seeking personal fulfillment for participants, some Baptist ministers say. (Creative Commons photo by David Amsler)

Ministers, churches seek end to ‘mission tourism’

Baptist leaders say the historic, western style of short-term mission trips were more about self-fulfiment rather than transforming the lives of impoverished people. They are calling for more thoughtful, missional approaches where the goal is to participate in God’s transformative action around the world.

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