Baptists in Burundi appeal for prayer as protests continue

The East African nation has been racked by violence for weeks.

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How Christians respond to wonderful or tragic circumstances matters more than whether those events are God’s will, a Baptist minister says. (Creative Commons photo by mrehan)
How Christians respond to wonderful or tragic circumstances matters more than whether those events are God’s will, a Baptist minister says. (Creative Commons photo by mrehan)

Popular ‘it’s a God thing’ phrase reveals troubling theology, pastors say

One minister says the phrase should be applied to tragic events, not just good ones. Another suggests it shouldn’t be used at all, and Christians instead should focus on how they respond to life.

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CBF, SBC unite against payday loans

Known more for their differences than what they hold in common, Cooperative and Southern Baptists have found a common cause in regulating abusive lending practices that prey upon the poor.

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Former youth pastor sentenced to 15 years for abuse

Mack Allen Davis, 74, confessed in December to abusing boys in the 1970s and 1980s while working with youth at a Southern Baptist church in Alabama.

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Baptists and other Christians opposed to the death penalty say death chambers like this one violate the spirit of Christ’s own unjust death. (Creative Commons photo by Tommy Woodard)
Baptists and other Christians opposed to the death penalty say death chambers like this one violate the spirit of Christ’s own unjust death. (Creative Commons photo by Tommy Woodard)

Jesus’ death convicts capital punishment, Baylor prof says in new book

Baptists remain divided over the use of the death penalty as the ultimate punishment for crime.

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Texas Senate OKs clergy freedom bill

The bill, now headed toward the House, would clarify that ministers cannot be sued for refusing to marry same-sex couples because of their religious convictions.

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Around the country and in the nation’s capitol, debates and legislation pitt religious liberty against marriage equality. (Creative Commons photo by Elvert Barnes)
Around the country and in the nation’s capitol, debates and legislation pitt religious liberty against marriage equality. (Creative Commons photo by Elvert Barnes)

Religious liberty, marriage equality clash, creating legal confusion

Numerous bills in the nation’s statehouses are changing the nature of the religious liberty debate, experts say. 

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Study says Baptists losing their market share

When Americans switch religions, a new study says, they are twice as likely to leave a Baptist church as to join one.

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Religious groups vow to break D.C. anti-discrimination law

A coalition of pro-life organizations with offices in the nation’s capital claim a recent measure adding “reproductive health” to the city’s non-discrimination policy infringes on their religious freedom to employ only people who share their values.

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Critics say National Day of Prayer divides Americans by faith

Established by Congress in 1952, observers say the National Day of Prayer now reveals two distinctly different views of religious liberty and the separation of church and state.

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‘Colorblindness’ ignores systemic racism, speaker says

Meeting after waves of racial unrest in cities beginning with nearby Ferguson, Mo., Churchnet used its 2015 annual meeting to discuss how churches can help foster peace and reconciliation.

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Mike Huckabee announces presidential bid

A dark-horse candidate who performed surprisingly well in 2008, the former Baptist pastor and Fox News broadcaster this time faces a field crowded with candidates seeking to win over evangelical voters.

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Christian leaders voice support for Ukraine

Baptists in Great Britain co-convened a summit meeting in London to discuss the global Christian response to unrest in the Ukraine.

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Indonesia executes Australian members of Bali 9

The duo’s spiritual adviser says all they wanted was to spend the rest of their lives in prison so they could minister to other inmates.

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Supreme Court hears challenges to state gay-marriage bans

Supreme Court hears challenges to state gay-marriage bans

Justices heard arguments Tuesday in what is expected to be a landmark decision settling a question that has divided lower courts: Is same-sex marriage a constitutional right?

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PNBC head says anger OK, violence not

The president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention says violence like that on the streets of Baltimore isn’t the way to achieve social justice.

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Texas Baptists take sides in school choice, pastor protection legislation

Texas Baptist leaders weighed in on two pieces of legislation in Austin being watched in other states.

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Letting people out of jail but not back into society is unfair, restorative justice advocates say. (Creative Commons photo)
Letting people out of jail but not back into society is unfair, restorative justice advocates say. (Creative Commons photo)

Baptists lead movements to ease ex-offender return to society

A variety of restorative justice efforts are underway in states from Texas to Georgia and beyond.

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Uzbek Baptist jailed for handing out Christian leaflet

Handing a Christian leaflet to a stranger he passed on the street earned a Baptist in Uzbekistan 15 days in jail.

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SBC Pastors Conference criticized for inviting non-Baptist presidential hopeful to speak

With one Southern Baptist (Ted Cruz) running for president and another (Mike Huckabee) expected to do the same, some are asking why planners of this year’s SBC Pastors Conference June 14-15 in Columbus, Ohio, are inviting Ben Carson, a Seventh-day Adventist, to speak.

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