Pastors file brief in support of public education

Pastors for Texas Children, a group that supports public education, says diverting taxpayer funds to private religious schools would harm both religious and public schools.

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Most Americans believe people who kill themselves are not selfish people condemned to hell. (Creative Commons photo by Ryan Melaugh).
Most Americans believe people who kill themselves are not selfish people condemned to hell. (Creative Commons photo by Ryan Melaugh).

Fewer Americans believe suicide guarantees damnation

LifeWay Research has found that most Amercians believe suicide is not a selfish act that sends one to hell. Instead, most are responding with compassion to victims of suicide and their families.

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Baptist church in hot water over baptism video

A secularist group says a Baptist church baptism service held at a public school before football practice is constitutionally out of bounds.

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Baptist minister Aileen Lawrimore said the purpose of every ministry, including VBS as pictured here, should be about building relationships. (Creative Commons photo)
Baptist minister Aileen Lawrimore said the purpose of every ministry, including VBS as pictured here, should be about building relationships. (Creative Commons photo)

Brace yourself: It’s the ‘post-everything’ age, say church leaders

Writer and church coach says the term ‘post-everything’ sums up the variety of challenges facing the church today, from post-modernity to post-Christianity to post-denominationalism.

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Lawmaker says longer summer would buoy Ark park tourism

Critics say the state of Kentucky should not prop up a Christian ministry that teaches the world is only a few thousand years old and was created in six 24-hour days.

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Richard Land: Democrats don’t want gun control but gun ‘confiscation’

Southern Baptists’ former spokesman for moral concerns says gun control wouldn’t have stopped the recent on-air killing of two television journalists, while criticizing politicians like Hillary Clinton for “ghoulishness” in suggesting otherwise.

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Texas pastors want tax dollars for church schools

Others, like the Texas Freedom Network and Pastors for Texas Children, say the answer to improving education is not taking away already inadequate funding from public schools that are lagging behind.

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Burma conversion bill raises religious freedom concern

Outside observers fear measures to ensure Myanmar remains culturally Buddhist will be used unfairly against religious minorities, including Baptists.

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51 Christian leaders support Iran nuclear deal

A letter coordinated by the Quaker group The Friends Committee on National Legislation asks Congress to “remember the wisdom of Jesus” while voting on the Iran nuclear deal.

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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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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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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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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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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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Anti-nuke activist chastises politicians for rhetoric about proposed Iran deal

In a Christian Post interview, evangelical activist Tyler Wigg-Stevenson called recent comments by Mike Huckabee and Michelle Bachmann “outrageous” and “irresponsible.”

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Baptist preachers say they feel pressure to keep their sermons short, and that pressure comes from older, not  younger, generations. (Creative Commons photo by Ben Husmann)
Baptist preachers say they feel pressure to keep their sermons short, and that pressure comes from older, not younger, generations. (Creative Commons photo by Ben Husmann)

Don’t blame Millennials for shrinking sermon lengths, Baptists say

Growing pressures toward shorter sermons seems to be coming more from older church members, ministers say.

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Movements like Black Lives Matter are seen by some experts as potential supporters and creators of political candidates. (Paul Silva)
Movements like Black Lives Matter are seen by some experts as potential supporters and creators of political candidates. (Paul Silva)

Civil rights groups, Baptists creating ‘incredible moment’ in U.S. politics

White evangelicals are organizing to run for political office while some churches support ongoing civil rights protest movements like Black Lives Matter, and some experts say it’s all a sign that society is shifting. 

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Church-state group says matrimony sentence out of bounds

Texas Judge Randall Lee Rogers overstepped his bounds when he ordered a man charged with assault to write Bible verses and marry his girlfriend as an alternative to jail, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

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