A study has found that fewer Americans are moving, but churches will have to work hard to attract those neighbors, ministers say. (Creative Commons photo by Jason Wohlford)
A study has found that fewer Americans are moving, but churches will have to work hard to attract those neighbors, ministers say. (Creative Commons photo by Jason Wohlford)

Fewer people moving doesn’t mean more will come to church, ministers say

A Barna Group study finds that Americans are increasingly remaining in the communities where they live, giving hope to pastors and others that more relationships can be established with church neighbors. But they also warn that congregations must become more relevant to those in surrounding neighbhorhoods.

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Confederate flags left at MLK’s home church

Ebenezer Baptist Church Pastor Raphael Warnock says the message of four Confederate flags left on the church property “ought to get the attention not only of black people but of freedom-loving people.”

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St. Louis mention in Planned Parenthood video riles Missouri abortion foes

Leaders of Missouri Right to Life and the Missouri Baptist Convention urged stricter oversight of medical clinics offering abortion after a video report alleging that St. Louis is a prime market for the purchase of organs from aborted fetuses.

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Pastor calls Planned Parenthood exposé ‘journalistic distortion’

Pro-choice pastor Donna Schaper says abortion opponents have a hard time dealing with women as “moral agents.”

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ABHMS sponsors service to celebrate ADA

American Baptist Home Mission Societies was among the sponsors of an interfaith service held Sunday at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Washington to celebrate the progress and promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act on the 25th anniverary of its signing.

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Tragedy strikes America’s ‘happiest’ city

One of the victims of Thursday’s mass shooting in Lafayette, La., attended Belmont University for two years in the early 2000s.

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Disputed cross memorial sold to private group

 A quarter-century legal battle over whether a cross-shaped memorial dedicated to war veterans unconstitutionally endorses the Christian religion may be nearing an end.

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Newspaper op-ed decries bashing of Confederate flag

Pastor Ed DeVries says the Bible’s commandment to “honor thy father and mother” applies equally to great grandfathers who marched behind the Confederate flag.

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‘First Amendment Defense Act’ gets Baptist support

Intended to prevent the government from retaliating against Americans who oppose same-sex marriage, critics say the law could have unintended consequences like letting employers fire unwed mothers without jeopardizing government contracts.

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Moore hopes Planned Parenthood controversy will galvanize pro-life evangelicals

Southern Baptists’ top spokesman for moral concerns says Planned Parenthood should be denied taxpayer funding after revelations in a viral video that critics say prove the organization profits from abortion.

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