CBF pastor in Charleston says it’s time to get serious about guns, racism

After Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora and Newtown, the nation swore “never again … until the next time,” says Providence Baptist Church Pastor Don Flowers. “At what point will we say there will be no next time?”

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Cooperative Baptists challenged to build bridge over ‘gaping wound of racism’

Virginia pastor Jim Somerville closed last week’s CBF General Assembly in Dallas with a challenge “to get off your couch, and go into your community” and work to bridge America’s racial divide.

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CBF leader Suzii Paynter, left, and Iva Carruthers after the social justice advocate’s keynote address on Thursday. (Jeff Brumley/BNG)
CBF leader Suzii Paynter, left, and Iva Carruthers after the social justice advocate’s keynote address on Thursday. (Jeff Brumley/BNG)

‘Soul lockdown’ afflicts nation, inspires tragedies like S.C. church shooting, activist says

Iva Carruthers says a spiritual malady prevents Americans from seeing systemic racism behind police brutality, shootings and tragic events. The New Baptist Covenant says its covenants of action are one way correct the condition.

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Michael Hawn, left, joins David Jordan in song during the Baptist Peace Fellowship breakfast Thursday in Dallas. (Jeff Brumley/BNG)
Michael Hawn, left, joins David Jordan in song during the Baptist Peace Fellowship breakfast Thursday in Dallas. (Jeff Brumley/BNG)

Baptists must do more to help immigrants, advocate says

A Texas Baptist who leads immigration centers says too many Baptists and other Christians lack awareness of the suffering of immigrants, including children.

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Southern Baptist leader applauds crackdown on animal fighting

Long associated with extremist activist groups like PETA, some evangelical Christians are starting to take the issue of animal rights more seriously.

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Baptist leader says religious lobby helped pass marriage law

The head of the Christian Action League of North Carolina called legislation allowing magistrates to opt out of performing marriage ceremonies a win for religious liberty. The head of Americans United for Separation of Church and State termed it a cash cow for lawyers, and taxpayers will be stuck with the tab.

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Baptist leader applauds papal message on environment

Robert Parham of the Baptist Center for Ethics hopes Pope Francis' eco-encyclical due for release June 18 will remedy years of neglect on what the Bible says about creation care.

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Mohler says Campolo’s reversal on homosexuality abandons Scripture

A Southern Baptist theologian says Campolo was right when he taught the Bible forbids homosexual acts in the 1990s, and now he is wrong.

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Southern Baptist pastor in spotlight for baccalaureate message criticized as anti-gay

Scott Carpenter, interim pastor of Southern Baptist-affiliated Temple Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, N.C., says he understands why some people are angry with his message to high school seniors but he loves them too much to not tell them “the truth.”

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Baptists fined for public worship in Crimea

Russia’s occupation of Crimea is having repercussions for religious groups accustomed to greater freedom when the peninsula north of the Black Sea was part of Ukraine.

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