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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Ordinance foes claim religious right to discriminate

For the second time in a year, Southern Baptists in Arkansas are working to oppose a proposed city ordinance adding sexual orientation and gender identity to classes protected against discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation.

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16 states side with Baptist schools in Obamacare appeal

A friend-of-the-court brief says states have an interest in protecting the religious beliefs of nonprofit organizations.

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Seventh court upholds Obamacare accommodation for religious nonprofits

Religious nonprofits cannot block their employees from getting contraceptive services as part of their insurance coverage, says the most recent of seven federal appeals courts rejecting challenges to Obamacare.

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Raphael Warnock (center, at the microphone), pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, joins other Baptist leaders in calling for the restoration of rights lost when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned portions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. (Photo by Ken Camp)
Raphael Warnock (center, at the microphone), pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, joins other Baptist leaders in calling for the restoration of rights lost when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned portions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. (Photo by Ken Camp)

Progressive National Baptists initiate call to restore and advance voting rights

Recent legislation restricting voting has taken the country “back to zero,” say leaders.

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Unsolved church bombings leave New Mexico community on edge

Security is a heightened concern as the search continues for the person or persons responsible for setting off explosive devices at two churches in Las Cruces, N.M., last Sunday morning.

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Alabama governor seeks to end Medicaid agreement with Planned Parenthood

Gov. Robert Bentley, a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, Ala., has a strong legislative record both opposing abortion and advocating for organ donation.

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Baptists and other Christians must overcome years of entrenched racial attitudes in order for healing to begin, ministers say. (Creative Commons photo by Ted Eytan)
Baptists and other Christians must overcome years of entrenched racial attitudes in order for healing to begin, ministers say. (Creative Commons photo by Ted Eytan)

Some Baptists helping heal the racial divide, pastors say. Others, not so much

Baptist ministers say it’s essential to engage in the difficult work of multicultural outreach and ministry. 

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