Videos say what presidential candidates would do to help the poor

While comments by candidates about Planned Parenthood and tonight’s first Republican debate of 2016 presidential election cycle make headlines, the Circle of Protection is quietly rolling out videos of candidates saying what they would do about helping the poor.

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Federal agencies propose rules for faith-based social service providers

The White House termed notices of proposed rulemaking by nine federal agencies “an important step toward common-ground reforms that strengthen the partnerships the federal government forms with faith-based and community organizations for the purpose of serving people in need.”

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Bush says he ‘misspoke’ at SBC event

Russell Moore’s invitation to address a gathering of Southern Baptists backfired for Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush.

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SBC leader disappointed by Planned Parenthood vote

Russell Moore of the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission said Monday’s vote on an attempt to defund Planned Parenthood lets the voters know where politicians stand on a moral issue.

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Youth pastor’s arrest affects two churches

Leaders of both his current and former church say they had no suspicion about a youth pastor who reportedly confessed to police that he tried to solicit sex from teenagers.

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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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SBC ethics head supports ‘First Amendment Defense Act’

Russell Moore of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is among faith leaders urging passage of a bill aimed at protecting religious freedom that opponents say would have dangerous and far-reaching consequences for LGBT Americans.

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Whether in the church or having left it, experts say the ‘nones’ need fellowship regardless. (Creative Commons photo)
Whether in the church or having left it, experts say the ‘nones’ need fellowship regardless. (Creative Commons photo)

Baptists reflect on fellowship as ‘nones’ seek their own brand of community

As people without any religious affiliation grow in numbers in the U.S., they are seeking community in a variety of places and pursuits.

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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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Houston, you have a problem: State Supreme Court sidelines anti-discrimination law

One of several similar measures dividing liberals and conservatives across the country, Houston’s non-discrimination ordinance united Baptists across the theological and political spectrum in agreement that a mayor subpoenaing a preacher’s sermons is out of bounds.

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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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Obamacare foes appeal to Supreme Court

After losing in a federal court of appeals, plaintiffs including GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention are taking their objections to Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate to the highest court in the land.

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Southern Baptist mission rally includes interviews with presidential candidates

Observers see the event as both an effort by Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio to reach out to evangelicals and for conservative Christians to flex their muscles in the political sphere.

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Baptist leaders join call for national strategy on global religious persecution

A bipartisan group of national leaders called on Congress to develop a national strategy addressing violations of religious freedom around the globe.

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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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