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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Russell Moore to join board of Hispanic evangelical group

National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference leader Samuel Rodriguez announced June 5 that Southern Baptists’ top spokesman for public policy and religious liberty concerns is joining the group’s organizational board.

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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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Three Southern Baptists running for president

Competition for the religious vote increased Monday, when Baptist layman Lindsey Graham announced he is running for president.

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Faith leaders oppose drone attacks

An interfaith coalition including Baptists called for a halt to lethal drone strikes in a letter to President Obama made public June 1.

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Supreme Court sides with Muslim woman in hijab dispute

The nation’s highest court says Abercrombie & Fitch failed to reasonably accommodate the beliefs of an applicant denied a job over the “look” of her religious head covering.

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SBC leader rebukes Obama for remarks at poverty summit

Frank Page, head of the SBC Executive Committee, accused President Obama of both “ignorance and arrogance” in a recent interview on national radio.

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Sunday hunting proposal divides churches, gun lobby in North Carolina

Often allies on Second Amendment rights, conservative Christians and the NRA are lining up on opposite sides on a proposal to end the state’s ban on Sunday hunting.

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Baptists in Burundi appeal for prayer as protests continue

The East African nation has been racked by violence for weeks.

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How Christians respond to wonderful or tragic circumstances matters more than whether those events are God’s will, a Baptist minister says. (Creative Commons photo by mrehan)
How Christians respond to wonderful or tragic circumstances matters more than whether those events are God’s will, a Baptist minister says. (Creative Commons photo by mrehan)

Popular ‘it’s a God thing’ phrase reveals troubling theology, pastors say

One minister says the phrase should be applied to tragic events, not just good ones. Another suggests it shouldn’t be used at all, and Christians instead should focus on how they respond to life.

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CBF, SBC unite against payday loans

Known more for their differences than what they hold in common, Cooperative and Southern Baptists have found a common cause in regulating abusive lending practices that prey upon the poor.

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Former youth pastor sentenced to 15 years for abuse

Mack Allen Davis, 74, confessed in December to abusing boys in the 1970s and 1980s while working with youth at a Southern Baptist church in Alabama.

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Baptists and other Christians opposed to the death penalty say death chambers like this one violate the spirit of Christ’s own unjust death. (Creative Commons photo by Tommy Woodard)
Baptists and other Christians opposed to the death penalty say death chambers like this one violate the spirit of Christ’s own unjust death. (Creative Commons photo by Tommy Woodard)

Jesus’ death convicts capital punishment, Baylor prof says in new book

Baptists remain divided over the use of the death penalty as the ultimate punishment for crime.

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Texas Senate OKs clergy freedom bill

The bill, now headed toward the House, would clarify that ministers cannot be sued for refusing to marry same-sex couples because of their religious convictions.

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Around the country and in the nation’s capitol, debates and legislation pitt religious liberty against marriage equality. (Creative Commons photo by Elvert Barnes)
Around the country and in the nation’s capitol, debates and legislation pitt religious liberty against marriage equality. (Creative Commons photo by Elvert Barnes)

Religious liberty, marriage equality clash, creating legal confusion

Numerous bills in the nation’s statehouses are changing the nature of the religious liberty debate, experts say. 

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Study says Baptists losing their market share

When Americans switch religions, a new study says, they are twice as likely to leave a Baptist church as to join one.

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Religious groups vow to break D.C. anti-discrimination law

A coalition of pro-life organizations with offices in the nation’s capital claim a recent measure adding “reproductive health” to the city’s non-discrimination policy infringes on their religious freedom to employ only people who share their values.

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Critics say National Day of Prayer divides Americans by faith

Established by Congress in 1952, observers say the National Day of Prayer now reveals two distinctly different views of religious liberty and the separation of church and state.

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