Syrian refugees like these children at an Iraqi camp were receptive to the spiritual and material gifts offered by visiting Baptists — and inspired a song. (Creative Commons photo by the European Commission)
Syrian refugees like these children at an Iraqi camp were receptive to the spiritual and material gifts offered by visiting Baptists — and inspired a song. (Creative Commons photo by the European Commission)

Baptist missionaries hope song may soften hearts toward Syrian refugees

For the Refugee was written and recorded after a songwriter’s family returned from a mission trip to the Middle East, where they encountered desperate Syrian refugees hungering for safety and hospitality.

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Baptist leader supports Planned Parenthood defunding

Kentucky Baptist Convention Executive Director Paul Chitwood has come out early in support of legislation intended to prohibit taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood.

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Speaking out against rising religious bigotry were (from left) Michael De Dora of the Center for Inquiry, Madihha Ahussain of Muslim Advocates, Brent Walker of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, Rabbi Jack Moline of the Interfaith Alliance and Arjun Singh of the Sikh Coalition. (Photo/Cherilyn Crowe)
Speaking out against rising religious bigotry were (from left) Michael De Dora of the Center for Inquiry, Madihha Ahussain of Muslim Advocates, Brent Walker of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, Rabbi Jack Moline of the Interfaith Alliance and Arjun Singh of the Sikh Coalition. (Photo/Cherilyn Crowe)

Faith groups join White House in targeting religious bigotry

Government, religious and community leaders discussed a new plan to combat discrimination against religious minorities at a White House gathering attended by Baptist leaders.

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Baptist leaders help draft call to respond to refugees with compassion

Evangelical leaders meeting at Wheaton College released a statement saying “we cannot allow voices of fear to dominate” the Christian response to refugees.

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Calls for banning Syrian refugees, and all non-American Muslims, from entering the United States have been met with opposition from some states, religious leaders and, now, seminary presidents. (Creative Commons photo by Freedom House)
Calls for banning Syrian refugees, and all non-American Muslims, from entering the United States have been met with opposition from some states, religious leaders and, now, seminary presidents. (Creative Commons photo by Freedom House)

Seminary heads ask governors to support Syrian refugees

The presidents of three seminaries located along the Kansas-Missouri border have asked governors Brownback and Nixon to consider a more open approach to welcoming Syrian refugees.

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The Paris agreement on climate change provides a framework to hold nations accountable, say many of the Christian leaders who attended the conference. (Photo/Brian Kaylor)
The Paris agreement on climate change provides a framework to hold nations accountable, say many of the Christian leaders who attended the conference. (Photo/Brian Kaylor)

Faith advocates weigh Paris agreement on climate change

Hundreds of Christians from multiple denominations and countries joined delegates to press the moral case for action.

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Texas faith leaders support Planned Parenthood funding

A group of progressive faith leaders called on the governor of Texas to restore funding for Planned Parenthood in an open letter Dec. 10.

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Baptist schools seek waiver from LBGT discrimination ban

A number of Baptist colleges and universities are getting waivers from the federal Title IX law described by some as a license to discriminate.

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Franklin Graham echoes Trump’s anti-Muslim stance

The son of evangelist Billy Graham and head of Samaritan’s Purse says he suggested the idea to bar Muslim immigration to the U.S. months ago.

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Baptist group in Georgia opposes marijuana cultivation proposal

The Georgia Baptist Convention says allowing medical marijuana to be legally grown in the state would be an “incremental step” toward liberalized drug laws.

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Mourners pay their respects at a makeshift memorial site honoring shooting victims in San Bernardino, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Mourners pay their respects at a makeshift memorial site honoring shooting victims in San Bernardino, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Baptists join other Christians opposing Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric

Anti-Muslim statements from Donald Trump and others have become so serious that Christians must openly and vigorously stand against it, pastors and theologians say.

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Interfaith leader cites religious liberty threat

“If Muslims are not free in this nation, none of us are free in this nation,” former Interfaith Alliance head and Baptist minister Welton Gaddy declared in accepting a courage award from Muslim Advocates.

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Clergy urge welcome for Syrian refugees

Clergy in Louisville, Ky., gathered Dec. 8 to welcome Syrian refugees to the community.

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Preachers endorse Ted Cruz

The GOP hopeful announced endorsements from both his current pastor at First Baptist Church in Houston and the Southern Baptist preacher who led both Cruz and his father to faith in Christ in the 1970s.

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Faith-based groups are pushing for sensible limits on the sale of firearms. (Creative Commons photo by Peter Stevens)
Faith-based groups are pushing for sensible limits on the sale of firearms. (Creative Commons photo by Peter Stevens)

Religious leaders urge faithful to action in wake of Calif. mass shootings

Ecumenical and interfaith efforts are needed to combat the “new normal” of daily mass shootings in the United States, religious leaders say.

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The Internet, and especially social media, hold big benefits and threats to religious life, one expert says. (Creative Commons photo by Kristina Alexanderson)
The Internet, and especially social media, hold big benefits and threats to religious life, one expert says. (Creative Commons photo by Kristina Alexanderson)

People of faith explore upside of web: community building

A group of univerity students is helping ministries and nonprofits with technology needs, which one expert says exemplifies some of the highest qualities of the ongoing technology revolution.

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SBC adviser urges temperate talk in abortion debate

Karen Swallow Prior, a research fellow with the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, says there is no need for hyperbole in arguments against abortion.

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Pastor says Planned Parenthood leader hates God, loves death

Pastor Mac Brunson of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., read a verse the Sunday following Friday’s Planned Parenthood shootings from Ezekiel 18 warning that “the person who sins will die.”

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Abortion study finds gap between pulpit and pew

A new study by LifeWay Research shows that abortion is more than an abstract issue for many women sitting in the pew.

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SBC expert claims boy in Barbie ad bends gender

A former Southern Baptist Convention adviser warns an Internet “fauxmercial” featuring a boy playing with a Barbie doll sends a message of “gender confusion” to boys.

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