‘Colorblindness’ ignores systemic racism, speaker says

Meeting after waves of racial unrest in cities beginning with nearby Ferguson, Mo., Churchnet used its 2015 annual meeting to discuss how churches can help foster peace and reconciliation.

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Mike Huckabee announces presidential bid

A dark-horse candidate who performed surprisingly well in 2008, the former Baptist pastor and Fox News broadcaster this time faces a field crowded with candidates seeking to win over evangelical voters.

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Christian leaders voice support for Ukraine

Baptists in Great Britain co-convened a summit meeting in London to discuss the global Christian response to unrest in the Ukraine.

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Indonesia executes Australian members of Bali 9

The duo’s spiritual adviser says all they wanted was to spend the rest of their lives in prison so they could minister to other inmates.

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Supreme Court hears challenges to state gay-marriage bans

Supreme Court hears challenges to state gay-marriage bans

Justices heard arguments Tuesday in what is expected to be a landmark decision settling a question that has divided lower courts: Is same-sex marriage a constitutional right?

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PNBC head says anger OK, violence not

The president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention says violence like that on the streets of Baltimore isn’t the way to achieve social justice.

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Texas Baptists take sides in school choice, pastor protection legislation

Texas Baptist leaders weighed in on two pieces of legislation in Austin being watched in other states.

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Letting people out of jail but not back into society is unfair, restorative justice advocates say. (Creative Commons photo)
Letting people out of jail but not back into society is unfair, restorative justice advocates say. (Creative Commons photo)

Baptists lead movements to ease ex-offender return to society

A variety of restorative justice efforts are underway in states from Texas to Georgia and beyond.

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Uzbek Baptist jailed for handing out Christian leaflet

Handing a Christian leaflet to a stranger he passed on the street earned a Baptist in Uzbekistan 15 days in jail.

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SBC Pastors Conference criticized for inviting non-Baptist presidential hopeful to speak

With one Southern Baptist (Ted Cruz) running for president and another (Mike Huckabee) expected to do the same, some are asking why planners of this year’s SBC Pastors Conference June 14-15 in Columbus, Ohio, are inviting Ben Carson, a Seventh-day Adventist, to speak.

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Arkansas Baptist leaders satisfied with RFRA bill

The final version of a religious-liberty bill did not include language allowing relief whether or not the government is a party, but a supporter of the original bill says with legal precedent determining a corporation can qualify as a “person,” gay marriage opponents are satisfied with the version signed by the governor.

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State wants to proceed with Kelly Gissendaner execution

The Georgia Department of Corrections has decided to resume executions by lethal injection after determining there was nothing wrong with cloudy drugs that prompted delay of a woman on death row supported by clergy and death penalty opponents.

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Baptist in Kazakhstan faces jail

Baptist Nikolai Novikov refuses to pay a fine for handing out uncensored religious material, claiming the law he disobeyed is unjust.

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Pastors must model for others how to forge relationships between the races, Baptist ministers say. (iStock photo)
Pastors must model for others how to forge relationships between the races, Baptist ministers say. (iStock photo)

Pastors must help lead way to racial reconciliation, stop police violence, Baptist leaders say

Communities, even police, may not be able to understand how relationships between the races may solve local tensions, according to Baptist ministers who have participated in interracial dialogue.

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Pastor testifies at Senate hearing in IRS tax scam

A Baptist pastor victimized by a phone scam from someone purporting to be with the IRS testified about his experience in a Senate committee in hopes that his example might save others from being defrauded.

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Brief asks Okla. Supreme Court to strike down school voucher program

Four religious freedom and civil liberties groups say a scholarship program for children with disabilities violates a “No Aid” clause in the state’s constitution banning the use of public funds for religious indoctrination.

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Georgia Baptist college gets tax break

A flurry of tweaks as the clock ran out on the 2015 Georgia General Assembly included a tax loophole to save Truett-McConnell College $350,000 in sales tax on a construction project.

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Ellen Jimmerson (center) explored the rhetoric of language and how neutral terminology can mask evil with Shonda Jones (left), associate dean at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, and WFU associate professor in communications Alessandra Von Burg. Jimmerson was presenting her documentary “The Second Cooler” to classes and groups at WFU. (BNG photo by Norman Jameson)
Ellen Jimmerson (center) explored the rhetoric of language and how neutral terminology can mask evil with Shonda Jones (left), associate dean at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, and WFU associate professor in communications Alessandra Von Burg. Jimmerson was presenting her documentary “The Second Cooler” to classes and groups at WFU. (BNG photo by Norman Jameson)

Film focuses on U.S. economic policies that cause Latin American poverty

Baptist minister Ellin Jimmerson’s “The Second Cooler” describes decimated farm economies in Mexico and Central America and lifeless U.S. textile towns.

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Faith leaders support Iran framework deal

While not perfect, faith leaders say the president’s plan to gradually lift sanctions on Iran in exchange for nuclear concessions is better than alternatives, including another U.S.-led war on a Muslim country.

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Circle of Protection asks presidential contenders what they would do for the poor

A collection of Christian leaders forming a “circle of protection” for government programs that help alleviate poverty is asking candidates to produce video messages explaining how as president they would seek to help the poor.

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