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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Moore hopes Planned Parenthood controversy will galvanize pro-life evangelicals

Southern Baptists’ top spokesman for moral concerns says Planned Parenthood should be denied taxpayer funding after revelations in a viral video that critics say prove the organization profits from abortion.

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Churches invited to celebrate ADA anniversary

The Americans with Disabilities Act has improved the lives of millions of Americans but is in some ways still an unfulfilled promise, says the head of an effort to recognize both the law’s progress and promise in an interfaith worship service July 26.

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SBC leader calls for probe into Planned Parenthood video

Viewed as less partisan than his predecessor Richard Land, ERLC head Russell Moore says it’s time for Southern Baptists to take a stand in defense of the unborn.

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Evangelical Christians staunchest supporters of Israel: LifeWay poll

A large majority of U.S. evangelicals are in line with the view that modern Israel has a special place in God’s plan, according to new polling data by LifeWay Research.

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Appeals court denies Obamacare challenge

The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today against groups including GuideStone Financial Services claiming a religious accommodation to the Affordable Care Act doesn’t adequately protect their religious liberty.

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The passion that marks HIspanic Christianity can be a gift to the larger American church, a Baptist pastor says. (Creative Commons photo)
The passion that marks HIspanic Christianity can be a gift to the larger American church, a Baptist pastor says. (Creative Commons photo)

Hispanic faith could revive the rest of the church, say speakers

Baptist pastors urge fellow Hispanics to stay on course because they can influence the American church with their passion and focus. 

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BWA aids U.N. report on Eritrea

A Baptist World Alliance study committee was among contributors to a recent U.N. report detailing human rights abuses in the country known as the “North Korea of Africa.”

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White House expands religious objections to birth control

The Obama administration released new rules Friday aimed at guaranteeing that female employees receive cost-free contraceptive insurance coverage while accommodating religious objections of their employers.

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Book tells untold story of women in the SBC controversy

A self-described “GA gone bad,” historian Elizabeth Flowers returned to her Southern Baptist roots to research and write an acclaimed book that she hopes can be used in service of the church.

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Navigating hot-button issues in a church whose members disagree challenges most pastors. (Creative Commons photo)
Navigating hot-button issues in a church whose members disagree challenges most pastors. (Creative Commons photo)

Debates on racism, gay rights take toll on pastors

Events like the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage and the Charleston church shootings have many church members on edge, which often puts the pressure on pastors to choose sides.

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Two Baptist colleges ask Supreme Court for protection from mandate

A lower court ruled the schools’ free exercise of religion is not substantially burdened by a requirement they opt out of emergency contraceptive coverage and shift responsibility to a third-party provider.

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N.C. lawmakers lift ban on Sunday hunting

“Sunday is for rest — rest not just for man but also animals,” Christian Action League head Mark Creech said of compromise legislation to allow firearm hunting on Sunday but not during the morning worship hour.

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BJC says same-sex marriage ruling unlikely to affect tax-exemption

Several news outlets have published stories questioning whether conservative religious colleges will lose their tax-exempt status for refusing to admit same-sex couples, in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of gay marriage. While perhaps legally possible, the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty says it is politically unlikely that will happen anytime soon.

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