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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In some ways, science-religion discussions haven’t come far since the Scopes trial on evolution, but young people are largely uninterested in that approach to the topic. (Creative Commons photo by Kevin Dooley)
In some ways, science-religion discussions haven’t come far since the Scopes trial on evolution, but young people are largely uninterested in that approach to the topic. (Creative Commons photo by Kevin Dooley)

Millennials not OK with conventional science vs. religion debates, experts say

The generation’s openness to science doesn’t necessarily mean they have no room for faith. Scholars say the key is to not present the topic in an either-or manner. 

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Oklahoma Supreme Court orders removal of Ten Commandments from Capitol lawn

Bruce Prescott, an ordained Baptist minister who along with other Oklahomans filed a lawsuit seeking removal of a Ten Commandments monument on public property, said he is not opposed to displaying the Ten Commandments on private property or at religious institutions, but it is improper on the grounds of the State Capitol where people of various faiths and no faiths go to exercise their rights as citizens.

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Baptist groups react to gay marriage ruling

Baptist reaction to the Supreme Court’s recognition of same-sex marriage ran the gamut from disapproval to celebration to agreeing to disagree.

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State Supreme Court voids school voucher plan

Colorado’s highest court said a scholarship program in one of the state’s wealthiest school districts violates a constitutional ban on using public funds to support religion.

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Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage in all 50 states

Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage in all 50 states

Responses to Friday’s landmark ruling ranged from exhilaration to disappointment, along with a focus on protection of consciences.

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Black, white pastors unite in ‘war’ on fear, racism

Leaders of four Baptist congregations in Louisville are taking on poverty and education seeking to build a city where “every valley is lifted up and every mountain made low."

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Progressive National Baptist Convention President James Perkins (center) joined Kip Banks (left), interim general secretary, and Raphael Warnock, social justice commission chair, at a briefing in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington. (BNG photo)
Progressive National Baptist Convention President James Perkins (center) joined Kip Banks (left), interim general secretary, and Raphael Warnock, social justice commission chair, at a briefing in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington. (BNG photo)

50 years on, Baptist leaders say voting rights are jeopardized

Representatives of the Progressive National Baptist Convention believe it’s time to restore key provisions of the 50-year-old Voting Rights Act.

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Baptist experts on the environment say a healthy ecosystem is a major concern of millennials. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo)
Baptist experts on the environment say a healthy ecosystem is a major concern of millennials. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo)

Churches urged to consider millennials’ views on the environment

As millennials consider issues of faith and science, environmental issues are among their primary concerns, experts say. Recent polls suggest millennials are concerned about climate change and see environmental public policy actions as a priority.

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Churches urged to make July 5 ‘Freedom from Racism Sunday’

The New Baptist Covenant is among those supporting the observance.

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Baptist colleges lose Obamacare challenge

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals joined other jurisdictions June 22 in upholding the Obama administration’s accommodation process for religious nonprofits that object to the contraceptive coverage mandate in the Affordable Care Act.

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CBF participants want more than talk about racial reconciliation

The time for simply listening and mourning and prayer is over. We need to act, they said.

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Mohler won’t remove slaveholder names from seminary buildings

Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler says the school’s founders were “heretics” for using the Bible to defend slavery, but he has no plans to try to erase their names from history.

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Former youth minister sentenced for sex crimes

A former youth pastor at Lakeside Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., pleaded guilty June 19 in the second jurisdiction of alleged crimes 30 years ago spanning three counties.

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CBF pastor in Charleston says it’s time to get serious about guns, racism

After Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora and Newtown, the nation swore “never again … until the next time,” says Providence Baptist Church Pastor Don Flowers. “At what point will we say there will be no next time?”

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Cooperative Baptists challenged to build bridge over ‘gaping wound of racism’

Virginia pastor Jim Somerville closed last week’s CBF General Assembly in Dallas with a challenge “to get off your couch, and go into your community” and work to bridge America’s racial divide.

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CBF leader Suzii Paynter, left, and Iva Carruthers after the social justice advocate’s keynote address on Thursday. (Jeff Brumley/BNG)
CBF leader Suzii Paynter, left, and Iva Carruthers after the social justice advocate’s keynote address on Thursday. (Jeff Brumley/BNG)

‘Soul lockdown’ afflicts nation, inspires tragedies like S.C. church shooting, activist says

Iva Carruthers says a spiritual malady prevents Americans from seeing systemic racism behind police brutality, shootings and tragic events. The New Baptist Covenant says its covenants of action are one way correct the condition.

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Michael Hawn, left, joins David Jordan in song during the Baptist Peace Fellowship breakfast Thursday in Dallas. (Jeff Brumley/BNG)
Michael Hawn, left, joins David Jordan in song during the Baptist Peace Fellowship breakfast Thursday in Dallas. (Jeff Brumley/BNG)

Baptists must do more to help immigrants, advocate says

A Texas Baptist who leads immigration centers says too many Baptists and other Christians lack awareness of the suffering of immigrants, including children.

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Southern Baptist leader applauds crackdown on animal fighting

Long associated with extremist activist groups like PETA, some evangelical Christians are starting to take the issue of animal rights more seriously.

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