Leaders of the South Carolina Baptist Convention are asking First Baptist Church in Greenville — which has already disassociated with the Southern Baptist Convention and its local association — to sever its final ties with Southern Baptists after the historic church adopted a new policy of non-discrimination against gays.

Published in Congregations

The president of the seminary that began in the historic South Carolina congregation says theological drift is inevitable when a church or denomination isn’t tethered to biblical inerrancy.

Published in Congregations

Instead of choosing sides, a bellwether moderate Baptist church seeks consensus in a culture-war issue.

Published in Congregations

In a change widely interpreted more in tone than impact, the world’s largest Baptist university has dropped its sometimes controversial ban on “homosexual acts.”

Published in Organizations
Monday, 22 June 2015 06:05

A final commentary on the day’s news

David Gushee’s last column as a regular BNG columnist covers four significant news stories of the moment: Charleston, Pope Francis on the environment, Baptists on gays and church decline.

Homosexuality is perhaps today’s most polarizing issue, but it doesn’t have to be, according to a panel on pastoral responses to LGBTQ issues at the CBF General Assembly in Dallas.

Published in Organizations
Tuesday, 16 June 2015 11:20

SBC ousts another gay-friendly church

The pastor of Weatherly Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville, Ala., says he bears no ill-will toward the Southern Baptist Convention, but “at the end of the day, I must be honest.”

Published in Organizations

A Southern Baptist theologian says Campolo was right when he taught the Bible forbids homosexual acts in the 1990s, and now he is wrong.

Published in Social Issues

After “countless hours of prayer, study, conversation and emotional turmoil,” the founder of Red Letter Christians says he is “finally ready to call for the full acceptance of Christian gay couples into the church.”

Published in People

About a year ago I began a public rethinking of “the LGBT issue” in this space. Three things I have learned since then.

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