Bob Allen

Bob Allen

Bob Allen is news editor of Baptist News Global.

Lynn Messer still missing after a year

Friends, family and police are still looking for answers a year after a pro-family lobbyist’s wife vanished without a trace.

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Pastor’s killer ruled not guilty due to insanity

After years of dispute over whether he is competent to stand trial, an Illinois judge has found a man who killed a Baptist preacher in a 2009 church shooting to be criminally insane.

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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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Tectonic shift: Pam Durso on 30 years of progress for Baptist women ministers

Opportunities for Baptist women ministers have expanded in the past three decades and for much of that time, Pam Durso, executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry, has been at the forefront of the movement. Baptist News Global asked her to reflect on changes in the past — and those to come.

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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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Don McGregor, editor, ABP founder, dead at 91

As a Baptist state paper editor who championed a free denominational press, Mississippi layman Don McGregor was instrumental in the formation in 1990 of what today is known as Baptist News Global.

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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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Kentucky Baptist Fellowship names coordinator

Rhonda Abbott Blevins, former associate coordinator for missions for the Kentucky affiliate of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, returns as chief executive Aug. 1.

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Gay Baptist minister followed long path to marriage equality

Two years after protesting Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage, Bojangles Blanchard and Dominique James finally obtained their marriage license June 29.

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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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