Baptist leader says Mideast Christians don’t need visas, but help to stay in the region

Lebanese Baptist leader Nabil Costa is urging Christians in the West not only to pray for Christians fleeing violence in his region but also to lobby their governments to “empower a Christian presence in the Middle East.”

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Clergy, educators challenge Florida voucher plan

A Florida program that offers tax credits to patrons of private, mostly sectarian schools violates state constitutional provisions, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

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Church-state group opposes tax break for Ark museum

Critics say non-fundamentalist Christians need not apply for jobs at a creationist theme park being built with tax incentives from the state of Kentucky.

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Pouring cold water on the ice-bucket challenge

As religious leaders including a former Southern Baptist Convention president are taking the Ice Bucket Challenge, denominational leaders warned Christians against unwitting support for types of medical research that require the destruction of human embryos.

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Former youth pastor charged with abuse

In less than a year, a second Southern Baptist church in Muscle Shoals, Ala., is dealing with allegations of child sex abuse by a former minister.

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Pastor, ethicist urge Southern Baptists to marry younger

True love waits, but don’t expect it to wait forever, a Southern Baptist pastor and policy expert advised in a recent newspaper story arguing that couples should consider marrying at a younger age.

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State CBF leader terms Senate debate organized by Southern Baptists partisan

The new interim leader of the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship says authentic Baptists don’t use the pulpit for partisan politics.

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BJC breaks down Hobby Lobby ruling

Leaders of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty say a 1993 federal law to bolster religious liberty is too important to be undone by a single ruling by the Supreme Court.

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St. Louis pastor says racial violence not justified, but anger is

CBF pastor Scott Stearman says racial violence erupting in suburban St. Louis illustrates the need for the New Baptist Covenant, an effort to bring Christians together across barriers of theology and race.

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Evangelical child molester sentenced to 40 years

Nathaniel Morales was convicted in May of five counts of sex crimes committed in the 1980s and early 1990s at a prominent Washington-area evangelical church.

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Suzi LeVine is sworn in as U.S. ambassador to Switzerland. (Twitter photo by U.S. Embassy, London)
Suzi LeVine is sworn in as U.S. ambassador to Switzerland. (Twitter photo by U.S. Embassy, London)

Do you solemnly swear — on this Kindle?

An ambassador was recently sworn in with her hand on an e-reader instead of the Bible — a move some described as “very 21st century,” while pastors and theologians differed on its symbolic implications. 

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Contemporary Christian musician under fire for doubting Genesis

Belief in evolution is costing Dove Award-winning musician Michael Gungor evangelical fans.

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Tennessee judge bucks string of rulings on same-sex marriage

A state judge in Tennessee has broken ranks with a wave of judicial opinion recognizing same-sex marriage as a constitutional right.

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SBC leader joins call for military action in Iraq

Russell Moore and others say “no options that are consistent with the principles of just war doctrine should be off the table” in confronting the ISIS threat.

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Groups say state’s gay-marriage ban establishes religion

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and its allies have asked a federal appeals court to uphold a lower court’s ruling that struck down Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban. 

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Obamacare changes the way faith-based hospitals deliver care

Obamacare changes the way faith-based hospitals deliver care

It’s an opportunity for the faith community to help make it work, say some Baptist health care administrators.

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Texas shelter plans cancelled, but needs continue along border

Federal agency says no additional temporary shelters will be opened.

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Court considers gay marriage arguments affecting four states

Whether laws banning gay marriage in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee are constitutional hinge on a ruling expected next year by a three-judge panel that heard oral arguments Aug. 6 in Cincinnati.

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Weighing in on border crisis, SBC president says Jesus was an immigrant

Just back from touring two Texas facilities for unaccompanied migrant children, SBC President Ronnie Floyd urged Baptists to act with compassion toward the undocumented.

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West African Baptists take measures as Ebola outbreak worsens

Task forces, school closures and calls for prayer are on churches’ agendas.

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