Florida Baptists debate alcohol use

A news story quoting a pastor who believes it’s time for Southern Baptists to leave behind their Prohibition-era values raised a ruckus in letters to the editor.

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Culture writer Jonathan Merritt says SBC warning against ‘third way’

While some evangelicals are opening to dialogue about homosexuality, the Southern Baptist Convention isn’t budging, observes Religion News Service Senior Columnist Jonathan Merritt.

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Former youth minister faces abuse charges

Kyle Adcock, former youth minister at Woodward Avenue Baptist Church in Muscle Shoals, Ala., appeared in court Friday to face multiple charges of sexual abuse of minor.

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ERLC head says Baptists should reclaim separation of church and state

Russell Moore says he is less concerned about America becoming a purely secular state than a government that has the power to determine which religious voices deserve a hearing in the public square.

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Church seeks dismissal in abuse lawsuit

A Southern Baptist church in Alabama says it cannot be held legally responsible for actions by a former employee that could not have been foreseen.

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Gushee urges CBF to reclaim lost ethical tradition

CBF theologian-in-residence David Gushee sees an opportunity to revive a social witness weakened by Southern Baptist Convention controversy in the last century.

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Baptists, Mormons, ask Supreme Court to hear Utah marriage case

The Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission has joined Mormons and other faith groups in a collective brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on Utah’s same-sex marriage ban.

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Don’t trade kids for immigration action, faith leaders say in one-sentence letter

More than 40 faith leaders urged President Obama not to compromise children’s safety in any upcoming executive action on immigration.

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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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