Because of their historic commitment to religious liberty and separation of church and state, Baptists -- who had a hand in securing First Amendment religious liberty rights -- have a responsibility to educate their fellow citizens what those concepts mean, church historian Jim Spivey said.
Published in 2011 Archives
Some Baptists see civil religion as bland at best and idolatrous at worst. But others view broadly shared values of liberty, justice and acknowledgement of God’s providential care as a common ground Christians share with a majority of their fellow citizens.
Published in 2011 Archives
Christians should express love for country, experts on the intersection of Christianity and public life agree, but they advise caution in how churches demonstrate patriotism in worship settings. They're wary about the display of the U.S. flag regularly in a sanctuary.
Published in 2011 Archives
DALLAS (ABP) -- The Religious Right suffered a surprise setback in Texas when incumbent Don McLeroy -- a creationist and critic of church-state separation -- narrowly lost his re-election bid for the powerful State Board of Education to challenger Thomas Ratliff in the March 2 Republican primary.
Published in 2010 Archives
Hymns sung in most Baptist churches historically have been “More About Jesus” than about either God the Father or the Holy Spirit, several church music experts agree.
Published in 2008 Archives
Thursday, 04 December 2008 00:12

Texas Baptists defer name change proposal

FORT WORTH, Texas (ABP) -- The Baptist General Convention of Texas elevated to its highest office the son of a former president, deferred action on a proposed name change and approved a reduced budget for 2009 at its most sparsely attended annual meeting in nearly 60 years.
Published in 2008 Archives
WACO, Texas -- Red-letter Christians committed to taking Christ's teachings seriously have the potential to transform society in a way that moves beyond partisan politics, author and educator Tony Campolo told an ethics conference at Baylor University's Truett Theological Seminary.
Published in 2008 Archives
If preachers pass off other people's work as their own, they automatically limit themselves to preaching about only eight commandments. “Thou shalt not steal” and “thou shalt not bear false witness” become off-limits.
Published in 2007 Archives
God makes rain fall on the just and the unjust, Jesus said. Similarly, recession makes market prices fall, affecting endowments of Christian higher education and secular universities alike. United States and Canadian schools suffered an average 23 percent drop in the market value of their endowments from the 2008 to 2009 fiscal years, according to the National Association of College and University Business Officers and Commonfund Institute. While some schools report recent improvement, recovery has been slow -- and Christian institutions haven't been immune.
Published in 2010 Archives
Baptists -- always a diverse lot -- are increasingly adopting a variety of views about baptism and church membership.
Published in 2010 Archives
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