Al Sharpton opens voter-rights center with rally at historic Baptist church

Wednesday marked the opening of the National Action Network’s Freedom Sunday national headquarters in Birmingham, Ala., and a keynote address at a community rally by Al Sharpton at the city’s 16th Street Baptist Church.

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Same-sex couple makes ‘journey of faith’ to wed

A Baptist minister in Kentucky joined other faith leaders to organize a symbolic bus ride July 28 in support of same-sex couples denied the right to legally wed.

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Vibrant, meaningful worship may be one reason evangelicals are held in high regard by many Americans. (Flickr Creative Commons photo by Bill Lollar)
Vibrant, meaningful worship may be one reason evangelicals are held in high regard by many Americans. (Flickr Creative Commons photo by Bill Lollar)

Poll: Americans feel good about evangelicals

Experts cite various reasons — including worship style and influence of younger generations — for Pew poll finding that most Americans have warm feelings for evangelical Christians. The poll also found that Jews and Catholics are held in high esteem.

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Candidate’s church-state stance worries religious freedom blogger

A conservative Southern Baptist preacher running for Congress in Georgia is being described as the next Todd Akin.

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Rubio talks values at speech co-sponsored by ERLC

Southern Baptist official Russell Moore says the left mistakenly believes supporters of traditional marriage are simply going to disappear.

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SBC leader says border crisis ‘moral disgrace’

Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore says unchecked violence by drug cartels in Latin America is driving migrant children toward the United States.

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In executive order, Obama bans bias against gays by federal contractors

The order is a compromise between those wanting religious contractors to play by the same rules as everyone else and those who say competing for taxpayer funding should not come at the expense of religious convictions.

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NC pastors rally for same-sex marriage ban

Group of pastors is calling on North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory to defend that state's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

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Transgender Hobby Lobby employee claims discrimination

Meggan Sommerville, a frame-shop manager at a Hobby Lobby store in Aurora, Ill., is suing the company for discrimination.

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BJC, others, oppose religious exemption in non-discrimination order

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty is among 98 groups asking the Obama administration not to insert a religious exemption in an executive order that would bar federal contractors from discriminating against gays. 

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Clergy, psychiatrists launch new partnership

Baptists have participated with mental health leaders to foster a dialogue between psychiatrists and clergy on the medical and spiritual dimensions of mental health care.

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So your church members are wired. How do you organize all the social networking?

Once social media becomes part of a church ministry, it can be overwhelming to manage.

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Expelled transgender student gets partial win

Both sides claimed partial victory in a ruling last week by a California judge involving a former transgender nursing student expelled from California Baptist University in 2011.

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Richard Land says transgenderism ‘ultimate rebellion’

The Southern Baptist Convention’s former top spokesman for moral concerns says the New Testament “is quite clear” that homosexuality and transgenderism are forms of moral rebellion.

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Evaluating poverty is both difficult and contentious. But Christians acknowledge a biblical demand to engage those who live in it.
Evaluating poverty is both difficult and contentious. But Christians acknowledge a biblical demand to engage those who live in it.

‘War on poverty’ remains incomplete after half century, say advocates

Fifty years after the nation marshaled its forces to eradicate poverty, about 46 million Americans are still numbered among the poor. That has to change, say Christians engaged in the issue.

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‘We just need to be the church,’ says anti-poverty activist

Fifty years after the launch of the war on poverty, Carroll A. Baltimore Sr., president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, evaluates the results in an interview with ABPnews/Herald.

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Seven things you should know about poverty

Poverty by the numbers.

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Veteran activists say LGBT inclusion nothing new

Churches making headlines today for advocating LGBT equality are simply doing what those on the front lines have been doing for years.

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SBC leader opposes legislation to reverse Hobby Lobby ruling

Russell Moore says Southern Baptists will vigorously oppose any efforts by Congress to weaken the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

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Baptist church ordains transgender woman

In what is likely a first, Calvary Baptist Church in Washington ordained Allyson Robinson, who was previously ordained as a man, to the gospel ministry.

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