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What You Know About the Reformation Might Be Wrong
What You Know About the Reformation Might Be Wrong

By: Ruth Gouldbourne
As we observe the 500th anniversary of the events we call the Reformation, history reminds us that our relationship to that movement is not simple and linear. Our early debates shaped who we are today.

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Evangelicals and Baptists Share DNA But Aren't Same
Evangelicals and Baptists Share DNA But Aren't Same

By: David Kerrigan
Are all Baptists card-carrying evangelicals? To answer that, we must first define what evangelical means. That definition means contemporary Baptist identity is at times at odds with evangelical ideology.

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A Theme Rarely Heard in Pulpits: Mothering Like God
A Theme Rarely Heard in Pulpits: Mothering Like God

By: Kelly Moreland Jones
Even though God is described in ways as other than male in the Bible, you rarely hear texts preached or prayers addressed to anyone other than a male God. Is that a problem or an opportunity?

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Social Ministry Helps Immigrants Find Legal Relief
Social Ministry Helps Immigrants Find Legal Relief

By: Jesus Romero
In these perilous times of social and political polarization, immigrants need more people who can help them find legal relief. Here's how one Christian ministry does that, standing in the gap and serving as their advocate.

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South Sudan Conflict Displaces Millions of Children
South Sudan Conflict Displaces Millions of Children

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Millions of children have fled their homes, either living as refugees or internally displaced as a result of South Sudan's ongoing civil war. And Baptists are ministering to these growing numbers.

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Symbols of Hope: 4 Ways You Can Shine Your Light
Symbols of Hope: 4 Ways You Can Shine Your Light

By: Lynn Green
In many communities around the world, hope is in short supply. Christians, however, are called to share and embody the hope that we have. How are you shining your light?

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Australian Baptists Assess Fashion Companies' Ethics
Australian Baptists Assess Fashion Companies' Ethics

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Baptist World Aid Australia's annual report rates fashion brands on policies to mitigate worker exploitation, knowledge of suppliers, auditing of and relationships with suppliers, and worker empowerment.

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Baptists Must Not Be Silent in Calls for Religious Freedom
Baptists Must Not Be Silent in Calls for Religious Freedom

By: Shane McNary
When national policies motivated by short-term political goals endanger the long-term moral authority of the U.S., Baptists, as U.S. citizens, must not be silent in calls for justice and freedom.

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To Curb Genocide, You Must Start at Its Simple Roots
To Curb Genocide, You Must Start at Its Simple Roots

By: William Cowley
A full-fledged genocide can take years, sometimes generations, to explode, but each incident of genocide probably has a small, simple beginning. Sometimes, as simple as bullying on a playground.

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The Srebrenica Massacre - When Churches Were Silent
The Srebrenica Massacre - When Churches Were Silent

By: Tony Peck
More than 8,000 Muslim men and boys were massacred in Srebrenica, a province in Bosnia-Herzegovina, in July 1995. It was the worst act of genocide since World War II - and many churches remained silent.

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4 Observations, 4 Questions on Mission Work in Ghana
4 Observations, 4 Questions on Mission Work in Ghana

By: Reggie Warren
The Baptist General Association of Virginia partners with the Ghana Baptist Convention to launch 500 churches and to distribute 100,000 mosquito nets in the African nation.

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EthicsDaily.com's 2016 Baptists of the Year Honored
EthicsDaily.com's 2016 Baptists of the Year Honored

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Bill and Audrey Cowley, retired Southern Baptist missionaries, were honored as EthicsDaily.com's Baptists of the Year for 2016 at a recent dinner held in their honor.

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Food Drive Blossoms Into Ministry Feeding Thousands
Food Drive Blossoms Into Ministry Feeding Thousands

By: Bill White
After hearing a missionary speak about food insecurity, four young girls at Christ Journey Church in Miami wanted to do something about it. Their passion led to one of the church's most vibrant ministries.

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How One Church Helped 200,000 Get Drinking Water
How One Church Helped 200,000 Get Drinking Water

By: Bill Ross
Efforts by First Baptist of Marietta, Georgia, led to the creation of Pure Water Initiative Inc., a nonprofit that has so far provided drinking water to nearly 200,000 people in India, Indonesia and other nations.

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Church's Medical Mission Teams Save Lives, Treat Thousands
Church's Medical Mission Teams Save Lives, Treat Thousands

By: Kevin Head
Noah, a young man in Kenya, received a life-saving operation this year. He is one of many people who were treated by short-term mission teams from First Baptist Church of Roswell, Georgia.

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Teaching Ghana's Villages How to Repair Broken Wells
Teaching Ghana's Villages How to Repair Broken Wells

By: Debra Wint
Many wells in Ghana's frontier region were installed by outsiders and have broken down. Villagers can't repair them. Texas Baptist Men Water Ministry works with villagers to teach them how to repair these wells.

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Health Professionals Serve Through Short-Term Missions
Health Professionals Serve Through Short-Term Missions

By: Angela Sudermann
God has been using health professionals to advance the mission of Christ through American Baptist International Ministries since 1821. To this day, they continue to serve in health and wellness ministries worldwide.

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Teaching Missions to Kids in Our Self-Centered Culture
Teaching Missions to Kids in Our Self-Centered Culture

By: Sarah Stevens
In a culture that encourages and even demands self-centeredness, the church's role in teaching children to have a global and others-centered worldview is increasingly important. Here's how one church does it.

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Missouri Baptist Church Meets Medical Needs in Guatemala
Missouri Baptist Church Meets Medical Needs in Guatemala

By: Gary Snowden
For nearly a decade, First Baptist of Lee's Summit, Missouri, has held mission trips to western Guatemala, partnering with local churches to provide leadership training and provide medical care among other needs.

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Robert Parham: An Ethicist with a Worldwide View
Robert Parham: An Ethicist with a Worldwide View

By: Emmanuel McCall
At a time when it was unpopular for black and whites to travel together, Robert and I became "soul partners" as we crisscrossed the nation in numerous racial reconciliation initiatives.

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Cooks on a Mission Shares Love of Christ Through Food
Cooks on a Mission Shares Love of Christ Through Food

By: Mary Splawn
A passion for food and hospitality combined at Mountain Brook Baptist Church in Alabama to make a global impact. Since 2010, women at the church have connected their love for cooking with the church's mission work.

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Sustaining Ministries Through Indigenous Missionary Support
Sustaining Ministries Through Indigenous Missionary Support

By: David Emmanuel Goatley
During its history, the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention has sent out many missionaries to foreign countries. Today, however, all of Lott Carey's missionary personnel are indigenous.

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How Your Church Can Break the Fortress Mentality
How Your Church Can Break the Fortress Mentality

By: Garrett Vickrey and Lance Mayes
Many churches have a fortress mentality, which leads them to lock their doors away from the big, bad world. Here's how one church works to break that stranglehold.

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Why Immigrants Flee Their Homes to Come to the U.S.
Why Immigrants Flee Their Homes to Come to the U.S.

By: Sue Smith
It's easy for many Americans to look at immigrants and wonder why they are here. However, if more people had the opportunity to visit immigrants' countries of origin, they would have a better understanding.

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Kansas Baptist Church Shows Hospitality to Refugees
Kansas Baptist Church Shows Hospitality to Refugees

By: Ruth Rosell
After watching the mounting refugee crisis in Europe last year, members of Prairie Baptist Church in Kansas found ways in their own community to help Syrian refugee families.

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CBF of Georgia Connects Youth to Mission Projects
CBF of Georgia Connects Youth to Mission Projects

By: Martha Kate Hall
Since 1997, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia has held March Mission Madness, in which hundreds of middle and high school students spend an entire Saturday serving in a local community.

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Yes, Many Baptists Observe Ash Wednesday Too
Yes, Many Baptists Observe Ash Wednesday Too

By: Joe LaGuardia
Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of Lent, re-enacts the Jewish tradition of repenting with ashes and can provide rich meaning in one's journey of faith. Here's how.

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Sharing the Gospel, Saving Lives in West African Nation
Sharing the Gospel, Saving Lives in West African Nation

By: Reggie Warren
Partnering with the Ghana Baptist Convention, the Baptist General Association of Virginia is working to start 500 Baptist churches and to distribute and install more than 100,000 malaria-protecting mosquito nets.

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Explorations in Baptist History: Adam Clayton Powell Sr.
Explorations in Baptist History: Adam Clayton Powell Sr.

By: Jerrod Hugenot
Abyssinian Baptist Church is among the great congregations to rise up and minister to the urban multitudes in the history of New York City churches. One of its most visionary pastors was Adam Clayton Powell Sr.

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South Sudan Faith Leaders Address U.N. Famine Declaration
South Sudan Faith Leaders Address U.N. Famine Declaration

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Baptist and Catholic leaders have addressed the United Nations' Feb. 20 formal declaration of famine in South Sudan, noting government complicity in the crises plaguing the African nation.

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Texas Church's Ministry Extends Beyond Relief Efforts
Texas Church's Ministry Extends Beyond Relief Efforts

By: Julio Guarneri
Calvary Baptist of McAllen, Texas, provided relief to thousands of immigrants fleeing violence from Central America. However, beyond relief efforts, the church seeks opportunities for development, sustainment and advocacy.

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Baptists Minister to Refugees Amid South Sudan Conflict
Baptists Minister to Refugees Amid South Sudan Conflict

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Amid increasing violence in South Sudan, Baptists in this African nation are ministering to refugees and internally displaced persons. The country is the world's third largest refugee crisis but receives far less attention.

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Church's Countercultural Witness through Resettlement of Syrian Refugees
Church's Countercultural Witness through Resettlement of Syrian Refugees

By: Robert Parham
While many in the U.S. oppose the resettlement of Syrian refugees here, churches have been at the forefront of resettling them.

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Haitians, Others Arrive in Tijuana Seeking Entrance into US
Haitians, Others Arrive in Tijuana Seeking Entrance into US

By: Tim Long
Since May 2016, thousands of immigrants have flocked to Tijuana, awaiting their turn to cross into the U.S. Six Baptist churches from this Mexican border town are ministering to 500 of those asylum seekers.

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Why We Must Reclaim Baptist Interdependency
Why We Must Reclaim Baptist Interdependency

By: Neville Callam
Hardly can one identify a greater need of Baptists today than to rediscover Baptist interdependency - an interdependency that rejects cultural imperialism, paternalism and neo-colonialism.

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How I Benefited from Attending BWA Meetings
How I Benefited from Attending BWA Meetings

By: Michael Okwakol
I first heard of the Baptist World Alliance when I joined the staff of the Baptist Union of Uganda in 1984. Since then, I have discovered many benefits from BWA involvement. Here are a few of them.

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How The BWA's Global Family Widened My View
How The BWA's Global Family Widened My View

By: Meredith Stone
My worldview was small until my seminary professors introduced me to the Baptist World Alliance's global family, where we teach each other that all folks are created in the divine image - not just Americans.

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Texas Lawmakers Unite on Human Trafficking
Texas Lawmakers Unite on Human Trafficking

By: EthicsDaily Staff
In a nationwide polarized political climate, Texas lawmakers have found an issue around which they can unite: putting an end to human trafficking. An estimated 313,000 people in Texas are trafficking victims.

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How the BWA Enriches My Ministry, Mission Partnerships
How the BWA Enriches My Ministry, Mission Partnerships

By: Craig Sherouse
The beautiful diversity of the Baptist world family is always on display when the BWA meets. As a local church pastor for 41 years, my ministry and missional partnerships have been greatly enriched by the BWA.

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How the BWA Opened My Eyes to Global Baptists
How the BWA Opened My Eyes to Global Baptists

By: Paul Msiza
Growing up during apartheid's reign in South Africa was difficult. Christianity was viewed with suspicion, and Baptists were marginalized. But then I was exposed to the Baptist World Alliance.

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Baptists Serving in Moldova Enjoy Fruitful Ministries
Baptists Serving in Moldova Enjoy Fruitful Ministries

By: Daniel Trusiewicz
Baptists have enjoyed freedom to preach the gospel, train leaders and carry out fruitful missionary activities in Moldova since the eastern European nation gained its freedom in 1991. Here are the stories of three of them.

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Like King, I Have a Dream - For the Church
Like King, I Have a Dream - For the Church

By: Jim Hill
I have a dream that one day white Christians will have the courage to lead a nation to have an honest conversation about racism and white privilege. I have a dream that conversation will lead our nation to begin to heal.

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Stepping Into a Journey Toward Reconciliation
Stepping Into a Journey Toward Reconciliation

By: Charles Cheek
Not long ago, neighbors gathered on front porches to freely exchange ideas to bring about change. We've lost sight of that in our isolated society. But we can gather again on the "front porch" for justice.

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Connecting with Your Church's Missing Generation
Connecting with Your Church's Missing Generation

By: Sarah Stone
Millennials are one of the biggest challenges facing the church, but also one of its greatest resources. We need to understand them, encourage them and, most of all, pray for them.

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King Distinguished Between Segregating, Segregated Churches
King Distinguished Between Segregating, Segregated Churches

By: Zach Dawes
Many churches remain predominantly black or white, but Martin Luther King Jr. reminded us of the difference between segregated and segregating churches. MLK Jr. Day services offer an opportunity to integrate.

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Nigerian Christian Leaders Called for Day of Mourning; Islamic Leaders Condemn Attacks
Nigerian Christian Leaders Called for Day of Mourning; Islamic Leaders Condemn Attacks

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Following attacks killing hundreds of Nigerian Christians, the nation's Christian leaders called for prayer and Islamic leaders condemned the attacks.

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How Baptist Women Fight Against Modern-Day Slavery
How Baptist Women Fight Against Modern-Day Slavery

By: Candice Lee
It's tempting to imagine that trafficking only happens in faraway countries, but that's not the reality. The Woman's Missionary Union provides grants to respond to human trafficking in the U.S. and around the world.

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4 Steps You Can Take to Thwart Human Trafficking
4 Steps You Can Take to Thwart Human Trafficking

By: Stacy Blackmon
Some folks may feel that human trafficking is too big of a problem for them to offer any help. But individuals, small groups, even churches can play a vital role in stopping human trafficking in its tracks.

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A Baptist Report Card on Human Trafficking
A Baptist Report Card on Human Trafficking

By: Robert Parham
National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is Jan. 11, a time to draw attention to the third leading worldwide criminal industry. While there's no doubt Baptists have taken a stand, let's use this day to become further engaged.

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Stopping Human Trafficking Begins in Our Churches
Stopping Human Trafficking Begins in Our Churches

By: Pam Strickland
Many practicing Christians view pornography, which drives demand for prostitution and sex trafficking. To stop human trafficking, the church must end the demand for victims. And we must start with us.

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Helping More Churches Commit to Supporting Human Rights
Helping More Churches Commit to Supporting Human Rights

By: Stuart Blythe
While Baptists are committed to human rights at an official level, that commitment doesn't seem to make it into many churches - even though clear theological grounds exist for the support of human rights.

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One Church's Role to Put Dent in Sex Trafficking
One Church's Role to Put Dent in Sex Trafficking

By: Duane Brooks and Jen Whittenberg
More than just football comes to town with the Super Bowl. In addition to the thousands of visitors in town for the game, there is an increased demand for commercial sex. Here's one church's response.

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The Thin Line Between Prostitution and Sex Trafficking
The Thin Line Between Prostitution and Sex Trafficking

By: Valerie Carter
Unlike sex-trafficked victims, society, including the church, does not look favorably upon those in the business of prostitution. But there's a thin line between the two, and our thinking must change.

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Bill and Audrey Cowley: EthicsDaily.com's 2016 Baptists of Year
Bill and Audrey Cowley: EthicsDaily.com's 2016 Baptists of Year

By: Robert Parham
Retired missionaries Bill and Audrey Cowley showed courage during a time of tribal genocide in Nigeria in 1966 and built one of Africa's transformative educational institutions. They are EthicsDaily.com's Baptists of the Year.

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Cowleys Cultivated Nigerian Talent at Baptist School
Cowleys Cultivated Nigerian Talent at Baptist School

By: Cliff Vaughn
Bill and Audrey Cowley not only saved lives during a tribal genocide in Nigeria in 1966, they also founded Baptist High School in 1961, which emerged as a pre-eminent educational institution and remains so to this day.

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Looking Back at BCE / EthicsDaily.com's Busy 2016
Looking Back at BCE / EthicsDaily.com's Busy 2016

By: Zach Dawes
The Baptist Center for Ethics / EthicsDaily.com hit the ground running in 2016 and didn't slow down. As the year nears its close, we look forward to continuing our efforts to advance the common good in 2017.

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A Baptist Who Embodied the Spirit of Lottie Moon
A Baptist Who Embodied the Spirit of Lottie Moon

By: Bader Mansour
Everyone who grew up Southern Baptist knows Lottie Moon. A missionary to China in the 1800s, she personified the missionary spirit of Southern Baptists. But do you know the story of George Laty?

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Name That Baptist
Name That Baptist

Play "Name That Baptist," a game created by EthicsDaily.com staff for its 25th anniversary celebration in 2016. The game offers a playful review of Baptist Center for Ethics' quarter century of work by highlighting global Baptist leaders who have collaborated to help advance the common good.

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Global Baptists Urged to Observe Human Rights Day
Global Baptists Urged to Observe Human Rights Day

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Human Rights Day will be observed on Dec. 10. The Baptist World Alliance is encouraging its members to participate in the annual observance in their worship services over that weekend.

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British Faith Leaders to Gov't: Help Besieged Syrians Now
British Faith Leaders to Gov't: Help Besieged Syrians Now

By: Paul Hobson
The leader of the Baptist Union of Great Britain has joined other faith leaders from that nation to urge government leaders to take immediate action to deliver aid to up to 250,000 civilians in Aleppo.

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Why Your Church Needs More Than One Theologian
Why Your Church Needs More Than One Theologian

By: Barry Howard
Your church will be healthier if members are equipped to be good theologians. There are two categories of theology: folk and academic theology. Both are extremely important to the health of the church.

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Protestants, Catholics Move Toward Closer Communion
Protestants, Catholics Move Toward Closer Communion

By: Neville Callam
As part of their commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Lutherans in Germany held a joint ecumenical remembrance with Catholics, making a serious commitment to visible unity.

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Why Differences Should Not Divide Christians
Why Differences Should Not Divide Christians

By: Frank Rees
While Christians are all one in Christ, that does not mean our Christian identity does away with our differences. Difference is part of who we are because difference is part of who God is.

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Building Relationships with People of Other Faiths
Building Relationships with People of Other Faiths

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
How do we build relationships with people of other faiths? Here are five points to consider when your congregation takes steps to reach out to your Muslim neighbors.

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Egypt's Baptists Serve Many Poor, Illiterate People
Egypt's Baptists Serve Many Poor, Illiterate People

By: Daniel Trusiewicz
The Baptist Convention in Egypt comprises 19 local churches and many church plants. The small convention is active in seeking opportunities to plant new congregations.

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European, Middle East Baptists Respond to Refugee Crisis
European, Middle East Baptists Respond to Refugee Crisis

By: Paul Hobson
Baptists in Europe and the Middle East who are involved in the response to the refugee crisis are seeing an "incredible spiritual harvest," says a member of the European Baptist Federation.

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Baptists as a Movement of People
Baptists as a Movement of People

By: Jim Kelsey
Baptist churches are well equipped to move with freedom and flexibility in a rapidly changing world, leaving behind those things that are not core to who we are and might slow us down on our journey.

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Baptist, Muslim Leaders Discuss 9/11's Ongoing Impact
Baptist, Muslim Leaders Discuss 9/11's Ongoing Impact

By: EthicsDaily Staff
As the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11 approaches, Baptist and Muslim leaders believe interfaith engagement offers hope for a better future, even as negative rhetoric heightens tension for U.S. Muslims.

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How Has Society Grown Up After 9/11?
How Has Society Grown Up After 9/11?

By: Mitch Randall
After 15 years, you would assume our society has grown up regarding the relationship between Christians and Muslims. At times, the opposite seems true. We must set aside our ignorance and biases.

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Uniting to Work Together - 15 Years Later
Uniting to Work Together - 15 Years Later

By: Danny Chisholm
As we approach the 15th anniversary of 9/11, it's more vital than ever for Muslims and Christians in the U.S. to work together. We can unite to improve our communities without compromising our religious views.

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South Sudan Uses More Child Soldiers; Hope for Peace Dims
South Sudan Uses More Child Soldiers; Hope for Peace Dims

By: EthicsDaily Staff
More than 50,000 people have died in South Sudan's 3-year-old civil war as both sides increasingly rely on recruiting children to fight. An estimated 16,000 children have been recruited in the conflict.

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World Baptist Leaders Meet with Ukraine's President
World Baptist Leaders Meet with Ukraine's President

By: EBF Staff
European Baptist leaders met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, during which the president signed a decree celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in the eastern European nation.

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Reaffirming Church Unity Amid Diverse Political Views
Reaffirming Church Unity Amid Diverse Political Views

By: Danny Chisholm
Many churches are not uniform when it comes to political views. We are a tapestry of different political, social and theological positions. This political season, we must reaffirm what unifies us amid diverse views.

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Global Baptist Gathering Expands Christian Community
Global Baptist Gathering Expands Christian Community

By: Zach Dawes
Interacting with global Baptists during the Baptist World Alliance's annual gathering offered two advantages: Your personal echo chamber is revealed, and you're able to expand your sense of community.

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Australian Baptist Leader's Long-Term, Healthy Ministry Tips
Australian Baptist Leader's Long-Term, Healthy Ministry Tips

By: EthicsDaily Staff
How does a pastor 'stay fresh' after a 40-year ministry with the same church? Bill Brown, senior pastor of Syndal Baptist Church in Australia, shared his insights in a video interview with EthicsDaily.com.

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Churches Provide Sanctuary as South Sudan Struggles to Keep Peace
Churches Provide Sanctuary as South Sudan Struggles to Keep Peace

By: EthicsDaily Staff
South Sudan found itself on the brink of civil war July 7 when fighting broke out in its capital city. Thousands fled their homes.

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Baptists Advocate for Global Religious Liberty
Baptists Advocate for Global Religious Liberty

By: Brian Kaylor
The Baptist World Alliance's annual gathering frequently focused on religious liberty, passing resolutions that address religious-liberty violations in Nigeria and that urge Baptists to minister to refugees.

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Canadian Baptists Reflect on History, Future
Canadian Baptists Reflect on History, Future

By: Brian Kaylor
Canadian Baptists at the 2016 Baptist World Alliance annual gathering welcomed global Baptists to Vancouver, reflecting on their unique ministry heritage and context as they introduced their country.

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Global Baptists Consider Paris Agreement, Climate Change
Global Baptists Consider Paris Agreement, Climate Change

By: Brian Kaylor
Global Baptists discussed the COP21 agreement, emphasized the reality of climate change, and urged a more robust creation care theology at a commission meeting during the 2016 BWA gathering.

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UN: Record Levels of Forced Global Displacement
UN: Record Levels of Forced Global Displacement

By: EthicsDaily Staff
More than 65 million people were forcibly displaced by conflict in 2015, a United Nations' report says, which is nearly 6 million more than 2014. Over half of those forcibly displaced were children.

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Baptists Gather for Global Collaboration and Witness
Baptists Gather for Global Collaboration and Witness

By: Brian Kaylor
More than 300 Baptists from more than 50 countries trekked to Vancouver for the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance, uniting for worship, ministry planning and dialogue.

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"Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future"

By: Neville Callam
Steve Harmon's new book, "Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future," calls for the kind of receptive ecumenism without which the church can hardly be fully the church.

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Global Baptists Grapple with Relief Model
Global Baptists Grapple with Relief Model

By: Brian Kaylor
Global Baptists face a growing debate over how Baptist relief and development agencies could most effectively collaborate. The issue likely will be a focal point during the BWA annual gathering.

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Observations on CBF's 25th Anniversary
Observations on CBF's 25th Anniversary

By: Robert Parham
The people at the 25th anniversary of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's annual gathering were the event's highlight. Here are a few who shaped our past and lead our future.

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Georgia Baptist Pastors Tempted With Reach for Power
Georgia Baptist Pastors Tempted With Reach for Power

By: Michael Helms
Many Christians are threatened by U.S. pluralism pecking away at their majority status. To fight it, some Georgia Baptists are pushing for laws that benefit them, but that's liberty and justice for some.

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Balancing Two Visions in Baptist Life
Balancing Two Visions in Baptist Life

By: Frank Broome
Two visions are at work in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship family. One vision cherishes the best of what it means to be Baptist; the other wants to change the world. Both visions have value.

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Southern Baptists Ding Obama, Discuss 'Elephant in the Room'
Southern Baptists Ding Obama, Discuss 'Elephant in the Room'

By: Brian Kaylor
President Barack Obama was criticized and presidential candidate Donald Trump was subtly promoted during the recent annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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Baptist Church in South Sudan Helping IDPs With Limited Supplies
Baptist Church in South Sudan Helping IDPs With Limited Supplies

By: EthicsDaily Staff
First Baptist Church in Kajo Keji, South Sudan, is struggling to find sufficient supplies to help the more than 200 internally displaced persons it is hosting.

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Southern Baptists Adopt Controversial Resolution on Israel
Southern Baptists Adopt Controversial Resolution on Israel

By: Brian Kaylor
Southern Baptists at their annual meeting adopted a pro-Israel resolution deemed by some Arab Baptist leaders as unbiblical and harmful to their peacemaking efforts.

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A Baptist Editor Lands on the Wrong Side of Equality
A Baptist Editor Lands on the Wrong Side of Equality

By: John Pierce
Christian fundamentalists have a record of landing on the wrong side of equal rights and social change. A Georgia Baptist editor has peddled a fear-based argument to limit Muslims' religious freedom.

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Europe's Refugees: Crisis or Blessing?
Europe's Refugees: Crisis or Blessing?

By: Tony Peck
At a European Baptist Federation conference, Baptists were challenged to change their language about the arrival of thousands of refugees to Europe, viewing it not as a crisis but a blessing.

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Jesus, Muslims and the Quran: Building Fruitful Dialogue
Jesus, Muslims and the Quran: Building Fruitful Dialogue

By: Martin Accad
Beliefs about Jesus today are diverse among Muslims. When our conversation is rooted into a robust life in the footsteps of Jesus, theological dialogue with Muslims will be strengthened and more fruitful.

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European Baptists Respond to Refugee Crisis
European Baptists Respond to Refugee Crisis

By: Paul Hobson
As part of the Baptist Union of Great Britain's general assembly, British Baptists learned how they and other Baptists from Lebanon and Croatia are meeting the needs of refugees.

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Cuban Baptists Find Joy, Growth Amid Difficulties
Cuban Baptists Find Joy, Growth Amid Difficulties

By: Brian Kaylor
Despite the technological and financial limitations that Cubans have faced over the last 50 years, Baptist leaders there report dramatic growth among churches over the last two decades.

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Missouri Baptist Church to Host 'Provocative Conversations'
Missouri Baptist Church to Host 'Provocative Conversations'

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A Baptist church in Kansas City, Missouri, will hold a series of 'provocative conversations' - human trafficking, racism, foster care and the future of education - and how they affect their community.

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Two Baptist Women to Be Honored during CBF Assembly
Two Baptist Women to Be Honored during CBF Assembly

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Recognitions of two Baptist women, Molly T. Marshall and Barbara "Babs" Baugh, will bookend the Friday event lineup at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's general assembly in June.

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Why Women Matter in Church Leadership
Why Women Matter in Church Leadership

By: Jerrod Hugenot
While some Baptists claim that women should not be in church leadership, especially pastoral ministry, the truth is that without their leadership and commitment, churches would not have much left.

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Evangelism: Some Good News about the Good News - Part 2
Evangelism: Some Good News about the Good News - Part 2

By: Glen Marshall
Evangelism often happens best when it happens obliquely. If evangelism is always the primary motivator for everything we are, do and say, we will end up making our evangelism inauthentic.

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Evangelism: Some Good News about the Good News - Part 1
Evangelism: Some Good News about the Good News - Part 1

By: Glen Marshall
Evangelism can so easily become intrusive, arrogant, pushy, manipulative, forced, artificial, dishonest - anything but good news. However, it doesn't have to be that way.

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Baptist World Aid Australia Grades Fashion Companies' Ethics
Baptist World Aid Australia Grades Fashion Companies' Ethics

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Fashion companies have improved oversight of fabric producers but remain largely ignorant of raw materials sources and labor conditions, a Baptist World Aid Australia report says.

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Faith Leaders Play Key Role in Responding to Ebola Virus
Faith Leaders Play Key Role in Responding to Ebola Virus

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Three nations - Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia - were at the center of the Ebola epidemic, and faith leaders have been vital in responding effectively to the crises in the West African nations.

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God Works Through the Weak to Thwart the Powerful's Plans
God Works Through the Weak to Thwart the Powerful's Plans

By: Simon Jones
God often works where he's not invited or welcomed - except by those who have no other prayer but that he'll come to their aid in their distress. Just ask those, many of them Christians, in the refugee camp in France.

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After Ebola Crisis, Liberia's Struggles Continue
After Ebola Crisis, Liberia's Struggles Continue

By: Faliku S. Dukuly
Liberia's Ebola crisis took nearly 5,000 lives even as groups like the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary stepped in to help. Now declared free of Ebola, the African nation's struggles continue.

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Why UK Should Continue its European Union Partnership
Why UK Should Continue its European Union Partnership

By: Tony Peck
This June, United Kingdom citizens will vote in a referendum on whether or not the government should continue to be part of the European Union. One Baptist leader calls on Britain to continue its partnership.

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IMB President Discusses Future Following Personnel Reduction
IMB President Discusses Future Following Personnel Reduction

By: EthicsDaily Staff
After shedding more than 1,000 missionaries and staff, Southern Baptists' International Mission Board president discusses the agency's future and mobilizing ordinary Christians to the mission field.

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UK Baptists Urge Government to Protect Refugees
UK Baptists Urge Government to Protect Refugees

By: Baptist Union of Great Britain
As the French government demolishes homes in a makeshift refugee camp, where migrants hope to cross the English Channel into Britain, Baptists in the United Kingdom urge their government to ensure protection.

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How You Can Relate Scripture to Changing Culture
How You Can Relate Scripture to Changing Culture

By: Neville Callam
As we seek to relate the teaching of Scripture to the vexed issues of contemporary life, we should not fail to recognize the complexity of the process by which we can hear the voice of God.

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Two New Churches Get Off the Ground in West Bank
Two New Churches Get Off the Ground in West Bank

By: Daniel Trusiewicz
The Council of Local Evangelical Churches in the Holy Land, working with the European Baptist Federation, is involved in starting two new churches in the West Bank.

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7 Ways to Develop Leaders for Your Small Church
7 Ways to Develop Leaders for Your Small Church

By: Dennis Bickers
Leaders, including pastors, are responsible for growing other leaders. This is especially true in smaller churches because many of them struggle to find pastors.

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Baptists in Nation of Georgia Criticize Blasphemy Bill
Baptists in Nation of Georgia Criticize Blasphemy Bill

By: Brian Kaylor
Baptist leaders in the former Soviet-bloc country of Georgia are speaking out against a proposed national bill that would criminalize insulting a religion or religious leaders.

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Baptists Save Poor Communities in Myanmar
Baptists Save Poor Communities in Myanmar

By: Joe Nicholson
The Karen Baptist Convention, a network of Baptist churches in Myanmar, is reaching some of the nation's most vulnerable people and helping them to lift themselves out of poverty.

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Don't Let Extremists Hijack 'Evangelical' Label
Don't Let Extremists Hijack 'Evangelical' Label

By: Roger Olson
Some equate "American evangelicalism" with a far right-wing political movement, but many evangelicals don't identify with or participate in the Religious Right or fundamentalist theology.

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British Baptist Church Earns Award for Going Green
British Baptist Church Earns Award for Going Green

By: John Weaver
A Baptist church in England has received an award to recognize its ongoing efforts to care for the environment in all areas of church life. It's one of more than 300 churches from all denominations to earn the award.

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Goodwill Muslim Leaders Speak Up for Religious Freedom for Minorities
Goodwill Muslim Leaders Speak Up for Religious Freedom for Minorities

By: Robert Parham
The Marrakesh Declaration, a historic document by some 300 Muslim scholars, calls for religious minorities in Islamic countries to be treated with respect.

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ERLC's Moore Appears to Favor Presidential Hopeful Rubio
ERLC's Moore Appears to Favor Presidential Hopeful Rubio

By: Brian Kaylor
As various conservative Christians issue public endorsements of presidential candidates ahead of Monday's Iowa caucus, a key Southern Baptist leader remains uncommitted - officially.

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Evangelical Leaders Call for Biblical Approach to Immigration
Evangelical Leaders Call for Biblical Approach to Immigration

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Thirty-two Iowa pastors and a handful of national leaders have informed the 2016 presidential candidates that evangelical voters "are looking for a biblical approach regarding immigrants and immigration."

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Helping Others to Escape Poverty's Grip
Helping Others to Escape Poverty's Grip

By: Bob Newell
Born into poverty in 1935, Elvis Presley overcame the odds to become a music legend. Many others around the globe face similar disadvantages. How can we as Christians give them opportunities to prosper?

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Report: Global Migrant-Refugee Crisis Exacerbated by EU Policies
Report: Global Migrant-Refugee Crisis Exacerbated by EU Policies

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Restrictive European Union policies have exacerbated the global migrant-refugee crisis, making migration an increasingly perilous and dangerous endeavor, a Doctors Without Borders report says.

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Sudanese Baptist Reflects on Nation's History, Baptist Work and Witness
Sudanese Baptist Reflects on Nation's History, Baptist Work and Witness

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The end of Sudan's two-decade civil war in 2005 brought hope, but not stability or lasting peace. Baptists in that nation are doing their part to help.

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Baptists Weigh High Court's Pending Immigration Case
Baptists Weigh High Court's Pending Immigration Case

By: Brian Kaylor
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a lawsuit challenging an executive action on immigration taken by President Obama. The decision could impact up to 4 million undocumented immigrants.

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Baptists and Life in Covenant: Part 2
Baptists and Life in Covenant: Part 2

By: Paul S. Fiddes
Some may find the covenantal approach of mutual trust between churches is hopelessly impracticable, but Baptists have learned over the years to live with the risks of trust and love.

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Baptists and Life in Covenant: Part 1
Baptists and Life in Covenant: Part 1

By: Paul S. Fiddes
From the beginning of their church life, Baptists thought that "walking together and watching over each other" was more than individual believers in a congregation; it involved churches watching over each other.

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Baptist Leader Reflects on King's Visit to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Baptist Leader Reflects on King's Visit to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

By: Zach Dawes
Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary on April 19, 1961. A Baptist minister, then a second-year student, recalls the visit.

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Suffering from Too Much Ceremonial Christianity
Suffering from Too Much Ceremonial Christianity

By: John Pierce
The United States is plagued with 'ceremonial Christianity,' which baptizes national allegiance and political ideologies in the language of faith. And Jesus' teaching is lost in the process.

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Free EthicsDaily.com Interfaith Resource Sheet for Congregations
Free EthicsDaily.com Interfaith Resource Sheet for Congregations

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Amid divisive, anti-Muslim rhetoric, Baptist leaders have urged interfaith engagement with Muslim neighbors. To aid churches in those initiatives, EthicsDaily.com offers a free downloadable resource.

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SBC Leaders Lean Toward Cruz in Presidential Campaign
SBC Leaders Lean Toward Cruz in Presidential Campaign

By: Brian Kaylor
With the first primary votes just three weeks away, many Southern Baptist leaders appear to lean toward backing Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Theological Tradition: A Long and Dangerous Road
Theological Tradition: A Long and Dangerous Road

By: Joe LaGuardia
We often exercise theological gerrymandering to support our ideological beliefs about the day's most pressing issues. We must avoid any declaration that God is taking one side over the other.

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EthicsDaily.com: 2015 in Review
EthicsDaily.com: 2015 in Review

By: EthicsDaily Staff
What did EthicsDaily.com accomplish in 2015? To start with, more than 500 columns and around 100 news articles were published, written by more than 150 unique contributors from 23 U.S. states and nine countries.

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European Baptists' Support Jordan's Peace Efforts
European Baptists' Support Jordan's Peace Efforts

By: EBF News
In a letter to Jordan's King Abdullah II, European Baptist Federation's Tony Peck praised the Jordanian government and royal family for promoting religious tolerance in the Middle East.

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Baptist of the Year: Molly Marshall
Baptist of the Year: Molly Marshall

By: Robert Parham
A Southern Baptist by heritage and academic training and president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Molly Marshall is EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2015.

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Baptist Pastors Stand in Solidarity With Muslims at Interfaith Events
Baptist Pastors Stand in Solidarity With Muslims at Interfaith Events

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Baptist ministers across the U.S. have signed interfaith statements expressing solidarity with their Muslim neighbors and condemning anti-Islamic rhetoric.

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Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 2
Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 2

By: Martin Accad
With the church in the Middle East on life support, the solution is not to fan fears of Islam and Muslims and develop strategies of war against them. Rather, the transformation must start from within.

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Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 1
Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 1

By: Martin Accad
The church of the Middle East is on life support, and fingers regularly point at Islam as the cause of its demise. Under such circumstances, how do you prepare future leaders for the Arab church?

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The Tale of Two Baptist Responses on Syrian Refugees
The Tale of Two Baptist Responses on Syrian Refugees

By: Robert Parham
How should U.S. citizens in general and Baptists in particular respond to the U.S. accepting 12,000 Syrian refugees? We have two models. One serves those in great need; the other rejects them out of fear.

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The 'Evangelical Right's' Problem - and Its Opportunity
The 'Evangelical Right's' Problem - and Its Opportunity

By: Colin Harris
The marriage between the evangelical and political right seems to have evolved into a relationship where the power it sought is now defining that faith and its responses to issues. But there may be hope.

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IMB Spending Claims to Justify Layoffs Don't Match Audits: Part 2
IMB Spending Claims to Justify Layoffs Don't Match Audits: Part 2

By: Brian Kaylor
Southern Baptists' International Mission Board says it sold $18 million in overseas properties to cover missionary expenses in 2014, but that number doesn't match the agency's own 2014 audit.

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IMB Spending Claims to Justify Layoffs Don't Match Audits: Part 1
IMB Spending Claims to Justify Layoffs Don't Match Audits: Part 1

By: Brian Kaylor
The head of Southern Baptists' International Mission Board said the elimination of up to 800 missionary positions was necessary because of a $210 million spending deficit. But those numbers don't add up.

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Reflecting on 2015, Looking Forward to 2016
Reflecting on 2015, Looking Forward to 2016

By: Zach Dawes
While many newspapers charge readers to access their online information, EthicsDaily.com provides free content for churches and people of faith. And we're able to do it with your financial support.

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Border Blocks in Nepal Could Trigger Humanitarian Crisis
Border Blocks in Nepal Could Trigger Humanitarian Crisis

By: Sarah Stone
Following two major earthquakes, Nepal is facing nationwide fuel shortages after more than two months of blockades along its border with India. The shortage is closing schools and affecting hospitals.

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Why Caring for Refugees Isn't Optional for Christians
Why Caring for Refugees Isn't Optional for Christians

By: Ferrell Foster
Others may turn away from the suffering of refugees, but followers of Jesus can't afford such apathy. By caring for those who suffer, we're caring for Him. Jesus is a refugee, and he needs us.

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On Being European, Human Rights and Grace
On Being European, Human Rights and Grace

By: Stuart Blythe
When it comes to human rights, many Christians can be ambivalent on the subject. The concept of grace, however, offers a different way to theologically reflect upon human rights.

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British Churches: Benefit Cuts Will Harm Poor Families
British Churches: Benefit Cuts Will Harm Poor Families

By: Paul Hobson
The British government's welfare reform bill is a dangerous shift that will harm poor families and their children, according to a report from churches representing several faith groups.

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IMB President Addresses Budget Shortfalls, Downsizing via Live Webcast
IMB President Addresses Budget Shortfalls, Downsizing via Live Webcast

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The layoff of up to 800 Southern Baptist Convention mission personnel was addressed in a live webcast on Tuesday by the president of the convention's International Mission Board.

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Healing for Survivors of Sexual Violence in Africa's CAR
Healing for Survivors of Sexual Violence in Africa's CAR

By: Hailey Brenden
Research into gender-based violence during the Central African Republic conflict has led to the release of a powerful report with the potential to help survivors and inspire leaders to take action.

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Refugees in French Camp Endure 'Awful Conditions'
Refugees in French Camp Endure 'Awful Conditions'

By: Paul Hobson
Some 4,000 people, many of them women and children, languish in a refugee camp on France's northern coast. The threat of violence is high, a British Baptist pastor said. "They need some form of justice."

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Why Leaving Dictators in Power Might Be Right Thing to Do
Why Leaving Dictators in Power Might Be Right Thing to Do

By: Mark Woods
As the policies of Western democracies have contributed to ruin and unintended consequences in foreign nations, it's a reminder that good intentions don't always result in good outcomes.

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6 Ways Your Church Should Invest in People
6 Ways Your Church Should Invest in People

By: Ircel Harrison
Church programs come and go. Buildings often become a burden rather than a resource. Strategies rise and fall. But churches wanting the best return on investment should focus on people. People will endure.

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Baptists in Nation of Georgia Grapple with Unity, Minority Status - Part 2
Baptists in Nation of Georgia Grapple with Unity, Minority Status - Part 2

By: Brian Kaylor
Amid a controversy over homosexuality, Baptist leaders in the former Soviet-bloc nation of Georgia tell EthicsDaily.com that they're committed to unity.

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Baptists in Nation of Georgia Divide over Homosexuality - Part 1
Baptists in Nation of Georgia Divide over Homosexuality - Part 1

By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists in the former Soviet-bloc nation of Georgia have divided over issues of homosexuality during the past two years. Three leaders there recently explained the controversy to EthicsDaily.com.

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The Beginning of the End for Baptist Entities?
The Beginning of the End for Baptist Entities?

By: Bill Wilson
Declining receipts from churches and increasing pressure from the national Baptist body to forward a larger percentage of receipts upstream are squeezing state conventions and associations.

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Christian Schools in Israel Reopen After Month-Long Strike
Christian Schools in Israel Reopen After Month-Long Strike

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Ending a strike by Christian schools that began on Sept. 1, leaders of the Israeli government and the nation's Christian schools reached an agreement enabling students to return to classes.

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 British Report: Christianity Far From Being Extinct
British Report: Christianity Far From Being Extinct

By: Paul Hobson
Fifty-seven percent of people in England call themselves Christians, and one in five of those who don't is open to finding out more about Jesus after hearing Christians talk to them about their faith, a British report says.

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Why Churches Should Support UN Sustainable Development Goals
Why Churches Should Support UN Sustainable Development Goals

By: Chris Hall
The United Nations will vote on its Sustainable Development Goals to tackle poverty, hunger and other issues over the next 15 years. Here's why your church should support these initiatives.

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Interfaith Leaders Commit to Help End Hunger by 2030
Interfaith Leaders Commit to Help End Hunger by 2030

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith leaders signed a statement calling for a broad commitment to end hunger by 2030. Bread for the World released the statement signed by 67 leaders.

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Nigerian Scholar Corrects Idea That Missionaries and Colonialists Had Shared Agenda
Nigerian Scholar Corrects Idea That Missionaries and Colonialists Had Shared Agenda

By: Robert Parham
The differing views of a British officer and a U.S. Baptist missionary illustrate the clash that would contribute to Nigeria's religiously related violence.

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Israel Discriminates Against Christians in School Funding, Sparks Strike
Israel Discriminates Against Christians in School Funding, Sparks Strike

By: EthicsDaily Staff
While the state of Israel fully funds state-run public and Orthodox Jewish schools, it provides only 29 percent for Christian schools, leading them to strike.

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German Baptist Thomas Klammt Discusses Migrant Crisis
German Baptist Thomas Klammt Discusses Migrant Crisis

By: EthicsDaily Staff
With nearly a half-million immigrants arriving in Germany so far this year, one German Baptist explains why the country and its Baptist churches are so open in a new Skype interview from EthicsDaily.com.

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Baptist Volunteers Help Welcome Refugees in Austria
Baptist Volunteers Help Welcome Refugees in Austria

By: David Bunce
Members of a Baptist church in Austria joined other volunteers to help thousands of refugees pouring their nation, many en route to Germany. And your church can help in three ways.

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The Christian Pacifism of Charles Spurgeon
The Christian Pacifism of Charles Spurgeon

By: David Swartz
Charles Spurgeon's commitment to evangelism and gospel-centered preaching makes him adored by today's evangelicals. Those same traits form the foundation for his staunch Christian pacifism.

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British Churches Press Gov't on Migrant Respect
British Churches Press Gov't on Migrant Respect

By: Paul Hobson
Following Britain's prime minister describing migrants as a "swarm of people," leaders from several British denominations called for "a more informed and higher level of debate on the issue."

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Baptists in Poland: 90 Churches, 5,000-Plus Members
Baptists in Poland: 90 Churches, 5,000-Plus Members

By: Daniel Trusiewicz
Poland is a nominally religious nation with 38.5 million residents. The Baptist movement is nearly 160 years old; they have more than 5,000 baptized members in 90 local congregations.

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UK's Black Majority Churches: From Rejection to Influence
UK's Black Majority Churches: From Rejection to Influence

By: Israel Olofinjana
What are black majority churches? The history of these churches in London is phenomenal because within 60 years they've grown from rejection to influence.

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Best, Worst, Most Unexpected Moments at Baptist World Congress
Best, Worst, Most Unexpected Moments at Baptist World Congress

By: Robert Parham
The Baptist World Congress was a splendid overall success, despite lower than desired attendance due to fears of Ebola and xenophobia in South Africa toward other foreign workers. Here's an overview.

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Paternalism, Dependency Plague Christian Missions
Paternalism, Dependency Plague Christian Missions

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Many missionaries and their agencies fall into the trap of paternalism, creating a sense of dependency in the people of less-developed regions. Here are six ways to avoid this pitfall.

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EthicsDaily.com Videos Introduce Global Baptists
EthicsDaily.com Videos Introduce Global Baptists

By: EthicsDaily Staff
As part of its extensive coverage of the Baptist World Alliance's 2015 World Congress, held in Durban, South Africa, EthicsDaily.com staff interviewed a number of Baptists on a variety of topics.

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West African Baptists Teach Congress about Ebola
West African Baptists Teach Congress about Ebola

By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists from around the world, meeting in Africa for the Baptist World Congress, heard updates from those in western African nations impacted by last year's Ebola epidemic, which claimed more than 11,000 lives.

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South Africans Teach Global Baptists about Truth, Reconciliation
South Africans Teach Global Baptists about Truth, Reconciliation

By: Brian Kaylor
South African leaders spoke during the Baptist World Congress about the nation's Truth and Reconciliation Commission that helped the transition from racial apartheid.

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Rwandan Baptist Honored with Human Rights Award
Rwandan Baptist Honored with Human Rights Award

By: Brian Kaylor
The general secretary of the Association of Baptist Churches in Rwanda was honored during the Baptist World Congress for his human-rights efforts in the face of ethnic prejudice and genocide.

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Africans Welcome Global Baptists to BWA Congress
Africans Welcome Global Baptists to BWA Congress

By: Brian Kaylor
South African musicians danced and sang as they welcomed Baptists from around 80 nations to the 21st Baptist World Congress in South Africa, held every five years by the Baptist World Alliance.

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Global Baptists Gather in South Africa
Global Baptists Gather in South Africa

By: Brian Kaylor
At the Baptist World Alliance's Congress, held every five years and for the first time in Africa, outgoing president John Upton reflects upon the "power of collectiveness" of global Baptists.

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4 Reasons I Now Admire the Pope - And You Should, Too
4 Reasons I Now Admire the Pope - And You Should, Too

By: Roger Olson
When Catholic Church cardinals chose their replacement for retiring Pope Benedict, I didn't care. Today, I've come to admire and recognize Pope Francis as a Christian leader. Here's why.

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When People of Faith Connect Faith, Social Justice
When People of Faith Connect Faith, Social Justice

By: Jerrod Hugenot
Catholics and Baptists have both had varying levels of embrace for connecting faith and social justice. It's ultimately gratifying to see people of faith share abundance where scarcity might reign.

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EthicsDaily.com Opens Global Door to Tell Baptist World Congress' Story
EthicsDaily.com Opens Global Door to Tell Baptist World Congress' Story

By: Robert Parham
EthicsDaily.com is taking four initiatives to provide extensive coverage of the Baptist World Congress meeting from July 22-26 in South Africa.

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First Job for Your Short-Term Mission Work: Learn
First Job for Your Short-Term Mission Work: Learn

By: Brian Craig
Before ever undertaking a cross-cultural short-term mission experience, realize all that you don't know and do some intentional study about the people group or country where you're headed.

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Skype Interview: Joel Gregory
Skype Interview: Joel Gregory

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Joel Gregory, who will deliver the closing sermon at the Baptist World Congress in South Africa this month, discusses the global Baptist witness in the latest Skype video from EthicsDaily.com.

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Pope's Encyclical Deserves More Than Polite Silence from Baptists
Pope's Encyclical Deserves More Than Polite Silence from Baptists

By: Robert Parham
U.S. Baptists raised their voices following the Charleston shooting and the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling. By contrast, few Baptist voices spoke up about the pope's encyclical on the environment.

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Don't Neglect to Exercise Your Freedom to Worship
Don't Neglect to Exercise Your Freedom to Worship

By: Barry Howard
As you celebrate the unrivaled freedom we enjoy in the U.S., celebrate your religious liberty by exercising your freedom to worship. And respect the freedom of others to choose when or if they worship.

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The One Way Bodybuilders and Baptists Are Alike
The One Way Bodybuilders and Baptists Are Alike

By: Bill Wilson
The two groups meeting separately at the hotel couldn't have been more different. Sure, the bodybuilders didn't look anything like the Baptists, but in one key way they're both very much alike.

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Tweets Spread Word of Untold Story at Ethics Luncheon
Tweets Spread Word of Untold Story at Ethics Luncheon

By: Robert Parham
After a preview of EthicsDaily.com's documentary on the story of what missionaries did in Nigeria in 1966 amid several days of genocide that took 30,000 lives, the Twitter reaction was energizing.

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Ethics Luncheon Will Get Peek at Forthcoming Documentary, Recognize Baptist Leader
Ethics Luncheon Will Get Peek at Forthcoming Documentary, Recognize Baptist Leader

By: Robert Parham
Ethics luncheon attendees will get a peek at a new documentary - an untold story - about missionaries during a time of genocide in Nigeria in 1966.

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Grieving Over the Loss of Phil Lineberger
Grieving Over the Loss of Phil Lineberger

By: Ed Hogan
Phil Lineberger, who passed away May 31, led the Baptist General Convention of Texas through its darkest hours. First and foremost, however, he was a pastor who loved his congregation.

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Ukrainian Pastor Speaks of Hope Amid War
Ukrainian Pastor Speaks of Hope Amid War

By: Brian Kaylor
A Baptist pastor from eastern Ukraine sees God at work in his country even after the destruction of his 300-member church by pro-Russian separatists when he refused to back their cause.

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Baptists Ready to Respond to East African Nation's Unrest
Baptists Ready to Respond to East African Nation's Unrest

By: Paul Hobson
The Burundi president's announcement that he would seek a third term sparked unrest in the East African nation. More than 20 have died, 100 injured, 600 arrested and 100,000 fled the country.

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Why Colonial Baptists Were Reluctant Patriots
Why Colonial Baptists Were Reluctant Patriots

By: Thomas Kidd
While Baptists were reluctant supporters of the colonists' war for independence from Great Britain, they also saw an opportunity for attaining religious freedom for everyone.

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EthicsDaily.com Documentaries to Screen at Baptist World Congress in Durban
EthicsDaily.com Documentaries to Screen at Baptist World Congress in Durban

By: Robert Parham
Three EthicsDaily.com documentaries will be shown at the Baptist World Congress in South Africa, where thousands of global Baptists will gather in July.

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Skype Interview: Michael Okwakol on African Churches
Skype Interview: Michael Okwakol on African Churches

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Michael Okwakol, senior pastor of a Baptist church in Uganda and president of the All Africa Baptist Fellowship, talks about challenges for African churches in a new EthicsDaily.com Skype interview.

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Southern Baptists Need to Keep Away from Party Politics
Southern Baptists Need to Keep Away from Party Politics

By: Thomas Kidd
Southern Baptists rescinded presidential hopeful Ben Carson's invitation to speak at their annual Pastors' Conference. Evangelicals need to stop platforming political candidates at denominational functions.

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Christian Delegates Grapple with Ukrainian Conflict
Christian Delegates Grapple with Ukrainian Conflict

By: Chris Hall
About 60 delegates and observers grappled with how the global church should respond to the Ukrainian conflict at a special event in London organized by BMS World Mission.

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Baptists Respond to Crisis Rocking Ukraine
Baptists Respond to Crisis Rocking Ukraine

By: Tony Peck
European Baptist Federation leaders visited Baptist churches as part of a 1,000-mile journey through Ukraine, a nation rocked by fighting between separatists and government forces.

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African Diaspora's Descendants Returned to Evangelize
African Diaspora's Descendants Returned to Evangelize

By: Neville Callam
Descendants of the African diaspora, including Jamaican Baptists and members of other denominations, played a significant role in returning to their homeland to spread the Gospel.

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Baptist Churches: Part of a Denomination or Confederation?
Baptist Churches: Part of a Denomination or Confederation?

By: Greg Mamula
Are Baptist churches part of a denomination? Or is a confederation a more precise term? In a confederation, each church continues to remain themselves while uniting for a common purpose.

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Baptist Ethics Pioneer A.C. Miller Stayed Tethered to Bible
Baptist Ethics Pioneer A.C. Miller Stayed Tethered to Bible

By: Robert Parham
To understand better white Baptists of the South on race, you need to remember a forgotten figure, A.C. Miller, and a slice of history, 1954's Southern Baptist Convention.

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Baptists Sporadically Issue Condemnations of Genocide
Baptists Sporadically Issue Condemnations of Genocide

By: Brian Kaylor
Baptist groups have sporadically raised their voices against genocide. When they do, they have strongly condemned killing and affirmed the value of all lives.

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British Charity Urges Churches to House Vulnerable
British Charity Urges Churches to House Vulnerable

By: Fiona Spence
Ed Walker wanted to do something about Britain's homeless so he and his wife bought a house and rented it out to an ex-offender who had been living in a hostel. And Hope into Action was born.

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Baptists Send Cheese, Letter about Religious Liberty to POTUS
Baptists Send Cheese, Letter about Religious Liberty to POTUS

By: Zach Dawes
Religion can and should play a role in shaping society, but it should do so by offering a moral compass through public witness that retains a distinction and distance from politicians and parties.

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EthicsDaily.com Documentaries Set for March TV Broadcasts
EthicsDaily.com Documentaries Set for March TV Broadcasts

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Two EthicsDaily.com documentaries - "Through The Door," a look at the faith community's engagement with prisons, and "Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism," will air on TV networks in March.

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March Madness: Dean Smith Visits an RA Banquet
March Madness: Dean Smith Visits an RA Banquet

By: Bill Wilson
More than just a basketball coach, Dean Smith was an active layman at his Baptist church and took his faith very seriously. And years ago, he stopped by to encourage a group of boys at their RA banquet.

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Syria Called 'Worst Humanitarian Crisis of Our Time'
Syria Called 'Worst Humanitarian Crisis of Our Time'

By: Paul Hobson
The Syrian conflict entered its fifth year last weekend. More than 200,000 people have been killed inside Syria; half of the population has been forced to leave their homes.

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Baptist Churches Advancing in Albania
Baptist Churches Advancing in Albania

By: Daniel Trusiewicz
Albania in southeastern Europe regained its independence and opened its doors to Christian missionaries in 1991. Today, about 160 evangelical churches exist, including eight Baptist congregations.

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Looking for a Warm Home in the Winter of Baptist Discontent
Looking for a Warm Home in the Winter of Baptist Discontent

By: Robert Parham
Even though Baptists are in a winter of discontentment, they do manage to collaborate in some remarkable ways. One of the best examples of collaboration is the Baptist World Alliance.

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Faith Leaders Shrug at Critical Immigration Ruling
Faith Leaders Shrug at Critical Immigration Ruling

By: Brian Kaylor
When a federal judge halted President Obama's executive order on immigration, putting nearly 750,000 immigrants at risk for deportation, many faith leaders, including Southern Baptists, responded with silence.

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When Ministers Ignore Ethical Boundaries
When Ministers Ignore Ethical Boundaries
By: Ircel Harrison
Certain boundary issues – money, relationships, time management –are often overlooked in ministerial training. Why do good leaders ignore common sense and fail to observe boundaries?
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When Choosing Churches, Brand Loyalty Has Little Sway
When Choosing Churches, Brand Loyalty Has Little Sway

By: Michael Helms
Few people will join your church because they've been looking for a particular denomination. They don't care about your brand; they want a church that meets their needs.

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In West Africa, Doctor Says Ebola's End in Sight
In West Africa, Doctor Says Ebola's End in Sight

By: Sarah Stone
Ebola has claimed more than 9,000 lives across West Africa since the outbreak began in December 2013. A BMS World Mission doctor, who serves in Guinea, says the end is in sight.

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Texas Legislators Condemn Human Trafficking, Vow to Eradicate It
Texas Legislators Condemn Human Trafficking, Vow to Eradicate It

By: EthicsDaily Staff
About 100 people attended an event in Texas focused on ending human trafficking. The state accounts for almost 14 percent of all calls received by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

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European Baptists Appeal to Russian, Ukrainian Baptists
European Baptists Appeal to Russian, Ukrainian Baptists

By: Paul Hobson
The European Baptist Federation has challenged Russian and Ukrainian Baptist leaders to issue a joint statement calling for peace while acknowledging their differences.

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Resolution Seeks Greater Religious Tolerance in Europe
Resolution Seeks Greater Religious Tolerance in Europe
By: Paul Hobson
Recognizing freedom of religion as a fundamental right, a European human rights group passed a resolution urging greater tolerance of other faiths, including Christian minorities.
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Baptist Vision for Church Abolishes Secular Life
Baptist Vision for Church Abolishes Secular Life
By: Stephen Holmes
In their beginnings, Baptists did away with traditional distinctions of Christian life. Rather than being seen as discarding the religious life, it was more accurately an abandonment of secular life.
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Nigerian Baptists React to Kerry's Visit Ahead of Election
Nigerian Baptists React to Kerry's Visit Ahead of Election
By: Brian Kaylor
As Nigeria prepares to vote in a presidential election, three prominent Nigerian Baptists share their thoughts about U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to the African nation.
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Baptist Student Union's Dissent Against Vietnam
Baptist Student Union's Dissent Against Vietnam
By: Nathan Finn
Although the Southern Baptist Convention generally supported U.S. military involvement in Vietnam, the Baptist Student Union, its official collegiate ministry, was an exception.
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Guatemalan Ministry Brings Life and Hope: Part 2
Guatemalan Ministry Brings Life and Hope: Part 2
By: Brian Kaylor
Standing in the city cemetery in Guatemala City, a contradictory mix of life and death covers the landscape. A nearby ministry started by a Guatemala Baptist leader seeks to tip the balance toward life.
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Baptists Expand Their Mission Work in Netherlands
Baptists Expand Their Mission Work in Netherlands
By: Eron Henry
About 80 churches with some 11,000 members make up the Union of Baptist Churches in the Netherlands. As Baptists migrate throughout the nation, church leaders seek to expand their missional focus.
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Guatemalan Baptists Train for Transforming Ministry
Guatemalan Baptists Train for Transforming Ministry
By: Brian Kaylor
Protestants have grown in recent decades in the Central American nation of Guatemala, but one Baptist leader there sees the need for training to better prepare its leaders.
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Nigerian Baptist: World Ignores Terrorist Massacres Here
Nigerian Baptist: World Ignores Terrorist Massacres Here
By: Paul Hobson
Boko Haram, a jihadist group seeking to establish Sharia law in Nigeria, carried out a massacre in the west African nation's northeastern region. And a Baptist leader there says the world merely watches.
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How African Baptists Have Committed to Evangelism
How African Baptists Have Committed to Evangelism

By: Neville Callam
When Baptists from around the world gather is South Africa in July for the Baptist World Congress, they'll find a continent of Baptists already spreading the Good News among fellow Africans and beyond their shores.

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Reforming Islam: Dusting Off the Diamond
Reforming Islam: Dusting Off the Diamond

By: Martin Accad
Islam is like a diamond that has collected dust and needs to be cleaned up, said a spokesman for the American Muslim community. In what ways can Christians help? Or will we throw stones?

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Cuban Baptists Praise Shift in U.S.-Cuba Relations
Cuban Baptists Praise Shift in U.S.-Cuba Relations

By: Brian Kaylor
Leaders of a Cuban Baptist group praised the news that the U.S. and Cuban leaders have announced a historic shift in relations between the two nations after a strained 50-year relationship.

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Beloved Baptist Leader Carolyn Crumpler Dies
Beloved Baptist Leader Carolyn Crumpler Dies

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Beloved Baptist leader Carolyn Weatherford Crumpler died on Jan. 2. Always loyal to her institution and a tireless advocate for missions, she challenged Southern Baptists to engage social issues.

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Baptist of the Year: Don Sewell
Baptist of the Year: Don Sewell

By: Robert Parham
Representing how a number of goodwill Baptists have responded to the swelling refugee crises and the devastating disease of Ebola, Don Sewell is EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2014.

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Baptists' Differing Views on Senate Torture Report
Baptists' Differing Views on Senate Torture Report
By: Brian Kaylor
Baptist leaders offered a variety of responses to the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee's long-awaited report on the U.S. use of torture during the George W. Bush administration.
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Observe Human Rights Day in December;
Observe Human Rights Day in December; "It Is Our Baby"
By: Robert Parham
Baptists must reclaim our heritage as human rights advocates. We can help church members know that history by observing Human Rights Day in December and know how human rights is Jesus' agenda.
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How Lebanese Churches Help During Syrian Crisis
How Lebanese Churches Help During Syrian Crisis

By: Rupen Das
Syria occupied Lebanon for 20 years. The memory still burns in many Lebanese families. But when Syrian refugees cascaded into Lebanon to flee their nation's civil unrest, Lebanese churches had to make a choice.

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Standing Up to Hate Against Our Muslim Neighbors
Standing Up to Hate Against Our Muslim Neighbors
By: Elizabeth Evans Hagan
We live in a Christian society and don't face the level of persecution that Paul faced. But we can stand up to hate against our Muslim neighbors, just like these Oklahoma University students did.
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Cuban Baptists Advocate for Church-State Separation
Cuban Baptists Advocate for Church-State Separation
By: Brian Kaylor
With one pastor referring to it as "one of the main principles of Baptists," Cuban Baptist leaders emphasized the importance of the separation of church and state.
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U.S., Cuban Baptists Build Bridges During Celebration
U.S., Cuban Baptists Build Bridges During Celebration
By: Brian Kaylor
A 12-person Baptist delegation from the United States trekked to Cuba earlier this month for two days to learn more about Cuban Baptists and build bridges of understanding.
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What Kind of Leader Does Your Church Need?
What Kind of Leader Does Your Church Need?

By: Darren Blaney
The Bible isn't concerned about churches being led by charismatic leaders sharing the vision and achieving goals. Its focus is on godly men and women helping others become godly men and women.

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Why Your Church Can Disagree and Still Be United
Why Your Church Can Disagree and Still Be United
By: Pat Took
For a church to achieve unity, or be of "one mind," it doesn't require seeing eye-to-eye on all issues. Rather, churches should be filled with dissident voices struggling to find God's way together.
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Early Church Offers Important Evangelism Lessons
Early Church Offers Important Evangelism Lessons
By: Zach Dawes
Faced with declining attendance and budgets, churches must seek a new way to live out evangelism that doesn't rely on the "if you build it, they will come" mindset. The early church can guide us.
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Baptists Offer Divergent Responses to Obama's ISIS Speech
Baptists Offer Divergent Responses to Obama's ISIS Speech
By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists and other Christians responded in varying ways to President Barack Obama's prime-time speech about proposals to confront a growing terrorist threat in the Middle East.
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Prathia Hall: An Extraordinary, Ordinary Saint
Prathia Hall: An Extraordinary, Ordinary Saint
By: Courtney Pace Lyons
Prathia Hall faced many obstacles in her life but didn't let them discourager her. She was a civil rights activist, Baptist preacher and a mentor to more than 200 African-American clergywomen.
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Should You Be Free to Choose Your Own Religion?
Should You Be Free to Choose Your Own Religion?

By: Sam Chaise
Religious freedom, where individuals are free to choose their religion, is on the decline in North America and Western Europe, shifting from pluralism to secularism, which favors the lack of religion.

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How to Hijack a Religious Tradition
How to Hijack a Religious Tradition
By: Colin Harris
The priorities of the Religious Right and evangelicals have drifted far from their original roots. That's why it's always wise to be careful who you let tell you who you are.
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TV Network Will Air EthicsDaily.com Documentary on Baptists and Racism
TV Network Will Air EthicsDaily.com Documentary on Baptists and Racism
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Soul of the South Network will air EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism," on July 28, with multiple broadcasts after the initial airing.
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Global Baptists Speak Out on Religious Liberty, Justice, Migration
Global Baptists Speak Out on Religious Liberty, Justice, Migration

By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists from nearly 60 nations gathered in Turkey for the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance, electing new leaders for the global group and passing six resolutions.

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Middle Eastern Baptists Share Fears, Hopes as Minority Faith
Middle Eastern Baptists Share Fears, Hopes as Minority Faith
By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists from Israel, Syria and Iraq explained at a BWA forum how they live as a minority group in their nations and shared their efforts to build bridges with their non-Christian neighbors.
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Speaker: Baptists Must Advocate for Displaced, Stateless People
Speaker: Baptists Must Advocate for Displaced, Stateless People

By: Brian Kaylor
An American Baptist involved in refugee and immigration advocacy urged all Baptists to get involved in issues concerning displaced and stateless persons at the BWA's annual gathering.

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Patterson Apologizes, Defends Admitting Muslim Student
Patterson Apologizes, Defends Admitting Muslim Student
By: Brian Kaylor
The president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary apologized to the Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday for admitting a Muslim doctoral student into the seminary.
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Despite Naysayers, Women Served in Ministry for Centuries
Despite Naysayers, Women Served in Ministry for Centuries
By: Joe LaGuardia
Even though some haven't welcomed women in ministry in recent years, women have been included in leadership in Baptist life since the 1600s. And they'll continue to bless the church for years to come.
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Muslim Student at Baptist Seminary Likely to Spark SBC Drama
Muslim Student at Baptist Seminary Likely to Spark SBC Drama
By: Brian Kaylor
The admission of a Muslim student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary will likely impact the agenda of the Southern Baptist Convention meeting this week.
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"Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism"

The Web site for EthicsDaily.com's documentary Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism.

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William Tolbert Jr.'s Triple Legacy to Liberia
William Tolbert Jr.'s Triple Legacy to Liberia

By: Richard Wilson
William Tolbert Jr., leader of Liberia and former Baptist World Alliance president, was assassinated in 1980, but his legacy lives on through the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary's lecture series.

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Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls – Part 2
Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls – Part 2
By: Arthur Brown
Boko Haram, the militant Islamic group responsible for kidnapping 200 Nigerian girls, does not represent the Quran's teaching on education or marriage, three Muslim leaders said.
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Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls
Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls
By: Arthur Brown
It's a Western myth that Muslims do not speak out against the violent actions of extremist adherents of their faith. Here are three Muslim leaders who condemn the abduction of 200 Nigerian girls.
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Affirmation Statement on Admission of Muslim Ph.D. Student to SBC Seminary
Affirmation Statement on Admission of Muslim Ph.D. Student to SBC Seminary

By: Robert Parham
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's president took the right course of action in admitting a Muslim student to the Ph.D. program.

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Islamic, Baptist Leaders Discussed Boko Haram Crisis Before Schoolgirl Abduction
Islamic, Baptist Leaders Discussed Boko Haram Crisis Before Schoolgirl Abduction
By: Robert Parham
Before Boko Haram abducted 300 Nigerian girls, Baptist and Islamic colleagues met to explore a joint response to the Islamic terrorist group.
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Peter Thomas Stanford: From Slave to Baptist Minister
Peter Thomas Stanford: From Slave to Baptist Minister
By: Paul Hobson
Peter Thomas Stanford's life didn't have a promising beginning, but the freed slave earned an education and became the first black minister of a British church in the late 1800s.
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Where Are All These Liberian Baptists Going?
Where Are All These Liberian Baptists Going?

By: Richard Wilson
Nearly 2,000 people have been traveling through Liberia in March, but they aren't migrants or refugees fleeing conflict. This movement of people is a pilgrimage of memory and hope.

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Ukraine Crisis Needs Respectful Dialogue to Reach Peace
Ukraine Crisis Needs Respectful Dialogue to Reach Peace
By: William Yoder
As the crisis in Ukraine unfolds and Crimea returns to Russia, all parties need to exercise linguistic disarmament. Only a cautious and respectful diction can point the way toward peace.
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The Place Where Racial Reconciliation Should Begin
The Place Where Racial Reconciliation Should Begin
By: Dennis Bickers
When people utter racial slurs, it reflects what's in their hearts. While laws prevent negative behaviors, they can't change a person's heart. That's why racial reconciliation must begin in church.
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Baptists Offer Divided Response to Pope Francis
Baptists Offer Divided Response to Pope Francis
By: Brian Kaylor
Some Baptists have offered praise for Pope Francis, elected a year ago, despite key theological differences between Baptists and Catholics. Others dismissed him and his call for Christian unity.
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Church Trends: Riding the Wave in The Garden State
Church Trends: Riding the Wave in The Garden State
By: Lee B. Spitzer
Like waves in the ocean, five trends are impacting the ministry of American Baptist churches in New Jersey. Whether positive or negative, they all have possibilities.
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Baptist Church in Sri Lanka Celebrates 200 Years
Baptist Church in Sri Lanka Celebrates 200 Years
By: Chris Hall
A Baptist Missionary Society missionary began a church in Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon, in 1813. Two centuries later, Cinnamon Gardens Baptist Church is thriving and sending its own missionaries.
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Local Baptist Church Recognized for
Local Baptist Church Recognized for "Going Green"
By: EthicsDaily Staff
First Baptist of Austin is one of the "greenest" churches in central Texas. The city of Austin awarded its Green Business Leaders Program platinum certification award to the church.
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Mission Group Meeting Needs of Nepal's People
Mission Group Meeting Needs of Nepal's People

By: Chris Hall
Marking 60 years of service, United Mission to Nepal improves the lives of Nepal's neediest by providing healthcare and helping to improve the education system among other initiatives.

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Baptist Leaders Urge Prayer for Ukraine, Russia
Baptist Leaders Urge Prayer for Ukraine, Russia
By: Paul Hobson
Baptist leaders, including a federation of Baptist unions that were part of the Soviet Union, called for a peaceful resolution to the tension between Ukraine and Russia.
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"Is the God of Mohammed the God of Christianity?"
By: Richard Wilson
When we focus on a doctrine of exclusion, Christians and Muslims miss the important opportunities to focus on common issues, such as attention to the poor and the quest for spiritual maturity.
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Baptists Helping to Serve New Ukraine
Baptists Helping to Serve New Ukraine
By: Paul Hobson
A Baptist elder has been selected as the new interim president of Ukraine as the nation rebuilds after its political upheaval. He has vowed to step down after elections in May.
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George Liele: Father of Baptist Missions
George Liele: Father of Baptist Missions

By: Noel Erskine
Before Adoniram Judson sailed for Burma and William Carey left for India, George Liele began his mission work in Jamaica. He was the first ordained black Baptist pastor in the U.S. and the Caribbean.

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Southern Baptist Church Plants People to Respond to Baptism
Southern Baptist Church Plants People to Respond to Baptism
By: Brian Kaylor
Elevation Church, a Southern Baptist megachurch, has a guide on how to hold spontaneous baptism services with this instruction: Plant people to respond to the call. Is that ethical?
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Building Interfaith Relationships - A Theology of Life
Building Interfaith Relationships - A Theology of Life

By: Martin Accad
The Syrian conflict has provoked a growing fear of Islam and Muslims among Christians in Syria, the region and, to some extent, throughout the world. Interfaith relationships can turn that around.

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Women in Ministry: We're Here to Stay
Women in Ministry: We're Here to Stay
By: Naomi King Walker
Qualified and called women ministers permeate every area of Baptist life, yet many still enjoy far fewer opportunities than their male counterparts. The attitudes of churches are evolving. Has yours?
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Global Baptists Contribute to Global Church Observation - Lent
Global Baptists Contribute to Global Church Observation - Lent

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Although few Baptists observe Lent, we can learn a great deal from this tradition. EthicsDaily.com has a Lenten Bible study with contributions from international Baptists.

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BWA Appeals for Help for Central African Republic
BWA Appeals for Help for Central African Republic
By:  BWA Staff
With widespread suffering in the wake of rebels overthrowing the Central African Republic's government, the Baptist World Alliance is appealing for assistance.
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U.S. Is Oddly Quiet about Religious Liberty Success
U.S. Is Oddly Quiet about Religious Liberty Success
By: David Stratton
The U.S. reveres not merely religious toleration but religious liberty for all. Unlike other nations, violence in the name of religion is nearly nonexistent. So why are we so silent about our success?
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Baptist of the Year: Linda Leathers
Baptist of the Year: Linda Leathers
Linda Leathers is EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2013. She is CEO of The Next Door, a ministry that seeks to meet the abundant needs of women released from prison.
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Bapticostal Churches: Baptist Identity in the 21st Century
Bapticostal Churches: Baptist Identity in the 21st Century
A distinctive element of Baptist churches is the congregational type of church governance, but that style of governance is being reshaped by many new Baptist churches.
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Philippine Baptists Report on Devastation in Country
Philippine Baptists Report on Devastation in Country
Five Baptist World Alliance organizations in the Philippines reported on Typhoon Haiyan's widespread devastation that devastated the southeast Asian country on Nov. 8.
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BWA Leader: Baptists Should Take Strong Stance Against Racism
BWA Leader: Baptists Should Take Strong Stance Against Racism
Churches have a responsibility to oppose racism that still persists, even in the church. Churches that refuse to do so are guilty of a major failing, a Baptist leader said.
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Europe's Baptists Urged to Embrace Baptist Relations Covenant
Europe's Baptists Urged to Embrace Baptist Relations Covenant
European Baptists would benefit by adopting the principles of the Covenant on Intra-Baptist Relations, says Neville Callam, general secretary of the Baptist World Alliance.
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British Baptists Train
British Baptists Train "Pioneers" to Rethink Church
Every church has them. People not content with the way things are. They're not critics; they're activists. And a British Baptist program trains them to start fresh expressions of church.
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Speakers Urge Baptists to Engage with Muslims
Speakers Urge Baptists to Engage with Muslims
During the Baptist World Alliance gathering in Jamaica, several speakers urged Baptists to understand and engage Muslims to advance the common good in the Middle East.
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Baptist Contribution to Understanding of Holy Spirit
Baptist Contribution to Understanding of Holy Spirit
Baptists have historically focused on the person and work of Christ and largely undervalued the work of the Spirit, a presenter at the Baptist International Conference on Theological Education says.
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BWA to Focus on Baptist-Muslim Relationships Again in 2013
BWA to Focus on Baptist-Muslim Relationships Again in 2013
When global Baptist leaders gather this week in Jamaica for the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance, Baptist and Muslim relationships will again top the agenda.
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What a Baptist Pastor Learned from a Catholic Priest
What a Baptist Pastor Learned from a Catholic Priest
When I hear someone decry Catholicism, I point to Father John Kieran as a model for Catholic integrity, vibrant missions and ecumenical ministry. Here is what he taught me.
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Why You May Not Be a Baptist and Not Know It
Why You May Not Be a Baptist and Not Know It
Some value a confessional statement over the Spirit-revealed truth of Scripture, even when those statements are contrary to historic Baptist principles. In their eyes, you may not be a Baptist.
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Baptists, Muslims Seek Common Ground, Peace
Baptists, Muslims Seek Common Ground, Peace
By: Molly Marshall
A growing suspicion of Muslims has become part of our national discourse,
but a gathering of Muslim and Baptist leaders met to seek common
ground and mutual peace. 
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Women in Ministry Must Pave Way for Next Generation
Women in Ministry Must Pave Way for Next Generation
Women serving in the ministry know some ceilings won't be broken in their lifetimes. Yet they can join together and beat upon the glass ceiling to make a million cracks.
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Mumford Musician Wary of Christian Baggage
Mumford Musician Wary of Christian Baggage
Mumford and Sons' front man drew fire from evangelicals for telling Rolling Stone that the word "Christian" carries too much baggage. His hesitation is understandable.
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Middle East Conference to Address Human Rights
Middle East Conference to Address Human Rights
This June's Middle East Conference in Lebanon will tackle religious freedom, freedom of speech and human trafficking. The lineup includes Christian and Muslim speakers.
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Goodwill Baptists Applaud Election of Pope Francis
Goodwill Baptists Applaud Election of Pope Francis
Despite thundering silence from SBC leadership and one seminary president quick to criticize, Baptists would do well to applaud the election of Pope Francis.
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SBC's Evangelistic Claims for Iraq War Fell Apart
SBC's Evangelistic Claims for Iraq War Fell Apart
Southern Baptist leaders who promoted the Iraq War thought it would open heavenly doors. Ten years later, those efforts never materialized, and Iraqi Christians have suffered.
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Will Baptists Become Advocates for Climate Change?
Will Baptists Become Advocates for Climate Change?

With a few exceptions, churches and denominations have been silent about climate change. Since the issue isn't going away, what will it take to move them to action?

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Baptist of the Year: Glen Stassen
Baptist of the Year: Glen Stassen

Glen Stassen, who has maintained a remarkable concentration on peacemaking for more than 35 years, is EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2012.

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Baptist Chaplain Supports Prisons Week on British TV
Baptist Chaplain Supports Prisons Week on British TV
As many churches in Britain participated in Prisons Week, a Baptist minister appeared on a long-running religious program on British TV as it focused on prison ministry.
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British Baptists Welcome New Archbishop of Canterbury
British Baptists Welcome New Archbishop of Canterbury
British Baptists are welcoming the selection of Justin Welby as the next Archbishop of Canterbury, citing his wisdom, mediation skills and commitment to mission.
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Baptists Help Syrians Displaced by Civil War
Baptists Help Syrians Displaced by Civil War
Baptists around the world are being encouraged to make donations to the Baptist World Alliance to help Syrians displaced by the Middle Eastern nation's civil war.
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Seven Things I've Learned about Faith in the Public Square
Seven Things I've Learned about Faith in the Public Square
There's a lot one can learn after heading up the Baptist Center for Ethics for 21 years and EthicsDaily.com for a dozen. Here's a short list of seven lessons.
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Norway Marks First Anniversary of Massacre
Norway Marks First Anniversary of Massacre
Sunday marks the first anniversary of the massacre of 77 people in Norway. The tragedy is "second only to World War II" in terms of national grief, a Baptist minister there says.
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Christians Face Mounting Pressure in the Middle East
Christians Face Mounting Pressure in the Middle East
With numerous hot spots in the Middle East, Baptists should continue to pray for the region, according to an official with the Baptist World Alliance and the European Baptist Federation.
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Baptists Will Address Environment, Religious Freedom, Technology in Chile
Baptists Will Address Environment, Religious Freedom, Technology in Chile
Baptist-Muslim relationships. Sustainable development. Religious freedom. All are on the agenda when global Baptists meet for the Baptist World Alliance gathering in Chile.
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Film Celebrates 400 Years of Baptists in Britain
Film Celebrates 400 Years of Baptists in Britain
A 15-minute YouTube film celebrates 400 years of Baptists in the United Kingdom, weaving together Baptist history with interviews on topics from women's ministry to worship.
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Legacy Continues of Baptist Who Helped End Slave Trade
Legacy Continues of Baptist Who Helped End Slave Trade
A Jamaican Baptist who spoke out against the injustice of slavery will have his legacy extended in a project that will deepen the understanding of black and ethnic minority Baptist Christians.
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Coincidence or Providence on Way to New Baptist Covenant III Meeting?
Coincidence or Providence on Way to New Baptist Covenant III Meeting?

The hand of God is a mysterious reality. Whether you tilt toward coincidence or providence probably depends on your presupposition about the divine.

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EBF Leaders Call for Solidarity with Christians in Middle East
EBF Leaders Call for Solidarity with Christians in Middle East
In the wake of the Arab Spring, European Baptist Federation leaders said Baptist churches in the Middle East face great uncertainty, but there were open doors to spread the Christian message.
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Hear a Word about Baptist Day at the White House
Hear a Word about Baptist Day at the White House
The opportunity for 60 Baptist leaders to dialogue with White House officials fostered a network of goodwill Baptists who are concerned about social justice.
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When Faith, Government Intersect for Common Good
When Faith, Government Intersect for Common Good
Our Constitution certainly mandates a separation of church and state – even if it doesn't use that language. However, no mandate separates faith from public life.
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Goodwill Baptists to Meet, Discuss Issues with White House
Goodwill Baptists to Meet, Discuss Issues with White House

Roughly 60 Baptists from across the country will meet with White House officials in the nation's capital on March 7 for a candid discussion of faith and social issues.

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Southern Baptists Mull Whether ‘Southern’ Still Fits
FAIRHOPE, Ala. (RNS) For the Rev. Jerry Henry, pastor of First Baptist Church of Fairhope, being Southern Baptist is a defining aspect of life.
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No Pews, No Suits, No Problem
(RNS) Ron Williams is the pastor of Church at the GYM in Sanford, Fla. As the Baptist church's name implies, Williams' congregation meets, well, in a gym.
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British Mural Gives Modern Twist to Prodigal Son
British Mural Gives Modern Twist to Prodigal Son
Featuring a variety of everyday people, a mural commissioned by a British Baptist church communicates a contemporary interpretation of the story of the Prodigal Son.
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Baptist of the Year: Wayne Flynt
Baptist of the Year: Wayne Flynt

Known as "the conscience of Alabama," Wayne Flynt has spoken with moral clarity and prophetic passion for decades. He's EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2011.

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Pastor: God Awakened Church – To Plant Trees
Pastor: God Awakened Church – To Plant Trees
Deforestation has a big environmental and economic impact. Doing its part to sow seeds of justice and hope, one church has planted nearly 100,000 trees in two years.
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Baptist Church in Gaza Under Pressure to Close
Baptist Church in Gaza Under Pressure to Close
The only evangelical church in one of the most fiercely Muslim areas of the world is under severe pressure and may close its doors without support from Western Christians, the founder of Open Doors said.
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Bill of Rights: Protecting Minorities from Majority Abuse
Bill of Rights: Protecting Minorities from Majority Abuse
Baptists in the late 1700s supported the Bill of Rights, which were intended to protect the minority from the majority. Sadly, some Baptists have abandoned this noble heritage.
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Shifting Gears Toward the Third Decade; Seeking Reader Support
Shifting Gears Toward the Third Decade; Seeking Reader Support

After 20 years of service, we know the Baptist Center for Ethics didn't get to where we are without a lot of goodwill Baptists trusting our direction and underwriting our mission.

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Baptist Journal Releases Volume on Racism
Baptist Journal Releases Volume on Racism
A Baptist theological journal examines the issue of racism among Baptists but with a twist, showing examples of racial and cultural progress that can serve as role models for others.
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Baptist Prophet Squares Off Against Baptist Governor in Alabama
Baptist Prophet Squares Off Against Baptist Governor in Alabama
On an NBC news program, Baptist prophet Wayne Flynt said Alabama's anti-immigration law was racist while the state's Baptist governor, who signed the law, denies he's a racist.
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Baptist Center to Be Built in Iraq
Baptist Center to Be Built in Iraq
A multipurpose Baptist center will be built in northern Iraq and will include a church, seminary, school and medical clinic. The clinic for women and children will be completed in 2012.
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What's a Baptist? Anything and Everything
What's a Baptist? Anything and Everything
Baptists took form seeking to reform the church in models of simplicity, but are so complex today that many observers despair of finding a model term for them.
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New Baptist Covenant Uses Technology to Connect Cross-Country Gatherings
New Baptist Covenant Uses Technology to Connect Cross-Country Gatherings
Connected by seven satellite feeds across the nation, potentially thousands of goodwill Baptists will come together in unity at next month's New Baptist Covenant.
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Christian Women Take on Leadership in Arab World
Christian Women Take on Leadership in Arab World
Times are changing in the Arab world as more Christian women assume positions of leadership. But, as two women point out, more women need the courage to step out of their comfort zones.
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Lebanese Baptists Aid Syrian Refugees
Lebanese Baptists Aid Syrian Refugees

A Baptist church in Lebanon is supporting hundreds of families, mostly women and children, who have fled Syria following the nation's harsh crackdown on demonstrators calling for freedom and democracy.

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Black Baptists Decry Disrespect Directed at Obama
WASHINGTON (RNS) A black denomination that began in support of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has decried the “disrespect” shown to President Obama.
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Head of Southern Christian Leadership Conference Dies
(RNS) The Rev. Howard Creecy Jr., chosen early this year as the new president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, died at the age of 57.
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Exactly Which God Does Alabama’s Governor Serve?
Exactly Which God Does Alabama’s Governor Serve?
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, a leader at his Baptist church, signed one of the nation’s harshest anti-immigration law. With the Bible’s call to protect the stranger, one might wonder what god the governor serves.
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Conservative Christian Group Plots Political Revival
Conservative Christian Group Plots Political Revival
Plotting their strategy to defeat President Obama, about 80 pastors and other conservative Christian leaders held a closed-door meeting this week to discuss the need for spiritual and political change in the nation.
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British Baptists Urged to Make Starting Churches a Priority
British Baptists Urged to Make Starting Churches a Priority
Baptist churches in Britain need to be more creative in efforts to start new churches, says a church-planting consultant, or they will face a decline in membership within a decade.
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Spanish Quake's Damage Includes Baptist Churches
Spanish Quake's Damage Includes Baptist Churches
An earthquake that killed nine people and left thousands sleeping in emergency tents in southeastern Spain also damaged Baptist churches and left many of its members homeless.
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Israeli Baptists Celebrate 100 Years in Region
Israeli Baptists Celebrate 100 Years in Region
Israeli Baptists celebrated their 100-year anniversary in the Middle East, which began with the return on Shukri Musa to his homeland from Illinois, where he was baptized and commissioned as a pastor.
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Mormons, Baptists Assist in Tornado Clean-up
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Mormon missionaries are often unwelcome guests when they knock at local front doors wearing white dress shirts and holding a Book of Mormon.
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Climate Change: How Evangelical and Catholic Leaders Differ
Climate Change: How Evangelical and Catholic Leaders Differ
More than two-thirds of evangelical pastors doubt global warming is real and manmade while Catholic leaders issued a call to action to address the problem. Why are evangelical leaders in denial?
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Russian, Greek Orthodox Leery of ID Cards
MOSCOW (RNS/ENInews) Russian and Greek Orthodox leaders are objecting to plans in both countries to introduce electronic identity cards.
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British Baptists Gather for Annual Assembly
British Baptists Gather for Annual Assembly
British Baptists met for their annual assembly, kicking off a weekend of thoughtful sermons and prayers for mission personnel. They also commissioned the army's chaplain-general, the first Baptist to hold the post.
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Baptist Leaders Reflect Morally on Killing of Osama bin Laden
Baptist Leaders Reflect Morally on Killing of Osama bin Laden
As patriotic triumphalism swept the country, ordinary Americans shot off fireworks, political leaders issued victory statements and newspaper headlines announced pride in national success. (White House photo by Pete Souza)
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Shiloh Baptist Church Gets Threats After Fox News Stories
Shiloh Baptist Church Gets Threats After Fox News Stories
Since President Obama and his family visited a Baptist church on Easter and Fox News later aired a tape of the church's pastor, the church has received more than 100 threatening e-mails, faxes and phone calls.
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Russian Jehovah’s Witness Cleared on Extremism Charges
MOSCOW (RNS/ENInews) A Jehovah’s Witness on trial in Siberia was found innocent of charges of inciting religious hatred and enmity.
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Southern Baptist State Lawmakers on
Southern Baptist State Lawmakers on "Dirty Dozen" List for Extremist Views
Of the dozen state lawmakers identified in a Southern Poverty Law Center report for their radical-right beliefs on immigration, conspiratorial attitudes and involvement with hate groups, four were Southern Baptists.
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Breaking the Pattern of Demonization and Rebuttal
Breaking the Pattern of Demonization and Rebuttal
U.S. Rep. Peter King's hearings on the "radicalization of American Muslims" are only the latest Christian-Muslim flare-ups. To break this pattern of demonization, goodwill faith leaders must choose to be proactive.
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British Baptist Team Helped Feed Libyan Refugees
British Baptist Team Helped Feed Libyan Refugees
Members of a British Baptist church faced 10-hour days in primitive conditions as they helped cook for tens of thousands of refugees, who have been pouring across Libya's border to escape the fighting.
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Baptists Respond to Japanese Disaster, Met Needs after Four Other Quakes
Baptists Respond to Japanese Disaster, Met Needs after Four Other Quakes
Global Baptists have provided financial aid and are assisting with relief and rescue efforts after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami. They have responded to earthquakes in four other nations over the last 14 months.
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London Baptists Fund Olympics Position
London Baptists Fund Olympics Position
In the months leading up to next year's Olympics in London, Baptist churches will have help finding ways to engage in ministry during the games thanks to a new position funded by London Baptists.
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Cuban Pastor Resigns Under Government Pressure
Cuban Pastor Resigns Under Government Pressure
A Baptist pastor in Cuba said he is stepping down from his church position because of prolonged government pressure and threats made against the church. Other Baptist pastors face similar situations, he warned.
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British Baptists Have Greatest Share of Websites
British Baptists Have Greatest Share of Websites
The number of churches in Great Britain with websites has increased markedly in the last two years; Baptists have the highest percentage among the main United Kingdom denominations.
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Russian Patriarch Denounces Moscow Airport Bombing
MOSCOW (RNS/ENInews) The head of the Russian Orthodox Church denounced a terrorist attack at Moscow’s busiest airport.
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Pastor Who Prayed for Obama’s Death Turns to Westboro Baptist Church
(RNS) A Southern Baptist pastor who called for prayers for the death of Obama is now planning prayers against Westboro Baptist Church.
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Attending A Baptism
“Baptist” is not necessarily a name our spiritual forefathers chose for themselves. It was given to them by those who observed their behavior, didn’t like it very much, and chose the name as a form of ridicule.
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Baptist of the Year: Babs Baugh
Baptist of the Year: Babs Baugh

Babs Baugh makes things happen. She acutely senses where goodwill Baptists are and recognizes the need for us to get our act together. She's EthicsDaily.com's pick for Baptist of the Year.

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American Baptist Delegation Visits Middle East
American Baptist Delegation Visits Middle East
A delegation of American Baptist leaders spent almost two weeks in the Middle East, engaging in interfaith dialogue with Muslims and encouraging Arab Christians.
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Fragmentary Notes from a Mission Trip to Tanzania
Fragmentary Notes from a Mission Trip to Tanzania
Following a Muslim-Baptist mission trip to Tanzania, it appears Tanzanians share common religious ground in a way superior to U.S. Christians who are struggling to interface with U.S. Muslims.
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HISNets Gives Its 100,000th Mosquito Net to Muslim Mother in Tanzania
HISNets Gives Its 100,000th Mosquito Net to Muslim Mother in Tanzania
During a Muslim-Baptist mission trip to provide mosquito-repellent nets in one of the world's poorer nations, a young Muslim mother received the 100,000th net distributed by a Baptist-led organization.
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Muslims and Baptists Join Hands in Mosquito Net Distribution in Tanzania
Muslims and Baptists Join Hands in Mosquito Net Distribution in Tanzania
Two Baptists and a Muslim left behind Oklahoma's infectious fear of Islam to combat the infectious disease of malaria in Tanzania, demonstrating that different faiths can work together to meet human needs.
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N.J. Group Helps Russian Jews Reaffirm Faith
(RNS) Veronika and Oleg Bilerman exchanged wedding vows a quarter of a century ago. Their Jewish faith was never acknowledged.
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Documentary Screening Draws Crowd in Memphis, Creates Good Will
Documentary Screening Draws Crowd in Memphis, Creates Good Will
Taking a "step toward peace," some 300 people, including about one third of them coming from Memphis' Muslim community, attended a screening of "Different Books, Common Word" at First Baptist of Memphis.
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FBC Memphis Invites City to Screening of Baptist-Muslim Documentary
FBC Memphis Invites City to Screening of Baptist-Muslim Documentary
First Baptist Church of Memphis is breaking new cultural ground with its sponsorship of a citywide screening of EthicsDaily.com's documentary about how U.S. Baptists and Muslims are engaged in interfaith dialogue and action.
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Russia’s Prisons Look to Faiths to Bring Moral Guidance
MOSCOW (RNS/ENInews) Russian prisons are turning to religion to bring moral guidance to inmates.
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EthicsDaily.com Documentary at Memphis Church, Festival
EthicsDaily.com Documentary at Memphis Church, Festival
A documentary about Baptist-Muslim relationships will take a higher profile in the coming weeks, first at First Baptist Church of Memphis then at the International Black Film Festival of Nashville.
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Patriarch unveils Kremlin icon hidden after Russian Revolution
MOSCOW (RNS/ENInews) A fresco of Christ on the Kremlin Wall in Moscow plastered over after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution has been rediscovered.
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The Note Read,
The Note Read, "BHO is a Marxist"
Many Baptists have watered down Jesus, severing his agenda for social justice from Christian faith. How do we counteract the ideological gloss on the biblical witness used to justify a laissez-faire economic system?
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Russians Pray for Rain as Churches Collect Aid
MOSCOW (RNS/ENInews) The Russian Orthodox Church is praying for relief from the heat and drought that has gripped Russia.
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Thirty Years of Baptist Religious-Political Attacks
Thirty Years of Baptist Religious-Political Attacks
Thirty years ago, Baliey Smith, then Southern Baptist Convention president, stood in the Oval Office and attacked Jimmy Carter's religious beliefs because of political differences. Today, Baptists continue to follow that model.
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County Pays Price for Ten Commandments Monument
County Pays Price for Ten Commandments Monument
Oklahoma's Haskell County erected a monument in 2004 on their courthouse lawn that included the Ten Commandments. That misguided decision will cost the county's taxpayers $199,000 plus interest.
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Ten Suggestions to Guide Baptists in Their Future
Ten Suggestions to Guide Baptists in Their Future
While Baptists have a rich 400-year history, it's important to reflect on our future – as individuals and as communities. To paraphrase Yogi Berra, if we don't know where we're going, we might not get there.
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BWA Leaders Lament Christian Vilification of Muslims, Offer Constructive Way Forward
BWA Leaders Lament Christian Vilification of Muslims, Offer Constructive Way Forward
Sharing their concerns about the vilification of Muslims by Christians, two Baptists mapped out ways for constructive engagement between the world's two largest faith groups during a Baptist World Alliance focus group.
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 Interview (Part 1): David Coffey on His Five-Year Term as BWA President
Interview (Part 1): David Coffey on His Five-Year Term as BWA President
David Coffey showed courage and demonstrated wisdom during his presidential tenure of the Baptist World Alliance. As his term draws to a close, he reflected on his service in an EthicsDaily.com interview.
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Young Ministers Speak to the Baptist Future
Young Ministers Speak to the Baptist Future
What do the younger generation of Baptists think about where we are headed? While no Baptist speaks for another, these voices of influence will be among those who will one day define what it means to be Baptist.
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BWA Meets, Seasoned Leaders Speak to 21st Century Future of Baptists
BWA Meets, Seasoned Leaders Speak to 21st Century Future of Baptists
With Baptists celebrating 400 years of history and with global Baptists meeting for the BWA Congress, several seasoned Baptists share their views on the direction Baptists should take in their future.
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Last Call: British Baptist Holds Funeral in Pub
Last Call: British Baptist Holds Funeral in Pub
With the church under a major renovation, a British Baptist minister decided to hold a funeral in a local pub. More than 200 people crammed into the pub and listened intently to the Gospel.
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Goodwill Baptists Can Hang Together or Separately
Goodwill Baptists Can Hang Together or Separately
Some 300 people attended the Baptist Center for Ethics luncheon in Charlotte, N.C., the latest indicator that BCE's record of being on the cutting edge of moral engagement is on a successful track.
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Making Big Strides in Baptist-Muslim Relationships
Making Big Strides in Baptist-Muslim Relationships
During an EthicsDaily.com luncheon, two North Carolina pastors shared stories about how their congregations took some small steps that turned into significant strides in Baptist-Muslim relationships.
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British Baptists Receive Honor from Queen
British Baptists Receive Honor from Queen
Baptists in Great Britain were among those honored recently in the Queen's Birthday Honors list. They include a former president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain as well as a teacher retiring after 29 years of service.
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Building Bridges to Strengthen Christian-Muslim Relations
Building Bridges to Strengthen Christian-Muslim Relations
At EthicsDaily.com's luncheon during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Assembly, three individuals described how they built relational bridges over the cultural minefield of Christian-Muslim tensions.
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Baptists Offer Moral Critique of Israel's Deadly Attack on Freedom Flotilla
Baptists Offer Moral Critique of Israel's Deadly Attack on Freedom Flotilla
The Israeli commando attack on a pro-Palestinian flotilla 80 miles from Israel's coast that resulted in at least nine civilian deaths and 30 wounded has drawn a moral critique from global Baptists.
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Baptist Historians Stick Their Necks Out for the Common Good
Baptist Historians Stick Their Necks Out for the Common Good
Good Baptist historians stick their necks out for the common good and offer a relevant moral witness when it counts. They're more interested in strengthening the prophetic voice than offering soothing sermons.
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CBF's Future: Walls Or Windmills
CBF's Future: Walls Or Windmills
The greatest challenge facing goodwill Baptists is to move decisively away from the tradition, temptation and timidity of wall-building. It's time to build windmills.
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Denzel Washington Talks a Second Time about EthicsDaily.com's TV Documentary
Denzel Washington Talks a Second Time about EthicsDaily.com's TV Documentary
Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington, seen here in The Book of Eli, has spoken publicly again about EthicsDaily.com's "Different Books, Common Word." (Photo: Warner Bros.)
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Catholics and Baptists Have Different Sacraments but Similar Child Abuse Scandals
Catholics and Baptists Have Different Sacraments but Similar Child Abuse Scandals
Conservative columnist Cal Thomas wrote that the sexual scandals in Catholicism and Protestantism were different, but Catholic and Baptist leaders have more similarities than differences on the child-abuse front.
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Save Green, Go Green at June Luncheon in Charlotte
Save Green, Go Green at June Luncheon in Charlotte
Our annual luncheon during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's annual gathering will give you the chance to "Save Green, Go Green." Order your tickets today to this limited-seating event.
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Quakers Maintain Presence in Russia
Quakers Maintain Presence in Russia
Among the earliest to champion individual rights and civil society, Quakers have a long history of involvement in Russia. While their numbers are few, they're still active in Russia today.
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Going It Alone? Why We Need Community
Going It Alone? Why We Need Community
Baptists have too often emphasized individualism – an it's-me-and-Jesus attitude – over community. But there are good reasons to be connected to others as part of our Christian life. Here are five of them.
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Baylor Regents, Others Devalue Authentic Churchmanship with Words about Ken Starr
Baylor Regents, Others Devalue Authentic Churchmanship with Words about Ken Starr
With their introduction of Ken Starr as Baylor University's next president, the school's regents and advisory committee members cheapened Baptist church membership.
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Baptist-Muslim Panelists Stress Interfaith Action at Documentary Screening in Houston
Baptist-Muslim Panelists Stress Interfaith Action at Documentary Screening in Houston
"Different Books, Common Word" can be an important vehicle for social change on the local level where Islamic centers and Baptist congregations can get together to screen the documentary and discuss it.
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Quiet Revolution Begins in Our Hearts
Quiet Revolution Begins in Our Hearts
No matter how much those in authority try to hold on to the status quo, people are changed by what they ponder in their hearts and know in their brains. Just ask Russian fans of The Beatles.
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Needs Throughout Haiti Remain Critical
Needs Throughout Haiti Remain Critical
While most of the attention of the earthquake in Haiti has focused on Port-au-Prince, many throughout the country are suffering. One church network has been providing assistance to help with the ongoing crisis.
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500 Dead After Religious Violence in Nigeria
500 Dead After Religious Violence in Nigeria
Nigerian Baptists have asked for prayer following violence between Christians and Muslims that has left an estimated 500 people dead and displaced around 18,000 others.
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Baptist Church Damaged in Iraq Explosion
Baptist Church Damaged in Iraq Explosion
First Baptist Church of Baghdad suffered serious damage when a bomb exploded only a third-mile away from the building. The adults and children inside the building were not physically harmed.
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NBC-TV Station Looks at EthicsDaily.com Documentary Airing on ABC-TV Stations
NBC-TV Station Looks at EthicsDaily.com Documentary Airing on ABC-TV Stations
EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Different Books, Common Word," airing on ABC-TV stations across the country, is generating positive dialogue about the relationship between goodwill Baptists and Muslims.
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Denzel Washington Talks about EthicsDaily.com Documentary on BET
Denzel Washington Talks about EthicsDaily.com Documentary on BET
Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington called EthicsDaily.com’s hour-long documentary "an interesting show” on Thursday.
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EthicsDaily Documentary Airs This Weekend on ABC-TV Stations in Chicago, Richmond, Kansas City, Waco
EthicsDaily Documentary Airs This Weekend on ABC-TV Stations in Chicago, Richmond, Kansas City, Waco
EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims," continues to air on ABC-TV stations to glowing reviews. And it's not too late to ask your local station to air it.
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Right-Wing Columnist Criticizes EthicsDaily.com Documentary Without Viewing It
Right-Wing Columnist Criticizes EthicsDaily.com Documentary Without Viewing It
The founder of WorldNetDaily misled his readers about "Different Books, Common Word," EthicsDaily.com's documentary about Baptist-Muslim relationships. But facts bear little value for ideologues.
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Documentary Airs on ABC-TV Stations with Glowing Reviews, Airs Again Sunday
Documentary Airs on ABC-TV Stations with Glowing Reviews, Airs Again Sunday
The first of many broadcasts of EthicsDaily.com's "Different Books, Common Word" aired Sunday. The response has been exceedingly positive to the documentary on Baptist-Muslim relationships.
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Sadly, Many Surprised by Baptist-Muslim Relationships
Sadly, Many Surprised by Baptist-Muslim Relationships
During filming of "Different Books, Common Word," many couldn't believe Baptists and Muslims could have any sort of relationship. Their disbelief didn't grow in a vacuum. It was cultivated by extremism of word and deed.
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What Is the Most Important Religion Story for 2009?
What Is the Most Important Religion Story for 2009?
The Baptist-Muslim engagement was the most unanticipated and underreported religion story of 2009. And EthicsDaily.com's new documentary examines five stories that will shed light on that relationship.
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Baptist College: Faculty Must Affirm Faith Statement
Baptist College: Faculty Must Affirm Faith Statement
A small Baptist college in Georgia will require faculty to express public allegiance to the Southern Baptist doctrinal statement, reinforcing how Southern Baptist education has changed to be more about isolation and indoctrination.
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Ignoring Critics, Some Baptists and Muslims Cooperate
Ignoring Critics, Some Baptists and Muslims Cooperate
Some Christians want us to distance ourselves from Muslims, falsely claiming the actions of extremists define Islam. Yet these same critics consider Christian extremists to be the exceptions of their own faith.
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Baptist of the Year: Emmanuel McCall
Baptist of the Year: Emmanuel McCall
With gritty determination and undeniable dignity, Emmanuel McCall has worked constructively in the white Baptist power structure to advance racial reconciliation. He's EthicsDaily.com's Baptist of the Year for 2009.
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EthicsDaily.com's Baptist-Muslim Documentary to Air on ABC Stations
EthicsDaily.com's Baptist-Muslim Documentary to Air on ABC Stations
EthicsDaily.com's new documentary, "Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims," has been picked up by more than 60 ABC stations across the country for broadcast beginning in January. And more will follow.
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Will Baptists Decry Hatred Against Muslims?
Will Baptists Decry Hatred Against Muslims?
The first of three men who firebombed a Tennessee mosque received a 14-year prison sentence in November. Are we willing to take a stand, in words and actions, against such hatred and ignorance?
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Baptist Church Maintains Interfaith Ties with School
Baptist Church Maintains Interfaith Ties with School
A Baptist church in England has exemplified interfaith work in its eight-year partnership with a multifaith school. Most of the independent school's 200 boys are from Muslim, Hindu and Sikh families.
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Muslim Leaders Can Help Goodwill Baptists Think about Interfaith Dialogue
Muslim Leaders Can Help Goodwill Baptists Think about Interfaith Dialogue
Interfaith dialogue is difficult for many Baptists, but dismissing or avoiding it is not an option in the 21st century. Two Muslim leaders offer insights that can engage goodwill Baptists.
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Baptists Model Better Alternative to Allure of Gambling
Baptists Model Better Alternative to Allure of Gambling
With a huge lottery jackpot of more than $151 million awaiting two winners, it's a reminder why many Baptists do not participate in this or other forms of gambling. We bear witness to a better way.
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Uzbekistan Court Convicts Three Baptist Union Leaders
Uzbekistan Court Convicts Three Baptist Union Leaders
Three leaders of a Baptist organization in Uzbekistan, including its president, were convicted and fined for evading taxes and involving children in religious activity without their parents' consent.
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What Baptists Believe
So the next time you’re at a party and you’re asked what Baptists believe, don’t be calling me on your cell phone for a review!  Just remember the four fragile freedoms—Bible freedom, Soul freedom, Church freedom, and Religious freedom—and you’ll be fine.
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What's the Big Deal about Being Baptist?
No, Baptists aren’t the only freedom-loving people in the world.  But thanks to their efforts, millions of people here and abroad enjoy freedom of conscience when it comes to religion.  No elected official, no ordained minister controls what we believe, or what we do about church, if anything.  And that, my friends, is a very big deal!
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Baptists and Muslims Work Together for Health-Care Reform
Baptists and Muslims Work Together for Health-Care Reform
The possibility of advancing the common good, such as health-care reform, improves when goodwill Muslims and Baptists work together. A recent press conference illustrates this point.
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EthicsDaily.com Produces TV Documentary
EthicsDaily.com Produces TV Documentary
EthicsDaily.com has produced an hour-long documentary on Baptist-Muslim relations that will begin airing on ABC-TV stations in January 2010.
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"Different Books, Common Word"

The Web site for EthicsDaily.com's hour-long documentary "Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims."

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 Invention of Lying? SBC Head's Nazi Analogy Offensive
Invention of Lying? SBC Head's Nazi Analogy Offensive
A Southern Baptist leader evoked images of Hitler and the Holocaust to thwart health-care reform. It is a brutal insult both to the victims and survivors of that Holocaust. His handlers should silence him.
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CBS Reporter Gives a Christian Witness
CBS Reporter Gives a Christian Witness
A common prejudice among many people of faith is that the national media is hostile or indifferent toward faith. Perhaps that bias will change when they hear CBS correspondent Byron Pitts.
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Baptists Respond to Asia and Pacific Disasters
Baptists Respond to Asia and Pacific Disasters
Washington, DC (BWA) --Baptist World Aid (BWAid), the relief and development arm of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA), is coordinating relief efforts to the Philippines and Indonesia after these countries were badly affected by a typhoon and earthquakes, respectively.
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Calvin at 500
And if you are not already thoroughly confused, followers of Dutch theologian Joseph Arminius muddy the water still more. Arminians whole-heartedly agree with Calvin that we are incapable of saving ourselves. We don’t choose God. God chooses us. However, say Arminians, for God’s choice to finally make a difference, we must respond to God’s grace. In other words, God makes the first move (prevenient grace) but he can’t save us by himself.   At some point, we have to cooperate (cooperative grace) with God by accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. Even though God chooses us to be his own, we have the freedom to resist his grace and say, “No. I’d rather be in Hell.”
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Four Years Later, Katrina Assistance Still Needed
Four Years Later, Katrina Assistance Still Needed
It's been four years since Hurricane Katrina took its toll on Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states. The Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention is working to help people rebuild.
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Former Baptist Pastor Goes to Trial Charged with Genocide in Rwanda
Former Baptist Pastor Goes to Trial Charged with Genocide in Rwanda
A former Baptist pastor goes on trial for allegedly organizing the murder of 5,000 Rwandans in the 1994 rampage of Hutu-led genocide. Sadly, most Baptists said little during that time.
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Class Act: CBF, Church Provide School Supplies
Class Act: CBF, Church Provide School Supplies
For the fourth consecutive year, Second Baptist Church of Little Rock, Ark., partnered with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship to ensure more than 300 students received much-needed school supplies.
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Can Baptists Learn to Perpetually Adore Jesus?
Can Baptists Learn to Perpetually Adore Jesus?
While Baptists don't hold to the idea that the bread in the Eucharist transforms into Christ, we might be a little envious of the revival of the practice of perpetual adoration.
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Baptists' Rallying Cry: Let Freedom Ring for All
Baptists' Rallying Cry: Let Freedom Ring for All
If individuals and groups truly have freedom, the public square will become a battle ground of conflicting views. Christians need to learn to live with being in a land of many voices.
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Global Baptists Hear Reports of Religious Discrimination, Interfaith Engagement
Global Baptists Hear Reports of Religious Discrimination, Interfaith Engagement
Baptists still face state-sponsored religious discrimination. Serbian Baptists, for example, are granted "considerably less rights than the privileged religious community," one pastor said.
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Attend Immigration Luncheon at New Baptist Covenant Meeting
Attend Immigration Luncheon at New Baptist Covenant Meeting
Immigration may not be in the headlines, but it is at the doorstep of the local church. The biblical witness' unavoidable imperative to care for the stranger makes it a top priority.
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Saving the Environment – A Resolution at a Time
Saving the Environment – A Resolution at a Time
If Baptists desire to speak with credibility on environmental stewardship, they must move beyond passing resolutions and pursue concrete actions.
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Baptists and Muslims: Being Good Neighbors
Baptists and Muslims: Being Good Neighbors

Fomenting fear of Muslims by making stereotypical observations and false accusations will not encourage peace. We need to build bridges, not walls.

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Speak Anyway
This time, they did. But God does not guarantee Ezekiel or Frank or anyone else that people will listen. That’s not our worry. God says, speak anyway. 
So, a little humility, weak and wobbly ones of God. It’s not all up to you. Speak anyway. Whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house), they shall know that there has been a prophet among them.
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Upcoming Oklahoma Gathering Models Baptist Inclusiveness
Upcoming Oklahoma Gathering Models Baptist Inclusiveness
Building Bridges, the New Baptist Covenant gathering in Oklahoma, is a must-attend event for goodwill Baptists, transcending racial, ethnic, theological, political and cultural boundaries.
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Warren Addresses American Muslims; American Muslim Speaks to ABC-USA
Warren Addresses American Muslims; American Muslim Speaks to ABC-USA
Distance is shrinking between Baptist and Muslim leaders in America — faster than rank-and-file members realize.
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BWA Gathering to Deliberate on Baptists' 400th Anniversary
BWA Gathering to Deliberate on Baptists' 400th Anniversary
When member of the Baptist World Alliance come together in the Netherlands in late July, the 400th anniversary of the founding of the first Baptist church will take center stage.
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South Carolina Minister Nominated to Serve as CBF Moderator-Elect
South Carolina Minister Nominated to Serve as CBF Moderator-Elect
Christy McMillin-Goodwin, associate minister for education and missions at Oakland Baptist Church in Rock Hill, S.C., has been nominated as moderator-elect for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
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Obama's Visit to Muslim Countries Sows Seeds for Peace
Obama's Visit to Muslim Countries Sows Seeds for Peace
President Obama's trip to predominantly Muslim nations in the Middle East holds historic promise. Every Christian can only pray that Obama's trip sows seeds that will bear fruit of a hundred-fold for peace.
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 Would a Baptist Church by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?
Would a Baptist Church by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?
Some churches have removed Baptist from their names, but others seek to reclaim the meaning of the name. Many principles of historical Baptist theology and polity offer a solid basis for citizenship in a free and diverse society.
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Baptist Leaders Endorse 'American Clean Energy and Security Act'
Baptist Leaders Endorse 'American Clean Energy and Security Act'
More than 140 Baptist leaders from across the country signed a Baptist Center for Ethics letter to lawmakers endorsing the "American Clean Energy and Security Act."
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SBC Program Is Virtually All White, All Male; ABC Program Is Multi-Cultural
SBC Program Is Virtually All White, All Male; ABC Program Is Multi-Cultural
If the Southern Baptist Convention believes that actions speak louder than words, then its action of having a program of virtually all whites and all males places a big question mark over the convention's 2009 meeting logo.
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Survey: U.K. Christians Optimistic About Their Churches' Growth
Survey: U.K. Christians Optimistic About Their Churches' Growth
The majority of Christians in the United Kingdom think attendance in their own churches will increase over the next 20 years, a survey revealed. They're less optimistic about growth of other churches in the U.K.
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Church's 'Beneath the Skin' Sessions Spark Candid Dialogue
Church's 'Beneath the Skin' Sessions Spark Candid Dialogue
When Churchland Baptist Church in Virginia used the "Beneath the Skin" DVD and study guide for a recent group session, it encouraged open and honest discussion that will hopefully trickle into further conversations in other settings.
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Will Baptists Answer the Call to Long-Term Mission Service?
Will Baptists Answer the Call to Long-Term Mission Service?
Few are answering the call to a vocation of full-time mission service overseas, a mission worker told Baptists at the annual Baptist Assembly in Great Britain. With the needs so great, why are the laborers so scarce?
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Disclaiming Gore Is Weak-Kneed Start to Baptist Creation Care Conference
Disclaiming Gore Is Weak-Kneed Start to Baptist Creation Care Conference
Some current Baptists are making the same mistake with the environment that their spiritual ancestors did with race relations.
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Teen to British Baptists: Oppose Discrimination against Young
Teen to British Baptists: Oppose Discrimination against Young
After a passionate speech from an 18-year-old, British Baptists passed a resolution condemning the use of 'mosquito' alarms, which emit a high-pitched sound that's intolerable to many young adults, to force them away from businesses.
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New Baptist President Issues Challenge to Expect Revival
New Baptist President Issues Challenge to Expect Revival
The new president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, Kingsley Appiagyei, challenged Baptists "to expect great things from God, and also to attempt great things for God," at the Baptist Assembly's opening celebration.
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Baptists Seek Safety from Flu Virus, Remain Silent About Hate-Speech Virus
Baptists Seek Safety from Flu Virus, Remain Silent About Hate-Speech Virus
We are witnessing a pandemic in conservative America of hate-speech against Mexicans.
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Missouri Baptist Board OKs Mission Funds for Lawsuits
Missouri Baptist Board OKs Mission Funds for Lawsuits
Despite the Missouri Baptist Convention executive director's assertion that money given by churches to sustain ministries and missions efforts has not been tapped to fund lawsuits, the convention's executive committee is proposing exactly that.
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BWA Donates Funds to Drug Rehabilitation Clinic in Peru
BWA Donates Funds to Drug Rehabilitation Clinic in Peru
A Baptist World Alliance donation of almost $4,900 to a drug rehabilitation program in Arequipa, Peru, will be used to establish a chicken farm, helping the clinic become self-sufficient.
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Baptists' Witness in Israel Approaches a Century
Baptists' Witness in Israel Approaches a Century
With their roots stretching back to 1911, the Baptist community in Israel numbers 3,000 people making up 20 churches in Galilee and central Israel. They are a minority group in a multifaith, multicultural society.
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Pastor: Baptists in Gaza Caught Between 'Two Fires'
Pastor: Baptists in Gaza Caught Between 'Two Fires'
Baptists and other Christians in Gaza lived side by side with their Muslim neighbors in love and respect until six years ago. Today, they are caught between the Israeli attacks on Gaza and attacks from militant Muslims.
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In the Minority, Lebanese Baptists Take Message to Arab World
In the Minority, Lebanese Baptists Take Message to Arab World
The Baptist movement in Lebanon began more than a century ago when a Lebanese photographer visited a Baptist church in St. Louis. Today, its ministries include a seminary, publishing house, school and a community-relief organization.
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Campolo to Baptists: 'Carry Out the Great Commandment'
Campolo to Baptists: 'Carry Out the Great Commandment'
Popular author and preacher Tony Campolo urged Baptists to help care for the needs of others by making systemic changes to American society and churches, during the final session of the Baptist Border Crossing.
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Coffey Encourages New Baptist Covenant Movement
Coffey Encourages New Baptist Covenant Movement
David Coffey, president of the Baptist World Alliance, told an estimated 900 participants at the Baptist Border Crossing that their network will be successful as they trust the Lord to help them overcome barriers.
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Carter Urges Baptists to Unite Despite Differences
Carter Urges Baptists to Unite Despite Differences
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter encouraged Baptists to put aside disagreements, urging them instead to unite behind "the gospel's simple message," during a session of the Baptist Border Crossing.
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Women Ministers Form Support Group in Arkansas
Women Ministers Form Support Group in Arkansas
Carolyn Staley, minister of education at Pulaski Heights Baptist Church in Little Rock, Ark., has organized an Arkansas Chapter of Baptist Women in Ministry. Some of her members can't be named publicly.
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Police Raid Baptist Home in Azerbaijan, Detain Three Women
Police Raid Baptist Home in Azerbaijan, Detain Three Women
Three Baptist women were detained and fined for "illegally spreading Christianity and other faiths" in the South Caucasus country of Azerbaijan on March 25.
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Trip Inspires Students to Develop Missions Projects
Trip Inspires Students to Develop Missions Projects
Thirteen students toured six countries as part of a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship mission program last summer. Now they're helping others understand how the United Nations' goal to eradicate poverty intersects with their faith.
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North Carolina’s CBF Challenged to ‘Talk the Talk’
North Carolina’s CBF Challenged to ‘Talk the Talk’
Too many Christians buy into the idea that a vocal witness is not important and “words don’t mean anything,” Fred Craddock says.
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More than 120 Persons Baptized in Jordan
More than 120 Persons Baptized in Jordan
The baptisms were the culmination of an afternoon of celebration in which the Baptism Center at Bethany beyond Jordan was dedicated.
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Baptists and Muslim Scholars Meet in Jordan
Baptists and Muslim Scholars Meet in Jordan
The Baptist World Alliance convened a number of Christian and religious groups in Amman, Jordan, to discuss common interests and to review plans surrounding the official opening and dedication of the Baptism Center in Bethany beyond Jordan.
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Firebombing of Mosque in Rural Tennessee Sparks Baptist-Muslim Interface
Firebombing of Mosque in Rural Tennessee Sparks Baptist-Muslim Interface
The popular perception is that there is no constructive relationship between Baptists and Muslims in the United States. Why is that? Why is there so little recognized relationship between goodwill Baptists and Muslims?
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Rabbi, Pastor Team Up to Write Passover Haggadah for Christians
Two years ago Rami Shapiro, a former congregational rabbi for 20 years in Miami who now directs an educational center called One River Foundation, was invited to a Passover seder service at a church in Murfreesboro, Tenn., where he now lives.
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Jewish Group Hopes to Expand 'Eco-Kosher' to Other Faiths
Many Christians say grace at mealtime, but that shouldn't be the extent of the relationship between their faith and their food.
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This Friendship Is No Joke
I chuckled when I read, "A rabbi, a priest and a minister walked into a bar. The bartender said, 'Is this a joke?'" Well, it was no joke for me on May 29, 2005. The setting was not a bar, but the home of Rabbi Stephen Chaim Listfield in Montgomery, Ala.
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'God Has Always Had a Faithful Church,' SBC Leader Says
Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler gave qualified support for a view of history called the "trail of blood" that traces an unbroken succession of "true" churches back to the New Testament era.
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Baptists Bet Casinos, not Taxes, Are Moral Issue
Baptists Bet Casinos, not Taxes, Are Moral Issue
Religious groups are more than eager to love their neighbors when it comes to regulating personal behavior. But when it comes time to take on the big issues of social and economic injustice, conservative Christians begin to sound more like a certain character in one of Jesus' parables.
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Baptists Gather in a Commitment to Peace
Baptists Gather in a Commitment to Peace
Listening to the voices of the marginalised, opposing discrimination of women and noting the impact of climate change were among the commitments made by Baptists around the world in Rome as part of the 'urgent Gospel task of being justice seekers and peacemakers'.
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A Time for Not Talking About Race
A Time for Not Talking About Race
We like to talk—and act as if our latest opinion is the right one for everyone else to embrace. But our past actions do not afford us such a position on the subject of race. It is a time to shut up, reflect deeply and listen to others.
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Orgs Must Refocus as CBF Reduces Partner Funding
This past week, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship announced in a press release that income is running at seven percent below 2008 and at just 79 percent of its current budget. As a result, the organization is cutting internal spending by 20 percent, and reducing funding for partner organizations by 30 percent.
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Black, White Congregations Renew Relationships
Black, White Congregations Renew Relationships
I’m very grateful for “Beneath the Skin” as it proved to be an excellent resource to bring our two very different congregations together for meaningful discussion and planning.
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N.C. Gathering Marks Four Centuries of Baptist Movement
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- How can Baptists maintain an effective witness into their fifth century of existence? More than 400 participants gathered at First Baptist Church Feb. 9 to mark the 400th anniversary of the Baptist movement and to anticipate what the fifth century of Baptist life might hold.
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Confessions of an Interfaith Baptist Preacher
Confessions of an Interfaith Baptist Preacher
Why would a Baptist be heavily involved in an interfaith organization? Aren’t we known for our unreserved advocacy and commitment to Christian conversion? Shouldn’t our energies be focused on the advancement of gospel sharing? Is cooperation with other faiths a form of endorsement to their claims of spiritual legitimacy?
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Baptists and Racism
Baptists have a long and storied history on the issue of race and racism.
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EthicsDaily.com Documentary Accepted at Two More Festivals
An educational documentary on racism from EthicsDaily.com has been accepted at two more U.S. film festivals.
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Relief Pours in for Victims of Gaza War
Baptists around the world have been showing support for the beleaguered civilians caught in the crossfire between Israel and Hamas.
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Baptist-Jewish Relations
A collection of resources on Baptist-Jewish relations.
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Baptist-Muslim Relations
A collection of resources on Baptist-Muslim relations.
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Baptists and Muslims Pledge to Continue Dialogue
Baptist and Muslim participants at the first national Muslim-Baptist dialogue left with a desire to continue efforts to learn more about those of the other faith and find areas of common ground.
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Baptists and Muslims Must Know Each Other, Panelists Say
Baptists and Muslims must get to know each other and overcome ignorance and misinformation. That was the dominant message from both Baptist and Muslim presenters at the first national Muslim-Baptist dialogue held Jan. 9-11 at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Mass.
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Muslim Leader Asks for Help from Baptists
Muslim leader Sayyid Syeed told Baptists and Muslims on Friday night at the opening session of the first national dialogue between two faiths in the Abrahamic tradition that his religion needed the help of Baptists in America.
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American Muslim, Baptist Leaders Hold Groundbreaking Meeting
Around 80 Baptist and Muslim leaders from across the nation gathered in Boston for a first-of-its-kind dialogue Jan. 9-11 in hopes of furthering mutual understanding and discovering areas of common ground. Held at the Islamic Center of Boston and Andover Newton Theological School, the meeting included presentations, breakout discussion sessions, worship services and fellowship times.
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New Leadership and Theological Transformation Might Reverse SBC Decline
Reversing the Southern Baptist Convention’s decline and loss of influence will demand new leadership and theological transformation, two very unlikely possibilities in the next decade. The SBC’s numerical slide and besmirched image took some 30 years to achieve and cannot be undone by a quick makeover.
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BWA Responds to Letter from Muslim Leaders
Washington, D.C. (BWA) -- The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) has issued a formal response to "A Common Word Between Us and You," a letter written by 138 Muslim leaders and scholars that appealed for Christians and Muslims to cooperate in engendering peace and religious freedom.
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Gaza’s Only Baptist Pastor Comments on Attacks
A Baptist pastor—the pastor of the only Protestant church in the Gaza Strip—has spoken about the plight of Palestinian Christians and others in the wake of the recent attacks.
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Baptist of the Year: David Coffey

David Coffey is EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2008.

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What I Heard at Baptist-Jewish DVD Screenings in Greensboro and Mobile
When we now listen to the religious minority's stories of injury and insult, we take the first step toward religious reformation. Awareness births empathy--empathy births a passion for righteousness. At least, that's the way goodwill Baptists ought to respond morally.
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The Challenge of Conscience in an Age of Confusion
Can Baptist congregations still be courageous enough to respect, honor and validate the personal and moral choice of members who challenge the Christian mainstream by exercising a renewal of our commitment to the liberty of conscience?
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Anti-Christian Violence Spreads in India
Washington, D.C. (BWA) -- Baptist leaders in the southern state of Karnataka in India have informed the Baptist World Alliance that persecution is on the rise in that state.
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Baptists in Vietnam Gain Government Recognition
Washington, D.C. (BWA) -- Baptist Churches in Vietnam (BCV), one of several Baptist conventions and unions in the Southeast Asian country, gained official recognition from the Vietnamese government in early October.
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Virginia Baptists Play Key Role in Rejecting Rezoning for Mosque
The southern cradle of Baptist religious liberty voted last week against religious liberty for Muslims, and thereby, for the prevailing cultural establishment of Christianity.
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Regional New Baptist Covenant Meetings Planned
Inspired by the vision and success of the Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant held earlier this year, several Baptist groups are planning similar regional gatherings for 2009. Next year will also mark the 400th anniversary of the Baptist movement.
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N.C. Baptist Convention Eliminates CBF Giving Option
Messengers to the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina on Nov. 12 voted 431-354 to eliminate any possibility of contributions to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship through the convention's new single giving plan. The recommendation before the convention would have allowed congregations to continue a 10 percent contribution to CBF in Atlanta, but now that option will cease permanently beginning January 2010.
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Congo in Crisis, BWAid Appeals for Help
Washington, D.C. (BWA) -- Recent conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have displaced 250,000 people.
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Baptists: Governments Must Keep Promise to Poor
Two Oklahoma Baptist leaders are calling for Baptists to take action to assure that governments keep their financial commitments to poorer countries even in the midst of a global financial downturn.
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African-American Baptists Reflect on Obama's Historic Victory
In light of Barack Obama's victory in Tuesday's presidential election, many people are considering what his election might mean for race relations in America. Reflections from several African-American Baptist ministers suggest that although they see Obama's election as an important moment, it must be just one step on a longer road toward racial reconciliation.
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Baptist Democrats Face Mixed Election Results (Updated)
Two Baptist Democrats faced mixed results yesterday in congressional races for seats that have been long held by Republicans.
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Mo. Baptist Climate Resolution Attacks Global Warming
Messengers at the 2008 annual meeting of the Missouri Baptist Convention adopted a resolution on "environmental stewardship." However, the resolution barely promoted environmental stewardship but instead mainly attacked those who warn of the dangers of global warming.
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Azerbaijan Pastor to Be Tried Today
Washington, D.C. (BWA) -- Hamid Shabanov, a Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan who was arrested on June 20, faces trial today. He is charged for the illegal possession of a weapon.
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21st-Century Churches Adjust Missions Giving
Many churches have taken control of missions rather than delegating this task to someone else.
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'Congo Week' Draws Global Baptist Support
A British Baptist organization and students around the world are promoting efforts this week to raise awareness of the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where more than five million people have died since 1996.
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CBF Coordinating Council Adopts New Strategic Priorities
ATLANTA (CBF) -- A year-long spiritual discernment process culminated Oct. 10 in the unanimous approval by its governing Coordinating Council of the re-prioritizing of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's work.
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Former BWA Women's Leader Dies
(BWA) Edna Lee de Gutiérrez from Mexico, president of the Baptist World Alliance Women's Department (BWAWD) from 1985-1990 and vice president of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) from 1990-1995, died on Sunday, October 5.
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Oh What a Baptist Web We Weave
It is extraordinarily important that Baptists and those curious about Baptists should be directed to sites that are more than misinformed Web-filler.
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BWA Condemns Violence Against Christians in Orissa
Washington, D.C. (BWA) --The Baptist World Alliance has expressed grave concerns about the persecution of Christians in the Indian eastern state of Orissa.
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Baptist Official Offers Contradictory Positions on Muslim Engagement
A Southern Baptist Convention official who usually attacks Muslims and makes derogatory remarks about Islam recently offered his support for a report urging greater dialogue with the adherents of the world's second largest religion. The following day, however, he returned to his approach of rejecting dialogue as he attacked Christians attempting to increase understanding between the faiths.
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Attack on Mosque Possibly Linked to Distribution of Controversial Anti-Muslim Film
Muslim leaders in Dayton, Ohio, said they don't know why anyone would disrupt a Friday night Ramadan service by spraying an unknown irritant into a mosque and forcing about 300 worshippers out of the building and into the street with burning eyes and throats. But the attack coincided with mass distribution in presidential swing states of a controversial DVD about Islamic terrorism.
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Evangelical Statement Favors Proselytizing Over Dialogue With Jews
A widely circulated document by a study commission of a worldwide evangelical alliance has raised eyebrows with its call to abandon Christian-Jewish dialogue and instead seek to evangelize European Jews.
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Baptist Relief Agency Labels World Hunger Crisis a 'Daily Disaster'
While Baptist World Aid observes World Hunger Month during October, the world's hunger crisis is a daily disaster. This year's awareness campaign seeks to drive home that point with the worldwide Baptist community under the theme, "Hunger Crisis: A Daily Disaster."
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SBC Leadership Not Interested in Rejoining Baptist World Alliance
The Southern Baptist Convention, which four years ago withdrew from the Baptist World Alliance over theological and relational differences, isn't likely to return to the fold any time soon, the denomination's leaders indicated Tuesday.
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Jail Term Prolonged for Baptist Pastor in Azerbaijan
A Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan must remain in jail for at least two more months while a criminal investigation against him continues, a court ruled Aug. 22.
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Jail Term Prolonged for Baptist Pastor in Azerbaijan
A Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan must remain in jail for at least two more months while a criminal investigation against him continues, a court ruled Aug. 22.
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Report: LifeWay Pulls Magazine Featuring Women Preachers
LifeWay Christian Stores reportedly pulled a Christian magazine from its racks because five smiling women on its cover are pastors.
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Must-Watch Thriller Weaves Together Muslim-Baptist Narratives
An action thriller ripping across three continents has a storyline about the son of an Islamic cleric, who displays admirable piety and wrestles with moral ambiguity, and the son of a Baptist preacher, who discloses a minimalist faith. One seeks God's will; the other says he believes in God without letting faith trouble his actions. One is black; the other is white. Both are Americans.
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Living a Life of Significance
Rev. Olu Menjay could have lived a comfortable life in America. As a refugee from the Liberian civil war, he was granted a green card. After graduating from Mercer and Duke Divinity School, he was in pursuit of a doctorate at Boston University when Rev. Emile Sam-Peal, general secretary of the Liberian Baptist Missionary and Education Convention, invited him to return to Liberia to become principal of Ricks Institute, a K-12 grade school about 12 miles outside Monrovia.
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Beneath Black, White--and Brown--Skin
Laura Cadena, a fifth-generation Tejana, recalls a story about when her grandmother moved from Laredo to Dallas, Texas: "She remembers getting on a bus and the sign saying 'Whites Only' or 'Blacks Only,' and she didn't know where she was supposed to sit."
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Obama Campaign Introduces Faith-Based Merchandise
The Obama campaign is reportedly rolling out a line of faith-themed merchandise catering to religious voters.
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Moderate and Conservative Southern Baptists Differ on Race at Three Points
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary doctoral student David Roach is writing his dissertation under the working title of "The Southern Baptist Convention and Civil Rights, 1954-1995." These bookend dates begin with the Supreme Court's ruling against the segregation of public schools and conclude with the SBC's resolution apologizing for current individual and systemic acts of racism. When he asked if he could interview me, he said that he knew my response would be cordial and candid.
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American Baptist Pastor in Palin's Hometown Says Her Election Would Be a 'Disaster'
Sarah Palin is a front-line culture warrior whose election as vice president would be a "disaster" for the country, says an American Baptist pastor and longtime nemesis in local politics in the governor's hometown of Wasilla, Alaska.
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Baptist Ethicist in New DVD Was FBI Target
Much has been written about Baptist ethicist Henlee H. Barnette, including the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was interested in some of his activities. But so far as we know, Barnette's FBI file hasn't seen the light of day—until now.
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'Beneath the Skin' DVD Examines Baptists and Race
Aidsand Wright-Riggins expected some sort of emotional response years ago as a religious-studies major in college when he illustrated a presentation on race and religion by tearing up an Ebony magazine portrayal of Jesus as an African-American.
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Russian Baptists Deliver Aid to South Ossetia
Russian Baptists are responding to human needs in the desperately poor and war-ravaged enclave of South Ossetia.
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Palin Pick Prompts Debate About Wives Working Outside the Home
Sarah Palin's nomination as vice president has sparked debate in conservative religious circles about whether a mother with young children ought to work outside the home.
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New Zealand Church Leaders Urge Leaders to Fight Poverty
Church leaders in New Zealand have issued an open letter calling on all politicians to make reducing poverty a high priority during an election year.
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Fellow Church Members, Deacons, Vie for Alabama Congressional Seat
Tip O'Neill's famous quote that "all politics is local" is nowhere truer this year than in Alabama's second congressional district, where both the Democratic and Republican candidates are deacons at the same Southern Baptist church.
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Missouri Baptist Editor Says Southern Baptists Shouldn't Rejoin Baptist World Alliance
A Baptist state newspaper editor hopes leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention won't take steps to rejoin the Baptist World Alliance.
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Georgia/Russia Conflict Divides Baptists in the Region
Armed military conflict between Russia and Georgia has spilled over into a war of words between the two nations' Baptists.
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City Councilman Faults 'Sorry Churches' for Not Fighting Social Ills
Taxpayers are forced to foot the bill for social programs because there are too many "sorry churches" that aren't doing what they're supposed to do, according to a city official in Jacksonville, Fla.
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SBC Leader Promotes Demonization of Muslims
A Southern Baptist leader credited with rejecting the demonization of Islam has a track record of promoting and offering derogatory statements about Muslims. Although Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, has been praised for avoiding hateful attacks on Muslims that other Southern Baptists have offered, he has at times refused to repudiate such remarks and has offered his own problematic comments about Islam.
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Omitted Titles in New Baptist Hymnal Reflect Theological Shift (Corrected)
Songs sung in church are more than words and music. They are teaching tools and a record of a congregation's values and beliefs. A new hymnal, just released by LifeWay Christian Resources, aims to set those standards in Southern Baptist churches for a generation--a generation that follows a seismic theological shift often called the "conservative resurgence."
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Poll Says Most Parents Satisfied With Their Children's Education
More than three-fourths of parents of school-aged youth say they are satisfied with their child's education, according to a new Gallup Poll.
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Labor Day Study Finds Growing Pay Gap Between U.S. CEOs, Workers
The CEOs of large American corporations made as much money in one day as the average worker earned over an entire year, according to an annual study timed for release around Labor Day.
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Labor Day Study Finds Growing Pay Gap Between U.S. CEOs, Workers
The CEOs of large American corporations made as much money in one day as the average worker earned over an entire year, according to an annual study timed for release around Labor Day.
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Minister-Led Chicago School Boycott Protests Funding Inequity
An Illinois state senator and Baptist minister organized a Tuesday boycott of Chicago public schools to protest inequities in state education funding.
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Baptist Preacher Terms Palin VP Pick 'Anti-Family'
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain's pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, aimed in part to ease doubts about his candidacy among the Religious Right, isn't winning over all conservative evangelicals.
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Former Coach, Now College President, Fights Racial Disparity in College Sports
On the football field a "crackback" is an unexpected blind-side block that takes a would-be tackler out of the play. When it comes to hiring black coaches, it's a standard part of the playbook, says Fitz Hill, former head coach at San Jose State University.
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BWA Leaders Request Prayer for Georgia
WASHINGTON (BWA) Baptist World Alliance President David Coffey and General Secretary Neville Callam are appealing for prayer for those affected by the conflict between Georgian and Russian forces over the Georgian breakaway provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Estimates are that more than 158,000 persons are displaced as a result of the fighting.
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'I Have a Dream' Sermon Established Martin Luther King as Prophet
Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered 45 years ago today, established the Baptist preacher as a modern-day prophet, according to scholars contacted by EthicsDaily.com.
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Christians Attacked In Orissa
WASHINGTON (BWA) A global Baptist leader decried attacks targeting Christians in the state of Orissa in eastern India. More than 600 churches have reportedly been demolished, 4,000 Christians forced to flee from their villages and at least 25 killed as a result of religious violence.
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Islamic Society of North America Invites Baptist Speakers to National Meeting
The Islamic Society of North American has taken a proactive initiative to invite two Baptists to speak this weekend in Columbus, Ohio, at its annual meeting, which will draw an estimated 30,000 Muslim participants, have some 600 display booths and offer a plethora of sessions ranging from the "Thinking Outside the Mosque" to "Medical Aspects of Fasting."
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Most Americans Think Churches Should Stay Out of Politics
For the first time in at least a decade, a majority of Americans believe churches should keep out of politics as opposed to expressing their views on social and political concerns.
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Wiley Drake Takes Up Prayer Call for Rainout of Obama Event
A Focus on the Family Action broadcaster has apologized for a tongue-in-cheek video asking people to pray for rain during Barack Obama's outdoor speech at next week's Democratic National Convention, but a former Southern Baptist Convention officer quickly took up the cause.
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Christian Leaders as Power Brokers
It sounds like the beginning of a corny joke: Two Christian guys walk into a Baptist church and tell the pastor they want him to help one of them become president of the United States.
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Some Baptists Must Build Trust with Muslims When Other Baptists Speak Ill of Islam
Roy Medley is one Baptist leader who thinks that when some Baptists make disparaging remarks about the Muslim faith then other Baptists have to step forward to build trust with the Islamic community.
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Listeners of Religious Radio Below Average in Knowledge of Current Events
People who listen to religious radio shows like "Focus on the Family" are less knowledgeable about current events than the average American, according to a recent survey on media consumption by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.
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Huckabee Endorses Controversial Zionist Group
Former presidential candidate and possible vice presidential nominee Mike Huckabee visited Israel as a guest of a right-wing Zionist group that is buying up property to move Jews into Jerusalem's Muslim Quarter in hopes of replacing the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque with a reconstruction of Solomon's Temple and ushering in the Messianic Age.
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Understanding the Times, and What We Should Do
On Saturday I met with the Coordinating Council of the Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship for the last time. Here are the challenges I presented.
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Baptist Theologians Reflect on Mosque-Building Boom in Germany
Muslims plan to construct over 180 mosques in Germany. The birthplace of the Protestant Reformation, Neo-Orthodoxy, Dietrich Bonheoffer's Confessing Church and Pope Benedict XVI, it is also the location of almost 1,000 Baptist churches and the Baptist World Alliance's 2008 youth conference.
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McCain Wins Points With Religious Right in Saddleback Forum
Saturday's Saddleback Civil Forum helped Republican presidential candidate John McCain shore up support among the Religious Right, according to several conservative commentators.
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Russia, Georgia Conflict a Matter of Perspective
During the recent conflict between Georgia and Russia, we learned an interesting lesson on the importance of perspective. My husband, one of our daughters and I were hosts to a Russian houseguest.
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Is Rick Warren Still Reading from a Small Bible?
Mega-church pastor Rick Warren has flipped from being a cheerleader for President Bush in the fall of 2004 to claiming neutrality in the 2008 presidential election. His twist is accompanied by a widespread claim that he now has a broader moral agenda. But discerning Christians ought to ask what purpose drove his shift and did he really pivot toward a more comprehensive set of moral issues?
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Baptists Seek Aid for Victims of Georgia-Russia Conflict
The Baptist World Alliance on Wednesday gave an initial grant of $10,000 to help people affected by violence between Russia and Georgia.
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Pastor Accused in Church-Starting Scandal Sues Texas Baptists for Libel
A pastor named in a 2006 church-starting scandal has sued the Baptist General Convention of Texas for libel, slander and defamation over allegations that he misappropriated church funds.
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Georgia, Russia Clash … in Beach Volleyball
Wednesday morning I watched women's beach volleyball at the Olympics. I had hoped to find the Americans playing. When watching MSNBC, you never know who you will get. I quickly became intrigued with the match. It was Russia versus Georgia. Not Georgia the Peach State, but Georgia the country that Russia invaded this week.
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Australian Baptists Join Other Religious Leaders in Calling for Action on Global Warming
In a rare interfaith effort, Australian Baptists joined other faith leaders in a letter calling for action by the federal government on climate change.
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Integrating Churches Easier Said Than Done
One reason 11 a.m. Sunday remains the most segregated hour in America is because many church members want it that way, according to a recent article by CNN.
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Moral Amnesia about SBC's Withdrawal from the BWA Is No Virtue
When the Southern Baptist Convention began the process of defunding the Baptist World Alliance and bore false witness against it, some Southern Baptists, who claimed to support the BWA, were publicly silent. They dared not challenge openly, if at all, the fundamentalist leadership. They engaged in collusion with wrongdoing, and that helped the SBC's abandonment of the Baptist global commons.
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Pastor Wonders About Friends in Georgia War Zone
I just made my eighth trip to Georgia in June to celebrate the wedding of Malkhaz Songulashvili, archbishop of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia, and his beloved Ala Kavtaradze.
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NCAA Refuses to Ban Beer Advertising for Sports Broadcasts
The NCAA Executive Committee declined to ban alcohol advertising for sporting events, ignoring letters signed by coaches, presidents and athletics directors who said advertising beer is inconsistent with the NCAA's policy banning advertising for hard liquor and not in the best interest of college sports or higher education.
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Baptist Leader Decries Georgia-Russia Conflict
A Baptist leader in the eastern European state of Georgia says last week's invasion by Russia is the most serious threat to the former Soviet republic in recent history.
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What's the Buzz? Seminary President Discusses Sin, Death and Mosquitoes
There may have been mosquitoes in the Garden of Eden, says a Southern Baptist seminary president, but they didn't become a pest until after Adam and Eve committed Original Sin.
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Congressional Candidate Featured in 'Golden Rule Politics' Wins Primary
A moderate Baptist pastor's wife who appears in a Baptist Center for Ethics DVD about faith and politics won Tuesday's Democratic primary for a seat in Congress.
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Christian Leader Rejects Abortion to Save a Woman's Life
A proponent of "biblical patriarchy" is drawing fire among conservative religious homeschoolers for his view that abortion is never morally justifiable, even to save the life of the mother.
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'Back to School' Also Means Return to Battles Over Intelligent Design
As fall approaches, along with back-to-school sales and tax-free holidays, expect more controversies about intelligent design, warns a Texas organization that monitors science teaching standards in public schools.
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Azerbaijani Baptist Pastor Avoids Prison, For Now
A jailed Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan won a partial victory July 29 when a judge decided not to convict him of criminal charges and referred the case back to the prosecutor for further investigation.
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Review the Cancer Chronicles of CBF
Cecil Sherman, founding coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, has acute leukemia, specifically acute myeloid leukemia. At 80 years old, he received his first round of chemotherapy early last week at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He knew going in that his protocol would require hospitalization for 30 days. Sadly his wife, Dot, died on Friday, after a long battle with Alzheimer's.
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Azerbaijani Baptist Pastor Avoids Prison, For Now
A jailed Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan won a partial victory July 29 when a judge decided not to convict him of criminal charges and referred the case back to the prosecutor for further investigation.
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Global Baptists Seek to Transcend 'Worship Wars'
Worship and the so-called "worship wars" were on the agenda during the Baptist International Conference on Theological Education, held in Prague July 27-29.
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Beijing Olympics Spark Debate About Religious Freedom in China
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution Wednesday calling on China to end abuses of human rights in advance of the upcoming Beijing Olympics.
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Accuser Recants Sex Abuse Charge Against Baptist Youth Minister
A woman who accused a Kentucky Baptist youth minister last year of sexually abusing her teenaged daughter now says she made the story up.
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Beijing Olympics Spark Debate About Religious Freedom in China
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution Wednesday calling on China to end abuses of human rights in advance of the upcoming Beijing Olympics.
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Rick Warren Says Pastors Shouldn't Endorse Candidates
"Purpose-Driven Life" author Rick Warren, who supported President Bush on the eve of the 2004 election, now says pastors should not endorse political candidates.
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Rick Warren Says Pastors Shouldn't Endorse Candidates
"Purpose-Driven Life" author Rick Warren, who supported President Bush on the eve of the 2004 election, now says pastors should not endorse political candidates.
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Professor's Views on Spouse Abuse Don't Square With SBC Statements
Recent comments by a Southern Baptist seminary professor that abused women are at least in part to blame if they refuse to submit to their husband's God-given authority don't square with official teachings of his denomination.
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Goodwill Baptists Share Common Future with Goodwill Muslims
When Indonesian Muslims were making intimidating phone calls and threatening churches in 1998, Muslim women at an Islamic boarding school guarded the wife of a Baptist pastor when her husband was out of the country advocating for human rights in Washington.
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SBC Leader Misstates Environmental Impact of Oil Wells
While promoting more domestic drilling for oil, Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, has repeatedly offered false claims about the environmental devastation of oil wells in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
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Baptist Leaders Urge Support for FDA Regulation of Tobacco
The House of Representatives could vote as early as this week on legislation that would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco products.
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BWA Leaders Pledge to Tackle Climate Change, Address Zimbabwe
Baptist World Alliance leaders repeatedly addressed the issue of climate change last week at their annual gathering in Prague, Czech Republic, even extending deliberations in the final session to strengthen a resolution on the issue.
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Global Baptists Voice Fear, Call for Positive Dialogue with Muslims Religious Leaders
When some Indonesian Muslims were looting, demonstrating, making intimidating phone calls and threatening churches in 1998, Muslim women at an Islamic boarding school protected the wife of a Baptist pastor when he was out of the country, showing him the positive side of Islam.
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Baptist World Aid Seeks to Become Baptist Hub for Disaster and Develop Initiatives
Baptist World Aid wants to become the "network hub" for the relief and development efforts for global Baptists, according to a document presented in Prague, Czech Republic, at the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance.
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EPA Says Global Warming Will Impact Life in the U.S.
Global warming will have significant impact on Americans' quality of life, claims a recent study by the Environmental Protection Agency.
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BWA to Discuss Open Letter from Muslim Leaders to Christian Leaders
Global Baptists are scheduled today to discuss an open letter from 138 Muslim religious leaders to 32 Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Christian leaders. Issued Oct. 13, 2007, the letter calls for finding common ground based on a shared understanding of each tradition's foundational principles of love for God and neighbor and warns that world peace depends on Christians and Muslims.
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Academic Credentials of Conservative Canadian Leaders Questioned
Top leaders of a conservative activist group often quoted in Canadian media as representing Judeo-Christian moral values pad their resumes with degrees from unaccredited schools.
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Bangladeshi Baptist Leader Receives Human Rights Award
Dennis Datta stood at the cutting edge of Baptist moral leadership in 2002, criticizing worldwide Baptists and calling them to support a bold plan to halve global poverty by 2015.
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Report: State Official Upholds Nomination of Wiley Drake for Vice President
Former Southern Baptist Convention officer Wiley Drake is reportedly officially a candidate for vice president of the United States in California--at least for now.
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Mohler, Dobson Bash Obama
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler warned that electing Sen. Barack Obama as president would send America on a trajectory toward "normalization" of homosexuality and gay marriage.
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Baptist Leader Raises 10 Questions About Ordination
Nearly 400 years after the founding of the first Baptist church in Amsterdam by John Smyth and Thomas Helwys, Baptists are still debating the meaning of ordination, a topic that will be considered during six hours of formal presentations and discussions at the Baptist World Alliance meeting this week in Prague, Czech Republic.
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Baptist World Alliance Aims for Greater Global Representation
Baptist World Alliance leaders this week will consider a proposed restructuring aimed at what one leader described as building "a truly global organization."
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Theology of Southern Baptist VBS Song Questioned
Critics say a song being sung this summer in Southern Baptist Vacation Bible Schools across the country includes faulty theology about the Trinity and the Bible.
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European Seminary Prioritizes Creation Care, Sustainable Development
How many Baptist seminaries celebrate their diamond jubilee with a gift wish list that includes funding for solar panels to produce hot water and photo voltaic panels for electricity production for street lights?
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Gore Issues Energy Challenge: Carbon-Free Electricity Within 10 Years
Noble Laureate and former Vice President Al Gore on Thursday issued a "moon shot"-style challenge for the United States to set a goal of producing 100 percent of its electricity from non-carbon, renewable energy resources by 2018.
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Global Baptists Gather Next Week in Prague with Record of Growth, Organizational Change
When the Southern Baptist Convention voted in June 2004 to withdraw from and defund the Baptist World Alliance, a tiny body stepped up a month later at the BWA's annual meeting in Seoul, South Korea, with a commitment to help rebuild the world's largest organization of Baptist conventions and fellowships.
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An Open Letter to Dr. Bruce Ware
It saddened me to read excerpts in EthicsDaily.com from your sermon from a series on "Biblical Manhood and Womanhood" delivered at Denton Bible Church. Therefore, my husband and I went on line and listened to the entire sermon to understand the context.
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Bid to Lead Alabama's Public Service Commission Falls Short for Favorite of Religious Right
Support from conservative Christians and endorsement by Judge Roy Moore weren't enough for political outsider Matt Chancey to win Tuesday's Republican primary runoff for president of Alabama's Public Service Commission.
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British Baptists Meet to Tackle Knife, Gun Violence
Churches should send a strong message to youth that carrying a gun or knife is "totally unacceptable," a speaker told about 100 Christians packed into a British Baptist church last weekend.
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Global Baptists Must Voice Opposition to Italy's Fingerprinting of Roma People
Denial of human rights anywhere is a threat to human rights everywhere. Silence to injustice any time furthers injustice every time. Indifference to the suffering of any group increases indifference to the suffering of all groups.
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Thinking Biblically About the Racial Profiling of the Roma People
The Italian government's plan to fingerprint the Roma people, commonly known as Gypsies, must be condemned by Baptists everywhere.
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Christian Aid Group Blames Food Crisis on Trade Policies That Hurt the Poor
"Ruinous" agricultural policies forced upon poor countries by donor governments and financial institutions are to blame for the food crisis that threatens 100 million people with hunger, according to the international anti-poverty group Christian Aid.
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More Aid Needed in Myanmar, Baptist Leader Says
Conditions in Myanmar remain desperate two months after Cyclone Nargis, according to the relief-and-development arm of the Baptist World Alliance.
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Common Cause Launches Campaign to 'Recapture the Flag'
Common Cause has launched a campaign called "Recapture the Flag," protesting abuses of power by the White House and failure by Congress to oversee the Executive Branch.
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Critics Say G8 Climate Statement Doesn't Go Far Enough
President Bush hailed Tuesday's climate change statement by G8 leaders as "significant progress" on global warming, while environmental and humanitarian groups criticized it as too little and too late.
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Texas Church Says 'Egalitarian' View Not an Option for Evangelicals
Allowing women to become pastors and act as elders is a "cancer" that is pushing evangelical churches toward liberalism, a Texas pastor warned in a recent sermon defending "Biblical Manhood & Womanhood."
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Jesse Helms Attended Moderate Baptist Church
Sen. Jesse Helms, an icon of conservative politics who died Friday of natural causes, lay in state at a decidedly moderate Baptist church he attended faithfully for more than 30 years.
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Seminary Professor Says Dinosaurs and Humans Lived Together
A Southern Baptist theologian and seminary administrator says dinosaurs and humans must have coexisted before Noah's flood.
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Arab Baptist Theological Seminary Promotes Understanding Between Muslims, Christians
People from 13 different countries in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia took part in a June 16-20 Middle East Conference at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon, just weeks after the worst violence since the nation's 1975-1990 civil war threatened to force its cancellation.
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SBC President Gives Blessing to Ties With Tennessee Temple
Southern Baptist leaders including the convention's new president Johnny Hunt are involved in a quiet move to bring the Tennessee Temple University into the fold of Southern Baptist schools.
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Study Says Church-Going Men Have Stronger Families
Fathers who regularly attend church have happier and more stable marriages and are more involved with and affectionate toward their children than non-religious or nominally religious males, according to a new study.
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Vitter, Craig Unlikely Sponsors of Marriage Amendment
The latest attempt to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage is under scrutiny not for its content but for two of its sponsors viewed as unlikely champions of family values.
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Southern Baptist Scholar Links Spouse Abuse to Wives' Refusal to Submit to Their Husbands
One reason that men abuse their wives is because women rebel against their husband's God-given authority, a Southern Baptist scholar said Sunday in a Texas church.
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Professor Says 'Stewards of Knowledge' Wasted Resource in Churches
People sitting in church pews with knowledge about complicated social issues but who use it only to enrich themselves are a wasted resource for the Kingdom of God, a former tax lawyer turned fair-tax activist told a Baptist Center for Ethics audience last week.
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Dobson Breaks Silence on Presidential Race; Blasts Obama; Challenges McCain
After four months on the sidelines since endorsing Mike Huckabee for president in February, Focus on the Family Founder James Dobson came out swinging in a special radio broadcast accusing presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama of distorting the Bible and possessing a "fruitcake" understanding of what the Constitution says about the separation of church and state.
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Second Baptist Pastor Jailed in Small Town in Azerbaijan
Three months after Azerbaijan, under international pressure, released a Baptist pastor imprisoned on questionable grounds, a second Baptist church leader in the same small village has been jailed on what family members claim are trumped-up charges of illegal possession of a firearm.
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American Baptist Leader Advocates 'Respect' for Minorities
An American Baptist leader encouraged the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship to become "more Baptist" by standing alongside the "resistance and resolve" of minorities.
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Holocaust Is Wrong Analogy for SBC Takeover
The Holocaust is a singular event of 20th-century social evil that should not be watered down by flawed analogies to other moral wrongs. Defective analogies trivialize genocide and the suffering of survivors.
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Baptists Discuss Ways to Build Bridges to Jews
Conversion should not be a hidden agenda in interfaith friendships between Baptists and Jews, but that does not mean Christians cannot talk about Jesus, said two panelists at a screening of a new Baptist Center for Ethics DVD titled "Good Will for the Common Good: Nurturing Baptists' Relationships With Jews."
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Speaker Encourages Churches to Advocate for Just Tax Laws
Churches have often misused and misunderstood the Bible verse that says "render unto Caesar" as an excuse for tolerating unjust taxes that oppress the poor, a speaker at a Baptist Center for Ethics luncheon said Thursday.
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CBF Coordinating Council Endorses Micah Call
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Coordinating Council on Wednesday endorsed a global Christian campaign to deepen engagement with impoverished and marginalized communities and challenge international leaders to achieve the Millennium Development Goals to cut poverty in half by 2015.
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SBC Leader Says Dominion, Not Exodus, Key to Fixing California's Public Schools
A member of the Southern Baptist Convention Resolutions Committee says they did not recommend a resolution this year calling for a boycott of California's public schools, because the committee believed Christians need instead to "retake" the school system.
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Hunt's Biography Updated, Canadian Religious Leader Comes Under Criticism for Diploma Mill
Southern Baptist Convention President Johnny Hunt's Web site has been updated to include two honorary degrees in his biographical sketch from schools identified by EthicsDaily.com as diploma mills.
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Baptist Professors Back Bill Supporting Intelligent Design
An "academic freedom" bill that opponents say could open the door to teaching creationism in public schools sailed through Louisiana's House of Representatives last week, buoyed by testimony in favor of the legislation by biologists from Baptist-affiliated Louisiana College.
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Southern Baptists Affirm War on Christmas
Last Wednesday messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention in Indianapolis passed six resolutions. As a Southern Baptist, I usually brace myself for the backlash created by offensive resolutions. I've done this since 1997 when I was awakened by a phone call from a Lutheran friend that began, "What's with you Southern Baptists and Mickey Mouse?" I was unaware that the messengers voted on a resolution to boycott Disney because of its policies toward homosexuals.
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Women in Ministry Not a 'Secondary Issue'
Many of my gifted and well-meaning colleagues in the Southern Baptist world have devoted much time and energy toward calling a "truce" on the in-fighting regarding the contentious issue of women in ministry. The way my friends commonly arrive at a peaceful conclusion to this matter goes something like this:
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Despite Setbacks, Study Says Baptist Women Making Gains in Ministry
Despite the Southern Baptist Convention's declaration eight years ago that the Bible forbids women from serving as pastors, the ranks of ordained Baptist clergywomen in the South are growing faster than ever, according to a new report.
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Southern Baptists Criticized for Failure to Speak Out on California Schools
Advocates of Christian schooling criticized the Southern Baptist Convention Resolutions Committee for declining to bring a resolution condemning a California law that critics say requires public schools to indoctrinate children into accepting homosexuality.
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New SBC President Has a Resume Problem
The newly elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention has a credibility problem.
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Fred Shuttlesworth: Prophet of Social Equality at CBF
While not as well known as Martin Luther King Jr., Fred L. Shuttlesworth was the Baptist pastor most responsible for the success of the civil rights movement in the Alabama city known as "Bombingham." Fifty racially motivated bombings between 1947 and 1955 epitomized southern resistance to integration.
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SBC Resolution Encourages Political Involvement
The Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday passed a resolution urging political involvement by churches.
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SBC Leaders Recommend Against National Database of Clergy Sex Offenders
Local churches, and not the Southern Baptist Convention, must take responsibility for ridding the denomination of sexual predators, the head of the SBC Executive Committee said Tuesday.
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Johnny Hunt Wins Six-Way Race to Become SBC President
Georgia mega-church pastor Johnny Hunt won a surprise first-ballot election as next president of the Southern Baptist Convention in the most wide-open race in many years.
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Former SBC Leader Declares Denomination in 'Free Fall'
A former Southern Baptist Convention president warned of denominational decline in a national gathering of pastors. "We have reached a place that our spiritual forefathers feared," Jimmy Draper, former head of LifeWay Christian Resources, said Monday at the SBC Pastors Conference in Indianapolis.
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Baptist Clergy Sex-Abuse Case Settled Out of Court
A Texas Baptist church and its pastor have reportedly settled a lawsuit with a woman who claimed the minister molested, raped and got her pregnant when she was a minor.
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Climate-Change Bill Fails in Senate
Senators on Friday blocked a bill aimed at reducing greenhouse-gas emissions linked to global warming.
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SBC Enters Age of Decline, Not Promised Golden Age
Southern Baptist leaders promised years ago with their takeover of the convention's agencies and seminaries a golden age. They have delivered an age of denominational decline, division and dishonesty.
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Attend Screening of DVD Calling Baptists to Nurture Common Good with Jews
The premier event on Thursday morning at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship meeting in Memphis will be the Baptist Center for Ethics' screening with a panel discussion of a new DVD that challenges Baptists to nurture the common good with their Jewish neighbors.
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Bible in Schools Bill Awaits Governor's Signature in Tennessee
The newest textbook controversy isn't about Harry Potter or "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," but a volume that has divided public schools for 150 years--the Bible.
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Experts Say Anti-Immigration Laws Carry Unintended Economic Costs
Anti-immigration policies like an Oklahoma bill cracking down on illegal aliens are costly, two economists said in an interview aired recently on a Baptist radio program.
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Scholars Say Submissive Wives Decree More Theory Than Practice in SBC Churches
Ten years after adopting a controversial declaration that the Bible teaches that women in marriage should be submissive to men, the Southern Baptist Convention's "complementarian" view of gender roles remains more theory than fact in churches, says a new white paper released on the eve of the SBC annual meeting.
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African-American Men March Against Violence in St. Louis
At least 20,000 African-American men packed the streets of St. Louis on the first Sunday in June, marching one of the historic Annie Malone May Day Parade routes through "The Ville" and ending in Tandy Park.
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Myanmar's Government Criticized for Slow Response to Cyclone
A month after Cyclone Nargis, Myanmar's military rulers defended their relief operations amid international criticism that the government was dragging its feet in allowing aid to the hardest-hit areas of the Irrawaddy delta region.
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Roger Williams, John Winthrop and the Other
When John Winthrop sailed across the Atlantic in 1630 the perceptions of others was at the forefront of his mind. Born into a family of English gentry, Winthrop was elected governor of Massachusetts Bay by speculators and investors who had never set foot in New England.
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John Birch Society Joins SBC and Club for Growth in Common Cause
Three different organizations have more in common that appears at first blush.
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Scientists Say Evolution May Be Losing Ground in Classrooms
Evolution may be winning in the courtroom but losing in the classroom, warns a new nationwide study about teaching of evolution and creationism in high schools.
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Economic Extremists Air Ads Opposing Climate Change Senate Bill
A right-wing economic group with an anti-government philosophy is attacking a bill in the U.S. Senate aimed at reducing greenhouse-gas emissions linked to global warming.
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Lieberman to Speak at Hagee Summit
Former Democratic vice presidential candidate turned Independent Sen. Joseph Lieberman is listed as a headline speaker at an upcoming event sponsored by John Hagee, a preacher from San Antonio, Texas, whose controversial views recently caused Republican presidential candidate John McCain to reject his endorsement.
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British Baptist Delegation Apologizes to Jamaicans for Slavery
A delegation of British Baptists in Jamaica this week apologized for England's role in the transatlantic slave trade, a scourge that shaped Caribbean history with effects that linger until today.
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Middle East Conference Promotes Understanding Between Christians and Muslims
A conference next month aimed at promoting understanding between Muslims and Christians in the Middle East is going on as planned, says a Lebanese Baptist leader.
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Southern Baptist Denies Signing 'The Evangelical Manifesto'
A Southern Baptist listed as a charter signer of "An Evangelical Manifesto" statement released May 7 says he was asked the review the document but never consented to include his signature.
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Hear Our June 19 Luncheon Speaker, Who Said Fair Taxation Is Pro-Life Issue
Don't miss the Baptist Center for Ethics' luncheon in Memphis on Thursday, June 19, at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's annual gathering. You will hear a Methodist law-school professor who rocked Alabama's faith community out of its moral lethargy about an unfair tax structure; encouraged a Republican governor, who sought justice for the least of those in his state; and grabbed the attention of the Wall Street Journal. She has the moral vision of a biblical prophetess and the analytical carefulness of a tax expert.
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CBF Announces Partnership With Micah Challenge
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship recently announced a two-year partnership with Micah Challenge USA, part of a global campaign to mobilize Christians against poverty.
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Proposed SBC Resolution Calls for Exodus From California Schools
A new resolution proposed for consideration at next month's Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting urges parents in California to withdraw their children from public schools at least until the state repeals a law that social conservatives decry as homosexual indoctrination.
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Baptist Relief Groups Assessing Needs in Myanmar, China
Myanmar's resistance to working with outsiders is not only delaying the delivery of much-need aid to survivors of a May 2 cyclone, but may be hampering fund raising by charitable organizations awaiting specific information about how prospective donors can help.
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What Constitutes an Authentic Prophet?
The late Baptist ethics professor Henlee Barnette contended that his friend and mentor Clarence Jordan stood in the tradition of a biblical prophet.
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British Baptists Go to Jamaica to Apologize for Slave Trade
A delegation representing British Baptists travels Thursday to Jamaica to personally apologize for their nation's role two centuries ago in transatlantic trading of slaves.
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Methodists Oppose Teaching of Creationism, Intelligent Design
The United Methodist Church passed a resolution at its recent General Conference opposing the teaching of Creation Science and Intelligent Design in public schools.
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Power, Not Prejudice, Keeps Churches Segregated, Author Will Campbell Says
The church remains the last bastion of segregation in America not primarily due to prejudice but because of power, says civil-rights advocate and author Will Campbell.
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Christian Right Leaders Push Back Against Concern for Global Warming
A group of conservative religious leaders and politicians on Thursday unveiled a new campaign aimed at getting 1 million supporters behind a so-called "biblical" view of the environment that downplays concerns about human-induced global warming.
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Baptists Show Solidarity With Palestinians
A British Baptist leader joined a reported 15,000 people last Saturday in a march in central London showing solidarity with Palestinians.
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Lawyer Group Recruiting Churches to Disobey Tax Law
A legal advocacy group founded by Religious Right broadcasters is recruiting pastors for an act of civil disobedience by preaching about political candidates in violation of rules against politicking for non-profit charities imposed by the Internal Revenue Service.
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Baptists Waiting to Deliver Aid to Myanmar
The idea behind Baptist World Aid's "Rescue 24" is to put an emergency team on the ground within 24 hours of any disaster anywhere in the world. When it comes to getting into cyclone-ravaged Myanmar, it might be closer to 24 days.
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Baptist Conscience Awakening About Creation Care, Baptist Leader Says
Baptists have throughout history largely lagged behind other Christians in theological and practical discussion concerning the environment, but there are signs the Baptist conscience is awakening to the issue of creation care, a European Baptist leader told a recent gathering of British Baptists.
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Sectarian Violence Rocks Lebanon, Engulfs Baptists
Street fighting in Beirut at the end of last week forced the closing on Thursday of the Beirut Baptist School, led to the postponement of a public lecture today at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary and enveloped a BMS World Mission staff member.
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Recognizing the Moral Stewardship of Communication Technology
Accra's National Arts Centre had everything an American could want as a souvenir--wood carvings, talking drums, colorful clothing, leather goods, glass jewelry and masks.
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Zimbabwean Baptists Ask for Prayer
A political impasse and related violence has created a humanitarian and spiritual crisis in Zimbabwe, says a Baptist pastor there contacted by EthicsDaily.com.
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Centrist Baptists Challenge Group Denouncing 'Politicization of Faith'
Baptist leaders questioned a self-identified "inclusive grassroots initiative" unveiled Wednesday criticizing Christians on both the left and right for allowing their faith to become too political.
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Baptists Mobilize Resources for Myanmar
WASHINGTON (BWA) Baptists from North America, Europe and the Asia/Pacific region are mobilizing personnel and resources to assist victims of a devastating cyclone and its resulting flooding in Myanmar.
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Baptists Urged to Respond to Cyclone in Myanmar
Baptists have joined government and charitable groups working to relieve human suffering in the aftermath of Saturday's devastating cyclone in Myanmar.
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Baptist Leaders Denounce War Funding Bill
The House of Representatives this week takes up a spending bill analysts say would bring the total cost of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq since Sept. 11, 2001, to at least $875 billion.
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Activists Claim Large African Delegation Kept Methodists From Liberalizing Stance on Homosexuality
United Methodists would have changed church rules calling homosexuality "incompatible with Christian teaching" this year had it not been for delegates from overseas, a conservative activist claims.
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Let's Question Winner's Circle Theology
After the failed vote on Sunday at Nashville's Two Rivers Baptist Church to expel church members, one of the targeted members gave God the credit for the vote which allowed her to remain a member.
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Another Vital Statistic: Is the SBC On the Brink of Financial Decline?
LifeWay Christian Resources' recent annual statistical study demonstrated in rather clear fashion that the Southern Baptist Convention, which had long defied the trends of mainline denominations by continuing to grow, appears to have peaked and begun a gradual decline. Baptisms continue a steep slide despite fervent efforts to prop them up, and even the amorphous "membership" category showed a dip in 2007.
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Prominent Baptist Church Votes Not to Expel Dissident Members
A prominent Southern Baptist church in Nashville, Tenn., narrowly voted to retain 71 members in what would have been one of the largest church-member expulsions in recent history of the Baptist faith.
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Family Research Council Urging Pastors to 'Cross the Line' in Political Endorsements
A Religious Right spokesman with ties to the Southern Baptist Convention says he plans to counsel pastors to "cross the line" in telling church members how they should vote in the upcoming presidential election.
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Conservative Methodists Accused of Trying to Buy African Votes With Cell Phones
A multi-year effort to turn the United Methodist Church to the right on controversial issues like homosexuality suffered a setback at General Conference meetings being held this week in Fort Worth, Texas.
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Christian Television Network Reports Growing Audience in Iran
Iran's mix of political instability and harsh enforcement of Sharia law are combining to produce an unexpected result--increased interest in the gospel message--reports a broadcasting ministry operated by and for Christian in the Middle East.
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Leader Says 'Conservative Resurgence' Failed to Produce More Evangelism in SBC
A movement launched in 1979 to purge the Southern Baptist Convention of so-called "liberalism" failed in its promise to deliver a more evangelistic denomination, according to an SBC statistician.
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Southern Baptist Mission Board Sponsors Exhibit for Messianic Jews
The Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship, a ministry formed in 1990 to preach the gospel to Jews, will for the first time have a booth this year in the exhibit hall at the Southern Baptist Convention.
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Baptist Leaders Urge Senate to Pass 'Strongest Possible' Bill on Climate Change
More than 140 Baptist leaders from 25 states and the District of Columbia endorsed a Baptist Center for Ethics letter sent today calling on the U.S. Senate to pass climate-change legislation
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Baptist Minister/Judge Says Incarceration a Moral Issue
Baptists should condemn the idea that incarceration cures crime, advocate just alternatives to prison and work to reclaim and restore persons leaving the penal system, says an appellate judge and ordained Baptist minister.
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Southern Baptist Leaders' Comments Echo 'Biblical Patriarchy' Theology
Thoughts about subordination of women that brought censure to a female presenter who critiqued them in a recent apologetics conference at Midwestern Baptist Theological seminary find some parallel in recent history of the Southern Baptist Convention, according to an analysis by EthicsDaily.com.
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SBC Reports Membership Decline
Total membership in the Southern Baptist Convention dropped nearly 40,000 last year, prompting one official to declare America's second-largest faith group officially a "denomination in decline."
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10 Ways You Can Be More Green
I had the pleasure of hearing former Vice President and Nobel Prize recipient Al Gore speak in January at the New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta. The presentation he delivered to his fellow Baptists was one of stewardship of the earth. Caring for God's creation and its inhabitants was a responsibility first given to Adam. We still have that responsibility today, although the effects of our negligence are leaving behind some irreversible consequences.
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Speaker Chastised Over Criticism of 'Biblical Patriarchy' at SBC Seminary
A speaker at an apologetics conference at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has been rebuked for comments critical of prominent Southern Baptists who believe God ordains for wives to be subordinate to their husbands.
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BCE Launches 'The Green Bible' Web Page
TheGreenBible.org is now online. The site, from Baptist Center for Ethics and EthicsDaily.com, is a warehouse of information on the biblical mandate to care for the environment--and what people of faith can and should do.
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British Baptists Issue Warning on Extremist Politics
British Baptists, Methodists and the United Reformed Church have joined forces to denounce racist and extreme political parties in upcoming local elections in Wales and parts of England.
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Missouri Southern Baptist Leader Apologizes for Criticizing Confederate Flag
The interim executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention has apologized for calling the Confederate flag a symbol of hate.
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Link Between Global Warming and Poverty Focus of Earth Day Sunday
Church members across America will hear sermons this Sunday on climate change on Earth Day Sunday, which is celebrated in houses of worship on the weekend closest to Earth Day on April 22.
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Sudan Church Unites
WASHINGTON(BWA) The Sudan Interior Church North and Sudan Interior Church South have reunited to form one convention.
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Baptist Pastor Reflects on One-Year Anniversary of Virginia Tech Shootings
Virginia Tech cancelled classes Wednesday for a Day of Remembrance to honor 32 students and faculty killed a year ago in the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.
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Supreme Court Upholds Lethal Injections
A fragmented United States Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Wednesday that a three-drug protocol most commonly used for lethal injections does not violate the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
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World Bank Official Warns Rising Food Costs Could Push 100 Million Into Poverty
Surging food prices could push 100 million deeper into poverty, World Bank President Robert Zoellick said Sunday at the close of the International Money Fund-World Bank spring meetings in Washington.
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Churches Use 'An Inconvenient Truth' as Teaching Tool
There's a valuable teaching tool for pastors and religious educators willing to take a little political risk: Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth," say two congregational leaders who have shown the film in Baptist churches.
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SBC President Exaggerates Credit for Reducing AIDS in Uganda
CNN's Campbell Brown correctly identified "True Love Waits" as an abstinence program in Sunday's Compassion Forum with the Democratic presidential candidates focusing on faith issues. But she failed to challenge the Southern Baptist Convention president's exaggerated claim crediting the faith-based program with reducing the rate of HIV/AIDS in Uganda.
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Celebrating With Brothers and Sisters
The Baptist General Convention of Missouri held our annual meeting recently at Fee Fee Baptist Church in St. Louis.
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Facts Don't Back Up SBC Leader's Non-Partisan Claim
A Southern Baptist spokesman who once asked the Republican Party for a "wedding ring" for the Religious Right accused a recent North American gathering of Baptists of being too partisan.
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Resource Questions Candidates About No Child Left Behind
Add one to the list of moral values at stake in the next federal election: where does your candidate stand on reauthorization of No Child Left Behind?
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Pastor, Rabbi Team Up for Book Written in Blogosphere
A rabbi and Baptist pastor are collaborating on a book-in-progress exploring the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount being written in front of God and everybody.
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Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond Announces Layoffs
Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond will eliminate four of its 13 full-time faculty positions in a downsizing plan to be presented to trustees April 28. President Ron Crawford said the school is not yet ready to announce which professors are losing their jobs.
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American Baptist Officials Say Pew Survey Paints False Picture of Denomination's Ethnic Diversity
Leaders of the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. said a recent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life survey plotting America's religious landscape used flawed methodology in reporting the denomination as 81 percent white.
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Missouri Baptist Editor Supports Confederate Flag
The editor of the Missouri Baptist Convention's in-house publication, "The Pathway," has strongly defended the controversial Confederate battle flag and aggressively attacked those who challenge it.
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Oklahoma Educators, Clergy Meet in Statewide Summit on Religion in Public Schools
Education has become the flashpoint in the culture wars, but it could become a starting point to finding common ground, a professor told 150 teachers and clergy from Oklahoma at a conference March 25-26.
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Internet Evangelist Posts Controversial Anti-Islam Video
An American Internet evangelist who made news last year for a YouTube video featuring a toy pig named Muhammed now says he has received death threats since posting a controversial film by a Dutch filmmaker that portrays Islam as a ticking time bomb aimed at the West.
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Gilyard Faces More Charges
A former Baptist pastor in Jacksonville, Fla., previously charged with lewdness in connection with text messages he allegedly sent to a teenager now faces two additional charges, including one that he fondled a child.
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Al Gore Launches Campaign to Engage Public on Global Warming
Former Vice President Al Gore is launching a bipartisan three-year campaign this week aimed at building grassroots support to address global warming. With a $300 million price tag, the Alliance for Climate Change's "We" campaign is one of the largest and most expensive public advocacy campaigns in history.
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Canadian Baptist Leaders Dispute SBC President's Gay Marriage Claim
Canadian Baptist leaders said they were puzzled by Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page's statement that in Canada a pastor can be jailed for speaking out against homosexuality.
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Businessman Seeks $10 Million from Missouri Baptist Convention
A Missouri businessman is seeking $10 million in damages from leaders of the state's Southern Baptists, money he claims he lost because of efforts by the Missouri Baptist Convention to block him from developing property he legally purchased in 2006.
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SBC President Says Media Liberal, Biased Against Christians
A liberal and anti-Christian media is helping America slip toward moral ruin, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention said in an American Family Association webcast.
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Texas School Board Battles Over Intelligent Design
A Texas-sized battle is brewing within the State Board of Education over what must be included in public-school textbooks.
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Baptist Leader Terms Racism 'Insidious Cancer' in Society
Growing up black in America, Aidsand Wright-Riggins says he is used to hearing the "n-word." What bothers him is as a midweek air traveler he seldom sees more than one or two fellow African-American passengers, even though the United States is more than 12 percent black.
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Report Says Global Anti-Semitism on the Rise
United States embassies have reported an upsurge in anti-Semitism over the last decade, according to a recent government report.
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SBC Leader Has Penchant for Name Calling
A prominent Southern Baptist leader often engages in personal insults and character assassination in sermons, interviews and radio programs instead of merely explaining his disagreement on the issues, according to an analysis of his comments by EthicsDaily.com.
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U.S. War Deaths in Iraq Surpass 4,000
The war in Iraq reached a grim milestone Sunday, when four soldiers killed when a bomb hit their vehicle in south Baghdad brought the number of U.S. military killed in the war to 4,000.
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Australian Baptists Support Earth Hour 2008--Will Others Join In?
Australian Baptists announced last week that they support Earth Hour 2008, an initiative launched last year in Sydney that focuses on global warming and has spread across the globe, signing up individuals, corporations and cities to reduce their greenhouse emissions.
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Climate Expert Challenges Southern Baptist Leader's Global Warming Claims
A leading scholar on global warming says a letter sent last week to all 100 United States senators urging defeat of a measure to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions is factually wrong.
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Azerbaijan's President Frees Imprisoned Baptist Pastor
Azerbaijan on Wednesday released a Baptist pastor from the remainder of a two-year prison sentence that drew protests around the world labeling it a false arrest.
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African-American Baptist Group Protests Boot-Camp Death
Meeting under protest in Panama City, Fla., leaders of Florida's largest black Baptist organization pledged to use the 2006 death of a 14-year-old African-American youth at a boot-camp style detention center to inspire new programs aimed at keeping young men out of trouble.
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Obama Criticizes But Refuses to 'Disown' Controversial Pastor
In a speech widely touted as one of the most important of his presidential campaign, Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday denounced incendiary comments by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright but refused to disown his pastor of 20 years.
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Thursday Marks Fifth Anniversary of Iraq Invasion
The number of U.S. military killed in Iraq is closing in on 4,000 as this week marks the war's fifth anniversary.
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SBC Leader Claims Earth Not Getting Hotter But Colder
Southern Baptist Convention leader Richard Land apparently thought he had good reason for refusing to sign a recent statement by fellow Southern Baptists calling for action on global warming. He believes the Earth is getting colder.
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British Baptist to Head North American Seminary
WASHINGTON (BWA) The head of BMS World Mission, the British Baptist mission agency, has been selected to be the 10th president of Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago.
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Florida Mega-Church Approves Loan for Start-Up of Christian School
First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., reportedly voted Wednesday night to loan up to $500,000 for start-up funds of a new Christian academy.
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Baptists in Ecuador Request Help for Flood Relief
Baptists in Ecuador are asking global Baptists for relief funds to help them respond to the worst floods in a quarter century.
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Abuse Arrest Prompts Resignation of Alabama Baptist Music Minister
A prominent Cooperative Baptist Fellowship church in Alabama has dismissed a popular minister of music under arrest on charges of child abuse and third-degree sex offense stemming from events alleged to have occurred several years ago in Maryland.
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Bill Granting FDA Regulation of Tobacco Clears Committee
An American Baptist leader welcomed passage by a House panel of a bill that would grant the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco products.
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Organizers Defend Environmental Statement
Organizers of the Southern Baptist Environment and Climate Initiative defended their statement released Monday urging Southern Baptists to take better care of the environment and fight climate change.
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Seeking Allies in Support for War, Bush Turns to Religious Broadcasters
President Bush chose religious broadcasters as the first audience for a series of speeches linked to the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq next week and a progress report next month to Congress by Gen. David Petraeus.
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Religious Peace Activists Mark 5th Anniversary of War in Iraq
More than 40 faith-based peace activists were reportedly arrested late Friday afternoon in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill for civil disobedience protesting the war in Iraq.
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Letter to New Baptist Covenant's Next-Step Planners, Meeting Wednesday
Climate change's impact on church ministries and missions must be a top drawer issue for the North American Baptist leaders, who will meet at the Carter Center on Wednesday to discuss next steps for the New Baptist Covenant.
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Jimmy Carter Appeals for Release of Imprisoned Baptist Pastor in Azerbaijan
A campaign to free an imprisoned Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan received a boost when former U.S. President Jimmy Carter intervened on his behalf.
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Emphasis Opens Doors for Baptist Women to Preach
"I'm here today because nobody calls me 'chicken,'" guest preacher Michelle McClendon said in a sermon Feb. 3 at Second Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas.
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Judge Rules Against Missouri Baptist Convention in Lawsuit Against Conference Center
A judge ruled Tuesday that the Missouri Baptist Convention didn't include enough protections when it incorporated Windermere Baptist Conference Center as a separate non-profit entity in 2000 to prevent Windermere from amending its articles of incorporation to eliminate the convention's right to elect the center's trustees.
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SBC Leader Pleads Ignorance in Use of Jewish Slur
Southern Baptist Convention leader Richard Land claims he didn't know he was using a word that some consider crude or obscene when he called Sen. Charles Schumer a "schmuck."
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Reaction Mixed to SBC Leader Calling Jewish Senator a 'Schmuck'
Should a Southern Baptist Convention leader resign for using a Yiddish slur against a Jewish senator, or is it "much ado about not much?" That's the range of reaction to Monday's EthicsDaily.com story quoting Ethics & Religious Liberty head Richard Land calling New York Senator Chuck Schumer a "schmuck."
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Study Says 1 in 100 Americans Behind Bars
For the first time, more than one in every 100 Americans is behind bars, disproportionally affecting people of color and the young and competing for tax dollars with needed government programs like education.
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Richard Land Must Go
Now we have a chance to see what the Religious Right is made of--if it truly stands for ethics and values, as its leaders profess, or whether its leaders can continue to engage in gutter politics and get away with it.
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White House Religious Liaison Steps Down Over Plagiarism Charge
President Bush's liaison to the Religious Right resigned Friday after admitting that he plagiarized articles he wrote for his hometown newspaper.
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Poverty and Justice Bible 'Megaphones' God's Concern for the Poor
A British Bible society is launching the first-ever study Bible highlighting more than 2,000 verses that emphasize God's concern about injustice and the poor.
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SBC Leader Uses Obscene Slur to Describe Jewish Senator
A Southern Baptist leader lecturing at Criswell College used a gutter word to describe a Jewish U.S. senator.
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New Baptist Covenant: Process More Important than Product
Baptists of North America recently participated of a true Baptist gathering called "Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant." Judging by the name the organizers chose, they seem to believe at least two things about Baptists in North America: We Baptists need something new, and we Baptists are a covenant people.
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IRS Investigating United Church of Christ Over Obama Speech
The Internal Revenue Service is investigating whether a speech last summer by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama to a United Church of Christ national meeting violated rules for tax-exempt charities against partisan campaigning.
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Advocate Says Theology of Submission Hampers Southern Baptist Response to Sexual Abuse by Clergy
The Southern Baptist Convention will have a hard time addressing either the problem of sexual abuse by clergy or domestic violence as long as its leaders persist in the theological view that women are subject to men, a victims' advocate says.
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Legislator Featured in 'Golden Rule Politics' Running for Congress
A Missouri legislator and pastor's wife who appears in a Baptist Center for Ethics DVD about faith and politics is running for Congress.
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Richard Land Misrepresents Baptist Groups
A Southern Baptist official who has been a frequent critic of the Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant inaccurately attacked the Celebration and those present for not focusing on evangelism. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, claimed that the Baptist bodies at the Celebration were not growing because they were not evangelistic.
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Study Says Baptists Losing Ground in America's Religious Landscape
Americans are leaving Baptist churches at nearly twice the rate that others are joining them, according to details of a study released Monday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
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The New Baptist Covenant Will Be Judged Not By How We Feel But By What We Do
I was unable to travel to the New Baptist Covenant Celebration, due to meetings I had to attend related to an opportunity to purchase land on the highway next to our church. I am sorry that I missed it.
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Article Says Preacher Charged With Killing Wife a Sexual Predator
A Texas magazine is reporting that a former Baptist pastor accused of murdering his wife and staging it to look like she committed suicide has a long trail of allegations of sexual abuse.
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Judge Says Sexual Abuse Case Involving Repressed Memory May Proceed
A judge in Jacksonville, Fla., has said a second lawsuit can move forward accusing a Baptist mega-church in the city of harboring a longtime former pastor now alleged to have been a pedophile.
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They Call Themselves Christians
The recent New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta focused on Jesus' moral agenda, outlined in Luke 4. Perhaps like the Shema (Dt 6:4-9), we should keep these words of Jesus in our hearts, recite them to our children, and talk about them when we are at home and when we are away, when we lie down and when we rise. They are worthy of our binding them as a sign on our hand, fixing them as an ensign on our foreheads, and writing them on the doorposts of our houses and on our gates.
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SNAP Leaders Ask Patterson to Apologize for 'Evil-Doers' Remark
A self-help group for victims of clergy sexual abuse is asking the head of a Southern Baptist seminary to apologize for calling their organization "evil-doers." The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests also requested a face-to-face meeting with Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
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New Baptist Covenant Celebration a Gift to North American Baptists
Like every other Baptist gathered in Atlanta, I was so pleased at the experience from participating in the Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant. I was unsure whether to come at first, not knowing what to expect or what to think about what might come of this meeting, but I was told by one of my elder mentors that I needed to be there. As usual, the wisdom of my friend was right on target and I am grateful to God for the chance to see it with my own eyes and to hear it with my own ears.
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New Covenant Baptists Must Grasp 'Other Reality' of Diversity
I am writing this short article in the afterglow of the Atlanta event that celebrated the New Baptist Covenant. The overall response from the Canadian contingent, even though our participation was more as observers than egalitarian partners, was that the speakers were inspiring and the workshops stimulating.
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Executive Committee Still Studying Feasibility of Clergy Sex-Offender Database
The Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention isn't yet ready to respond to a motion referred from last year's convention calling for a feasibility study of a denomination-wide database of clergy sex offenders, a work group studying the proposal said Tuesday.
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New Baptist Covenant: One-Time Event, or Beginning of a Movement?
To an outsider, the main impetus for the New Baptist Covenant, supported by 30 Baptist denominations and groups in North America might seem clear: an opportunity for the Baptists of North America to re-group after the years of controversy centered on the Southern Baptist Convention and its withdrawal from the Baptist World Alliance.
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It's Been a Long Time Since I've Wanted to Rededicate My Life at a Baptist Meeting
The New Baptist Covenant meeting was, without doubt, the most inspiring, uplifting, heart-warming and stimulating meeting in my lifetime. It was also the first time I've been proud of being a Baptist in at least 30 years.
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Appeals to Anti-Semitism, Racism, Mar Democratic Congressional Race
A Tennessee congressional candidate is being criticized for not disavowing a flier that says the incumbent and Jews hate Jesus.
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Jesus Was an Alien, Speaker Says
Christians have an obligation to reject negative attitudes and false assumptions about immigrants, in part because their Savior was an alien in Egypt, Christian ethicist and EthicsDaily.com columnist Miguel De La Torre said in a Friday lecture at Belmont University.
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To Become a Movement, New Baptist Covenant Must Look to Future
January's historic Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of a new movement in Baptist life. Those of us who were fortunate enough to attend enjoyed three days of fellowship and reconciliation with Baptist brothers and sisters from all walks of life, absolutely incredible, God-inspired preaching, and chances to learn about ways to help heal those who have been broken by our sinful world.
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SBC Seminary President Labels Clergy Sex-Abuse Victims' Group 'Evil-Doers'
A Southern Baptist Convention leader described a support-and-advocacy group for victims of sexual abuse by clergy as "evil doers" who are "just as reprehensible as sex criminals."
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Gore Says Teaching Religion in Public Schools 'Formula For Disaster'
Former Vice President Al Gore says the government doesn't have any business teaching religion in public schools.
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The New Baptist Covenant Celebration: A Grand Experiment
The New Baptist Covenant Celebration was a great success. Bringing together Baptists from various denominational communities, theological traditions, ethnicities and geographic locations was an unprecedented venture.
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Reflection on the New Baptist Covenant: Where Do We Go From Here?
The New Baptist Covenant meeting was a wonderful gathering of like-minded Baptists. I have been invited to reflect and evaluate the meeting, consider what the future might hold for this kind of meeting and provide suggestions for local and hemispheric actions. Let me start with an evaluation using the name of the meeting:
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Baptists Must See Crisscrossing of Race, Poverty and the Environment
Goodwill Baptists in North America are having feverish public and private conversations about next steps. Of course, trying to get Baptists heading in the same direction is like herding cats, a near impossibility.
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Huckabee Elevates Ten Commandments Above Secular Laws
If everyone obeyed the Ten Commandments and New Testament, there would be less need for laws to be enforced by the government, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Sunday in a Baptist church.
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Conservative Critics Lambast Gore's New Baptist Covenant Address
Former President Jimmy Carter declared unanimous support for Al Gore's creation-care mandate in front a supportive audience of 2,500 Baptists at a luncheon gathering Jan. 31 in Atlanta, but not all response was positive outside the banquet hall.
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Baptists Found Their Voice Again at New Baptist Covenant Celebration
Anyone who has been around Baptist preachers very long knows that the old simile about us being like manure is embarrassingly true: spread us around and we do a little good, but get us all together and we stink to the high heavens.
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Wall Street Journal Column about New Baptist Covenant Has Too Many Errors

What in the world was the Wall Street Journal thinking when it sent its "deputy Taste editor" to cover the three-day meeting of the New Baptist Covenant?

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Scientists, Religious Scholars Reject 'Intelligent Design'
An international group of scientists and theologians has issued a strong rebuke of "intelligent design," a theory that has gained ground with conservative Christians, especially in the United States.
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Christian Groups Call for Boycott of California Public Schools
Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum and an organization that advocates Christian schooling as an alternative to public schools are part of a new coalition calling on California parents to remove their children from public schools.
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Reflections on a New Baptist Covenant
I was privileged this past week to participate in a truly historic event. Baptist groups from all across North America, even from around the world, gathered in Atlanta for a three-day show of Christian unity. The event, dubbed a New Baptist Covenant, brought together white Baptists, African-American Baptists, Hispanic Baptists, Asian Baptists and others. We all joined hands and lifted our voices praising God. And we prayed, prayed for a return to traditional Baptist principles.
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Washington Post Gets It Wrong About New Baptist Covenant
Does journalist Sally Quinn know enough about religion to co-moderate the faith discussion in the Washington Post?
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Evolution Weekend Aims to Elevate Discussion of Religion and Science
Evolution Sunday, an annual event held in churches the last two years to promote the idea that science and faith are compatible, this year is being expanded and renamed Evolution Weekend to make it more inclusive for members of all religions.
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NCC Heads Reflects on New Baptist Celebration
Among the thousands of Baptists at last week's Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant was a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) minister--Michael Kinnamon, general secretary of the National Council of Churches. Kinnamon, who became the NCC's leader on Jan. 1, heads the ecumenical body that unites 35 Christian denominations representing 45 million people in 100,000 congregations.
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Can Baptists Bridge the Racial Divide?
As a person of color who attended the New Baptist Covenant, I was and continue to be a bit skeptical about the outcomes. I have learned in my 32 years of life how important it is for a person of color to keep his or her expectations low when discussing race and ethnicity with others. It's not that we do not hope for the best, but it is a way to protect ourselves from further cultural wounding.
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The New Baptist Covenant: What's Next?
The New Baptist Covenant gathering in Atlanta exceeded all my expectations, and I hope it marks the beginning of a new day for Baptists in North America.
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Gilyard Pleads Not Guilty to Lewdness Charge
Former Baptist mega-church pastor Darrell Gilyard pleaded not guilty to lewd and lascivious conduct at his arraignment Tuesday in Jacksonville, Fla.
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New Baptist Covenant Celebration was Political, but not Partisan
Fifteen thousand pastors and laypersons representing churches across the land met last week in Atlanta under the banner of the New Baptist Covenant to offer a progressive voice for Baptists. All Baptists in North America were invited, and every major group signed on except Southern Baptists.
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Clinton Details 1993 Meeting with President of Southern Baptist Convention
If President Bill Clinton ever had a prayer with the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention, it was right after a meeting on Sept. 16, 1993, with then-SBC president Ed Young.
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Panelists Urge New Covenant Baptists to Fight Institutional Racism
The church's struggle against racism is no longer primarily about skin color, but institutions that bestow privilege on some and penalties on others, an activist, denominational leader and scholar said in a special-interest session Friday at the New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta.
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Clinton Details 1993 Meeting with President of Southern Baptist Convention
If President Bill Clinton ever had a prayer with the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention, it was right after a meeting on Sept. 16, 1993, with then-SBC president Ed Young.
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Panelists Urge New Covenant Baptists to Fight Institutional Racism
The church's struggle against racism is no longer primarily about skin color, but institutions that bestow privilege on some and penalties on others, an activist, denominational leader and scholar said in a special-interest session Friday at the New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta.
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Gore Delivers Most Important Baptist Address in 30 Years
Former Vice President Al Gore delivered the most energetic, substantive and potentially transformative speech made by a Baptist to a Baptist audience in 30 years.
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Workshop Challenges New Covenant Baptists to Seek Peace
Humans are caught "in an inextricable network of mutuality" that requires nations to overcome differences to work together for peace, Baptist ethicist Paul Dekar said Thursday at a special-interest session on peacemaking at the New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta.
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Gore Urges New Covenant Baptists to Take Up Mantle of Creation Care
Former Vice President Al Gore challenged 2,500 fellow Baptists at a Thursday luncheon with prophetic zeal to take up the mantle of reversing global warming.
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Author John Grisham Offers Tips to Restore Baptists' Good Name
Why are Baptists so often viewed as narrow, intolerant, politically naïve and prone to internal warfare?
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Workshop Challenges New Covenant Baptists to Seek Peace
Humans are caught "in an inextricable network of mutuality" that requires nations to overcome differences to work together for peace, Baptist ethicist Paul Dekar said Thursday at a special-interest session on peacemaking at the New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta.
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Gore Urges New Covenant Baptists to Take Up Mantle of Creation Care
Former Vice President Al Gore challenged 2,500 fellow Baptists at a Thursday luncheon with prophetic zeal to take up the mantle of reversing global warming.
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Author John Grisham Offers Tips to Restore Baptists' Good Name
Why are Baptists so often viewed as narrow, intolerant, politically naïve and prone to internal warfare?
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Jimmy Carter Rates New Baptist Covenant Celebration His 'Most Momentous' Religious Event
One of the world's most famous Baptists, Jimmy Carter accepted Christ at age 11 and began teaching Bible lessons 65 years ago.
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Clinton Challenges 'Epidemic of Indifference' in Address to African-American Baptists
The past seven years in Washington have seen an "epidemic of indifference" and a "collective turning of the government's back" on people in need, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told a joint meeting of four major African-American Baptist groups Wednesday in Atlanta.
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Jimmy Carter Rates New Baptist Covenant Celebration His 'Most Momentous' Religious Event
One of the world's most famous Baptists, Jimmy Carter accepted Christ at age 11 and began teaching Bible lessons 65 years ago.
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Clinton Challenges 'Epidemic of Indifference' in Address to African-American Baptists
The past seven years in Washington have seen an "epidemic of indifference" and a "collective turning of the government's back" on people in need, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told a joint meeting of four major African-American Baptist groups Wednesday in Atlanta.
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Republican Power Structure Used Religious Conservatives, Panelists Say
The Republican Party used religious conservatives in a machine manufactured and bankrolled by fiscal conservatives, reaping benefits like tax cuts and new business opportunities, a group of panelists said in a Tuesday screening of "Golden Rule Politics" in Atlanta.
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See No Evil
Many people feel my blog about a pastor in Florida charged with sending obscene text messages is a private church matter that should not be talked about and that speaking out is wrong. Some feel it is really sinful and slanderous.
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Southern Baptist Youth Minister Indicted on Molestation Charges
A grand jury in Tucson, Ariz., has indicted a Southern Baptist youth minister arrested Jan. 11 on eight counts of sexual abuse of a minor, a local television station reported Friday.
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Study Says Bush White House Made 937 False Statements in Lead-Up to War
A study released days before tonight's State of the Union address says President Bush and seven of his administration's top officials made at least 937 false statements about the national security threat of Saddam Hussein's Iraq in the two years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
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Huckabee Speaks Via Phone to Church, Despite Clergy Sex-Abuse Scandal
A day after canceling a Sunday-night sermon at a north Florida Baptist church facing pending lawsuits that allege molestation and cover-up, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee decided instead to address the congregation live via telephone.
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Huckabee Not Speaking at Church Mired in Sex-Abuse Scandal
Mike Huckabee will not be speaking this weekend at a north Florida Baptist church facing pending lawsuits that allege molestation and cover-up. His campaign says he never agreed to it in the first place, contradicting a press release sent out by the church, while a support group for victims says he backed out after they complained.
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Leaders Promote Baptist-Muslim Dialogue
Leaders from three Baptist organizations met recently with a Muslim leader to begin discussions on ways the two faiths can work together and learn from one another.
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Anti-Gay Church Plans to Protest Heath Ledger Memorial Service
A small Baptist church infamous for picketing military funerals plans to protest the memorial service for actor Heath Ledger, because the dead actor played a gay character in the 2005 Academy Award-winning film, "Brokeback Mountain."
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What I Hope in the New Baptist Covenant
For the greater portion of my professional life, I have felt more at home outside of my denomination than within it. I guess it can be expected when you're from a divided family.
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EthicsDaily.com Reaches 10,000 Article Milestone
The article identification number in your browser right now is 10,000, marking a milestone for EthicsDaily.com.
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New Baptist Covenant Is Already a Success
Announcing success before an event is risky, even foolish business. But in the Pauline tradition of being foolish for Christ's sake and forsaking the wisdom of the world, which warns against naming success in advance during problematic times, I want to announce that the New Baptist Covenant next week in Atlanta is a success based on what it has already accomplished.
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Huckabee Schedules Campaign Stop at Church in Center of Clergy Sex-Abuse Scandal
Mike Huckabee's scheduled Sunday night campaign stop in Florida will be in a Baptist church at the center of a nearly two-year-old scandal involving alleged sexual abuse by clergy.
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It's Not About Sex
Thinking that clergy sex abuse is about sex is like thinking the Bataan Death March was about marching.
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British Baptists Call for Repeal of Blasphemy Law
British Baptist theologians have joined other church and civil-rights organizations in calling for an end to Great Britain's blasphemy laws, which government leaders say are anachronistic and unfairly favor the Anglican Church.
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Pulitzer Journalist, President's Grandson Panelists for 'Golden Rule Politics' Screening in Atlanta
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Cynthia Tucker and Jason Carter, grandson of former President Jimmy Carter and co-founder of a grassroots service organization called Democrats Work headline a panel discussion following a screening of the Baptist Center for Ethics DVD "Golden Rule Politics" Jan. 29 in Atlanta.
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White Supremacists Headline Martin Luther King Day Protest in Jena
A controversial "pro-majority" group gathers today in Jena, La., to protest both the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and last September's rally that brought thousands of African-Americans to the small town in solidarity with six arrested black teens now famous as the Jena Six.
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Fred Shuttlesworth and Racial Justice: An Old Perspective for a New Millennium
The Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday affords Americans a built-in opportunity to revisit the issue of racial justice. It is also a window through which we may re-view the lives of others who, like King, pushed America toward becoming a "beloved community" of racial justice.
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Mohler's New Book Advocates Exit Strategy from Public Schools
A seminary president and recently announced candidate for president of the Southern Baptist Convention says in a new book that Christians should have an exit strategy from public schools.
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Arizona Baptist Youth Minister Charged, Former Texas Deacon Sentenced, for Sexual Abuse
A Southern Baptist youth minister in Arizona was reportedly placed on administrative leave following his arrest last Friday on nine charges of sexual misconduct and abuse of a 13-year-old girl.
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Baptist Foundation of Arizona Assets Go on Auction Block
The last remaining Arizona real estate assets from the defunct Baptist Foundation of Arizona go on the auction block today in a Phoenix hotel.
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Will the New Baptist Covenant Be Political?
Polite conversation encourages the avoidance of discussing religion and politics. It is for good reason. In the history of the world, more blood has been shed and more lives have been lost by the way these forces have conspired together, short of any other factor except a blatant quest for raw absolute power.
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Al Mohler for President--of the SBC
Amidst the intense campaigning for the presidency of the United States, there is a smaller yet significant campaign of another type taking shape--the campaign for president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
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Former Pastor Arrested on Charges He Sent Lewd Text Messages to 14-year-old Girl
An African-American Baptist preacher once promoted by past Southern Baptist Convention presidents Paige Patterson and Jerry Vines and the late television preacher Jerry Falwell surrendered to police in Jacksonville, Fla., Monday afternoon on charges of lewd and lascivious conduct with a 14-year-old girl.
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Southern Baptist Leader Says In-Vitro Fertilization Immoral
A recently announced candidate for president of the Southern Baptist Convention who has in the past said he would support treatment to change the sexual orientation of pre-born infants from gay to straight and called it sinful for married couples to remain childless by choice has once again injected his opinions into the womb.
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Face-Based Religion
"God is in His Heaven, and the hypocrites are in His church." Now before you send me hate mail about being anti-Christian, I am only paraphrasing the results of a LifeWay Research survey on church affiliation. LifeWay is part of the Southern Baptist Convention headquartered in Nashville, Tenn.
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Baptist Church, Jewish Temple Have Long History of Fostering Good Will in Birmingham
Southside Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., made national headlines in 2001 for opening its doors to Temple Emanu-El during a two-year temple renovation, but what neither congregation knew at the time was that history was repeating itself.
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New Baptist Covenant Celebration Chance to Move Forward in Race Relations
North American Baptists will soon have one of the best opportunities in our history to address the racial divisions that have too long defined us.
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Moderate Leader Says Huckabee Lied About SBC Statement on Wifely Submission
Baptist Press reported that Mike Huckabee said he "stands by" a Southern Baptist statement on wifely submission, but a moderate leader says the former Arkansas governor misrepresented what the statement really says in last Thursday's GOP presidential debate in Columbia, S.C.
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Paige Patterson Denies Turning Blind Eye to Clergy Sex Abuse
A Southern Baptist seminary president called charges by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests that he turned a blind eye to allegations of clergy sex abuse "snap judgments" that are "misinformed and inaccurate."
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Baptist Pastor on Trial for Molestation Gets Boost When Witnesses Recant
The trial of a Southern Baptist pastor charged with molesting two stepdaughters and raping one of them is moving forward, even though his lawyer says the two star witnesses have recanted.
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SNAP Calls for Suspension, Investigation of Seminary President's Link to Accused Predator
An advocacy group has called on Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to suspend its president and investigate newspaper reports from 1991 that he ignored allegations of sexual misconduct by a preacher friend now accused of sending lewd text messages to minors.
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Baptists Speak With Unified Voice in New Baptist Covenant
The end of this month marks an historic event for Baptists in North America.
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Huckabee's Religious Views Worry Jews
Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee's fundamentalist Christian credentials may be winning him votes among conservative evangelicals, but they are backfiring with another important voting demographic--liberal Jews.
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Christian Delegation Says Recent Attacks on Indian Christians Worst in History
Recent violence in Orissa, India, was the worst ever targeting the Christian community in democratic India, according to a fact-finding report by the All India Christian Council.
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Alabama CBF Host for Screening of 'Good Will for the Common Good'
The Alabama Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is host for the first public screening of the new Baptist Center for Ethics DVD "Good Will for the Common Good," aimed at improving relations between Baptists and Jews.
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Blog Solicits Reports About Accused Preacher Predator
A woman who says she resisted unwanted advances 17 years ago by a pastor now under investigation for allegedly sending lewd text messages to two underage girls believes there are other victims and has started a blog urging them to come forward.
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Baptist World Aid Seeks Funds for Kenya Relief
Baptist World Aid, the relief-and-development arm of the Baptist World Alliance, is seeking funds to aid Kenyans suffering from violence that erupted after a disputed presidential election Dec. 27.
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Baptist Center for Ethics DVD Promotes Good Will Between Baptists and Jews
Better relations between Baptists and Jews will be achieved not by denominational leaders but from person-to-person and congregational relationships built on wisdom, balance, courage and justice, according to the newest DVD study resource now available from the Baptist Center for Ethics.
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Attend Lunch with Nobel Laureate
Nobel Peace Laureate Al Gore will speak at a luncheon scheduled for Jan. 31, 2008, from noon to 2 p.m., in Atlanta, in the Thomas Murphy Ballroom at the Georgia World Congress Center.
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Pat Robertson Predicts Stock-Market Crash, Rising Gold Prices and Spiritual Breakthrough in China
Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson predicted global violence and chaos in 2008, along with economic recession in the United States, in annual prognostications broadcast on Wednesday's "700 Club" television program.
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Christian Leaders Say Bali Global Warming Consensus Welcome But Flawed
A British Baptist leader welcomed political consensus forged at last month's Union Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, but lamented objections by the United States to set targets for reducing greenhouse emissions that nearly derailed the proceedings.
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Attacker Temporarily Hijacks EthicsDaily.com
Readers trying to view EthicsDaily.com at an inopportune time Wednesday afternoon were redirected to another Web site with pornographic images. Robert Parham, executive director of the Baptist Center for Ethics, issued this statement.
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Baptist Leader Urges Solidarity With Christians Under Attack in India
An Asian Baptist leader called on Baptists worldwide to pray for peace and normalcy to be restored in India's Orissa state and that local and national governments there will stand by democratic principles of freedom of religion.
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EthicsDaily.com Tracks Clergy Sex Abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention
EthicsDaily.com reported 11 arrests, three convictions, two lawsuits and one suicide involving alleged sexual abuse by clergy in 2007.
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BCE Is Better Known as EthicsDaily.com
One thing became crystal clear in 2007: Baptist Center for Ethics became better known as EthicsDaily.com.
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SNAP Leader Says Sex Offender Database Might Have Stopped Accused Predator
A victims' advocate says a Florida pastor accused of sending obscene text messages to a minor might have been stopped if the Southern Baptist Convention had a database of sexual abuse by clergy.
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Baptist of the Year: Al Gore

Al Gore is EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2007. He has pressed for the global good with a compelling message about the danger of climate change and a clear call for moral responsibility, knitting together science and faith, reason and passion.

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Sexual Abuse, Gore Nobel Prize Top EthicsDaily.com Headlines in 2007
An ongoing expose of clergy sex abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention dominated news coverage by EthicsDaily.com in 2007. Other top stories included Baptists and the environment, plans for a Baptist confab in 2008, the role of faith in politics and a homemaking degree at an SBC seminary.
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Huckabee Linked to Controversial Bible Teacher Bill Gothard
Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has ties to a controversial Bible teacher known for authoritarian views that critics say border on spiritual abuse.
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One-Time SBC Rising Star in Spotlight for Sexual Text Messages
Once the most sought-after African-American on the Southern Baptist Convention preaching circuit before sexual misconduct marred his ministry in the 1990s, Pastor Darrell Gilyard has taken a leave of absence from his Jacksonville, Fla., mega-church after a woman told police he sent obscene text messages to her daughter.
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Baptists Celebrate Christmas in Malaysia
Washington (BWA) For the very first time, permission was granted by Malaysian authorities for Christians to celebrate Christmas in the Muslim-majority country.
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Second Former Minister From Austin Southern Baptist Church Convicted of Molestation
A prominent Southern Baptist church in Austin, Texas, may see its second former minister go to prison for sexual abuse of a child.
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Homeschoolers Not Monolithic In Support for Huckabee
National media describe an army of homeschoolers propelling Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee over the top in Iowa, but several blogs suggest not all home educators are marching in lockstep.
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Thompson Grossly Overstates Endorsement of '40 Million' Wesleyans
Presidential candidate Fred Thompson spoke ministerially--a euphemism in preacher circles for inflating numbers from the pulpit--when he claimed endorsement by two men representing 40 million Wesleyans, according to a newspaper report.
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Judge Says White House Must Release Visitor Logs for Nine Religious Right Leaders
A federal judge on Monday ordered the Bush administration to release information about when nine prominent religious conservatives visited the White House, rejecting arguments by the administration the records should be kept secret to protect confidentiality of presidential and vice presidential deliberations.
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Baptist Children's Home Exec Sought No Prison for Clergy Sex Abuser
The head of an Illinois Baptist ministry that specializes in work with abused and neglected children says he stands by his decision four years ago to ask for leniency in the sentencing of a pastor who confessed to criminal sexual assault of a teenage girl.
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Baptist Preacher Urges Wal-Mart to 'Be a Better Neighbor' in TV Spot
A faculty member at Baptist-related McAfee School of Theology appears in a new television ad critical of Wal-Mart.
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Southern Baptist Seminarian Faces Molestation Charges
A seminarian in North Carolina was arrested last week on charges of sexual molestation of children.
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Southern Baptist Study Puts Women in Their Place
In 2000 the Southern Baptist Convention made headlines with theological arguments including women cannot be pastors and wives must submit to their husbands. Next year those controversies come to local churches in a new study by LifeWay Christian Resources.
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Christian Children's TV Network on Air in Middle East
An estimated 50 million children in the Arab world woke up this Monday to an early Christmas gift--a new Christian television station with 24-hour program designed just for them.
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Clergy Pedophile Suits Against Florida Mega-Church Tossed Due to Statue of Limitations
Judges have thrown out two of six child-molestation lawsuits against a Florida Baptist mega-church, saying they were filed after a statute of limitations had expired.
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Gore's Peace Prize Lecture Tethered to Moral Authority
Al Gore delivered this morning an intensely brilliant lecture bathed in prayer and tethered to his moral heritage as a Baptist. He quoted the Bible, valued truth-telling, uplifted responsibility for neighbor, confessed human sinfulness and placed moral authority at the tip of the needed plan for planetary redemption. He acknowledged that human beings have purpose, refused to make Providence responsible for human inaction and voiced respect for the global community's diverse, interdependent cultures. His address was profoundly Christian without being offensively so.
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Paul Pressler Endorses Fred Thompson
Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson picked up a rare endorsement from a religious leader--a Southern Baptist layman credited with rescuing the nation's second largest faith group from what he and others viewed as a liberal drift.
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New Baptist Covenant Celebration Must Avoid Appearance of Partisanship
I am a supporter of the Celebration of the New Baptist Covenant. I hope the meeting will enhance Baptist relationships and Baptist witness. Still, I see a potential problem with the political image it may present.
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Pastor Accused of Domestic Violence Resigns
A Southern Baptist pastor charged last month with domestic violence after a fight with his wife resigned from his Atlanta-area church on Sunday, according to media reports.
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Gore's Peace Prize Lecture Tethered to Moral Authority
Al Gore delivered this morning an intensely brilliant lecture bathed in prayer and tethered to his moral heritage as a Baptist. He quoted the Bible, valued truth-telling, uplifted responsibility for neighbor, confessed human sinfulness and placed moral authority at the tip of the needed plan for planetary redemption. He acknowledged that human beings have purpose, refused to make Providence responsible for human inaction and voiced respect for the global community's diverse, interdependent cultures. His address was profoundly Christian without being offensively so.
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Pastor Regrets Testimony on Behalf of Confessed Child Molester
Stung by criticism since appearing as a character witness for a former church youth worker who confessed to child molestation, a leader in the African-American Baptist community Asheville, N.C., pledged to find ways to help churches protect children from sexual abuse.
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Reinvite Huckabee to Speak at New Baptist Covenant
Republican presidential candidate and Southern Baptist preacher Mike Huckabee needs to speak at the New Baptist Covenant Celebration on Wednesday night, Jan. 30, 2008, in Atlanta. He needs the support of goodwill Baptists--Baptists of goodwill need his support.
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First Baptist Church Jacksonville Considering Christian School
A prominent Florida mega-church is scheduled to vote tonight on whether begin a Christian academy, joining a grassroots strategy to eventually build a large network of Southern Baptist schools to compete with public education.
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Internet Evangelist Uses Swine to Attack Islam in Video
An American Internet evangelist entered a fray over a UK teacher jailed in Sudan for allowing her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad with a YouTube video featuring a stuffed pig named for the Muslim prophet.
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New Baptist Center for Ethics DVD Promotes Good Will Between Baptists and Jews
The Baptist Center for Ethics today announced pre-release orders for "Good Will for the Common Good: Nurturing Baptists' Relationships with Jews," a DVD documenting past anti-Semitism and proposing a way forward for constructive partnerships between Baptists and Jews.
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Jesus' Moral Manifesto in Luke 4 Includes Call for Earth Care
Pro-environmentalism is embedded in Jesus' moral manifesto found in Luke 4:18-19, a note long ignored among Baptists who consistently water down, spiritualize or privatize this text.
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Baptist Church Postpones Vote on Including Gays in Church Directory (updated)
A respected moderate Baptist church in the news over controversy about homosexuality decided Sunday to postpone a vote about whether or not to photograph same-sex couples together in an upcoming church directory.
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'Do You Believe This Book?' Question at GOP Debate Referred to King James Version
The man who asked Republican presidential candidates if they believe every word of the Bible in Wednesday's CNN/YouTube debate says he wasn't satisfied by any of the answers he heard.
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Good Samaritan Holds Lesson for Treatment of Clergy Abuse Victims
Many Southern Baptist Convention leaders, including President Frank Page, have indicated they don't think a predator database would help prevent clergy child molestation.
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Jimmy Draper, Jerry Falwell Jr., Ronnie Floyd All Voice Support for Huckabee
Former pastor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee continued to emerge as a front-runner for religious conservatives, picking up endorsements from the son of the late Jerry Falwell and from a former opponent in Baptist politics in Arkansas.
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California Grandmother Leading Two-Day Boycott of Public Schools
A California grandmother is spearheading a two-day boycott of the state's public schools to protest new laws that social conservatives decry as homosexual indoctrination.
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Christians Divided Over Annapolis Peace Talks
Christians, Muslims and Jews around the world prayed for this week's Mideast peace talks in Annapolis, Md.--some for their success and others for them to fail.
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Huckabee Touts Christian Credentials in Second TV Ad
GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, targets conservative Christians in his new television ad airing this week in Iowa.
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Rabbi Rambles on Rain, Righteousness
Remember Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue's prayer vigil to let God know Georgians are conserving water and should be rewarded with rain? Well it worked--sort of.
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State Convention Resolutions Indicate Increased Awareness of Baptist Clergy Sexual Abuse, Victim Advocate Says
Recent Baptist state convention resolutions indicate growing awareness of the reality of sexual abuse of children in the Southern Baptist Convention, says a victims' advocate, but they don't go nearly far enough to ensure that all churches in the nation's second-largest faith group are safe places for kids.
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Gay-Rights Group Says 'Do Not Buy' at Wal-Mart
Entering the busiest shopping season of the year, Wal-Mart is once again under fire, this time for a failing grade on homosexual rights.
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Movie Star, Motivational Speaker, Pro Wrestler All Endorse Huckabee as Best Conservative Christian Candidate
Baptist motivational speaker Zig Ziglar and "Left Behind" co-author Jerry Jenkins joined a growing list of faith leaders and celebrities endorsing former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee for president.
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Huckabee Criticized for Ties to Prosperity-Gospel Preacher Kenneth Copeland
A Southern Baptist seminary professor criticized Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee for joining forces with a prosperity-gospel preacher under Senate investigation for his ministry's finances.
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Southern Baptist Pastor Charged With Domestic Violence
The pastor of a Southern Baptist church in suburban Atlanta is on administrative leave after being arrested on charges of simple assault and obstruction of a 911 call after an altercation last week with his wife.
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Baptist World Aid Appeals for Funds for Cyclone Victims
(BWA) Baptist World Aid, the relief and development arm of the Baptist World Alliance has received cries of help from two BWA member bodies in Bangladesh, the Baptist Sangha and the Fellowship, following Cyclone Sidr.
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British Baptists Offer Historic Apology for Slave Trade
British Baptists have adopted a statement apologizing for transatlantic slave trade and expressing "true repentance" for failure to listen to the pain of black brothers and sisters resulting from that legacy.
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Does EthicsDaily.com Matter?
No Baptist media source has given more timely and thorough attention to the issue that almost every Baptist preacher wants to avoid than EthicsDaily.com. The issue is child-sexual abuse in Baptist churches.
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Words Aren't Enough for New Baptist Covenant
Earlier this year, I posted about my excitement about the New Baptist Covenant. And I encourage as many people as possible to attend next January's celebration.
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Baptists Today Launching Edition in North Carolina
Baptists Today, founded in 1983 as a national newspaper for moderate Baptists, will launch its first state edition January in North Carolina, the paper's editor announced this week.
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Georgia's Governor, Baptists, Turn To God During Drought
Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network reported Wednesday's half-inch rain across parts of Georgia was "certainly an answer to prayer."
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Support Group Urges Alabama Baptists to Adopt Tougher Policy on Clergy Sex Abuse
A victims' support group urged the Alabama Baptist State Convention to follow the example of the smaller Alabama Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in adopting a strong policy aimed at breaking the cycle of molestation by clergy.
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Belmont, Tennessee Baptists, Settle Lawsuit, End Relationship (Updated)
The Tennessee Baptist Convention has settled its lawsuit against Belmont University for $11 million, the school's trustee chairman announced Tuesday.
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Southern Baptist Scholar Warns Against 'Giulianiazation' of Evangelical Politics
A Southern Baptist scholar says Pat Robertson's endorsement of Rudy Giuliani signals a larger "Giulianiazation" of evangelical Christianity that he views as dangerous.
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Former Southern Baptist Leader Calls for Boycott of Pat Robertson
A former vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention has called for a boycott of CBN and the "700 Club" until founder Pat Robertson "repents" of endorsing Rudy Giuliani for president.
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Dobson Denies He is Endorsing Huckabee; SBC Leaders Voice Support
Focus on the Family founder James Dobson denied in Monday's radio broadcast an Internet report that claimed he is on the brink of endorsing Mike Huckabee for president.
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Belmont, Tennessee Baptists, Settle Lawsuit, End Relationship
The Tennessee Baptist Convention has settled its lawsuit against Belmont University for $11 million, the school's trustee chairman announced Tuesday.
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Accused Pedophile Baptist Preacher Dies
The former pastor of a Florida Baptist mega-church charged with sexually abusing 21 women and one man when they were children won't face his accusers in court. Bob Gray, 38-year-pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., died Saturday, just days before his criminal trial was scheduled to start.
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Tennessee Democratic Head Says Progressive Religious Voices Drowned Out By Religious Right
The chairman of Tennessee's Democratic Party says it's time that progressive religious voices stop being drowned out by the Religious Right.
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Tennessee Democratic Head Says Progressive Religious Voices Drowned Out By Religious Right
The chairman of Tennessee's Democratic Party says it's time that progressive religious voices stop being drowned out by the Religious Right.
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Baptist Women in Ministry Sponsors Day for Women to Preach
Baptist Women in Ministry is hoping to nearly double participation in a second annual day for women to preach in Baptist churches early next year.
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BCE Letter to 'Left Behind' Lawyer, Who Threatened Lawsuit, Returned Undelivered
A lawyer claiming to represent the developer of video games based on Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins' "Left Behind" novels refused to accept a certified letter from the Baptist Center for Ethics answering allegations that EthicsDaily.com carried statements about the game that were "false and misleading."
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SBC Mission Board Suspends Trustee for Blogging Dissent
The Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board has censured a trustee for writing about trustee business in a Web log that board leaders said reflected poorly on fellow board members and violated a policy requiring trustees to speak only in "positive and supportive" terms about actions of the board.
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BCE Letter to 'Left Behind' Lawyer, Who Threatened Lawsuit, Returned Undelivered
A lawyer claiming to represent the developer of video games based on Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins' "Left Behind" novels refused to accept a certified letter from the Baptist Center for Ethics answering allegations that EthicsDaily.com carried statements about the game that were "false and misleading."
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SBC Mission Board Suspends Trustee for Blogging Dissent
The Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board has censured a trustee for writing about trustee business in a Web log that board leaders said reflected poorly on fellow board members and violated a policy requiring trustees to speak only in "positive and supportive" terms about actions of the board.
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British Baptists Go 'On Our Knees' to Raise Awareness of Ministry to Children
Baptists in the United Kingdom last Sunday took part in a second "On Our Knees" emphasis aimed at turning around a dramatic decline in the number of children attending Baptist churches.
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BWAid Gives to Flood Victims In Mexico
(BWA) Baptist World Aid has sent an initial sum of $10,000 to aid victims of flooding in Mexico.
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Sexual Abuse Scandal Hits Prominent Southern Baptist Church in Florida
A prominent Southern Baptist church in Florida once picketed by homosexual groups for its opposition to gay marriage is now in headlines for the arrest of a volunteer youth minister accused of sexually abusing teenage boys he met through the church.
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BCE Leader Warns Arkansas Teachers of Efforts to Undermine Public Schools
The head of the Baptist Center for Ethics warned teachers in Arkansas that some religious leaders want to harm public schools.
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Minister Says Churches Sacrifice Prophetic Voice for Political Gain in DVD to be Screened in Nashville
Instead of using God as a political wedge, American Christians ought to pray to be used by God, says Tim Alexander, a Church of Christ minister in Nashville, Tenn.
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Alabama CBF Passes Policy Regarding Clergy Sexual Abuse
A state Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has adopted a policy for reporting sexual abuse by clergy that a victim advocate hopes will become a model for other Baptist bodies.
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Westboro Baptist Church Says $11 Million Verdict Helps Spread Message of Hate
Members of a controversial Baptist church said they were undeterred after a federal jury ordered them to pay nearly $11 million for protesting at the funeral of a marine killed in Iraq, claiming publicity from the trial will help them to spread their message that God hates homosexuals around the world.
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Scarborough Defends Huckabee's Role in SBC Holy War
Vision America founder Rick Scarborough is defending presidential candidate Mike Huckabee against those who criticize him for sitting out the Southern Baptist Convention's theological wars.
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New Book Examines Jonah Story from the Underside of Oppression
The Old Testament story of Jonah is more than a fairy tale about a man being swallowed by a whale, and even more than an evangelical call to preach the gospel to those in foreign lands, but instead a model for reconciliation between the haves and the have-nots, says a new book.
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Lawyer Group Urges Moratorium on Executions; SBC Leader Favors Death Penalty
The American Bar Association has called for a nationwide moratorium on executions, citing a three-year study of state death-penalty systems that found unfairness and other flaws.
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Symbolic Nooses Reveal Racial Divide
Protests sparked by the hanging of three nooses from a Louisiana schoolyard tree have sparked a series of copycat acts, further fueling a debate over America's lingering legacy of racial injustice and violence.
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'Nazareth Manifesto' DVD Explores Jesus' Message in Luke 4
The Baptist Center for Ethics today announced release of a 13-minute DVD, "The Nazareth Manifesto," exploring Luke 4:18-19, the Bible passage that sets the theme for the New Baptist Covenant celebration scheduled Jan. 30-Feb 1 in Atlanta.
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Anti-Abortion Activist Says California Wildfires God's Judgment for Homosexuality
A controversial anti-abortion activist says California wildfires are God's judgment on a new anti-discrimination law that some conservative Christians say promotes homosexuality in public schools.
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Religious Communities Respond to California Wildfires
Religious communities across the nation said prayers for both their brethren in the line of fire and all victims of wildfires raging across southern California, while ministering to those in need.
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White House Seeks to Reduce Program Providing Energy Assistance to the Poor
Two weeks after President Bush vetoed a children's health insurance bill claiming he wants to put poor children first, the White House is threatening to veto legislation to boost funding for a program that helps low-income families pay their heating bills.
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American Baptist Treasures
While I grew up Baptist, I did not grow up American Baptist. Coming from outside 25 years ago, my perspective may be different from those who have always been here. They may not see or recognize the four treasures I have discovered in American Baptist life. Those treasures are very concrete practices, not abstract principles.
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SBC Leader Labels Mormonism 'Fourth Abrahamic Faith'
Southern Baptist Convention leader Richard Land called Mormonism "the fourth Abrahamic faith" in a discussion of controversy over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's religious affiliation.
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Limbaugh Blames Environmentalists for California Fires
The law may describe acts of natural disaster beyond human control as "acts of God," but that isn't stopping finger pointing from the right and left for wildfires whipping across Southern California fanned by Santa Ana winds.
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Choice and Diversity Supplant Denominational Identity and Traditional Curriculum in Sunday Schools
Time was when a vacationing Baptist could drop in on any church in the South and pick up a copy of the same Sunday school quarterly used back home. Today, more churches have ceased shopping exclusively at the company store, turning to a variety of publishers and formats catered to the needs and interests of their classes.
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American Baptist Leaders Blog During Visit to Africa
We arrived in Kinshasa Oct. 17, where there was a decided change in temperature and humidity from Johannesburg. One really begins to understand how big this continent is when you fly it. In the amount of time it takes to fly coast to coast in the U.S., you have traveled less than half the distance across Africa, north to south.
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Huckabee, Romney Top Straw Polls for 'Values Voters'
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was the overwhelming favorite in a straw poll taken on site at Friday and Saturday's Washington values voter summit, but Internet voting by supporters of Mitt Romney made the former Massachusetts governor the official winner.
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Moderate Baptist Leader Says SBC Neglecting the Hungry
The one-time director of hunger concerns for the Southern Baptist Convention said a downturn in giving to an annual hunger offering indicates the nation's largest Protestant denomination has turned its back on the poor.
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Presidential Candidates Risk Spiritual Smack Downs When Visiting Baptist Leader
Unless presidential candidates want a spiritual smack down, they should avoid talking to Southern Baptist Convention president Frank Page, who failed to retain the pastoral confidentiality of two conversations and then boasted to other pastors about his soul-winning ways. In both cases, Page elevated his own evangelistic credentials and degraded the spiritual character of candidates.
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House Sustains Veto of Children's Insurance Bill
Faith leaders called Thursday's House of Representatives vote upholding President Bush's veto of a children's health insurance bill a defeat for America's children and win for tobacco.
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European Baptist Leader Urges Support for Imprisoned Baptist Pastor in Azerbaijan
A European Baptist leader renewed calls to pressure Azerbaijan to release an imprisoned Baptist minister after a court rejected an appeal of his two-year prison sentence Oct. 3.
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SBC President Says He Offered to Pray with Giuliani to Accept Christ
The president of the Southern Baptist Convention says he offered to pray with Rudy Giuliani to accept Christ as his savior, but the Republican presidential candidate declined.
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Former Southern Baptist Pastor Charged with Rape, Sexual Battery of Teenage Boy
A former Southern Baptist pastor in Cordova, Tenn., has been indicted on charges of rape and sexual battery by an authority figure involving a teenage boy.
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Huckabee Says Christian Right Leaders Value Power More Than Principle
Heading into a major forum this weekend for "values voters," Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee complained that some Christian leaders haven't endorsed him because they "are more intoxicated with power than principle."
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Barack Obama Says Global Warming a Faith Issue
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said global warming isn't just a matter for politics and science but also an issue of morality and faith.
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Southern Baptist Leader Attacks Gore, Says Christians Should Save Souls, Not the Earth
The environment is a second-tier concern for Christians--in part because the Bible teaches that the world is coming to an end, anyway--and the church's top priority is saving souls, according to a Southern Baptist Convention leader.
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Democratic Christian Congressman Says Humility Lacking in 'Values' Debate
The politics of polarization employed by the Religious Right is both ineffective and unbiblical, a Democratic congressman said in a panel discussion of the proper relationship between faith and politics earlier this week.
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Campolo Says Hillary Clinton Stronger Candidate Than Bill
An American Baptist minister and spiritual adviser to President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal says Hillary Clinton is an even stronger presidential candidate than her husband.
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Gore Becomes Third Baptist to Win Nobel Peace Prize
Al Gore became the third Baptist to win the Nobel Peace Prize, joining Jimmy Carter in 2002 and Martin Luther King in 1964.
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Fair Taxation a Pro-Life Issue, Professor Says at 'Golden Rule Politics' Screening
Abortion is an important moral issue, but not for the reason many pro-life Christians believe, says a University of Alabama law professor and seminary graduate who has spent five years on the sawdust trail preaching the gospel of tax reform.
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Fair Taxation a Pro-Life Issue, Professor Says at 'Golden Rule Politics' Screening
Abortion is an important moral issue, but not for the reason many pro-life Christians believe, says a University of Alabama law professor and seminary graduate who has spent five years on the sawdust trail preaching the gospel of tax reform.
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In First GOP Presidential Debate, Thompson Defends U.S. Iraq Policy
Rookie Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson said Tuesday he doesn't think he waited too long to enter the race.
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In First GOP Presidential Debate, Thompson Defends U.S. Iraq Policy
Rookie Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson said Tuesday he doesn't think he waited too long to enter the race.
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SCHIP Veto a Moral Issue, Congressman Says at Screening of 'Golden Rule Politics'
An Alabama congressman said Monday that President Bush's veto last week of a children's health insurance bill is a moral issue.
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An Expert on Baptist Polity?
As the Missouri Baptist Convention's lawsuits against five ministries continue in pre-trial stages after more than five years, the state convention recently announced individuals it considers to be experts in Baptist polity. The two individuals are expected to be deposed in the upcoming months.
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SCHIP Veto a Moral Issue, Congressman Says at Screening of 'Golden Rule Politics'
An Alabama congressman said Monday that President Bush's veto last week of a children's health insurance bill is a moral issue.
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Prominent SBC Pastor Survives Ouster Vote
A prominent Southern Baptist Convention pastor being sued by parishioners who accuse him of misspending church money and withholding financial records kept his job Sunday in a confidence vote, the latest round in a publicized dispute dividing a high-profile Tennessee mega-church.
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Baptists Hold Key to Overriding Veto on Health Insurance Bill for Children
Baptists hold one of the keys to overriding President Bush's veto last week of a bipartisan bill that would provide health insurance to millions of low-income children.
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National Council of Churches Charts New Course
The National Council of Churches, America's leading ecumenical group, charted a new course by selecting a long-time educator and ecumenical leader to head a newly restructured and downsized organization.
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Faith Leaders Denounce Veto of Children's Insurance Program
Religious leaders expressed disappointment after President Bush on Tuesday carried out his threat to veto legislation to provide health insurance for 10 million American children.
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Gay-Sex Sting Operation Nabs Baptist Pastor
A Southern Baptist pastor was among 40 men arrested on indecency charges in a two-week investigation of city parks in Johnson City, Tenn.
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Blackwater Head Disavows 'Mercenary' Label
A private security contractor at the center of a congressional probe of alleged war profiteering and misconduct objected to characterizations of his business as a "Republican" company that employs "mercenaries."
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SBC's 'Public Theology' Failed to Win Support for Iraq War, Scholars Say
The Southern Baptist Convention spoke with a unified voice in support of the war in Iraq but failed to persuade Americans outside the denomination to join them in supporting an increasingly unpopular war, according to an article analyzing public statements by convention leaders.
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Cookies, College, Career and Creation
I have been saddened with all the discussion of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's homemaking degree. It seems such a waste of energy and resources that have once more distracted Baptists from the mission of Christ Jesus--to be the hands, voice, and presence of God in a needy world.
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Baptists Praying for Peace in Myanmar
Christians in Myanmar, including Baptists, planned prayer services for their country, while an American Baptist leader urged Christians everywhere to follow events and pray for peaceful resolution of a bloody government crackdown of pro-democracy demonstrations now in its second week.
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Christian Ethicist Says Churches Need Own 'Immigration Reform'
An ethics professor says all Christians in the United States are "guest workers" with an allegiance to God that supersedes national or political loyalties.
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McCain Says He Isn't a Baptist
GOP presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain said in a Web interview last week that he misspoke when he said recently he is "an active member" of a Southern Baptist church in Arizona and has been for years.
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Will You Sign the Nazareth Manifesto?
I invite readers of EthicsDaily.com, their fellow church members, friends and the multitude of goodwill Baptists to sign "The Nazareth Manifesto" found in Luke 4:18-19, where Jesus announced his agenda.
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Novelist John Grisham Terms White House 'Bad People With Evil Intent'
A newspaper interview about his next book turned political when best-selling author John Grisham termed the Bush administration "bad people with evil intent" and the war in Iraq an "immoral abomination."
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Dobson Says He Won't Support Fred Thompson
Focus on the Family founder James Dobson said in an e-mail to friends he will not support Fred Thompson for president, citing in part the GOP hopeful's lack of church attendance.
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Clergy Sex-Abuse Survivor Questions Fairness of SBC Executive Committee Study
A clergy sexual-abuse survivor says the staff member guiding a Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee response to a motion calling for a national database of clergy sex offenders has a negative attitude toward the proposal and should be replaced with someone more objective.
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Religion Important, but Overlooked, Element in Immigration Debate, Experts Say
Religion has a major role to play in the outcome of immigration debate but is largely overlooked amid local tensions and failed efforts in Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform, three experts said in a telephone news conference Wednesday.
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Alleged Victim Says Former Pastor Told Him Sex Was Test of Faith
An alleged victim of a former Southern Baptist pastor facing felony charges of sexual battery by an authority figure testified recently in court they entered into a long-term sexual relationship because the preacher convinced him it was a part of God's plan.
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American Baptist Pastor Brings International Spotlight to Jena 6
An American Baptist pastor in Arlington, Texas, is credited with bringing international attention to a civil-rights case in a small Louisiana town known worldwide as the Jena 6.
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Baptists in Tennessee, Texas, Use Lawsuits to Settle Disputes
Friday was a busy day for Southern Baptists in court: The Tennessee Baptist Convention amended its breach-of-contract lawsuit against Belmont University, adding claims that the university's charter is illegal. A federal judge in Texas refused to dismiss a discrimination lawsuit against Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. And 54 members of Two Rivers Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn., filed suit for access to church records.
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SNAP Calls for 'Open and Transparent' Study of Sex Abuse by Clergy
A victims' advocacy and support group on Monday asked Southern Baptist Convention leaders to seek input from outside experts and victims in developing a denomination-wide response to sexual abuse by clergy.
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Huckabee Defeats Field in 'Values Voter' Straw Poll
Former Arkansas governor and Baptist minister Mike Huckabee scored big in a Monday "values voter" presidential debate sponsored by and for social conservatives.
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Carter Center Conference Urges Faith Leaders to Be Moderating Influences in Conflict
Faith-based communities and religious institutions can be voices of reason and compassion against escalating conflict that leads to mass atrocities. Or they can be equally culpable by creating a victim mentality and inflaming public opinion, human-rights defenders, including a moderate Baptist leader, agreed at a recent conference.
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California Southern Baptist Pastor Charged With Molestation
A Southern Baptist pastor in Fresno, Calif., was arrested Monday on felony charges of child molestation.
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Baptist Senator Says Claiming 'Christian' Title has Hurt GOP
A Republican senator scheduled to speak at next year's New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta told a community newspaper in Iowa that positioning the party as the "Christian" choice has been detrimental to the GOP.
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'Kingdom Education' Leader Says Fear Keeps Pastors from Speaking Out Against Public Schools
A Southern Baptist advocate of Christian schools says God will judge pastors who refuse to speak out on failures of public schools for fear of offending parishioners.
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Fred Thompson Downplays Religion Card
GOP presidential hopeful Fred Thompson, viewed by some social conservatives as the long-awaited political savior of the Religious Right, advised supporters in the Bible Belt not to expect to hear much God-talk from him on the campaign trail.
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Howard Dean Tells Baptists That Democrats are People of Faith
Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean told the National Baptist Convention last week in Philadelphia the tide is turning for faithful Democrats.
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Baptist Press Features Thompson Candidacy Announcement, Ignored Huckabee's
Fred Thompson's official announcement he is running for president merited headline coverage in Baptist Press, while last spring's announcement by one of Southern Baptists' own, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, did not.
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Belmont Trustee Chair 'Disappointed' at Mediation Impasse
An eight-month mediation effort between the Tennessee Baptist Convention and Belmont University failed to resolve a dispute over governance of the Nashville school, Belmont's trustee chairman said Thursday, meaning the convention's 2006 lawsuit against the university is headed to trial.
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Tennessee Baptist Convention/Belmont Lawsuit Headed for Court
The Tennessee Baptist Convention's lawsuit against Belmont University is headed for court. EthicsDaily.com learned Wednesday that attempts to mediate a dispute over the makeup of the university's board of trustees have failed and a trial is being scheduled for the week of May 19.
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Polls Suggest Democrats Closing 'God Gap'
Recent surveys suggest Democrats may be closing the "God gap" credited with helping President Bush win re-election in 2004, according to a recent analysis by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
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Christian Sitcom Slated for Fall in Middle East, North Africa
A broadcasting company with programs produced by and for Christians in the Middle East and North Africa is rolling out this fall a situation comedy touching on moral and ethical issues in a lighthearted way.
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Baptist Editor Labels Critics of Homemaking Degree 'Sexist'
Defending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's new homemaking degree against critics he views as outside the mainstream, a Southern Baptist state newspaper editor suggested that women are hard-wired for work within the home.
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Senator's Arrest Latest in String of Republican Scandals
A moderate Baptist ethicist said Idaho Sen. Larry Craig's men's-room arrest--the latest in a string of scandals involving Republican politicians--is further embarrassment for the Religious Right.
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Rove Disputes Moyers' Report That He is Agnostic
Karl Rove, credited as the architect of President Bush's successful political strategy of cultivating the evangelical right, used the occasion of his White House resignation to deny circulating reports that he is an unbeliever and spark a war of words with fellow Texan Bill Moyers.
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South Korea Strikes Deal for Release of Hostages
South Korea's government and Taliban militants said Tuesday they had reached a deal to free 19 South Korean hostages held captive held for more six weeks in Afghanistan.
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Southern Baptist Leader Says Public Schools Hostile Toward Religion
A Southern Baptist seminary president told a North Carolina newspaper that public schools are not neutral toward religion but rather hostile to people of faith.
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'Hotel Rwanda' Figure Says Churches Failed in Rwanda's Genocide
Rwanda's genocide was in part a failure of the Christian church, a former hotel manager whose efforts to save the lives of more than 1,200 of his countrymen inspired the Academy Award-nominated movie "Hotel Rwanda," said in a Sunday interview.
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Controversy Continues Over Southern Baptist Seminary's Homemaking Degree
CNN reported Thursday that Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary expects about 15 women in its inaugural class of a for-ladies-only bachelor's degree specializing in homemaking.
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Days Before His Death, Falwell Stood By Controversial Comments About 9/11

In his apparently last television interview recorded the week before his death, Jerry Falwell defended controversial statements he made following 9/11 holding secular and liberal groups responsible for the terrorist attacks.

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Former Southern Baptist Leader Pleads Guilty to Prostitution Charges
A well-known moral activist and former Baptist leader pleaded guilty on Wednesday to six counts of aiding and abetting prostitution in Salisbury, N.C.
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Former SBC Leader, Louisiana College Grad, Blasts Pressler Law School
A former Southern Baptist Convention leader and Louisiana College alumnus criticized his alma mater for naming its planned law school after a "conservative resurgence" co-founder and retired Texas judge.
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Former Seminarian Sentenced for Sex Crimes
A former Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary student was sentenced Friday to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually abusing several teenage boys he mentored while a volunteer youth worker at a Southern Baptist church in North Carolina
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Baptist Pastor in Azerbaijan Sentenced to Two Years in Prison
A Baptist pastor in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for using violence against police breaking up a meeting of his house church and arresting him in May--allegations members of the church insist are false--according to a Norwegian-based news service that monitors abuses of religions freedom.
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Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Address LGBT Forum
Democrats participated Thursday night in a first-ever televised forum by presidential candidates focusing exclusively on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.
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Families of South Korean Hostages Disappointed by U.S.-Afghanistan Summit
The families of 21 South Korean Christians held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan lashed out at President Bush and Afghani President Hamid Karzai for failure to negotiate an end to the 21-day-old hostage ordeal.
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Moral Activist Charged with Prostitution Avoids Felony Charge Related to Suspicious Check
Coy Privette, a well-known Baptist preacher and family values champion arrested three weeks ago on prostitution charges, won't face additional charges in connection with a suspicious check written from his bank account that prompted the investigation leading to his arrest.
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Romney Defends Mormon View of Christ's Second Coming
Unaware cameras were rolling, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke in unusual detail about his Mormon Church's unique beliefs about the Second Coming of Christ in a radio interview last week.
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Defense Department Says Generals Improperly Endorsed Christian Ministry
A Defense Department report says four generals and three other officers violated regulations by appearing in uniform in a video used to promote a fundamentalist Christian ministry.
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Baptist World Aid Appeals for Donations for Victims of South Asia Floods
The relief-and-development arm of a worldwide Baptist organization has issued a special appeal for donations for victims of floods in South Asia that displaced an estimated 10 million to 20 million people in northern India, Bangladesh and Nepal.
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SBC Leader Urges Churches to Discuss 'Exit Strategy' From Public Schools
A Southern Baptist seminary president who two years ago called for an evangelical Christian "exit strategy" from public schools now chides churches for neglecting to help parents make responsible decisions about their children's education.
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Huckabee Hints at Third Party if GOP Shifts on Abortion, Gay Marriage
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee hinted in a recent speech to pastors in Iowa he might seek office as an independent or a third-party candidate if the Republican nominee for president is pro-choice.
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Video Draws Attention to Child Sex Trafficking in U.S.
A charity dedicated to prevention and rescue of women and children from sexual exploitation for money has released new video about child sex trafficking in the United States.
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Brownback, Huckabee Spar Over Supporter E-mail Termed Anti-Catholic
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said his campaign did not authorize or condone statements by an Iowa supporter criticized as anti-Catholic, but a spokesman for fellow candidate Sen. Sam Brownback said the former Arkansas governor's statement didn't go far enough.
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Lawsuit Says Church Failed to Protect Children from Pedophile Sunday School Teacher
A lawsuit filed Tuesday claims a Southern Baptist church in Amarillo, Texas, was warned that a Sunday school teacher and paid childcare worker was a pedophile, and yet did nothing to keep kids safe.
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IMB Prayer Guides Target Faith Groups
Years after interfaith leaders criticized the Southern Baptist Convention for producing prayer guides targeting adherents of other religions for conversion, the denomination's International Mission Board continues to produce on-line resources capitalizing on what missionaries view as errors in other faiths.
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Critics Say U.S. Farm Policy Benefits Wealthy, Call for Reform
Born as part of FDR's New Deal to protect struggling farmers coming out of the Great Depression from unpredictable weather and fluctuating crop prices, America's farm program has evolved today into the largest form of corporate welfare, say critics calling for reform.
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Evangelical Leaders Challenge Unconditional Support for Israel
Evangelical leaders including a former ethics professor at a Southern Baptist seminary issued an open letter to President Bush challenging the notion that all American evangelicals are uncritically pro-Israel.
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Prof Questions if Christian Right is Biblical
The Southern Baptist Convention controversy of the 1980s and 1990s was supposed to be over inerrancy--the view that the Bible in its original form (called the "autographs")--is literally true. But a University of Chicago professor says in a recent article the Christian Right isn't defined by any specific theology but instead a selective use of proof-texting to support a predetermined point of view.
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Paper Withdraws Claim That Dobson is a Harry Potter Fan
A major newspaper backed away from declaring Focus on the Family founder James Dobson a fan of Harry Potter, despite articles on Dobson's Web site which fellow fundamentalists have long attacked as "conditional acceptance" of the hit fantasy film and book series that some Christians fear leads children into witchcraft.
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White House Opposes Expansion of Insurance Program for Low-Income Kids
President Bush has threatened to veto proposed expansion of a program for families who earn too much for Medicaid but cannot afford insurance for their children, to be financed by an increase in the federal tax on tobacco.
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European Baptist Leader Says British Baptists Should Apologize for Slavery
The head of the European Baptist Federation criticized British Baptists for failure to apologize for slavery at a recent Baptist World Alliance gathering to pursue racial reconciliation in Accra, Ghana.
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International Baptists Protest Arrest of Pastor in Azerbaijan
The leader of Baptists in the central Asian republic of Azerbaijan has requested international support for a pastor arrested during a worship service May 20. Zaur Balayev, 44, is being held on charges of "violent resistance" of arrest. Authorities say Balayev, described by acquaintances as a "thin" man, beat up five policemen and damaged a police car during his arrest.
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Former Preacher Accused of Molestation May Face More Charges
A former Southern Baptist pastor charged with molesting a youth in his church may face additional charges, according to media reports in Memphis, Tenn.
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Baptist Leader Accused of Hiring Prostitute
A longtime champion of family values once nominated as chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention's moral-concerns agency surprised citizens of North Carolina with his arrest last week on multiple charges of aiding and abetting prostitution.
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Christian Right Leaders Stand by Vitter
Christian Right leaders who applauded Louisiana Republican David Vitter's election to the United States Senate as a major win for family values are standing by their man caught in a sex scandal that threatens his political future.
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John McCain Tells Zionist Group He is Christian, 'Proudly Pro-Israel'
U.S. Senator John McCain, who has had problems winning over religious conservatives in his run for the GOP presidential nomination, showed up Tuesday at a meeting of Christian Zionists to declare himself a Christian and "proudly pro-Israel."
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Religious Leaders Call for Just Farm Bill
A Baptist leader said Tuesday that the United States' farm policy is unfair to African-American farmers and disadvantaged farmers in Africa, the Caribbean and the developing world.
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Christian Zionists Gather in Washington
Thousands of Christian Zionists are meeting this week in Washington in a second annual gathering to bolster evangelical support for Israel and fan opposition to radical Islam.
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Black Baptist Church in UK Suffers Racist Attacks
A predominantly black Baptist church in England has been pelted with eggs, had windows broken and staff verbally abused in a series of racially motivated attacks.
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Pentecostal Youth Movement Sparks Abortion Protests
Abortion protestors rallied this weekend in Wichita, Kan., outside the clinic of a late-term abortion provider made famous with help from Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly.
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Clergy Sex-Abuse Scandals Hit Baptist Churches in Tennessee, Louisiana
Southern Baptist churches in Cordova, Tenn., and Slidell, La., are the latest to receive unwanted publicity after their current or former ministers were arrested on charges of sexual abuse of minors.
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Book Says Churches Add to Victimization of Women in Domestic Violence
A new book by a survivor of domestic violence says churches are failing abused women through a combination of bad advice, faulty theology and a Catch-22 where women are told divorce is not an option and yet held in contempt for staying in the situation and tolerating abuse.
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Cal Thomas Questions Hillary Clinton's Christianity
Syndicated columnist Cal Thomas declared Sen. Hillary Clinton "not a person who believes in the central tenets of Christianity" based on a recent article profiling the Democratic presidential candidate's faith.
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Christian Men's Magazine Endorses Huckabee for President
A Christian men's magazine publisher challenged readers to donate $1 million to Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, doubling the former Arkansas governor's political campaign war chest.
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Missouri Passes Law Aimed at Reducing Abortions
Missouri's Southern Baptist governor has signed into law a bill that adds new restrictions to abortion clinics and bars groups that provide abortion services, like Planned Parenthood, from participating in sex-education instruction in public schools.
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Florida Baptist Convention Sued Over Clergy Predator
A lawsuit filed last month claims the Florida Baptist Convention, a local Baptist association and a sponsoring mother church were negligent in recruiting a church planter now in prison for sexual abuse of a minor.
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Insurance Companies Shed Light on Extent of Sex Abuse in Protestant Churches
The Associated Press reported recently that three insurance companies receive upward of 260 reports each year of young people under 18 being sexually abused by Protestant clergy, challenging the assumption that clergy sexual abuse is an exclusively Catholic problem that does not take place in other churches.
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Cal Thomas Compares Muslims to 'Cancer'
Conservative commentator Cal Thomas compared Islam to a "slow-spreading cancer" in a Monday radio commentary about recent terror attacks in Scotland and London.
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BP Says CBF Inflates Numbers, After SBC Rejects Resolution on Integrity of Church Membership
Baptist Press published a news story accusing the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of inflating its membership numbers, two weeks after the Southern Baptist Convention refused to vote on a resolution calling for greater integrity in reporting its own statistics through an Annual Church Profile.
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New DVD Challenges 'Myth' That GOP is 'God's Only Party'
A workshop at last week's Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly previewed an upcoming Baptist Center for Ethics DVD challenging the notion that GOP stands for "God's Only Party."
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Free Online Bible Study for New Baptist Covenant Now Available
Student and leader guides for "The Agenda: 8 Lessons from Luke 4" are now available. The online, eight-lesson Bible study supporting next year's New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta is offered free of charge by the Baptist Center for Ethics in partnership with other organizations.
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Evangelism About More Than Just Souls, CBF Moderator Says
Keeping God's covenant requires doing more than just preaching the gospel, but also helping the needy and challenging injustice, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Moderator Emmanuel McCall said in a Thursday address.
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Study Suggests CBF Churches Open to Women Pastors
A non-scientific survey by Baptist Women in Ministry suggests the conventional wisdom that Cooperative Baptist Fellowship churches "aren't ready" for a woman pastor is eroding.