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Tuesday's Ballot Measures Brought Moral, Ethical Shifts
Tuesday's Ballot Measures Brought Moral, Ethical Shifts

By: Brian Kaylor
While media focused on the presidential race, U.S. voters offered their take on legislative ideas, particularly affirming marijuana usage, enacting stricter gun laws and increasing the minimum wage.

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Churches to Mark Election Day with Communion
Churches to Mark Election Day with Communion

By: Brian Kaylor
As millions of Americans cast their votes next Tuesday, hundreds of churches across the country will hold communion services to help people come together in unity as the body of Christ despite political differences.

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Welcoming Refugees as 'Guests' in Jordan
Welcoming Refugees as 'Guests' in Jordan

By: Brian Kaylor
An estimated 1.4 million Syrians fled south to Jordan over the past few years, a number equivalent to about 20 percent of Jordan's population. For many in Jordan, welcoming refugees is an act of hospitality.

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Should Pastors Endorse Presidential Candidates?
Should Pastors Endorse Presidential Candidates?

By: Brian Kaylor
Christians do not owe their chief loyalty to either political party. By publicly endorsing a candidate, pastors will tie their own credibility - and their churches' credibility and witness - to what that candidate says or does.

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Key Moral Issues Arise in Democratic Platform
Key Moral Issues Arise in Democratic Platform

By: Brian Kaylor
During this week's Democratic National Convention, delegates passed the final version of the Democratic platform, which clashes at times with positions of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

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Key Moral Issues Arise in GOP Platform
Key Moral Issues Arise in GOP Platform

By: Brian Kaylor
As the GOP holds its national convention this week and Democrats are set for next week, both parties will hash out language for their platforms, which can impact those parties and public policy decisions.

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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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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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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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Trump's Meeting with Conservative Christians Sparks Definitional Issues
Trump's Meeting with Conservative Christians Sparks Definitional Issues

By: Brian Kaylor
Addressing Christian pastors and leaders in New York City, Donald Trump made the pitch for why Christians should vote for him in November.

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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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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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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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Trump, Cruz Tied Among Evangelical Voters
Trump, Cruz Tied Among Evangelical Voters

By: Brian Kaylor
The media suggest GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is big with evangelicals. Voting data reveals Trump is merely tied with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz within the critical Republican voting bloc.

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Evangelicals in Middle America Less Supportive of Trump
Evangelicals in Middle America Less Supportive of Trump

By: Brian Kaylor
As Donald Trump moves closer to the GOP presidential nomination, news continues to focus on his support from evangelical Christians. However, Midwest evangelicals aren't riding the Trump bandwagon.

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Church Attendance as Antidote to Donald Trump
Church Attendance as Antidote to Donald Trump

By: Brian Kaylor
While Donald Trump dominates among most voters, a soft spot in his support emerges when comparing voters by church attendance rates. People who attend church frequently remain much less likely to back Trump.

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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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Iowa Evangelicals Answered Call to
Iowa Evangelicals Answered Call to "Elect a President Who Will Lead in Godly Ways"

By: Brian Kaylor
A blizzard of evangelical voters carried Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to an upset victory over business mogul Donald Trump in Iowa's Republican caucus.

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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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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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Obama Dings Hateful Political Rhetoric, Urges Climate Action
Obama Dings Hateful Political Rhetoric, Urges Climate Action

By: Brian Kaylor
Standing before a joint session of Congress, President Barack Obama urged Americans in his State of the Union address to ignore political voices telling people "to fear the future."

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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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U.S. Evangelicals in Paris Reflect on Climate Talks
U.S. Evangelicals in Paris Reflect on Climate Talks

By: Brian Kaylor
U.S. evangelicals who traveled to Paris for the COP21 United Nations climate conference will return home soon and help explain to fellow evangelicals the importance of climate change.

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Christians in Paris Urge Climate Action for Vulnerable Global Neighbors
Christians in Paris Urge Climate Action for Vulnerable Global Neighbors

By: Brian Kaylor
Not relying on the scientists and diplomats, evangelicals are speaking up in Paris about the impact of climate change on the poor and most vulnerable.

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Evangelicals Meet in Paris, Consider Biblical Call on Climate Change
Evangelicals Meet in Paris, Consider Biblical Call on Climate Change

By: Brian Kaylor
More than 100 evangelicals from several countries and denominations gathered in Paris to worship, learn and dialogue about how they should respond to climate change.

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Christian Leaders Seek Changing Faith Climate in Paris
Christian Leaders Seek Changing Faith Climate in Paris

By: Brian Kaylor
Faith leaders convened in Paris during the U.N. climate change conference to consider how they can impact public policy and personal discussions about climate change.

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Ecumenical Service at Cathedral Spotlights Faith, Climate Change
Ecumenical Service at Cathedral Spotlights Faith, Climate Change

By: Brian Kaylor
As diplomats meet in Paris for climate change talks, faith leaders from several denominations and nations gathered at the Notre Dame Cathedral for a special worship service focused on climate change.

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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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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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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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Baptists from Nazareth Appeal to Global Baptists at Congress
Baptists from Nazareth Appeal to Global Baptists at Congress

By: Brian Kaylor
Speaking about interfaith dialogue, peacemaking, theological education and Christian tourism, Arab Baptists from Nazareth spoke about their ministries and hopes at the Baptist World Congress.

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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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Southern Baptist Leaders Join Growing Tide against Confederate Flag
Southern Baptist Leaders Join Growing Tide against Confederate Flag

By: Brian Kaylor
Southern Baptist leaders joined politicians and corporations who have suddenly changed course this week by publicly opposing the Confederate battle flag.

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Few Baptist Voices Join Global Discussion on Papal Encyclical
Few Baptist Voices Join Global Discussion on Papal Encyclical

By: Brian Kaylor
While Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment made headlines around the world, many Baptist leaders seemed to ignore the document and its potential impact.

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Presidential Candidates Battle for Godly Image
Presidential Candidates Battle for Godly Image

By: Brian Kaylor
Faith voters remain targeted by many presidential candidates. Many GOP candidates are courting conservative evangelicals while religious appeals are less frequent among candidates on the Democratic side.

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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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Breaking Promise, Obama Fails to Recognize Armenian Genocide
Breaking Promise, Obama Fails to Recognize Armenian Genocide

By: Brian Kaylor
As the world marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Armenian Genocide in 1915, President Obama is expected to deliberately avoid using the word "genocide," breaking a campaign promise.

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Bill Clinton's Failure to Confront Rwandan Genocide as Genocide
Bill Clinton's Failure to Confront Rwandan Genocide as Genocide

By: Brian Kaylor
As genocide erupted in Rwanda in 1994, killing 800,000 people in about 100 days, President Bill Clinton verbally danced around the topic. Why his administration did so little continues to spark debate.

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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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Catholic Expert Depicts Pope as
Catholic Expert Depicts Pope as "Moderate in Extreme"
By: Brian Kaylor
Pope Francis embodies a "moderate realism" and his ministry should matter to both Protestants and Catholics, said a respected U.S. journalist and top expert on Vatican affairs.
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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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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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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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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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Obama Attempts to Turn Page to
Obama Attempts to Turn Page to "Better Politics"

By: Brian Kaylor
Religion only seeped in occasionally to President Obama's State of the Union address before a GOP-majority Congress, but important moral and ethical issues dominated the night's discussions.

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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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Martin Luther King – Church Buildings as Political Spaces
Martin Luther King – Church Buildings as Political Spaces
By: Brian Kaylor
In his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," Martin Luther King Jr. noted that churches with their fancy buildings had become a "social club" more concerned with their status than with standing up for moral truths.
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Ebola Exaggerations Called Political
Ebola Exaggerations Called Political "Lie of the Year"
By: Brian Kaylor
Ebola exaggerations by media outlets and politicians were named the "Lie of the Year" by PolitiFact.com, an independent political fact-checking organization and Pulitzer Prize-winning nonpartisan site.
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A Political Nativity in the Nation's Capital
A Political Nativity in the Nation's Capital
By: Brian Kaylor
In early December, the streets of Capitol Hill are briefly transformed into a walking live nativity, enacting the original Christmas message in the heart of the nation's power structures.
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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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Christians Offer Differing Responses to Obama's Immigration Action
Christians Offer Differing Responses to Obama's Immigration Action
By: Brian Kaylor
Many Christian leaders praised President Obama's executive order to deal with the immigration crisis, while others – including key Southern Baptist leaders – joined GOP leaders in attacking Obama's action.
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Midterm Morality with Minimum Wage, Marijuana and Muslims
Midterm Morality with Minimum Wage, Marijuana and Muslims
By: Brian Kaylor
Voters across the country sounded off on key ballot initiatives with moral implications, while Republicans gained control of the U.S. Senate for the first time in eight years.
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Cuban Baptists Say Bible Inspires Their Work, Remember Baptist Leader of Cuban Revolution
Cuban Baptists Say Bible Inspires Their Work, Remember Baptist Leader of Cuban Revolution

By: Brian Kaylor
Observing their 40th anniversary, Cuban Baptists underscored the Bible's role in their work and recalled a Baptist leader of the Cuban Revolution.

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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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Senator Shows Divide between U.S., Middle East Christians
Senator Shows Divide between U.S., Middle East Christians
By: Brian Kaylor
When GOP Sen. Ted Cruz left the stage amid a chorus of boos during a conference, it vividly demonstrated a religious and political divide between many Christians in the U.S. and the Middle East.
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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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Profiles in Goodwill: Brian Kaylor
Profiles in Goodwill: Brian Kaylor
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Brian Kaylor is a contributing editor for EthicsDaily.com and the communications and engagement leader for Churchnet in Missouri. You can learn more about him here.
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Church Giving Drops Even as Charitable Giving Increases
Church Giving Drops Even as Charitable Giving Increases
By: Brian Kaylor
Even though overall charitable giving in the U.S. is increasing, giving to churches is dropping, a recent report reveals. And trends among Baptist groups echo those findings.
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Some Baptists in St. Louis Respond to Ferguson Crisis
Some Baptists in St. Louis Respond to Ferguson Crisis
By: Brian Kaylor
While most Baptist churches in the St. Louis region avoided publicly commenting on the crisis in Ferguson, a few churches offered words and actions to advance the common good.
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Preachers, Thou Shall Not Steal
Preachers, Thou Shall Not Steal
By: Joe LaGuardia
Preparing and delivering quality sermons every week is hard work, which makes plagiarism a tempting choice. Pastors aren't immune to breaking the eighth commandment, but their churches deserve better.
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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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Global Baptists Urged to Engage in Advocacy
Global Baptists Urged to Engage in Advocacy
By: Brian Kaylor
Global Baptist speakers urged greater advocacy, especially for religious freedom, among churches and conventions at the local, national and international levels at the Baptist World Alliance in Turkey.
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Moldovan Baptist Recognized for Human Rights Work
Moldovan Baptist Recognized for Human Rights Work
By: Brian Kaylor
The Baptist World Alliance recognized Ilie Coada, a Baptist pastor and social justice worker in eastern Europe, who has "saved countless children from the worst kinds of sex slavery."
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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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Global Baptists Meet in Ancient Biblical City to Plan Future
Global Baptists Meet in Ancient Biblical City to Plan Future
By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists from 59 countries are converging in Turkey this week for the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance. They'll elect a new president, whose five-year term will begin next July.
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Report Critiques Theology of Corporate Money in Politics
Report Critiques Theology of Corporate Money in Politics
By: Brian Kaylor
A report challenged the influx of corporate money in U.S. political campaigns as harmful to democracy and the needs of the poor. But will anyone pay attention to it?
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Tolbert Elected President of National Baptist Convention of America
Tolbert Elected President of National Baptist Convention of America
By: Brian Kaylor
National Baptist Convention of America delegates on June 25 elected the group's first new president in 11 years. Samuel Tolbert now leads the second largest black Baptist convention in the U.S.
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National Baptist Group Faces Key Presidential Vote
National Baptist Group Faces Key Presidential Vote
By: Brian Kaylor
Delegates to the meeting of the second largest black Baptist convention in the U.S. will vote Wednesday to choose one of three presidential candidates to lead the convention.
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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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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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Mixed Results 20 Years after Evangelical-Catholic Unity Effort
Mixed Results 20 Years after Evangelical-Catholic Unity Effort
By: Brian Kaylor
Prominent evangelicals and Catholics released a document 20 years ago articulating common ground between them, but their groundwork may have done more for politics than theology.
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Controversial Christian Zionist Group Exploits Ukrainian Crisis
Controversial Christian Zionist Group Exploits Ukrainian Crisis
By: Brian Kaylor
While other Christian groups have urged prayers for Ukraine and Russia during protests and violence, a Christian Zionist group instead seeks to use the crisis to further its theologically driven political goals.
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Australian Baptists Grade Ethics of Electronics Companies
Australian Baptists Grade Ethics of Electronics Companies
By: Brian Kaylor
Nearly 40 electronics companies were graded on their corporate ethical practices, and not one of them earned an "A," a report from Baptist World Aid Australia said.
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Baptist Educator Urges Churches to Transform Society
Baptist Educator Urges Churches to Transform Society
By: Brian Kaylor
Churches must view their calling as more than evangelism. They need to play a prophetic role in challenging political and economic injustices, said Jerry Cain, Judson University's retired president.
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Appeals Court Rules Against Missouri Baptist Convention, Blasts Its Attorneys
Appeals Court Rules Against Missouri Baptist Convention, Blasts Its Attorneys
By: Brian Kaylor
The latest chapter in a nearly 12-year legal saga among Missouri Baptists ended with a stinging defeat for the Missouri Baptist Convention.
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Bethlehem Conference Challenges Narratives on Israel-Palestine, Christian Zionism
Bethlehem Conference Challenges Narratives on Israel-Palestine, Christian Zionism

By: Brian Kaylor
The Christ at the Checkpoint conference examined biblical teachings in today's Israeli-Palestinian context.

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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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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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Supreme Court Case to Test Church-State Line
Supreme Court Case to Test Church-State Line
When the U.S. Supreme Court gathers today to hear oral arguments in a case on legislative prayers, it could lead to a new era of defining the First Amendment. Baptist groups are split on the issue.
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Conference Center Sues Missouri Baptist Convention
Conference Center Sues Missouri Baptist Convention
Following years of Missouri Baptist Convention losses in its legal battle against Windermere Baptist Conference Center, the center has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the convention.
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Australian Baptist Report Grades Fashion Companies' Ethics
Australian Baptist Report Grades Fashion Companies' Ethics

A Baptist World Aid Australia report graded fashion companies based on their ethical practices. Only 7 percent of the 128 brands earned an "A" while 33 percent earned a "D" or "F."

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Mo. Baptist Convention Leaders Admit to Lawsuit Settlement Kept from Members
Mo. Baptist Convention Leaders Admit to Lawsuit Settlement Kept from Members
Following an EthicsDaily.com exposé, the Missouri Baptist Convention finally admitted to a lawsuit settlement that they failed to report to members after more than eight months of secrecy.
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Missouri Baptist Convention Quietly Settles Lawsuit, Fails to Tell Members
Missouri Baptist Convention Quietly Settles Lawsuit, Fails to Tell Members
Representing another chapter in a long list of legal defeats, the Missouri Baptist Convention quietly settled a lawsuit last year, agreeing to pay $500,000 to a late businessman's estate.
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BWA Speakers Praise Jamaican Revolutionary Hero
BWA Speakers Praise Jamaican Revolutionary Hero
Several Baptist World Alliance speakers praised a 19th-century Baptist deacon and preacher, Sam Sharpe, who played a role in ending slavery in Jamaica and other parts of the British Empire.
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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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Collaboration of SBC and CBF Loyalists Hinges on Advancing Common Good
Collaboration of SBC and CBF Loyalists Hinges on Advancing Common Good
It's good for Southern Baptist Convention and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship loyalists to pray for each other, but they can also work together for the common good.
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Richard Land Exits SBC Leadership in Partisan Form
Richard Land Exits SBC Leadership in Partisan Form
Providing a fitting close to his leadership style, Richard Land ended his nearly 25 years of service as Southern Baptists' top ethics spokesman by hitting partisan notes at the SBC's annual meeting.
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Russell Moore to Replace Richard Land as SBC's Ethics Chief
Russell Moore to Replace Richard Land as SBC's Ethics Chief
Russell Moore, a dean and vice president at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, will replace Richard Land as Southern Baptists' new ethics chief.
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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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Obama:
Obama: "The Time Has Come" for Immigration Reform
As he urged a joint session of Congress to tackle immigration reform, President Obama's State of the Union address highlighted the importance of faith leaders.
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Obama's Inauguration Steeped in Religion
Obama's Inauguration Steeped in Religion
Following tradition, President Obama's inaugural festivities today remain covered with religious garb – from the oath of office to the fact that the ceremony is being held today.
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Election Night Brings Marriage, Marijuana, More of Same
Election Night Brings Marriage, Marijuana, More of Same
With President Barack Obama easily defeating GOP challenger Mitt Romney, months of political politicking by conservative evangelicals appears to have been for naught.
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Election Day Communion Seeks to Heal Partisan Divide
Election Day Communion Seeks to Heal Partisan Divide
More than 750 churches from 22 denominations are participating in "Election Day Communion" today, an effort to bring the church together for unity on an otherwise polarizing day.
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Missouri Baptist Convention Promotes Republican Candidates
Missouri Baptist Convention Promotes Republican Candidates
Despite IRS tax regulations that restrict partisan politicking by tax-exempt organizations, Missouri Baptist Convention leaders introduced three GOP candidates at their annual meeting.
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SBC Leader Breaks Promise, Endorses Romney
SBC Leader Breaks Promise, Endorses Romney
Despite insisting for years that he would not endorse candidates, the main political spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention officially endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for president.
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Democratic Party's Religious Rhetoric Deifies Obama, Demonizes GOP
Democratic Party's Religious Rhetoric Deifies Obama, Demonizes GOP
Democratic Party leaders attempted to rally the faith vote at the Democratic National Convention, with much of the rhetoric focused on President Obama as a divinely chosen leader.
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Democrats Struggle with Faith Outreach
Democrats Struggle with Faith Outreach
Democrats found themselves criticized for removing the word "God" from the party platform. The attack damaged their faith outreach efforts, already under fire for disorganization.
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BCE Brings Faith Witness to Democratic National Convention
BCE Brings Faith Witness to Democratic National Convention
The Baptist Center for Ethics assembled ecumenical panels for two screenings of its documentary on faith and immigration, including one across the street from the Democrats' convention.
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Skype Interview: Brian Kaylor on
Skype Interview: Brian Kaylor on "Mainstreaming Mormonism"
The Republican National Convention's last day represented a "mainstreaming of Mormonism," an expert on religion and politics tells EthicsDaily.com.
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Mo. Baptist Leaders Host Conference Call To Support Embattled Sen. Candidate Akin
Mo. Baptist Leaders Host Conference Call To Support Embattled Sen. Candidate Akin
Responding to an invitation with the Missouri Baptist Convention logo, hundreds of pastors were urged by Missouri Baptist leaders on Friday to support embattled GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin.
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Missouri Baptist Leaders Back Embattled Senate Candidate
Missouri Baptist Leaders Back Embattled Senate Candidate
Criticized by both parties for his comments about rape, Todd Akin, Missouri's GOP Senate nominee, still has backing of Missouri Baptist Convention leaders, who promoted him in the primary.
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Southern Baptists Continue Membership Decline
Southern Baptists Continue Membership Decline
Southern Baptists were supposed to be exempt from the downward trends of other white Protestant denominations, yet membership has declined for the fifth year in a row.
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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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Have Southern Baptists Entered Witness Protection?
Have Southern Baptists Entered Witness Protection?
"Baptist" used to mean freedom, tolerance and autonomy. Now it means bigotry and partisan politics. And that's why so many Southern Baptist churches need to change their names.
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Land Sidesteps Plagiarism Issue at SBC Annual Meeting
Land Sidesteps Plagiarism Issue at SBC Annual Meeting
As Richard Land, Southern Baptists' embattled top ethicist, faced Southern Baptists for the first time since his controversial and plagiarized racial words, he quickly glossed over the issue.
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Prominent African-American Southern Baptist Condemns Mormonism as Racist
Prominent African-American Southern Baptist Condemns Mormonism as Racist
An African-American pastor hopes messengers at next week's annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention will pass a resolution condemning Mormonism as racist.
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Reactions Mixed to Action against SBC's Land for Plagiarism, Inflammatory Remarks
Reactions Mixed to Action against SBC's Land for Plagiarism, Inflammatory Remarks
The decision by Southern Baptist trustees to cancel the radio program of their top ethicist while allowing him to keep his job sparked criticism from some Baptists and journalists.
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Institutions Consider Plagiarism Intellectual Theft
Institutions Consider Plagiarism Intellectual Theft
As a committee is expected to release the findings of its plagiarism investigation of Southern Baptists' lead ethicist on Friday, academic leaders say they take such issues seriously.
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If America Has an Obesity Campaign Akin to Smoking Campaign, Will Churches Join It?
If America Has an Obesity Campaign Akin to Smoking Campaign, Will Churches Join It?
Obesity health problems cost up to $190 billion annually. Will a campaign similar to the anti-smoking effort help reduce obesity rates? And will churches be involved?
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Southern Baptist Leader Relies on Sexual Metaphors
Southern Baptist Leader Relies on Sexual Metaphors
Richard Land, Southern Baptists' embattled ethicist under investigation for plagiarism, has used sexual metaphors to color his political analysis, some of which contradict his espoused sexual ethics.
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Did Land Write His Apology for Racially Charged Remarks?
Did Land Write His Apology for Racially Charged Remarks?
Did Southern Baptist Convention agency head Richard Land write the apology statement for racially charged remarks issued under his name, or was it written by African-American Baptist clergy?
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Lottie Moon Defied Male-Dominated Southern Baptists
Lottie Moon Defied Male-Dominated Southern Baptists
Lottie Moon, whose name and likeness are used by Southern Baptists to fuel fundraising efforts for foreign missions, was a "defiant pioneer" who saw no restrictions on women in ministry.
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Do Talk-Radio Standards Justify Land's Plagiarism?
Do Talk-Radio Standards Justify Land's Plagiarism?
A Southern Baptist committee investigating allegations of plagiarism against the denomination's ethics leader suggests journalism and talk radio have different standards. Not everyone agrees.
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SBC Agency to Investigate Land's Plagiarism
SBC Agency to Investigate Land's Plagiarism
The Southern Baptist agency headed by Richard Land, the SBC's top ethicist, will investigate plagiarism charges against him but suggested that radio shows have different standards.
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SBC Official Issues Apology for Plagiarism
SBC Official Issues Apology for Plagiarism
Richard Land, Southern Baptists' chief ethicist, apologized on Monday for plagiarism during his radio show, saying he "failed to provide appropriate verbal attributions."
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Baptist Blogger Accuses SBC Ethics Agency Head of Plagiarism
Baptist Blogger Accuses SBC Ethics Agency Head of Plagiarism
Richard Land, Southern Baptists' top ethics official, quoted liberally from a conservative writer's column about the Trayvon Martin shooting without attribution, a Baptist blogger says.
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Does SBC Leader's Rant Reflect God's Love?
Does SBC Leader's Rant Reflect God's Love?
Richard Land, a leading SBC official, denounced civil rights leaders calling for justice in the Trayvon Martin shooting. Is this how Southern Baptists demonstrate God's love to people of color?
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SBC Official's Radio Rant Advances No Moral Good
SBC Official's Radio Rant Advances No Moral Good
Richard Land, the SBC's public policy official, made reckless statements about the Trayvon Martin shooting, stoking the fires of anger toward people of color, the media and the administration.
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Kaylor Wins Wilbur Award for
Kaylor Wins Wilbur Award for "Confessional Politics"
Brian Kaylor, contributing editor for EthicsDaily.com, won a Wilbur Award for his book examining the confessional politics of those who seek our nation's highest office.
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Baptists, White House Officials Discuss Policy Issues
Baptists, White House Officials Discuss Policy Issues

A delegation of 60 goodwill Baptist leaders met with White House officials to discuss issues including the environment, human trafficking, immigration and predatory lending.

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What Will Election of the SBC's First African-American President Mean?
What Will Election of the SBC's First African-American President Mean?
The Southern Baptist Convention may elect its first African-American president this year. It would be a powerful symbol, but will the SBC's white power structure allow that symbol to lead to transformation?
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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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Pastor Poised to Be First Black to Lead Baptists
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Rev. Fred Luter told his African-American congregation that he will seek to become the first black man to lead the SBC.
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Will New Southern Baptist Name Change Perception?
Will New Southern Baptist Name Change Perception?
While a slim majority holds a favorable impression of Southern Baptists, half of young adults said they would not consider joining a Southern Baptist church. Will a new name make a difference?
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An Accurate Choice for Renamed Southern Baptists
An Accurate Choice for Renamed Southern Baptists
Southern Baptist leaders are weighing a name change for the denomination. With so many choices already taken, one accurate possibility still exists.
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Gingrich Uses Racial Politics in South Carolina Win
Gingrich Uses Racial Politics in South Carolina Win
Conservative evangelical voters lifted Newt Gingrich to his dramatic victory in South Carolina's GOP primary as the thrice-married politician won the first southern primary by invoking subtle racial arguments.
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Perry Drops Out of GOP Race, Backs Gingrich
Perry Drops Out of GOP Race, Backs Gingrich
Once the chosen candidate of evangelical leaders, Texas Gov. Rick Perry pulled out of the GOP primary race Thursday and endorsed Newt Gingrich over evangelicals' new favorite, Rick Santorum.
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Baptists Join Evangelical Summit Backing Santorum
Baptists Join Evangelical Summit Backing Santorum
Several Southern Baptist leaders joined a meeting of more than 150 conservative evangelicals, who announced former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum as their political savior.
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SBC Official Involved in Political Efforts to Defeat Romney, Obama
SBC Official Involved in Political Efforts to Defeat Romney, Obama
Although he claims to be nonpartisan, a Southern Baptist official is working behind the scenes to defeat President Obama and stop Mitt Romney from earning the GOP presidential nod.
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Remember Why the SBC Left the BWA
Remember Why the SBC Left the BWA
When Southern Baptists withdrew from the Baptist World Alliance eight years ago, SBC leaders issued a series of false accusations. Any reconciliation must begin with the SBC's confession of wrongdoing.
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Iowa Demonstrates Struggles of Conservative Evangelical Voters
Iowa Demonstrates Struggles of Conservative Evangelical Voters
Conservative Christian evangelicals helped Rick Santorum surge to a virtual first-place in Iowa's GOP caucuses, suggesting problems for Mitt Romney, who hasn't increased his support beyond one-quarter of Republicans.
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Despite Affairs, Gingrich Given Political Grace by SBC Leaders
Despite Affairs, Gingrich Given Political Grace by SBC Leaders
Southern Baptist leaders extended support to GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich despite his affairs and divorces. It's a stark contrast to the treatment they gave Bill Clinton.
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LifeWay's
LifeWay's "Pink Bible" Recall Shows Politics of Association
Rather than continue a partnership that would help fund breast cancer treatment and recovery, a Southern Baptist Convention agency pulled the plug to prevent a perceived link to Planned Parenthood.
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Religious Liberty – Our Forgotten Baptist Heritage
Religious Liberty – Our Forgotten Baptist Heritage
Speeches by the past and present pastors of First Baptist Church of Dallas illustrate how quickly the Baptist heritage of religious liberty for everyone is soon forgotten – or ignored.
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Pro-Perry SBC Pastor Attacks Romney, Mormons
Pro-Perry SBC Pastor Attacks Romney, Mormons
At an influential gathering of conservative Christian activists, a prominent Southern Baptist pastor endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry for president and attacked the religious beliefs of Mitt Romney.
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Perry Continues to Court Evangelicals
Perry Continues to Court Evangelicals
Continuing to court evangelicals as part of his campaign strategy, Texas Gov. Rick Perry told Liberty University students about his personal faith journey.
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GOP Candidates Clash with Themselves, Reagan on Immigration Reform
GOP Candidates Clash with Themselves, Reagan on Immigration Reform
During Wednesday's GOP presidential debate, many candidates clashed on immigration reform with the very president they paid homage to with the debate location.
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Dominionism: A Danger in Churches and Politics
Dominionism: A Danger in Churches and Politics
Dominionism, the belief that Christians should take control of the government and all of society's institutions, is a misguided theology that seeks to turn Christ into a political messiah.
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Iowa Straw Poll Reveals Role of Religion in Politics
Iowa Straw Poll Reveals Role of Religion in Politics
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's courting of conservative evangelicals gave her the edge among GOP presidential hopefuls in the Iowa Straw Poll, but can she survive the candidacy of Texas Gov. Rick Perry?
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Lottie Moon: The Facts and Myths about Her Life
Lottie Moon: The Facts and Myths about Her Life
Some stories about iconic Southern Baptist missionary Lottie Moon were fabricated to aid fund-raising efforts after her death and to camouflage her advocacy for women's rights. Her real story is better than the myths.
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Perry's Prayer Rally Attracts Crowds, Political Speculation
Perry's Prayer Rally Attracts Crowds, Political Speculation
Texas Gov. Rick Perry's prayer rally drew tens of thousands of participants to Houston on Saturday, fueling the speculation that the Republican governor will soon launch a presidential run.
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Rick Perry Invokes God's
Rick Perry Invokes God's "Calling" to Prepare Presidential Run
As his national prayer rally launches in Houston on Saturday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry continues to consider whether he is being "called" to run for president.
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Are SBC Leaders as Spineless as Land is Shameless?
Are SBC Leaders as Spineless as Land is Shameless?
Are Southern Baptists leaders once again ignoring the latest reckless rant – that President Obama "lives like a playboy" – from the head of their public-policy office?
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Southern Baptist Official Calls Obama
Southern Baptist Official Calls Obama "a Playboy"
President Obama is "living like a playboy," says the head of Southern Baptists' public policy office. Next time, he might want to consider fact-checking before repeating debunked claims from emails and Glenn Beck.
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Methodist Leaders Challenge SBC Official on Altering DREAM Act
Methodist Leaders Challenge SBC Official on Altering DREAM Act
Countering a position urged by a Southern Baptist official, United Methodist leaders said weakening the DREAM Act by limiting the full rights of students' citizenship is "immoral."
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Battling Over the Meaning of the Bible's Words
Battling Over the Meaning of the Bible's Words
As language continues to evolve and as biblical scholars help us better understand the meaning of ancient words, Bible translations need to be updated. This presents a problem for those who adhere to inerrancy.
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Conservative Christian Group Met with Rick Perry
Conservative Christian Group Met with Rick Perry
Despite assertions that the meeting was purely spiritual, a group of nearly 80 conservative Christian leaders started their meeting by hearing from potential presidential candidate Rick Perry.
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Southern Baptists Wrestle with Gay Hoax
(RNS) Officials of the SBC say they were the victims of a hoax when a group claiming to be them announced it had started to support gay marriage.
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Conservative Christian Group Seeks New Reagan
Conservative Christian Group Seeks New Reagan
Although a similar effort in 1979 helped Ronald Reagan mobilize pastors, a group of conservative Christian leaders does not seem likely to reach a consensus as to which candidate should receive the GOP nomination.
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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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SBC's Contentious Debate over
SBC's Contentious Debate over "Amnesty" for Undocumented Immigrants
Marring the racially inclusive image that Southern Baptists attempted to present through their annual meeting, a resolution on immigration sparked a lively debate over a proposal that critics called "amnesty."
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Southern Baptists Look to Minorities to Jumpstart Growth
(RNS) Southern Baptists adopted a plan to try to boost minorities in their top leadership posts as they face continuing reports of declining membership.
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Conservative Christian Panelists: U.S. Christians Persecuted
Conservative Christian Panelists: U.S. Christians Persecuted
At a conservative Christian conference designed to flex political muscle, a Southern Baptist leader and other conservative Christian activists claimed that U.S. evangelicals are the main victims of religious bigotry.
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Huntsman Avoids
Huntsman Avoids "Faith" Questions at Evangelical Event
Speaking to Christian conservative activists, Jon Huntsman, GOP presidential hopeful and former governor of Utah, avoided the issue many in the evangelical community remain suspicious about – his Mormon faith.
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Religious Conservatives Cheer Trump at Conference
Religious Conservatives Cheer Trump at Conference
Donald Trump, the twice-divorced businessman who built multiple casinos, found himself the star at a gathering of conservative Christian activists from around the nation.
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Southern Baptist Pastor, Fox Host Get Facts Wrong
Southern Baptist Pastor, Fox Host Get Facts Wrong
A Southern Baptist megachurch pastor in Dallas appeared on a Fox News program after Easter and used falsehoods and innuendo to challenge the president's faith.
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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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Limbaugh, MSNBC's O'Donnell Spar over Jesus and Taxes
Limbaugh, MSNBC's O'Donnell Spar over Jesus and Taxes
As Christian leaders sought to impact congressional tax and budget policies, Rush Limbaugh and liberal MSNBC pundit Lawrence O'Donnell traded barbs recently over what Jesus' policies would be on taxes.
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Franklin Graham Espouses Debunked
Franklin Graham Espouses Debunked "Birther" Claims
After talking about "God's love" and "the sacrifice of Jesus Christ" on a nationally televised news program on Easter Sunday, Franklin Graham argued that President Obama may not have been born in the United States.
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Some Baptists Stray from Religious Freedom's Path
Some Baptists Stray from Religious Freedom's Path
Not all contemporary Baptists consistently promote religious freedom. They passionately argue for their right to worship but forget to do the same for other faith groups. Richard Land is a prime example.
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SBC Leader Quits Group Promoting Religious Liberty
SBC Leader Quits Group Promoting Religious Liberty
Richard Land, head of Southern Baptists' Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, quit a group that defends Muslims' religious liberty rights – a move that caps months of his wavering on the issue.
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Southern Baptist Leader Resigns Coalition Supporting Mosques
(RNS) A top leader of the Southern Baptist Convention has resigned from a new interfaith coalition.
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Confessional Politics Excommunicates Minority Groups
Confessional Politics Excommunicates Minority Groups
Although all Americans are supposed to be treated equally as citizens, it seems clear that in a confessional era of politics, new classes of civic lepers have been created that – as in biblical times – must be avoided at all costs.
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Two Kinds of Baptists, Same Kind of Problem
Two Kinds of Baptists, Same Kind of Problem
Two pastors – one Southern Baptist, the other an independent Baptist – are linked to a mortgage scheme in which many people lost their homes. Both Baptist bodies lack an effective system for clergy accountability.
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Some Baptists Echo
Some Baptists Echo "Lie of the Year"
PolitiFact.com, a nonpartisan fact-checking organization, dubbed the claim that health care reform was "a government takeover of health care" as the top lie of the year. Southern Baptist leaders parroted the phrase.
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Georgia Baptists' Anger over Women Pastors
Georgia Baptists' Anger over Women Pastors
The Georgia Baptist Convention has ousted a church from their ranks because the congregation has a woman as co-pastor. If the state's Baptists really have a problem, perhaps they should have voted God out.
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Conservative Christian Leaders Plot to Replace Obama
Conservative Christian Leaders Plot to Replace Obama
About 40 conservative Christian leaders from across the nation met to strategize about replacing President Barack Obama with someone who matches their agenda.
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Would Tyler Clementi Be Loved By SBC Churches?
Would Tyler Clementi Be Loved By SBC Churches?
Following several suicides by gay teens, a Southern Baptist leader said evangelical churches' response to homosexuality has been rooted in fear and ignorance. Will churches' actions speak louder than his words?
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10 Observations about the Future of Baptists
10 Observations about the Future of Baptists
During these changing times in our world, there is much that impacts the Baptist movement. Here are 10 predictions and observations about what the future may hold.
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CBF Poised to Be Home for Progressive Christianity
CBF Poised to Be Home for Progressive Christianity
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship was born 20 years ago, and moderate Baptists began their slow Southern Baptist Convention exodus. Today, the CBF is poised to create a home for a brave, progressive Christianity.
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Mainstream Baptist Group in Georgia Shuts Down
Mainstream Baptist Group in Georgia Shuts Down
As another Mainstream Baptist group comes to an end, it's a sad reminder that historic Baptist distinctives, such as the priesthood of all believers and church-state separation, have lost their appeal for many Baptists.
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Southern Baptists Honor Foe of Church-State Separation
Southern Baptists Honor Foe of Church-State Separation
Southern Baptists' Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission gave its John Leland Award, named after a Baptist preacher who championed church-state separation, to a man who is dismantling Leland's legacy.
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50th Anniversary of Historic JFK Speech on Religion
50th Anniversary of Historic JFK Speech on Religion
John F. Kennedy, speaking to Protestant pastors as a presidential candidate 50 years ago, affirmed church-state separation. Today, many Baptists and Catholics reject the standard for religion and politics that he advocated.
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SBC Leader Tries to Articulate Anti-Mosque Position
SBC Leader Tries to Articulate Anti-Mosque Position
The head of Southern Baptists' Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission remains a strong voice against the right of Muslims to build an Islamic center near Ground Zero. But his reasons don’t all add up.
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Religious Right Linked Politics, Conservative Christianity
Religious Right Linked Politics, Conservative Christianity
Key early organizers of the Religious Right convened secret meetings in the mid-1970s to link their political agenda with conservative Christianity. Their goal was to elect Christian conservatives and build a “Christian Republic.”
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Anniversary of Bailey Smith's Harmful Moment in Baptist-Jewish Relations
Anniversary of Bailey Smith's Harmful Moment in Baptist-Jewish Relations
Bailey Smith, then president of the Southern Baptist Convention, claimed 30 years ago that God "does not hear the prayer of a Jew." Today, other Southern Baptist leaders have rhetorically followed his lead.
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A 'Transformative Moment' in SBC Political Activity
A 'Transformative Moment' in SBC Political Activity
Ronald Reagan, then the GOP nominee for president, joined a who's who of conservative Christians on a Dallas stage 30 years ago, convincing many Southern Baptists and other evangelicals to join the Republican cause.
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Ken Starr Joins Baptist Church – Without Attending
Ken Starr Joins Baptist Church – Without Attending
Ken Starr, the new president of Baylor University, promised to join a Baptist church once he was on the job in Waco. He kept that promise, joining a church without even being present for the service.
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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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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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GOP Candidates Play the 'God Card'
GOP Candidates Play the 'God Card'
As the 2010 midterm elections heat up, several GOP candidates have invoked God to support their campaigns and attack their political opponents. One even said his opponent was trying to take away the freedom "to find ... salvation."
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Baptist Attacks Fail on Candidate's Religion
Baptist Attacks Fail on Candidate's Religion
After facing weeks of personal attacks, including questions about her conversion to Christianity, Nikki Haley, who grew up Sikh, easily captured the Republican nomination for South Carolina governor.
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Is the SBC Pivoting Toward a New Future?
Is the SBC Pivoting Toward a New Future?
Has the SBC pivoted away from its position over the past 20 years of fidelity to angry fundamentalist leaders and faithfulness to the political right? Are the results of the SBC's annual meeting an aberration or a new positive trend?
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Taking Aim at Baptist Bureaucracies
Taking Aim at Baptist Bureaucracies
The Southern Baptist Convention and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship are looking at restructuring. Such efforts can be accomplished with clenched fists or open hands.
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How Long Until Southern Baptists Stop Abusive Clergy?
How Long Until Southern Baptists Stop Abusive Clergy?
Sooner or later, Southern Baptists will learn the lesson that pious preaching won't protect kids against clergy child molesters. What we don't know is how long the lesson will take.
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Moore Finishes 4th in GOP Primary for Governor
Moore Finishes 4th in GOP Primary for Governor
Roy Moore, once popular for his battle over the Ten Commandments, came in fourth in the GOP primary for Alabama governor. It is one thing to rally people against something; it's another to mobilize them for a specific person.
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 Land Defends BP, Blames Obama for Gulf Catastrophe
Land Defends BP, Blames Obama for Gulf Catastrophe
As hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil flow daily into the Gulf of Mexico, a Southern Baptist leader claimed that environmentalists and President Barack Obama are mostly to blame for the devastation.
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SBC's Anti-Public School Crusade is Off Course
SBC's Anti-Public School Crusade is Off Course
The Southern Baptist Convention is criticizing public schools as bastions of anti-Christian attitudes and urging churches to foster private schools or home schooling. It is past time for the SBC to reverse its course.
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Civility Requires More Than One-Way Street
Civility Requires More Than One-Way Street
A well-meaning covenant on civility is meaningless when the most uncivil people of all refuse to have anything to do with it. The U.S. right wing is not interested in dialogue. They want only victory.
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National Baptists Win Lawsuit Involving Ex-President
National Baptists Win Lawsuit Involving Ex-President
A former president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. has lost his lawsuit against the convention, months after overwhelmingly losing his attempt to regain the presidency.
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SBC's Great Commission Resurgence Task Force Pushes Christian Academies, Home Schooling
SBC's Great Commission Resurgence Task Force Pushes Christian Academies, Home Schooling
Missing from criticism about the final report of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force, intended to reorganize the stagnant Southern Baptist Convention, is concern about the statement's anti-public school agenda.
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Denominations Must Align with Constituents
Denominations Must Align with Constituents
People give to those things they believe in and value, but they must hear the story and become engaged. If they chose not to support what we are about, maybe we are about the wrong things.
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Criswell College Head Uses Ethnic Slur on Radio
Criswell College Head Uses Ethnic Slur on Radio
Criswell College's interim president used an ethnic slur prior to teaching Sunday school at First Baptist Church of Dallas. College and church leaders quickly defended him and downplayed the remark.
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Religious Leaders Protest State Tax Policies
Religious Leaders Protest State Tax Policies
As state governments tighten their budgets and consider fiscal changes to handle the recession, religious leaders in some states complain that the poor are being adversely impacted by tax policies.
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Baptist Activist's Political Comeback Falls Short
Baptist Activist's Political Comeback Falls Short
A disgraced former state legislator and Baptist, who has spent years as a conservative Christian activist, lost a primary runoff election to decide the GOP nominee for the Texas Supreme Court.
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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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Southern Baptists Falsely Claim Health Care Reform Funds Abortion
Southern Baptists Falsely Claim Health Care Reform Funds Abortion
Despite the claims of numerous fact-checkers and other pro-life leaders, Southern Baptist leaders have continued to claim falsely that health care reform legislation will allow federal funding of abortion.
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Texas Adopts Controversial Education Standards
Texas Adopts Controversial Education Standards
Conservatives on the Texas Board of Education pushed through controversial new education standards that will impact what school children across the nation learn about history and economics.
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African-American Baptists Form Historic Partnership to Rebuild Haiti
African-American Baptists Form Historic Partnership to Rebuild Haiti
Five African-American Baptist conventions have started a historic and ambitious collaborative effort to raise $50 million to help rebuild Haiti after January’s devastating earthquake.
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Alabama Gubernatorial Candidate Urges Tax Reform
Alabama Gubernatorial Candidate Urges Tax Reform
A candidate seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nomination for governor of Alabama is on a crusade to change the state's tax code, with the goal of helping those who are struggling financially.
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Megachurch Pastor Decries Tax System
Megachurch Pastor Decries Tax System
Southern Baptist megachurch pastor Ed Young Sr. recently devoted a sermon to the problems with the American tax system. However, several claims made by the former SBC president were inaccurate.
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Franklin Graham Criticized for Inaccurate Attack on Islam
Franklin Graham Criticized for Inaccurate Attack on Islam
Evangelist Franklin Graham attacked Islam as "a very violent religion" and argued that Americans could not practice "true Islam," but Baptist leaders promoting dialogue with Muslims criticized his remarks.
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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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Southern Baptist Leaders Offer Erroneous Global-Warming Claims
Southern Baptist Leaders Offer Erroneous Global-Warming Claims
World leaders gathered in Copenhagen to negotiate the details of an accord to combat global warming, and Southern Baptist leaders voiced their opposition with erroneous claims.
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SBC Leader Labels Obama as
SBC Leader Labels Obama as "Very Dangerous"
Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, recently called President Obama "very dangerous" and claimed Obama was damaging America.
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Christian Ethics Must Address Nation's Real Problems
Christian Ethics Must Address Nation's Real Problems
We live in a dangerous age. Ethics have been discarded for the sake of political ideology and we are much the worse for this, with some even calling for the violent removal of President Obama from office.
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North Carolina Baptist State Convention Severs BCE from Budget
North Carolina Baptist State Convention Severs BCE from Budget
The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina voted last week to deny churches the opportunity to give through the convention to the Baptist Center for Ethics, thereby ending an almost 20-year partnership.
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Land Cries Censorship Over Criticism of His Nazi Analogy
Land Cries Censorship Over Criticism of His Nazi Analogy
After the SBC's Richard Land apologized to the Anti-Defamation League for comparing Obama and other Democratic leaders to the Nazis, he accused another critic of being a "speech czar."
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Patterson, Missouri Leaders Send Mixed Signals on Lawsuits
Patterson, Missouri Leaders Send Mixed Signals on Lawsuits
An SBC seminary head, speaking today at the Missouri Baptist Convention's annual meeting, has publicly condemned Christians suing one another yet privately told MBC leaders they were justified in suing five ministries.
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Richard Land Flip-Flops on Nazi Apology
Richard Land Flip-Flops on Nazi Apology
One week after apologizing for comparing Democratic leaders to the Nazis, the Southern Baptist Convention's Richard Land reneged on his promise to stop using such comparisons.
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Former President Sues Baptist Convention over Election
Former President Sues Baptist Convention over Election
A former president of the National Baptist Convention has filed his second lawsuit in two months against the convention, asking the court to declare the recent presidential election null and void.
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SBC Leader Apologizes for Nazis Reference
SBC Leader Apologizes for Nazis Reference
Days after saying he stood by his analogy, a top Southern Baptist official apologized for accusing President Obama and congressional Democratic leaders of attempting to do "precisely what the Nazis did."
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Republican Senator Graham Supports Climate Change Bill, Breaks with SBC
Republican Senator Graham Supports Climate Change Bill, Breaks with SBC
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham broke with fellow Southern Baptists once again when he joined Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to urge a bipartisan effort to support climate change legislation.
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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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SBC Leader Invokes Nazis in Health-Care Discussion
SBC Leader Invokes Nazis in Health-Care Discussion
A Southern Baptist leader accused President Obama and congressional Democratic leaders of attempting to do "precisely what the Nazis did" and compared a health-care adviser to Josef Mengele.
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Ambitious Senate Climate Change Bill Introduced
Ambitious Senate Climate Change Bill Introduced
Two U.S. senators introduced ambitious legislation designed to reduce carbon emissions and stop global warming. With moderate Democrats offering doubts, the bill faces poor prospects of being passed soon.
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At U.N., Gore Urges Senate to Pass Climate Change Bill
At U.N., Gore Urges Senate to Pass Climate Change Bill
Joining 100 world leaders at the United Nations for a day of talks on climate change, former Vice President Al Gore called on the Senate to pass a landmark bill to fight global warming.
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African-American Baptist Applauds Carter's
African-American Baptist Applauds Carter's "Courage"
Former President Jimmy Carter created an uproar by charging that some of the opposition to President Obama is due to continued racism. One African-American pastor applauded his courage.
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Lyons Loses Bid to Regain National Baptist Presidency
Lyons Loses Bid to Regain National Baptist Presidency
Henry Lyons garnered less than 20 percent of the vote for the National Baptist Convention presidency, losing 4,086 to 924 to the convention’s vice president-at-large, Julius Scruggs.
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Lyons Loses Legal Effort to Prevent National Baptist Election
Lyons Loses Legal Effort to Prevent National Baptist Election
A last-minute legal effort to prevent the presidential election for the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. failed Wednesday afternoon.
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Ex-Convict Sues National Baptists in Quest to Regain Presidency
Ex-Convict Sues National Baptists in Quest to Regain Presidency
Ten years ago, Henry Lyons resigned as president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., and then spent more than four years in prison for racketeering and grand theft. Now, Lyons wants to be president of the largest African-American denomination once again—and is suing to try and make that happen.
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Southern Baptist Leaders Split on Abortion Reduction Bill
Southern Baptist Leaders Split on Abortion Reduction Bill
Some Southern Baptist leaders are divided over whether to support legislation designed to reduce abortion and drawing support from pro-life and pro-choice advocates.
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Today's Generation Jettisons Relics of Ministries Past
Today's Generation Jettisons Relics of Ministries Past
Today's young adults have no patience for local church intrigue or denominational domination. They want to serve God in the most meaningful way possible.
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Baptists Called to Promote Civility, Cooperation
Baptists Called to Promote Civility, Cooperation
Baptists must treat each other with respect and civility even when there are disagreements over issues, an Oklahoma pastor and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter both urged.
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Building Bridges: Crossing Valley of Racism
Building Bridges: Crossing Valley of Racism
Healing the racial divide is as important to Christianity as hot-button issues such as abortion and gay marriage, an African-American pastor said at a New Baptist Covenant regional meeting.
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Texas Curriculum Battle Shifts to History
Texas Curriculum Battle Shifts to History
When educators write new social studies standards for Texas public schools, they'll consider suggestions written by a reviewer whose historical claims have been discredited.
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Hate Crimes Bill Won't Restrict Sermons
Hate Crimes Bill Won't Restrict Sermons
A pending hate crimes bill is causing some Christian conservatives to fret, but there's no reason to fear that preachers' right to speak freely will be restricted.
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Is Blaming Men for Inequitable Treatment of Women Good Theology?
Is Blaming Men for Inequitable Treatment of Women Good Theology?
It's not just the leaders of the male-dominated Southern Baptist Convention that stifle women. Those who disagree but remain silent are also culpable.
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SBC Is More Partisan than Southern Baptist Republican Senator on Sotomayor
SBC Is More Partisan than Southern Baptist Republican Senator on Sotomayor
The confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor show that the SBC has chosen to become even more political than the Republican Party.
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Defining Words' Meaning is Path to Control
Defining Words' Meaning is Path to Control
Humpty Dumpty's smarter than we think. To win control, you need to be the one to define what words mean – even if you have to take them out of context.
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First Rule of Falling Leaders: Blame Something
First Rule of Falling Leaders: Blame Something
Rather than accept responsibility for setbacks, some leaders prefer to pass the buck to external factors or other people. (At least, that's what the liberal media want you to believe.)
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Gender-Role Beliefs Affect Family Communication
Gender-Role Beliefs Affect Family Communication
Gender-role ideology significantly impacts how evangelical families communicate, a study says. Egalitarians focus on conversation; complementarians on conformity.
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House Reps Pass Historic Climate Legislation by Slim Margin
House Reps Pass Historic Climate Legislation by Slim Margin
Members of the U.S. House narrowly passed unprecedented climate legislation, which was endorsed by more than 140 Baptist leaders. The bill still needs approval from the Senate before going to President Obama.
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Breaking the Addiction to Being Southern Baptist is Tough
Breaking the Addiction to Being Southern Baptist is Tough
Those of us raised Southern Baptist continue to engage them, even when we've left the convention. Our relationship to this group we no longer claim is dysfunctional and enmeshed. How do we break the addiction?
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Southern Baptist Leaders Exalt Non-Essential ‘Pet Doctrines’
Southern Baptist Leaders Exalt Non-Essential ‘Pet Doctrines’
Conservative leaders within the Southern Baptist Convention have exalted "pet doctrines" and personal opinions to the status of dogma. Those who disagree risk condemnation and expulsion.
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SBC's Expulsion of Texas Church Reinforces its Negative Image
SBC's Expulsion of Texas Church Reinforces its Negative Image
The SBC's decision to expel Broadway Baptist Church is a missed opportunity for the denomination to reverse its regressive slide and reinforces the negative, intolerant image of the SBC in American public life.
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SBC Agencies Asked to Investigate ‘Cussing Pastor’
SBC Agencies Asked to Investigate ‘Cussing Pastor’
Five motions offered by SBC messengers called for investigations into the influence of targeted leaders.
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Young Leaders Staying Home From SBC's Annual Meeting
Young Leaders Staying Home From SBC's Annual Meeting
When the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting begins today, leaders expect one trend to continue: Few young leaders will attend. One young pastor says many of his peers don't want to be associated with the SBC brand.
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SBC Executive Committee Recommends Disfellowshipping Church
SBC Executive Committee Recommends Disfellowshipping Church
The executive committee of the Southern Baptist Convention voted unanimously June 22 to recommend ending its more than 125-year relationship with Broadway Baptist Church in Forth Worth, Texas.
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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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Southern Baptists Continue Crusade Against Public Schools
Southern Baptists Continue Crusade Against Public Schools
Southern Baptists have moved to the right in their critique of public education. One video, featuring three Southern Baptists, urges the rescue of children from "pagan, godless schools" and uses footage of Hitler and Nazis.
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Pastor and Former SBC Vice Pres Prays for President's Death
Pastor and Former SBC Vice Pres Prays for President's Death
Wiley Drake, former second vice president of the SBC, let it be known that he was praying for President Obama to die. Is praying for someone's death consistent with the values and truth that Jesus embodied in his life and ministry?
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Surprise Package: Some SBC Churches Drop
Surprise Package: Some SBC Churches Drop "Baptist" from Name
Why are some Southern Baptist churches reluctant to use Baptist in their name? To the church-hunter who has already disavowed the denomination, it's like the joy from receiving a pretty package – until you see what's inside.
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Missouri Layman: Leaders Infecting SBC with
Missouri Layman: Leaders Infecting SBC with "New Liberalism"
Roger Moran, an influential Missouri Baptist layman, issued a scathing attack against Missouri and Southern Baptist leaders, accusing them of "cultural liberalism." And he serves on the state convention's Peace Committee.
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Southern Baptist Convention Top Exec Boosts Anti-Public School Agenda
Southern Baptist Convention Top Exec Boosts Anti-Public School Agenda
The Southern Baptist Convention's chief executive officer advocates the launch of a Christian alternative to public education. Rather than retreat from public education, however, goodwill Baptists must speak up for public schools.
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Inerrancy Was Battle Cry for SBC Takeover, Not Rallying Point for Growth
Inerrancy Was Battle Cry for SBC Takeover, Not Rallying Point for Growth
Like the behemoth General Motors, which was once too big to fail, the titanic SBC is taking on water, and its current leadership knows not what to do to salvage the ship. The one thing they could do is a crystal-clear biblical teaching.
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Global Warming a Problem? 70 Percent of Americans Say 'Yes'
Global Warming a Problem? 70 Percent of Americans Say 'Yes'
Americans who are alarmed, concerned or cautious about global warming make up 70 percent of the population, a new study said. Those in the dismissive group are the most likely to be evangelical Christians or Baptists.
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Southern Baptists Dragging Feet on Urgent Global-Warming Issues
Southern Baptists Dragging Feet on Urgent Global-Warming Issues
While some younger Southern Baptists are ready to climb on board the environmental bandwagon, they are still dragging their feet – just as their elders did on the race issue.
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From a Biblical Perspective, Is the Church Really King?
From a Biblical Perspective, Is the Church Really King?
Any discussion about the nature of the denominational structure that does not begin with a biblically precise view of the church is bound to lead to more, not less, misunderstanding.
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Oregon Protects Kids from Sexual Predators. Why Can't Churches?
Oregon Protects Kids from Sexual Predators. Why Can't Churches?
Oregon lawmakers passed a law prohibiting schools from making deals that hide the sexual misconduct of teachers who resign. The practice is called passing the trash. Why can't Southern Baptists do something similar?
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Liberty University Excommunicates College Democrats
Liberty University Excommunicates College Democrats
Liberty University, founded by the late Jerry Falwell, recently informed leaders of its College Democrats chapter that the school would no longer recognize the club – a decision that reverberated through Virginia politics.
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Publisher's "American Patriot's Bible" Draws Strong Criticism
A Christian publishing giant has released a new Bible that intermingles nationalistic facts, quotations and pictures with the sacred text. Critics contend that The American Patriot's Bible promotes idolatry and glorifies nationalistic violence.
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Land's Torture Turnabout Shows No Regret for Past Support
Land's Torture Turnabout Shows No Regret for Past Support
Today, the Southern Baptist Convention's Richard Land condemns torture. But for years, he has mirrored the knee-jerk Republican conservatism of his SBC constituency and used it to his own political advantage.
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Richard Land Substantially Alters Position on Torture
Richard Land Substantially Alters Position on Torture
The head of Southern Baptists' Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission made news recently when he denounced waterboarding as torture. Virtually ignored was why he shifted his position and why he had not spoken out sooner.
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SBC Leaders Launch Effort to Turn Around Flagging Numbers
SBC Leaders Launch Effort to Turn Around Flagging Numbers
Hundreds of Southern Baptist leaders are calling for a 'Great Commission Resurgence' to address declining numbers. It's hard not to laugh when you recall that years ago they claimed that evangelism would reign supreme once they were in control.
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Beneath the Skin: Baptists Discuss How to Cross Racial Borders
Beneath the Skin: Baptists Discuss How to Cross Racial Borders
During two breakout sessions at the recent Baptist Border Crossing, Baptists viewed EthicsDaily.com’s documentary “Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism” and discussed how they could cross racial boundaries.
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The End of Christian America? Not By a Long Shot
The End of Christian America? Not By a Long Shot
With more people saying they have no religious preference, does it spell the end of Christianity? Maybe they're growing weary of religion and angry religious politics. One can only hope.
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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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Goatley Urges Baptists to ‘Color Outside the Lines’
Goatley Urges Baptists to ‘Color Outside the Lines’
Goatley used the analogy of children coloring pictures to explain his hopes and goals for Baptists. He noted that young children don’t always color within the lines, adding that he is excited by such actions even though teachers may tell children otherwise.
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Fundamentalists Wage War on Science, Climate Change Facts
Fundamentalists Wage War on Science, Climate Change Facts
A Southern Baptist Convention official repeated yet again his claim that the earth was cooling. If he were alone, one could dismiss his comment as another half-baked claim.
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Egyptian-Israeli Treaty’s Legacy Lives On After 30 Years
Egyptian-Israeli Treaty’s Legacy Lives On After 30 Years
The lasting effect of the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty, signed 30 years ago, makes it the most successful modern effort toward Middle East peace.
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Digital Era Endangers Newspapers, Including Baptist State Papers
Digital Era Endangers Newspapers, Including Baptist State Papers
As more people log online to retrieve their news and information, Baptist state newspapers and other religious publications may be particularly vulnerable.
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Chuck Colson Claims the Earth Is Cooling
Chuck Colson Claims the Earth Is Cooling
Chuck Colson, the former Watergate felon who is now a Baptist author and speaker, recently misrepresented evidence about global warming and even suggested that global cooling was occurring.
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Burleson Details Ethical Shortcomings at IMB
Burleson Details Ethical Shortcomings at IMB
The forthcoming book by a former trustee of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board exposes several ethical shortcomings in the management approach of IMB trustee leaders.
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SBC Delays Action to Remove Broadway Baptist Church from Membership
A motion made at last year’s Southern Baptist Convention to remove Ft. Worth’s Broadway Baptist Church from membership in the SBC over the issue of homosexuality was discussed today by the denomination’s executive committee, which delayed action until the completion of further study.
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Churches Must Be Strengthened, Not Captive, to Past
Churches Must Be Strengthened, Not Captive, to Past
The greatest lesson we can learn from our experience in the SBC is to embrace the good experiences and to try to avoid duplicating the bad experiences. The old saying that “those who fail to study history are doomed to repeat it” is appropriate, but once one has studied history, he or she must take action in the contemporary world.
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Congregations Prepare to Observe Evolution Weekend
Congregations Prepare to Observe Evolution Weekend
Nearly 1,000 congregations across the country have announced plans to participate in Evolution Weekend Feb. 13-15 in order to spark “serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science.” Among the participants listed on the Evolution Weekend Web site are a dozen Baptist churches, as well as congregations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 13 other nations.
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Baptist Monitoring Group Cites Problems in Azerbaijan
Representatives from the European Baptist Federation (EBF) and the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) recently issued a report citing human rights and religious liberty shortcomings in Azerbaijan.
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SBC Leader Uses Poor Evidence to Promote ‘Global Cooling’
SBC Leader Uses Poor Evidence to Promote ‘Global Cooling’
Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, once again used his weekly radio program to mock the idea of global warming and instead claimed that the earth is experiencing global cooling. However, Land relied on poor evidence, including a discredited list of scientists and the prediction of an unreliable almanac.
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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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Factually Inaccurate Gaza Story Spreads on Religious News Sites
A Jan. 5 Baptist Press article on the conflict in Gaza included several misleading claims and untrustworthy sources. The BP story quickly spread and was picked up by other news sites, including the Baptist Standard, Florida Baptist Witness, Townhall, Crosswalk.
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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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Nashville Faith Leaders Oppose English-only Campaign, SBC Leaders Are Silent
Many of Nashville’s faith leaders are expressing opposition to an effort to make English the only language in which the city government can offer services, considering “it to be unjust, inhospitable, and detrimental to the wellbeing” of the community. Missing in moral action is the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention and its state affiliate, the Tennessee Baptist Convention.
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Navigating Charity Options
As many individuals ponder their end-of-year giving, they are inundated with numerous cash-strapped charities making special requests. With the Salvation Army, Focus on the Family, various denominations and religious universities reporting budget deficits, there are plenty of places to give, but not all could be wise investments.
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Baptist Bloggers Consider Economy's Impact on Churches, Faith-Based Organizations
Several Baptist leaders have joined public discussions on how the economy will impact churches and religious organizations, and what lessons might be learned.
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Baptist Leader Misstates Environmental Data
Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, recently made inaccurate claims that the earth is cooling instead of warming. As he made his claims during the Nov. 22 broadcast of his radio program "Richard Land Live!," Land mocked Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore and others who warn of the dangers of climate change.
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Religious Liberty Contradictions in Supreme Court Case
Sekulow's arguments on behalf of Pleasant Grove City suggest that his legal focus is not really in protecting religious liberty but in promoting 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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SBC Leader Holds Poor Record of Political Punditry
Throughout this election year, journalists have often asked for political insights from Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. He remains a key source for the media's understanding of evangelicals and politics, despite frequently offering inaccurate analysis.
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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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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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La. Governor Used State Funds to Attend Churches
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has been criticized for spending tens of thousands of dollars of state funds on helicopter flights to attend church services. At least one visit was to a Southern Baptist church where Jindal shared his testimony and spoke about campaigning.
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Baptist Seminary President Attacks Green-Letter Bible
Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, criticized a newly released green-letter Bible. Published by HarperOne, the Bible is printed on recycled paper and with soy-based ink and a cotton/linen cover. Additionally, the Bible highlights passages about creation and the environment in green letters, much as many Bibles highlight the words of Jesus in red letters.
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New Conflicts Erupt Over Creationism in Public Schools
A school board in Ohio is holding a hearing examining claims that an eighth-grade science teacher kept a Bible on his desk, taught creationism and burned crosses on students' arms. A third-grader teacher in California is being investigated for criticizing evolution, informing her students that Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny do not exist, and advocating a belief in God. A school board in North Carolina has sparked controversy for considering the teaching of creationism.
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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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Church Leaders Seek Apology to Darwin
While leaders of the Church of England once quickly denounced Charles Darwin's work, some leaders now want the church to issue an apology to Darwin.
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The Southern Baptist Convention is not a Cult, We Just Sometimes Act Like We Are
Over this past weekend, the most read article on Foxnews.com was entitled "Magazines Featuring Female Pastors Pulled From Shelves, 'Treated Like Pornography.'"
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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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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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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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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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Politician Palin Forces Theological Revisionism
The nomination of Sarah Palin changed Southern Baptist fundamentalism quicker than Eve tempted Adam to eat the apple in the Garden of Eden, metaphorically speaking. The Republican Party's first woman caused Republican Party's first-line male clergy to revise their theology about women, while claiming they never meant what they said earlier.
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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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SBC Leaders Nervous About Election
Southern Baptists on Sept. 24 are launching a 40-day Prayer Vigil for Spiritual Revival and National Renewal. The daily prayers will include requests for God's guidance in voting, for the election of more "godly" Christians, for God to "help churches find ways to help Christians get to the polls" and for public officials to be protected "from the attacks of Satan."
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Confusion Reigns for Southern Baptist Professor
Bruce Ware, professor of Christian theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., actually does know why husbands abuse their wives.
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Show Me a Sexist; I'll Show You a Racist
Ah! The good old days--when men were men and women were kept in the kitchen; when being white was right for America.
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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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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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The Strange Sexual Obsessions at Southern Seminary
I don't think there's anything weirder than religious sexual obsession. Sex is tough enough without layering our obsession about it with some bizarre religious viewpoint.
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Federal Sentencing May Turn Up Heat on Fraudulent Seminary Degrees
Maintaining muteness this week about the Southern Baptist Convention president's honorary degrees from two diploma mills will become much more difficult for denominational officials, given the federal sentencing on Wednesday of the owners of a diploma mill. Mainstream media coverage and the blogosphere commentary about degree factories will likely spike.
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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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Baptist Press Misleads Its Readers with False Subheading
Baptist Press falsely labeled a Baptist Center for Ethics' DVD screening at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's annual meeting last week in Memphis with an inaccurate subheading and lead in a news story, leading one to wonder if the editor actually read the story. Perhaps the editor wanted to say what the actual text as reported in the body of the story did not say.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Headlines Mislead Public About SBC Shift on Global Warming
Untruth anywhere harms truth everywhere. Misleading headlines misdirect public opinion. False charges cover up flawed documents. No matter how noble the cause, wrongful means damage the desired goal.
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Southern Baptist Leaders Release Environmental Statement
Nearly 50 Southern Baptists leaders are issuing a declaration today urging Southern Baptists to take care of the environment and fight climate change. The Southern Baptist Environment and Climate Initiative released its environmental statement entitled "A Southern Baptist Declaration on the Environment and Climate Change," which cites Scriptures and the Baptist Faith & Message of 2000 to support its environmental message.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Immigration IS a Social Issue
Immigration continues to dominate much of the discussion among Republican presidential candidates. The issue sparked a fierce back-and-forth exchange between candidates Rudy Guiliani and Mitt Romney during the recent CNN/YouTube debate.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Reports Conflict About Fred Thompson's Church Membership, Attendance
A Southern Baptist Convention leader weighed into ongoing debate about GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson's churchmanship, claiming he attends a Presbyterian church in the Washington area "on a regular basis."
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Lay-led Church Conflicts Erupt in Baptist Churches

Two prominent Baptist ministers have come under fire in the last two weeks at large meetings of congregants upset over leadership style and financial management. Both pastors--one a conservative Southern Baptist Convention leader and the other a progressive minister highly involved with the Baptist World Alliance--have faced criticism from some church members for months.

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Baptist College to Start "Judge Paul Pressler School of Law"
Louisiana College, a school affiliated with the Louisiana Baptist Convention, announced on Aug. 16 its plans to start a new law school to be named after Southern Baptist leader Paul Pressler. The school, which will be called the "Judge Paul Pressler School of Law," will start classes in 2009.
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Pastor Wiley Drake Endorses Huckabee, Prompts Complaint to IRS
The religious liberty watchdog organization Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (AU) filed a complaint to the Internal Revenue Service on Aug. 14 charging that the Rev. Wiley Drake improperly used church letterhead to endorse a presidential candidate.
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Pattersons Defend Homemaker Degree, Attack Critics
Paige and Dorothy Patterson defended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's controversial new homemaker degree on "Jerry Johnson Live," a Dallas-based radio program hosted by Criswell College President Jerry Johnson. During the Aug. 15 broadcast, the Pattersons explained the program and attacked its critics.
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Missouri Baptist Conflict Complicated by Judicial Ties, Changes
As the Missouri Baptist Convention's lawsuit against five Missouri Baptist ministries neared its fifth anniversary, judicial changes occurred that could impact the outcome of the legal conflict. Two appeals court judges who had ties to the MBC and overturned the 2004 dismissal of the MBC's lawsuit left the bench this summer.
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Huckabee Compares Iowa Success to Jesus' Feeding of 5,000
After a surprise second-place finish in the Iowa Republican straw poll on Saturday, Aug. 11, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee claimed victory. Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister and former president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, has been considered a second-tier candidate in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
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Parham, Patterson Discuss Role of Women on Fox News
Is it "God's will" for women to stay at home? Robert Parham and Paige Patterson took up the issue Monday morning on "FOX & Friends."
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Doggone Metaphors
"There are few things as toxic as a bad metaphor," writer and cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson has observed. "You can't think without metaphors."
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Southern Seminary Dean Testifies before Senate about Global Warming
Russell Moore, dean of the school of theology for Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the executive director of the Carl F. H. Henry Institute for Evangelical Engagement, testified last week about global warming before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
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Jimmy Carter is not the Anti-Christ
In his book "The Cost of Deception," John Williams noted that over the years many people have been accused by religious leaders of being the anti-Christ. Among the false predictions he outlined were two about Jimmy Carter.
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The Next Jerry Falwell
Following the unexpected death of the Jerry Falwell, many are revisiting his legacy. Some remind people of his numerous controversial remarks, while others praise him for his political and social influence.
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Tortured Theology
Psychologist Carl Jung once argued, "The healthy man does not torture others--generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers."
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Praying for Stephen Colbert (and Rick Scarborough)
During the Feb. 15 broadcast of "The Colbert Report," comedian Stephen Colbert noted that on Feb. 22 "tens of thousands of people" would be praying for him.
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The Religious Right is not Pro-Life
Despite support for the death penalty and the Iraq war, the Religious Right consistently claims to be pro-life. And while advocates of these positions are often able to pull out Scripture passages as support, there is another growing pro-death policy that seems completely indefensible.
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Richard Land Doesn't Get Baptist 'Covenant'
Following the announcement of "Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant," several Southern Baptist leaders offered their criticism of the planned gathering and argued that Baptists do not have an image problem.
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Great Power, Great Responsibility
When legendary comics creator Stan Lee gave birth to Spider-Man in 1962 he gave the new superhero the maxim, "With great power, there must also come great responsibility!" This guiding truth for Spider-Man is a lesson that some religious leaders need to learn.
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Embryonic Theology
Across the nation embryonic stem cell research garners media attention and political discussion. Numerous religious leaders have jumped into the debate.
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Dobson Reaches New Low in 'Godless' Interview
In their book "Blinded by Might" conservative Christians Cal Thomas and Ed Dobson chided Religious Right leaders for becoming too involved in politics. In one chapter entitled "Focus on the Family, Not on Politics," Thomas critiques comments and actions by James Dobson.
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A Letter to Tony Perkins
Dear Tony, I am so excited to hear that you found liberty this past Sunday.
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CBF, Baptist Press Numbers Flap Unnecessary, Misguided
Poet and novelist Victor Hugo once remarked, "The greatness of a people is no more determined by their numbers than the greatness of a man is by his height."
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The John Hagee Filter
Although Internet filters can give parents more control over what their children see online, the filters can also inaccurately block legitimate and clean Web sites.
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Signers of Environmental Statement Funded by ExxonMobil
A recent statement by evangelical Christians downplaying the potential problems of global climate change includes eight signers whose six organizations have received a total of $2.32 million in donations from ExxonMobil over the last three years.
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In God We Trust?
Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of "In God We Trust" becoming the nation's official motto. Politicians and Christian leaders hailed the anniversary as if it meant something. But what is all the excitement about a ceremonial phrase found mostly just on our money? Why are some Christians so devoted to "saving" the slogan from attempts to remove it?
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Baptist General Convention of Missouri Accepted as BWA Member
The Baptist General Convention of Missouri was approved as a member of the Baptist World Alliance at the BWA annual gathering and General Council meeting, held July 3-8 in Mexico City. The membership committee recommended the BGCM's acceptance and the General Council unanimously voted to approve the BGCM's application for membership in the BWA.
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SBC 2nd VP has Past Ties with Unification Church
Wiley Drake, recently elected as second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention has been involved in several events hosted by Sun-Myung Moon and the Unification Church. Although Drake, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park, Calif., publicly apologized in 2001 for his involvement, he continued to participate in Unification Church events.
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GuideStone Heavily Invested in Companies with Sudan Connections
In 2005, GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, formerly known as the Annuity Board, invested nearly $72 million in corporations doing business in Sudan. Government-sponsored genocide in Sudan has displaced millions and killed hundreds of thousands, many of whom were Christians.
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What Are They Teaching?
In the classic C. S. Lewis tale "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," the Professor offers his disbelief at how little the children seem to know about logic. As he tries to help them reason through a mystery, he asks, "Why don't they teach logic at these schools?"
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Call Me Pollyanna
Spring is in the air—the birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and another anti-public school resolution is being proposed by some Southern Baptist activists. To be honest I have never quite understood this viewpoint that seems to be so contrary to the Great Commission. Apparently, when Jesus said to go into all the world he did not mean public schools.
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The Gospel According to Rick Scarborough
Southern Baptist minister Rick Scarborough, founder and president of Vision America, has been in the news quite a lot lately. A couple of weeks ago his organization hosted the "War on Christians and the Values Voter" conference. Embattled Republican politician Tom DeLay spoke at the event before announcing his retirement from Congress a few days later.
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Tom DeLay is Not Jesus
Tom DeLay is not Jesus. That may not seem like a shocking statement, but it may be for some Christians who gathered last week in Washington, D.C., for the "War on Christians and the Value Voters" conference.
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'Truthiness' at Center of Missouri Baptist Debate
In January the American Dialect Society selected its 2005 Word of the Year: "truthiness."
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Majority Rules
In George Orwell's classic novel "Animal Farm," we are introduced to the saying, "All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others." Changing "animals" with "religions" could describe the sentiment of a resolution being considered by Missouri state legislators.
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SBC Leaders Endorse Plan for Increased Funding
A new challenge unveiled by Southern Baptist Convention leaders to increase support for the Cooperative Program unified giving plan would have disqualified from leadership at least seven of the 13 "conservative resurgence" SBC presidents elected since 1979.
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Baptist Bloggers and Democracy
On the evening of Jan. 10 it was announced that the People's Choice Award for best movie was "Star Wars: Episode III--Revenge of the Sith." The following morning, the trustees of the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board voted to remove fellow trustee Wade Burleson because of comments he made on his blog.
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Sunday Night Politics
The television show "The West Wing" moved to Sunday nights this season as the show's presidential election heated up. While such a move—from a more lucrative Wednesday night slot—unfortunately suggests that NBC is phasing out the show, it seems to be a quite appropriate new time. Sunday night appears to be the preferred night for politics, especially among Christians.
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Baptist Seminary President, Professors Defend Use of Torture
A president and three professors of Southern Baptist seminaries recently participated in an online symposium on developing a Christian response to the use of torture.
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'Twas The Fight Over Christmas
'Twas the fight over Christmas and in God's houses, Boycotts were forming to fight atheist louses; The attacks were hurled and poisoned the air, It seemed that Rev. Falwell was being a bear.
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Slavery Helped Blacks, Guest Tells Radio Host With Baptist Ties
A black conservative columnist said recently on a radio show that God used slavery to give African-Americans a better life today. The comment went unchallenged by a conservative commentator whose television program airs on a network owned by the Southern Baptist Convention.
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Watch Your Mouth
I used to make smart-aleck remarks when I was younger. Sometimes after making a sarcastic comment my mom would tell me, "Watch your mouth," meaning, "Be careful what you say."
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DeLay's Woes Shift Spotlight to Baptist Congressman
When Congressman Tom DeLay was forced to step down as House Majority Leader following his indictment alleging involvement in a money-laundering scheme, he was replaced by fellow Southern Baptist Roy Blunt of Missouri. As a result of gaining a new position and more influence, Blunt and his record is receiving more attention and scrutiny.
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Conservative Christians Support DeLay
Following the indictment of Congressman Tom DeLay on Sept. 26 for alleged illegal fundraising activities, several prominent conservative Christians quickly offered their support for DeLay. Many also attacked Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle for bringing the charges.
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Group Asks Southern Baptists to Stop Efforts to Convert Jews
A leading Jewish organization condemned a proposed Southern Baptist Convention study on formally recognizing a "messianic" fellowship as an "evangelistic mission entity" to Jews.
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Christian Leaders Speak of God's Wrath in Hurricane
Prominent Christian leaders and evangelists have argued that Hurricane Katrina's destruction and its aftermath are signs of God's punishment on America. Franklin Graham, Hal Lindsay, Chuck Colson and Pat Robertson each suggested they knew God's purposeful reasons in sending the hurricane.
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Fundamentalists View Hurricane Katrina as God's Punishment
Religious fundamentalists from all three major faiths argue that Hurricane Katrina's destruction on the southern coast of the United States was part of God's punishment on America. While reasons for God's retribution sometimes vary, the rhetoric of fundamentalist Christian, Jewish, and Muslims leaders is quite similar.
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GuideStone Invested $60 Million in Companies with Sudan Connections
In 2004, GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, formerly known as the Annuity Board, invested over $60 million in corporations doing business in Sudan. Government-sponsored genocide in Sudan has displaced millions and killed hundreds of thousands, many of whom were Christians.
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A Statement Concerning the Crisis in Our Nation
We recognize that no individual or organization can speak for all Baptists. The following represents the concern, confession, commitment, and appeal by the majority of the messengers meeting in Houston, Texas, June 5, 1968.
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