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When Even Empathetic Churches Hit Their Limits
When Even Empathetic Churches Hit Their Limits

By: Jim Somerville
For three weeks after white nationalists rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia, I mentioned racism in my sermons and how we need to root it out of our hearts and out of our nation, but I may have pushed too hard.

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4 Ways Your Church Can Stand Against Prejudice, Racism
4 Ways Your Church Can Stand Against Prejudice, Racism

By: Ray Higgins
Christians must stand against the evil and sinful nature of prejudice, racism, white supremacy and Nazism as well as any who advocate for these anti-Christian philosophies. Here are 4 ways you and your church can do that.

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The Spiritual Battle Goes On After Charlottesville
The Spiritual Battle Goes On After Charlottesville

By: J. Michael "Mickey" Robertson
After Mickey Robertson preached a sermon that condemned the KKK and its racist ideology, a symbol was carved into a tree near the congregation's outdoor meeting space. It's an old symbol resurrected by the "New Klan."

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What To Do When Confederate Symbols Can't Be Removed
What To Do When Confederate Symbols Can't Be Removed

By: Colin Harris
Statues and symbols, such as those related to the Confederacy, can be an in-your-face effort to validate superiority and to justify injustice. While many can be removed, those that can't can be handled another way.

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Confederate Monuments 'Keep Open the Sores of War'
Confederate Monuments 'Keep Open the Sores of War'

By: Michael Middaugh
As statues topple, and two sides gather, we are still wrestling with firmly held beliefs and emotion-laden ideologies that will continue to divide our nation if we're not careful.

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The Spiritual Battle Yet to Be Fought After Charlottesville
The Spiritual Battle Yet to Be Fought After Charlottesville

By: J. Michael "Mickey" Robertson
Other people will be different, like it or not. Our task is not to engage them in a fight, but to recognize the humanity within them. Only then can we win them over spiritually. That's our task - and it won't be easy.

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Proving Your Beliefs Aren't Merely Empty Words
Proving Your Beliefs Aren't Merely Empty Words

By: Leanna K. Fuller
Churches can disagree on many things, but most of us agree that racism is fundamentally wrong. Saying nothing is both a mark of privilege and a sign of complicity. This is a time for moral courage.

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NFL Players, Coaches from '70s Talk Racial Prejudice
NFL Players, Coaches from '70s Talk Racial Prejudice

By: Paul Putz
In the height of the civil rights era, how did self-professed Christian football players and coaches 45 years ago respond to questions about racism? Here are their answers.

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White Like Me But Refusing to Love Their Neighbors
White Like Me But Refusing to Love Their Neighbors

By: Ferrell Foster
The white supremacists protesting in Charlottesville may look like me, but they are not my people; they have refused to love their neighbor as Christ instructed us. It's time more of us proclaim this difference.

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Is Unity Possible After Charlottesville Rally, Violence?
Is Unity Possible After Charlottesville Rally, Violence?

By: Molly T. Marshall
The white supremacist rally in Charlottesville protesting the diversity that comprises the U.S. reminds us unity is hard work. While it is God's desire for humanity, it requires repentance and perseverance.

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Charlottesville Clergy Were Ready Before Deadly Day
Charlottesville Clergy Were Ready Before Deadly Day

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Before the deadly day in Charlottesville in the aftermath of the white supremacist rally, local clergy from various faiths had been gathering to prepare a safe space in the event of a tragedy.

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When You Plant Mustard Seeds at a Klan Rally
When You Plant Mustard Seeds at a Klan Rally

By: Michael Cheuk
When the Klan announced plans to come to this town, the local faith community organized a response. Like an overgrown garden, the day was chaos, yet God planted seeds of connection, clarity and love.

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Race's Negative Impact on Authentic Christian Community
Race's Negative Impact on Authentic Christian Community

By: Starlette McNeill
North American churches are often more racialized than the communities around them. Ministers must encourage real conversations about race's negative impact on the authentic formation of Christian community.

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Charity's Important But It's Not Always Enough
Charity's Important But It's Not Always Enough

By: Ron Rolheiser
While charity is good and virtuous, it doesn't necessarily change the social, economic and political structures that unfairly victimize some people and unduly privilege others. We must also have good and fair policies.

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Choosing Which God (or Beliefs) You Will Serve
Choosing Which God (or Beliefs) You Will Serve

By: Colin Harris
When issues divide communities of faith today, we must decide whether the appeal of culture's gods and the power of long-held beliefs will be obstacles to the call to community.

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Old Wolf of Racism Appears in Alt-Right Sheep's Clothing
Old Wolf of Racism Appears in Alt-Right Sheep's Clothing

By: Ferrell Foster
The alt-right paints a picture of the U.S. as a white nation under attack from non-whites. It ignores that from our earliest days, the U.S. has been a place where all types of diverse people have come together.

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Gospel's 'Miracle Message' Frees Ingrained Thinking
Gospel's 'Miracle Message' Frees Ingrained Thinking

By: Colin Harris
It's difficult, if not impossible, for people steeped in certain beliefs and attitudes, such as racism, to escape the chains of those beliefs to see the world a different way. But the gospel can transform are ingrained thinking.

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Lynchings, Nooses and the Violence of Silence
Lynchings, Nooses and the Violence of Silence

By: Starlette McNeill
A noose in an African-American museum reminds us that this form of unfounded vengeance upon African-Americans is still desired by some, that the crowd is only a few steps away. It's only waiting for people to go silent.

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Speak and Live as if Easter is Always Upon You
Speak and Live as if Easter is Always Upon You

By: Jerrod Hugenot
Easter is not just this one Sunday. It marks the beginning of disciples who do not fear but move forward in the confidence of a faith that summons them away from familiarity and indifference.

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Taking Objective, Nuanced Look at Our National History
Taking Objective, Nuanced Look at Our National History

By: Vinoth Ramachandra
When examining our national histories, we must be objective, nuanced and morally responsible. Only those who see the world in black and white refuse to acknowledge anything good in their enemies.

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

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

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Standing on the Shoulders of Unnamed Heroes
Standing on the Shoulders of Unnamed Heroes

By: Colin Harris
For Martin Luther King Jr., the heroes of the civil rights movement were the unnamed thousands who endured taunts and threats as they called us to live out our creed. This holiday is a tribute to them too.

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

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

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What King Taught Us About How To See One Another
What King Taught Us About How To See One Another

By: Alan Cross
As we remember the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., we remember that King did not just call us to come together. Rather, he challenged the reasons why we were apart in the first place.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Resources
This free resource sheet provides resources to congregations and goodwill people of faith for observing the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and for reflecting on his life and legacy.
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King Distinguished Between Segregating, Segregated Churches
King Distinguished Between Segregating, Segregated Churches

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

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3 Responses to Our World's All-Too-Common Violence
3 Responses to Our World's All-Too-Common Violence

By: Brian Lee
With all the eruptions of violence, it's easy to overreact and paint certain groups with a brush that is far too wide and certainly unwarranted. How do we respond in light of all that is happening? Here are 3 ways.

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Will Your Compassion Break Through Racial Barriers?
Will Your Compassion Break Through Racial Barriers?

By: Terrell Carter
Many barriers divide our country today, but the most visible and contentious one is race - in particular how black and white people perceive and act toward each other. Who is worthy of your compassion?

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Facing Racism: Do We Really Know What Others Feel?
Facing Racism: Do We Really Know What Others Feel?

By: Dennis Bickers
The racial problems in America are not going away in the near future. It's time for churches and individuals to intentionally work toward understanding one another and developing relationships.

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What You Can Learn from Examining Your 'Roots'
What You Can Learn from Examining Your 'Roots'

By: Michael Helms
Your family roots have a deep influence on you. On your life's journey, you must recognize the parts of your family system that still exist around you and within you - and ask yourself what needs to change.

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

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

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

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

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A White Cracker and Colored Man Sat in the Same Boat
A White Cracker and Colored Man Sat in the Same Boat

By: Robert Parham
My grandfather put a small crack in the TV race barrier when he had an African-American guest on his local hunting-and-fishing show in the 1950s - a move that drew criticism from fellow church members.

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

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

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Racial Prejudice, Racism Intertwined with Baseball
Racial Prejudice, Racism Intertwined with Baseball

By: Grace Ji-Sun Kim and W. Mark Koenig
While baseball in the U.S. has challenged prejudices and stereotypes and seen some elements of racism dismantled, racial prejudice and racism have also intertwined with our national pastime.

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Heading for 25th Anniversary with Accomplishments, Shortcomings
Heading for 25th Anniversary with Accomplishments, Shortcomings

By: Robert Parham
Heading into the 25th year since the formation of the Baptist Center for Ethics is a good time to list some accomplishments and to acknowledge some shortcomings. Here are five of each.

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Disciples of Christ Pass Resolution on Environmental Racism
Disciples of Christ Pass Resolution on Environmental Racism

By: Chuck Summers
Racism continues to be an ugly scar upon the America's soul. While media have focused on acts of violence afflicted upon minorities, environmental racism doesn't receive a lot of public attention.

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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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Harper Lee Publishes
Harper Lee Publishes "To Kill a Mockingbird" Sequel

By: Griff Martin
More than a half-century after Harper Lee published her only novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird," she returns to continue the story of Scout, no longer a child, and Atticus Finch in "Go Set a Watchman."

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What's the Next Step After Confederate Flag's Removal?
What's the Next Step After Confederate Flag's Removal?

By: Thomas Kidd
Even if it's only late-arriving symbolism, the Confederate flag's removal from South Carolina's statehouse is the right thing to do. However, its removal does nothing to address massive ethnic inequalities.

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Racism's Roots Found in Prejudices Learned at Home
Racism's Roots Found in Prejudices Learned at Home

By: Larry Coleman
The toxic racism that's torn at our nation has its roots in prejudice, a more subtle part of our worldview. To eradicate racism, we must first deal with the prejudices learned in our own homes.

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'I Don't Even See People as Black or White Anymore'
'I Don't Even See People as Black or White Anymore'

By: Michael Helms
As more and more news about racial tension tears apart our country, more of us need to model the spirit of Larry, an older African-American, who no longer sees "people as black or white anymore."

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Fighting Racism by Getting to Know Your Neighbors
Fighting Racism by Getting to Know Your Neighbors

By: Greg DeLoach
After 10 years serving as First Baptist of Augusta's pastor, I had never met our Baptist neighbors across the street. Following the Charleston massacre, I knew it was long overdue for me to meet them.

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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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How Can We Address Our Epidemic of Fear?
How Can We Address Our Epidemic of Fear?

By: Colin Harris
Fear can be a healthy response to danger. Others can manipulate fear in unhealthy ways. That fear seems to grip our collective consciousness. It's time to stop reinforcing it.

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Charleston Church Shows What Forgiveness Looks Like
Charleston Church Shows What Forgiveness Looks Like

By: Danny Chisholm
Members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church taught us a lesson in forgiveness. The world needs to know there is an alternative to violence. And it isn't more violence.

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Racism's Wound Still Painfully Open, Needs Healing
Racism's Wound Still Painfully Open, Needs Healing

By: Guy Sayles
As the Charleston church shooting reminds us, division among races, made worse by educational and economic inequality, is a wound which remains painfully open. How do we heal it?

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Protecting Your Church in Charleston Aftermath
Protecting Your Church in Charleston Aftermath

By: Terrell Carter
In the aftermath of the Charleston church shooting, those of us in leadership within faith communities must re-examine how we protect those that we serve. Here are four steps.

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

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

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The Field
The Field

By: J.V. McKinney
In a field of dirt and grass in a small Arkansas town decades ago, a group of black and white boys learned a lesson playing baseball together - a lesson many adults never learn in their lifetimes.

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Responding to the Unrest in Baltimore
Responding to the Unrest in Baltimore

By: James Ellis
Is there a right way to respond to the uproar in Baltimore? Everyone responds to feelings of injustice and prejudice differently. To suggest any group should respond in one way is misguided. We can do better.

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

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

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

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

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How Your Congregation Can Encourage Diversity
How Your Congregation Can Encourage Diversity

By: Terrell Carter
One of the simplest evidences of our commitment to seeing and treating people as equals before God is through the diversity that is found within our congregations and leadership.

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Why Churches Must Assist in Ferguson's Healing
Why Churches Must Assist in Ferguson's Healing
By: Terrell Carter
More than six months after Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri, tensions still simmer. Some ask, "What can churches do?" But many other churches are silent.
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Why Current Ideas for Easing Racial Tensions Won't Work
Why Current Ideas for Easing Racial Tensions Won't Work

By: Reggie Warren
As long as the United States is divided into two groups over race relations, the opportunity to find common ground seems bleak. We need leaders willing to begin to build bridges.

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EthicsDaily.com Documentaries Air on Expanded TV Network
EthicsDaily.com Documentaries Air on Expanded TV Network
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Three EthicsDaily.com documentaries on prisons, racism and immigration are coming back for an encore on an expanding network focused on African Americans.
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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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TV Network Will Air EthicsDaily.com Documentary on Baptists and Racism
TV Network Will Air EthicsDaily.com Documentary on Baptists and Racism
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Soul of the South Network will air EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism," on July 28, with multiple broadcasts after the initial airing.
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TV Network Will Broadcast EthicsDaily Documentaries
TV Network Will Broadcast EthicsDaily Documentaries
By: EthicsDaily Staff
EthicsDaily.com is coming again to your television. Soul of the South Network, an African-American network reaching more than 20 million homes, will air three of our documentaries in July.
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"Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism"

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

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Will This Election Season Mark Another Turning Point?
Will This Election Season Mark Another Turning Point?
By: Colin Harris
The images of brutality against civil rights activists in the 1960s led to a turning point in our history. Perhaps this election season with its expected assault of brutal attack ads will mark another turning point.
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Thunderous Yes
Practice resurrection. That’s our gospel today … to go from here to practice resurrection! There’s nothing shy at all about this response. We are to live fully in God’s thunderous YES! We are to live God’s resounding affirmation of the world and all God’s children who need God’s offer of love and reconciliation.
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"Beneath the Skin" to Be Screened in Metro Detroit
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Sponsored by an association of American Baptist churches in Detroit, "Beneath the Skin," EthicsDaily.com's documentary on Baptists and racism, will be screened at Detroit's First Baptist Church on April 12.
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The Place Where Racial Reconciliation Should Begin
The Place Where Racial Reconciliation Should Begin
By: Dennis Bickers
When people utter racial slurs, it reflects what's in their hearts. While laws prevent negative behaviors, they can't change a person's heart. That's why racial reconciliation must begin in church.
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Will Racism Always Be an Elephant in the Room?
Will Racism Always Be an Elephant in the Room?

By: Colin Harris
Some say racism is no more, but it still has an irrational hold on our collective thinking. The more we deny this, the less likely we can be helped. So here's how to deal with the elephant in the room.

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BWA Leader: Baptists Should Take Strong Stance Against Racism
BWA Leader: Baptists Should Take Strong Stance Against Racism
Churches have a responsibility to oppose racism that still persists, even in the church. Churches that refuse to do so are guilty of a major failing, a Baptist leader said.
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Skype Interview: Mandy McMichael on Miss America
Skype Interview: Mandy McMichael on Miss America "Firsts"
The Miss America pageant crowned its first Indian-American winner Sunday night. Learn about this and other Miss America firsts in the new Skype interview from EthicsDaily.com.
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Others Still Continue to Resist King's Dream
Others Still Continue to Resist King's Dream

Martin Luther King Jr.'s words still reverberate around the world today, challenging racism and discrimination wherever it is found. Despite the progress, others continue to resist the Dream.

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Never Give Up
The distractions we face and forces of evil we’ll confront each day as we run our individual races are alluring and intimidating. Only a resolve which matches their intensity will overcome them. If we don’t have this “I am not giving up” attitude, we’ll fall to the side and disappoint ourselves and others. By God’s grace, don’t let that happen to you.
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Racial Slurs Are Out-of-Bounds Regardless of Race
Racial Slurs Are Out-of-Bounds Regardless of Race
If it's wrong for whites to speak derogatorily about blacks, it is just as wrong for blacks to speak derogatorily about whites. Here's what goodwill people of faith can do about racial slurs.
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Zimmerman Case Reveals Deeper Malady
Zimmerman Case Reveals Deeper Malady
The encounter between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin reaches beyond racism. It illustrates that anyone who is different is an "other" whom our society views with suspicion.
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Replace the False Witness Over Race with Christian Witness
Replace the False Witness Over Race with Christian Witness
Bearing false witness reached a fever pitch following George Zimmerman's acquittal, but inflammatory rhetoric only makes a reasonable conversation on race next to impossible.
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To Bill Maher, Here's Why Words Still Matter
To Bill Maher, Here's Why Words Still Matter
TV commentator and satirist Bill Maher says Paula Deen's use of the N-word is just a word. While that may be true, it's also true that words still matter. Maher should know this.
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What Paula Deen Should Have Learned But Didn't
What Paula Deen Should Have Learned But Didn't
Paula Deen's admission of using the "N word" revealed her obliviousness to the changing world around her. She never learned her brand had to steer clear of the dark side of Southern history.
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3 Suggestions for Racial Reconciliation in Your Church
3 Suggestions for Racial Reconciliation in Your Church
Over time, people have come to realize that men and women of different races, cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds are all equal before God. What steps can your church take?
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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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Justifying Prejudice: What Will Our Grandkids Think?
Justifying Prejudice: What Will Our Grandkids Think?
Many Christians once used the Bible to justify their racism. Do we justify any prejudices today that will one day make our grandchildren ashamed of our ignorance?
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The Day-To-Day Racism That Many of Us Don't See
The Day-To-Day Racism That Many of Us Don't See
The Jim Crow days of the South are long behind us, but racism still rears its ugly head. Many of us, however, are oblivious to the outright ugliness that characterizes prejudice.
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Minority Scholars Draw Strength Sharing Their Stories
Minority Scholars Draw Strength Sharing Their Stories
The first-ever gathering of a group of minority scholars was a chance to share stories of oppression in the hopes of working toward restoration, justice and reconciliation.
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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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Advocating for Migrant Workers' Rights in Lebanon
Advocating for Migrant Workers' Rights in Lebanon
Migrant workers in Lebanon are governed by a system prone to abuse and that gives too much power to employers, but churches offer reconciliation between Lebanese and migrants.
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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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Is It Impossible to Eliminate Racial Identity?
Is It Impossible to Eliminate Racial Identity?
If race remains a part of our lives, no one wins. While some see the task of eliminating race as impossible, others see it as inevitable. The world of race is passing away.
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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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Climb Toward Reconciliation Often Slow, Painful
Climb Toward Reconciliation Often Slow, Painful
The process toward reconciliation is slow, often painful and usually unfinished. With time, however, today's controversial issues become tomorrow's embarrassing memories.
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How One Person Can Build a Better Community
How One Person Can Build a Better Community
Think one person can't make a difference? In 1947, a farmer petitioned his school district to provide bus transportation to all students, not just the white ones. His case evolved into Brown v. Board of Education.
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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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Fifteen Reasons Why I Left Race
Fifteen Reasons Why I Left Race

Can you rid yourself of racism without first ridding yourself of race? The more one writer understood her identity as a Christian, the less she relied on race. Here are 15 reasons she left race behind.

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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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Race Made Me Do It: How Race Makes Us Unconscious
Race Made Me Do It: How Race Makes Us Unconscious
We behave as if we can't help being racially motivated, but race doesn't control us. It's time we die to our racial selves and be awakened to our new nature in Jesus.
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600+ Attend Conference to Counter Christian Zionism
600+ Attend Conference to Counter Christian Zionism
Seeking to counter the militaristic approach of Christian Zionism, a conference to raise awareness about injustices to Palestinian people drew more than 600 participants.
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Governors Urged to Reject For-Profit's Prison Plan
Governors Urged to Reject For-Profit's Prison Plan
Dozens of nonprofits and faith-based groups urged governors to reject a proposal from a for-profit corporation to buy and manage prisons because of its troubling stipulations.
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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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Documents Reveal Plan to Cast Doubt on Climate Change
Documents Reveal Plan to Cast Doubt on Climate Change
Documents from a conservative lobbying group that's skeptical of climate change science included a plan to develop school curriculum to cast doubt on climate change.
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Reconciliation: Tearing Down Racial Barriers
Reconciliation: Tearing Down Racial Barriers
Leaders from the Apostle Paul to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. recognize the church's mission as one of reconciliation. Yet churches still have much to do to tear down our nation's racial barriers.
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Churches Warned to Back Off of Payday Lenders
Churches Warned to Back Off of Payday Lenders

Several Missouri churches received a letter from a law firm warning them their tax-exempt status will be in jeopardy if they assist a planned ballot initiative to restrict payday lenders.

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Payday Lenders Enslave Poor in Debt Cycle
Payday Lenders Enslave Poor in Debt Cycle

Payday lenders are often found in poor neighborhoods where they can prey upon those with no or bad credit. Regulating these businesses is an uphill battle for many states.

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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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Is the Mormon Church’s Racial History a Problem for Mitt Romney?
(RNS) Marvin Perkins says God led him to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- but friends advised otherwise.
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States Look to Expand Gambling for Revenue
States Look to Expand Gambling for Revenue
At least nine states may expand or introduce gambling. With U.S. Sen. Harry Reid noting "it's very important that we have a national law," it may not be long before federal legislation is introduced for online wagering.
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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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Catholics warn Gingrich, Santorum on race baiting
(RNS) Catholic leaders have issued an open letter to Catholic candidates Gingrich and Santorum, warning them “to stop perpetuating ugly racial stereotypes.”
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Baseball Photo Shows Racism Can Be Overcome
Baseball Photo Shows Racism Can Be Overcome
During the 1948 World Series, a photo of two players from the Cleveland Indians – Larry Doby and Steve Gromek – showed the world a way white supremacy and racism could be overcome.
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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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Beloved Hymns Carried King Through Troubled Times

(RNS) At 87, the Rev. C.T. Vivian can still recall the moment, decades after the height of the civil rights movement.

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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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Faith Leaders Criticize Decision to Legalize Expansion of Online Gambling
Faith Leaders Criticize Decision to Legalize Expansion of Online Gambling
A Justice Department opinion legalized some forms of online gambling. The decision paves the way for massive growth in online and state-sanctioned gambling, an Illinois pastor says.
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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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Pastor: God Awakened Church – To Plant Trees
Pastor: God Awakened Church – To Plant Trees
Deforestation has a big environmental and economic impact. Doing its part to sow seeds of justice and hope, one church has planted nearly 100,000 trees in two years.
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Man Sentenced for Burning Black Church
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) The second of three city men was sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison for burning a local black church after President Barack Obama was elected.
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Church Secretary Says Interracial Marriage Got Her Fired
FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) A white church secretary is suing her former employer, arguing that she was fired for marrying a black man.
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The Long Road from White Supremacy to Equality
The Long Road from White Supremacy to Equality
The road from white supremacy to equality is a long one. Those folks who make the journey begin a legacy for their grandchildren. Here's one man's story.
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Two Pastors Continue Work to Heal Racism's Scars
Two Pastors Continue Work to Heal Racism's Scars
Two St. Louis Baptist pastors – one black, the other white – reached out to help their racially divided city in 2008 after a gunman killed five people at a council meeting.
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Baptist Journal Releases Volume on Racism
Baptist Journal Releases Volume on Racism
A Baptist theological journal examines the issue of racism among Baptists but with a twist, showing examples of racial and cultural progress that can serve as role models for others.
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Panel: Stand Up to Unjust Immigration Laws
Panel: Stand Up to Unjust Immigration Laws
As part of New Baptist Covenant II, EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Gospel Without Borders," was featured at one of the satellite sites followed by an interfaith panel discussion.
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Panel: Stand Up to Unjust Immigration Laws
Panel: Stand Up to Unjust Immigration Laws
As part of New Baptist Covenant II, EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Gospel Without Borders," was featured at one of the satellite sites followed by an interfaith panel discussion.
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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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Civil Rights Icon Fred Shuttlesworth Dies at 89
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (RNS) The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, the driving force behind the Birmingham integration efforts, died at age 89.
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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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Religious Leaders Laud King in Memorial Service

WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious leaders and civil rights veterans said King's legacy is unshakable.

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Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Harper Lee
Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Harper Lee
Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird" profoundly challenged racism's empty mythology. Today, insecure majorities still view anyone different, including Hispanics and Muslims, as a threat.
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King’s Nephew Named to Head Civil Rights Group
(RNS) The Southern Christian Leadership Conference has named a nephew of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as its new leader.
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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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Black Baptists Decry Disrespect Directed at Obama
WASHINGTON (RNS) A black denomination that began in support of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has decried the “disrespect” shown to President Obama.
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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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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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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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Gerald Ford: Standing Up to Fear and Hatred
Gerald Ford: Standing Up to Fear and Hatred
Former President Gerald Ford was honored this month with a statue in the House of Representatives. While best known for pardoning Nixon, Ford in his college days took a bold stand against racism.
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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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Burned Church Nears Completion as Suspect Found Guilty
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) As a white man surrendered to federal marshals, workers were rebuilding the pulpit of the Macedonia Church of God in Christ.
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White Man Found Guilty in Arson at Black Church
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) Breaking a two-day deadlock, a federal jury convicted a white man, Michael F. Jacques, on all three charges.
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Learning the Civil War's Painful and Joyful Lessons
Learning the Civil War's Painful and Joyful Lessons
The Civil War, which began 150 years ago, did not occur in a vacuum. It was part of a crisis born out of the horrors of slavery. The anniversary is a good time for us to recall the lessons – painful and joyful – of the past.
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Civil War, Freedom Ride Anniversaries Offer Time for Truth-Telling
Civil War, Freedom Ride Anniversaries Offer Time for Truth-Telling
Against a backdrop of simmering racial tensions, two fast approaching anniversaries – the Civil War and the Freedom Rides – offer a time for truth-telling by those of moral good will.
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How Some Use Christianity to Justify Racism
How Some Use Christianity to Justify Racism
Bigotry toward and hatred of the "other" is inexcusable on a human level, but even more so as followers of Jesus. We are called to love the other and work for justice and peace in this world.
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Trial Opens in Mass. Black Church Arson Case
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) The sole man to stand trial for torching a black church the night of President Obama’s election was confronted in court.
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Exposing Cultural Flaws That Aid Few, Afflict Many
Exposing Cultural Flaws That Aid Few, Afflict Many
A half-century ago, racism in the United States could no longer be ignored. Are we facing a similar situation today, in which a cultural flaw, defined this time in wealth instead of race, is being exposed and challenged?
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At 89, Civil Rights Icon Reflects on Faith, Activism
(RNS) The Rev. Joseph Lowery has always combined his work on secular causes with a sacred message.
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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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Leaving Everything to Follow Jesus
When Jesus heard the news that John the Baptist was taken into prison, something must have reverberated deep within him. Something profound must have been set loose in his soul and he had to do something in response. What did he do? He left home and moved out into the world with his own message. He sensed the shock of hearing about John’s imprisonment and it stirred him to leave home and begin his ministry.
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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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Ala. Governor Says only Christians Are his Brothers and Sisters
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (RNS) Newly sworn-in Gov. Robert Bentley said that people who aren’t “saved” Christians aren’t his brothers and sisters.
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Clergy Answer King’s 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail
(RNS) A coalition of Christian churches answered the Rev. Martin Luther King’s 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”
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King’s Legacy Led Many to Think More Justly
King’s Legacy Led Many to Think More Justly
Martin Luther King Jr. and his associates were a powerful prophetic voice that called American society to a new way of being and cultivated future generations to think differently and more justly.
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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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British Group Withdraws Invite to Fla. Pastor
LONDON (RNS) A right-wing political group now says it has withdrawn the invitation because “he is not the right candidate for us.”
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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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Tea Party Movement: Patriotism or White Supremacy?
Tea Party Movement: Patriotism or White Supremacy?
White supremacy is one of this nation's oldest cancers. And it is the core consistent subliminal theme running throughout many of the Tea Party factions.
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Report on Tea Party Shows Movement's Real Fixations
Report on Tea Party Shows Movement's Real Fixations
A new report untangles the wad of Tea Party threads, and the movement laid bare shows less obsession with government and taxes and more obsession with race, ethnicity and Barack Obama.
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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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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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WCC to Meet in Cleveland to Tackle Racism
CLEVELAND (RNS) Members of the World Council of Churches will gather to discuss how to expose and combat racism.
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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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Sexist Language Subtly Pervades Churches
Sexist Language Subtly Pervades Churches
White-biased imagery is common in our churches. Its inherent racism, however, is much more subtle than the blatant sexist language and patriarchal imagery that dominates our worship services and beyond.
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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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Is Sen. Webb Right? Whites Are Victims of Racism?
Is Sen. Webb Right? Whites Are Victims of Racism?
U.S. Sen. James Webb argued that present-day diversity programs have made whites the real victims of racism. His position would be laughable except a growing number of Euro-Americans seem to agree.
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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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"To Kill a Mockingbird's" Lesson Still Valuable
Published 50 years ago, "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee captured both the prejudice of a culture and the fearlessness of one man, Atticus Finch, to stand up for what's right. The book's lesson never ends.
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Mural's Ethnic Diversity Draws Politician's Ire
Mural's Ethnic Diversity Draws Politician's Ire
An elected official in an Arizona community took offense at a school mural featuring different ethnic children, questioning why the biggest picture was a black person. But, as the councilman tells it, that doesn't make him racist.
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Pastor: Public Education Can Be Redeemed
Pastor: Public Education Can Be Redeemed
As part of a church series on social issues, a former judge on the Arkansas Court of Appeals, who's now a pastor, addressed educational issues for African-Americans in the South.
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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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Using Racist, Sexist Language to Ignore Others
Using Racist, Sexist Language to Ignore Others
The problem with racist and sexist language is bigger than derogatory terminology. Equally devastating is when language is used to treat those of another race or gender as if they're invisible.
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Nothing Personal? The Smiling Face of Racism
Nothing Personal? The Smiling Face of Racism
The new racial reality is characterized by a belief that with the victories of the civil rights movement, America's race-related problems are behind us. But has our society simply entered a phase of gentler racism?
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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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 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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What Arizona Taught Me about School Today
What Arizona Taught Me about School Today
Efforts at so-called educational and immigration reforms in Arizona have rightly brought about protests of racism and prejudice. Still, perhaps we should thank Arizona for a valuable lesson.
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A Free Market Cannot Guarantee Civil Rights
A Free Market Cannot Guarantee Civil Rights
The government exists for the welfare of all its citizens, not just the majority. The contention of Rand Paul, Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, that the free market will work everything out is neither democratic nor logical.
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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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Where Rand Paul Wants To
Where Rand Paul Wants To "Take Our Country Back"
Rand Paul, Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, was unable to give a straight-forward, yes-or-no answer to the question of his support for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. His position cannot go unchallenged.
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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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When Tea Partiers Come to Church
When Tea Partiers Come to Church
You are likely to find tea party members sitting in your church pews, based on a recent New York Times poll. How should churches respond? And how should we address the racial overtones in the movement?
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Defeating Racism at the Spiritual Level
Defeating Racism at the Spiritual Level
While racial discrimination is no longer legal, we've got a long way to go. As a spiritual disorder, racism is so deeply rooted in us that nothing short of a conversion experience can change a person's mind and heart.
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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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Health Care Foes Echo Civil Rights Objections
Health Care Foes Echo Civil Rights Objections
Once health care reform passed, the anti-reform minority became vitriolic, shouting racial epithets, carrying out acts of violence and claiming states' rights were usurped. It all mirrors the objections to civil rights in the '60s.
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Extreme Rhetoric May Set Stage for Violence
Extreme Rhetoric May Set Stage for Violence
The rhetoric of the Tea Party members and others, who were unable to make their will mandatory through the electoral process, is crossing a dangerous line into a social activism that condones violence.
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Women Pastors: Baptists' Loss Is Others' Gain
Women Pastors: Baptists' Loss Is Others' Gain
In too many Baptist circles today, the calling of a woman to pastoral ministry is still denied or dismissed. Yet, in churches where the principle of the autonomy of the local church is truly cherished, miracles occur.
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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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A Lesson of Love Amid Racial Hatred
A Lesson of Love Amid Racial Hatred
As a 12-year-old, I couldn't fathom the uproar desegregation caused. My church barred blacks from entering. A mob gathered at my school. But my mother, who drove the school bus, provided the best lesson.
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Laws – But Not Hearts – Have Changed on Racism
Laws – But Not Hearts – Have Changed on Racism
As a child growing up in church and segregated South Carolina in the 1940s, I was troubled when I realized black people weren't welcome in our church. The only answer given to me: "This is the way things are."
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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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Why a Journal on Race, Ethnicity and Religion?
Why a Journal on Race, Ethnicity and Religion?
Why do many scholars of color find it difficult to get their articles published or gain tenured employment? Perhaps the academic community's call for diversity is more for political correctness than intellectual prowess.
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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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The Dream Continues: More Work Needed to End Racism
The Dream Continues: More Work Needed to End Racism
Racial discrimination and segregation are no longer legal, but Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of seeing a nation united rather than divided by race has not made as much progress. It's a spiritual problem.
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Charles Wellborn: Baptists' Clear Voice of Conscience
Charles Wellborn: Baptists' Clear Voice of Conscience
Charles Wellborn opened membership in a Texas Baptist church to people of "all races and colors" in 1958. He received menacing phone calls and a cross burned on his lawn. He was 86 when he died Oct. 1.
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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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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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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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Dearly Departed: The Separation of Church and Jesus
Dearly Departed: The Separation of Church and Jesus
Minorities in church. Rushing to war. Alleviating poverty. For some Christians, certain areas of life are simply too important to run the risk of Jesus meddling with them.
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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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Merit-Based Health Care: The Shame of American Christianity
Merit-Based Health Care: The Shame of American Christianity
American Christians are under the impression that health insurance is a moral indicator for faithfulness and righteousness, even convincing ourselves the uninsured have made their own beds in terms of health care.
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Optical Illusions: Our
Optical Illusions: Our "Racial Lenses" Distort Reality
We don't often see them, but many of us wear racial lenses that distort our reality. Somehow we must find corrective lenses to help us conquer our racist distortion of reality.
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"Gran Torino" Is a Parable for the Age of Rage
Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino" is about death and redemption as well as the loss of an American way of life. It's theological and timely given our age of rage against people of color.
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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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The Cancer Creeping into Our Nation's Character
The Cancer Creeping into Our Nation's Character
Protesters vilify a black president. A congressman enjoys public health care but votes against health care for veterans. And ministers are silent as black leadership is demonized. What's happening to our character?
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The Other: Standing Up for Those Who Are Different
The Other: Standing Up for Those Who Are Different
It's difficult to look outside our own lives and look at those who are different from us. It's harder to stand up for them and make sure they're included in our circle. Shannon Johnson knows.
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Why Do Some Parents View Our President with Fear?
Why Do Some Parents View Our President with Fear?
Parents pull their children from school so they aren't exposed to President Obama's speech. A Baptist pastor in Arizona prays for the president's death. What fuels such fear and hatred?
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Unhinged Southern Baptists, Republicans Slam Obama's School Speech
Unhinged Southern Baptists, Republicans Slam Obama's School Speech
Why is there such unhinged anger toward and paranoia about President Obama speaking to school children? Have the racist sins of the fathers finally visited the children?
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Countering the Nazi Party's Vision for America
Countering the Nazi Party's Vision for America
The National Socialist Movement, or Nazi Party, met in North Carolina recently. Their America is filled with bigotry and racism. We must stand up for an America where people work together for the common good.
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History Lessened: Exhibit Reveals Unvarnished Truth
History Lessened: Exhibit Reveals Unvarnished Truth
When we focus on the inspiring portions of history and gloss over the evils of our national heroes, history loses its value as an example and no longer tells the truth, W.E.B. Du Bois reminds us.
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Will You Take a Stand During Your Normal Routine?
Will You Take a Stand During Your Normal Routine?
Among the 125 notable vehicles of the 20th century in the Henry Ford Museum, including a string of presidential limos, you can actually board only one and sit where its most famous passenger sat.
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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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What's Really Motivating Angry Town-Hall Mobs?
What's Really Motivating Angry Town-Hall Mobs?
Members of Congress holding town hall meetings on health care reform are being shouted down by angry mobs of constituents. Pure paranoia? Not really. It's displaced racism.
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Talk of Post-Racial America Ends with Health Care Rallies, Better Way Needed
Talk of Post-Racial America Ends with Health Care Rallies, Better Way Needed
Racism is flourishing in the United States. What can churches do? Screen "Beneath the Skin" in Sunday school classes and sponsor public forums to dialogue about racism.
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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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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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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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Harvard Prof's Arrest Illustrates Racism Thrives
Harvard Prof's Arrest Illustrates Racism Thrives
The arrest of a black Harvard professor outside his own home is an experience endured by many people of color. Why are we surprised that they do not trust the police?
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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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The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama
The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama
Gwen Ifill's book examines the new generation of black political leaders seeking to build futures for themselves and the people they serve in innovative ways.
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Baptist Luncheon Highlights Racism DVD, Panel
Baptist Luncheon Highlights Racism DVD, Panel
A panel attempted to unravel several tangled strands from “Beneath the Skin” during a screening of the award-winning documentary at the Baptist Center for Ethics luncheon at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Assembly July 2.
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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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Claiming Colorblindness: A Myth That Needs to be Debunked
Claiming Colorblindness: A Myth That Needs to be Debunked
Sen. John Cornyn, as well as many Euro-Americans, perceives the ideal response to racism is to claim colorblindness. As noble as this may sound, it is a policy that is detrimental to communities of color.
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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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From Racism to Greed, Society Labels Its Greatest Sins Good
From Racism to Greed, Society Labels Its Greatest Sins Good
I was confronted by a man who said that when he was growing up, racism was accepted as fact; no one around him questioned it, so how could his failure to act differently be held against him? That is precisely the exceeding sinfulness of sin.
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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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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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Church's 'Beneath the Skin' Sessions Spark Candid Dialogue
Church's 'Beneath the Skin' Sessions Spark Candid Dialogue
When Churchland Baptist Church in Virginia used the "Beneath the Skin" DVD and study guide for a recent group session, it encouraged open and honest discussion that will hopefully trickle into further conversations in other settings.
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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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Audacity of Faith: Reflection on Election of Barack Obama
Audacity of Faith: Reflection on Election of Barack Obama
America has come close to moments of racial reconciliation before, and in each instance the nation found a way or a reason to turn away from that opportunity. Will the election of Barack Obama be one more missed opportunity?
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National Ministries Announces Luncheon Screening of
National Ministries Announces Luncheon Screening of "Beneath the Skin" in Pasadena
"Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism" will be screened by National Ministries during a luncheon at the biennial gathering of the American Baptist Churches-USA in Pasadena, Calif., in June.
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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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Baptists of Color Headline BCE Luncheon at CBF
Baptists of Color Headline BCE Luncheon at CBF
"Beneath the Skin," an award-winning documentary, and a panel of Baptists of color will headline the Baptist Center for Ethics' annual luncheon at this year's General Assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
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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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Dominant Culture Influences Our Reading of the Bible
Dominant Culture Influences Our Reading of the Bible
The minds of many people of color have become accustomed to seeing reality through the lens of the dominant culture. The horror is when they accept this false reality as truth.
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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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A Racial Unity Service Hits Home for Minister
A Racial Unity Service Hits Home for Minister
Staley caught the irony of singing and talking about progress in racial relations—yet until that service, two people who work in the same church every day had never worshiped together. She made a public commitment to doing something about it.
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Documentary Helps Community After City Hall Shooting
Documentary Helps Community After City Hall Shooting
On Feb. 7, 2008, a man walked into Kirkwood City Hall and killed six people. The shooter, a local man known quite well by several church members, was a black man. All of the victims were white.
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‘Pentecostal Wind’ Gives Energy to a Dying Event
‘Pentecostal Wind’ Gives Energy to a Dying Event
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—New fruit is budding from a previous dying-on-the-vine event, which originated from some tiny seeds planted here in 1971.
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A Time for Not Talking About Race
A Time for Not Talking About Race
We like to talk—and act as if our latest opinion is the right one for everyone else to embrace. But our past actions do not afford us such a position on the subject of race. It is a time to shut up, reflect deeply and listen to others.
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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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Black, White Congregations Renew Relationships
Black, White Congregations Renew Relationships
I’m very grateful for “Beneath the Skin” as it proved to be an excellent resource to bring our two very different congregations together for meaningful discussion and planning.
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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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Office Has Potential to Remedy Some Biases
Office Has Potential to Remedy Some Biases
Is it really better for government and religion to stay out of each other's affairs? This is a question that Joshua DuBois most likely will have to answer time and time again. May his wisdom surpass his years; and from what I've read of him, it does.
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Film Offers Starting Point for Deeper Relationships
Film Offers Starting Point for Deeper Relationships
That’s the miracle of watching “Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism.” No matter where you are on the journey of race and reconciliation, the film offers a place for people to deepen their relationships with other people.
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DVD Showing on Racism Hits Home
DVD Showing on Racism Hits Home
Showings of “Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism” in two tiny south Arkansas towns hit home.
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Baptists in Search of Unity
Baptists in Search of Unity
It is an ambitious and even audacious idea. But it is a hopeful one. For too long we have skirted the edges of disaster existing as "us and them." It's time, not just for Baptists, but for everyone, to find a way just to be us.
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Baptists Show Unity at Birmingham New Baptist Covenant Event Featuring President Carter
Baptists Show Unity at Birmingham New Baptist Covenant Event Featuring President Carter
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (CBF) -- More than 1,000 people gathered in Birmingham, Ala., Jan. 31 for the first regional gathering of the New Baptist Covenant. The event, which was held at the historic 16th Street Baptist Church, St. Paul's United Methodist Church and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, occurred on the one year anniversary of the Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant, which drew more than 15,000 Baptists in Atlanta.
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Baptists and Racism
Baptists have a long and storied history on the issue of race and racism.
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Hope’s Hard Work
Hopefully, the enthusiasm of this new reality will continue as the hard work of true change begins.
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EthicsDaily.com Documentary Accepted at Two More Festivals
An educational documentary on racism from EthicsDaily.com has been accepted at two more U.S. film festivals.
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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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Arkansas CBF Initiative on Racism Goes Viral
A virus broke out in early December in Little Rock, one that infects people of faith with a passion to do justice. Ground zero was, of all places, a Baptist church. And day one wasn’t even Sunday.
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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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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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From Conversation to Action: What Are We Doing Together?
The events in our country and our community make the timing of this DVD and the screenings that have been held in Nashville, Fort Worth, Louisville, Atlanta and now Little Rock perfect for creating a new day in race relations.
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Little Rock Screening of Racism DVD Prompts Substantive Dialogue
The DVD screening, sponsored by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Arkansas, brought old and painful memories to many in the diverse audience of about 170--a 60-40 mix of white and minorities.
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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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Little Rock to Host Event on Baptists and Racism
"Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism" will screen Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Second Baptist Church in downtown Little Rock from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The free event also features the participation of several well-known figures.
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Bob Jones University Apologizes for Racial Policies
The university's new interpretation of the Bible marked an about-face from a 1986 pamphlet, "Race Relations," written by a Bible department faculty member, Marshall Neal, who argued that racial segregation was based on the authority of the Bible.
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The South Must Awaken
Forty years after King's death, it is noteworthy that except for North Carolina and Virginia, voters in Southern states were not part of the dramatic voting that resulted in the election of Barack Obama as the next president of the United States.
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For Christians, Racial Reconciliation Is More Than a Habit of the Heart
In order for racial reconciliation to be an act of discipleship, white Christians must start at the ethical beginning, that place where we learn what sin is by learning of Christ's grace: worship.
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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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The Myths of Transcending Race and Post-Racialism
Rather than speaking about a color-blind or "post-racial" society, the pundits and other observers of the Obama election should hope that it marks a society committed to "post-racism."
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See Gray in a World of Black and White
Methodists have historically had the ability to hold together the concerns of both liberals and conservatives, to preach both the evangelical and social gospels, and to attempt to understand and acknowledge the important positions deeply held by people on opposite sides of the theological or political divide, bringing them together in what some might call a "radical center."
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Racism Is a Sin
Three older pastors took me aside to offer some well-intentioned advice. In summary, they told me I wouldn't get far in ministry if I challenged racism. They defended their racist humor, insisting they meant no harm, declaring it was simply part of culture.
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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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New EthicsDaily.com Video to Screen at International Film Festival (Updated)
EthicsDaily.com's new video on Baptists and racism will be screened at an international film festival on Sunday, October 19, at 12:00 p.m., at the Avon Williams Campus of Tennessee State University in downtown Nashville.
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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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Beneath Black, White--and Brown--Skin
Laura Cadena, a fifth-generation Tejana, recalls a story about when her grandmother moved from Laredo to Dallas, Texas: "She remembers getting on a bus and the sign saying 'Whites Only' or 'Blacks Only,' and she didn't know where she was supposed to sit."
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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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'Beneath the Skin' DVD Examines Baptists and Race
Aidsand Wright-Riggins expected some sort of emotional response years ago as a religious-studies major in college when he illustrated a presentation on race and religion by tearing up an Ebony magazine portrayal of Jesus as an African-American.
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Ten Years Later
As we drove into the cemetery, I could see through the windshield of my brother's car the flagpole at the entrance, and the flag itself--flying at half-mast.
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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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Should We Apologize for Slavery?
The question came up on an American Airlines flight from Nashville to Dallas. I was reading the September-October issue of Sojourners, a liberal Christian magazine, and my seatmate was reading over my shoulder. We were both taken with a letter to the editor that opposed an apology for slavery.
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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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Former Coach, Now College President, Fights Racial Disparity in College Sports
On the football field a "crackback" is an unexpected blind-side block that takes a would-be tackler out of the play. When it comes to hiring black coaches, it's a standard part of the playbook, says Fitz Hill, former head coach at San Jose State University.
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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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Integrating Churches Easier Said Than Done
One reason 11 a.m. Sunday remains the most segregated hour in America is because many church members want it that way, according to a recent article by CNN.
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Moral Amnesia about SBC's Withdrawal from the BWA Is No Virtue
When the Southern Baptist Convention began the process of defunding the Baptist World Alliance and bore false witness against it, some Southern Baptists, who claimed to support the BWA, were publicly silent. They dared not challenge openly, if at all, the fundamentalist leadership. They engaged in collusion with wrongdoing, and that helped the SBC's abandonment of the Baptist global commons.
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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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Fred Shuttlesworth: Prophet of Social Equality at CBF
While not as well known as Martin Luther King Jr., Fred L. Shuttlesworth was the Baptist pastor most responsible for the success of the civil rights movement in the Alabama city known as "Bombingham." Fifty racially motivated bombings between 1947 and 1955 epitomized southern resistance to integration.
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SBC Resolution Encourages Political Involvement
The Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday passed a resolution urging political involvement by churches.
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SBC Leaders Recommend Against National Database of Clergy Sex Offenders
Local churches, and not the Southern Baptist Convention, must take responsibility for ridding the denomination of sexual predators, the head of the SBC Executive Committee said Tuesday.
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Johnny Hunt Wins Six-Way Race to Become SBC President
Georgia mega-church pastor Johnny Hunt won a surprise first-ballot election as next president of the Southern Baptist Convention in the most wide-open race in many years.
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Former SBC Leader Declares Denomination in 'Free Fall'
A former Southern Baptist Convention president warned of denominational decline in a national gathering of pastors. "We have reached a place that our spiritual forefathers feared," Jimmy Draper, former head of LifeWay Christian Resources, said Monday at the SBC Pastors Conference in Indianapolis.
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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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The Search for Equality Continues
I grew up in Brownwood, Texas, an ordinary segregated county-seat town. I gave little thought to the welfare or needs of the folks who lived in "The Flats," the place where the blacks lived.
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British Baptist Delegation Apologizes to Jamaicans for Slavery
A delegation of British Baptists in Jamaica this week apologized for England's role in the transatlantic slave trade, a scourge that shaped Caribbean history with effects that linger until today.
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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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British Baptists Go to Jamaica to Apologize for Slave Trade
A delegation representing British Baptists travels Thursday to Jamaica to personally apologize for their nation's role two centuries ago in transatlantic trading of slaves.
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Power, Not Prejudice, Keeps Churches Segregated, Author Will Campbell Says
The church remains the last bastion of segregation in America not primarily due to prejudice but because of power, says civil-rights advocate and author Will Campbell.
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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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Environmental Racism: Another Inconvenient Truth
Most Americans are coming to terms with the environmental peril facing our planet. Documentaries, books, media attention and scientific research are raising consciousness to this very important issue. For this we should all be grateful. However, there exists an inconvenient truth within the present environmental movement. The greatest levels of environmental derogation exist where people of color live.
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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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Missouri Southern Baptist Leader Apologizes for Criticizing Confederate Flag
The interim executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention has apologized for calling the Confederate flag a symbol of hate.
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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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Seven Who Fought
It was a costly battle for many whose family, profession, prestige – even life itself were laid on the line. During the 1950s and 1960s the fight for dignity and human rights against bigotry, hate and apathy changed the lives of thousands of Americans.
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American Baptist Officials Say Pew Survey Paints False Picture of Denomination's Ethnic Diversity
Leaders of the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. said a recent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life survey plotting America's religious landscape used flawed methodology in reporting the denomination as 81 percent white.
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Confederate Flag Issue Flies in Face of Anniversary of MLK Assassination
Racism is racism. Sexism is sexism. Wrong is wrong. Secular hate speech is as wrong as religious hate speech. Liberal untruthfulness is as wrong as conservative untruthfulness. Yet human nature compels us to rationalize, to justify and to defend our dehumanizing action and beliefs, and those of our friends, those on our side.
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Martin Luther King Jr. was Prophetic Voice for Peace
On Friday, April 4, the world remembers the 40th anniversary of the untimely and tragic death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King's legacy is large, and much of the progress we have made in race relations, although still inadequate, is due to his unwavering belief and commitment to justice, freedom, and equality for all.
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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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BCE Luncheon to Explore Morality of Fair Taxation
An Alabama law professor who argues that fair taxation is a moral issue will present her case June 19 at a luncheon meeting sponsored by the Baptist Center for Ethics. The gathering is in conjunction with the 18th General Assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, scheduled June 19-20 in Memphis, Tenn.
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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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Baptist Leader Terms Racism 'Insidious Cancer' in Society
Growing up black in America, Aidsand Wright-Riggins says he is used to hearing the "n-word." What bothers him is as a midweek air traveler he seldom sees more than one or two fellow African-American passengers, even though the United States is more than 12 percent black.
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What Do Obama, Clinton and McCain All Have in Common?
What do Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain have in common? All three are ontologically white males. No one can become the leader of the world's most powerful country (empire?) unless they are committed to what male whiteness symbolizes within the colonial process.
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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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Context Key to Understanding Jeremiah Wright's Remarks
Last week Barack Obama did two remarkable things. First he risked speaking directly to the reality of racism in America and American history. Obama framed his remarks with his signature phrase of "the audacity of hope." He claimed that his populist candidacy for the presidency is proof that audacious hope has a place in today's America.
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Barack Obama Talks Straight on Race
This has been a remarkable morning. It started with a phone call from Tony Brown, a radio talk show host in Alexandria, La. On the show with me were Jerriel Bazile, whose brother stands accused of selling drugs to an FBI agent in Bunkie, La., and a woman whose son has been charged in a shooting. We talked about the adversarial relationship between the Bunkie police force and the poor black community. Yesterday, Mr. Bazile reported, 100 Bunkie residents gathered to protest and organize.
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Did Skin Pigmentation or Prophetic Imagination Fuel Jesus' Vision?
What color was Jesus? Was it skin pigmentation that determined Jesus' message or was it the prophetic imagination that defined his mission? Are pigmentation and imagination separable or inseparable? How is it that we remake Jesus in our own image?
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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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Study Says Baptists Losing Ground in America's Religious Landscape
Americans are leaving Baptist churches at nearly twice the rate that others are joining them, according to details of a study released Monday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
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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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Appeals to Anti-Semitism, Racism, Mar Democratic Congressional Race
A Tennessee congressional candidate is being criticized for not disavowing a flier that says the incumbent and Jews hate Jesus.
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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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Baptists Must See Crisscrossing of Race, Poverty and the Environment
Goodwill Baptists in North America are having feverish public and private conversations about next steps. Of course, trying to get Baptists heading in the same direction is like herding cats, a near impossibility.
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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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Can Baptists Bridge the Racial Divide?
As a person of color who attended the New Baptist Covenant, I was and continue to be a bit skeptical about the outcomes. I have learned in my 32 years of life how important it is for a person of color to keep his or her expectations low when discussing race and ethnicity with others. It's not that we do not hope for the best, but it is a way to protect ourselves from further cultural wounding.
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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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Panelists Urge New Covenant Baptists to Fight Institutional Racism
The church's struggle against racism is no longer primarily about skin color, but institutions that bestow privilege on some and penalties on others, an activist, denominational leader and scholar said in a special-interest session Friday at the New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta.
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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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Help Wanted: Black Friend
The great modern-day theologian--Steven Colbert of the popular Comedy Central show "The Colbert Report"--recently began accepting applications for the position of his very own "black friend."
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White Supremacists Headline Martin Luther King Day Protest in Jena
A controversial "pro-majority" group gathers today in Jena, La., to protest both the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and last September's rally that brought thousands of African-Americans to the small town in solidarity with six arrested black teens now famous as the Jena Six.
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Fred Shuttlesworth and Racial Justice: An Old Perspective for a New Millennium
The Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday affords Americans a built-in opportunity to revisit the issue of racial justice. It is also a window through which we may re-view the lives of others who, like King, pushed America toward becoming a "beloved community" of racial justice.
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Martin Luther King and Selma's 1965 Voting Rights Campaign
On Jan. 2, 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. led a "mass meeting" at Brown Chapel in Selma, Ala. This meeting kicked off the involvement of King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Selma's voting rights campaign.
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In Memory Of Martin Luther King
In his elegant little book, "Finally Comes the Poet," Walter Brueggemann writes that the task of the preacher is to be "a voice that shatters settled reality and evokes new possibilities." If he is right about that, then no preacher in the last century has been more effective than Martin Luther King, Jr. His words helped shatter the settled reality of segregation. He also gave voice to the possibility of what he called the "beloved community."
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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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New Baptist Covenant Celebration Chance to Move Forward in Race Relations
North American Baptists will soon have one of the best opportunities in our history to address the racial divisions that have too long defined us.
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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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'Great Debaters' Star Likes Unfamiliar Story
Denzel Whitaker turned 17 while shooting "The Great Debaters," the new movie directed by and starring Whitaker's namesake, Denzel Washington.
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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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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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Words Aren't Enough for New Baptist Covenant
Earlier this year, I posted about my excitement about the New Baptist Covenant. And I encourage as many people as possible to attend next January's celebration.
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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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'Amazing Grace'
"Amazing Grace" finally arrives on DVD today, nine months after its theatrical release.
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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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Finding Good News in Jena
Last month I watched the events in Jena, La., unfold with particular interest. Jena is hometown to one of my aunts. I have friends from college and in Louisiana life who grew up in Jena and who have family living there now. I was born in Alexandria, about 30 miles away.
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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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Symbolic Nooses Reveal Racial Divide
Protests sparked by the hanging of three nooses from a Louisiana schoolyard tree have sparked a series of copycat acts, further fueling a debate over America's lingering legacy of racial injustice and violence.
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Repairers of the Breach, Restorers of Paths
In the late 1970s, I was a not-yet-30-year-old pastor with four or five years of grassroots ordained experience under my belt. I was serving a congregation of fewer than 50 members in south-central Los Angeles, in a converted restaurant located in a community whose racial makeup was rapidly transitioning. Whites had long since made their flight from the economically declining neighborhood to points westward, seeking enclaves of homogeneity.
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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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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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Racial Reconciliation Is Not a Past Event

I often have college students do an essay on race relations and the Christian heritage in light of reading Martin Luther King, Jr. Most students express an appreciation of King's life and work but many add: "We are glad that the issue of race relations is over. We are glad that we don't have to work on that problem anymore."

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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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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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"Boomtown"
Television is a minimalizing medium. Thirty- or 60-minute shows don't allow for much subtlety, so producers reduce characters to caricatures and simplify complex issues to make them fit into the allotted time. Those are the producers who try; most have settled for "reality" television, abandoning the notion of well-produced, scripted dramas.
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Remember Sept. 15, 1963
"The only stained glass window in the church that remained in its frame showed Christ leading a group of little children," United Press International reported the day after the bombing. "The face of Christ was blown out."
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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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