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You're a Loving, Christian Family That Wants to Adopt a Child? Hold on. Don't Believe in Evolution, Do Ya?

The orphanage, which is run by a Southern Baptist missionary couple from a church in El Paso, Texas, wanted to know more about our spiritual beliefs, and sent us a list of questions.

Florist: Providing For Gay Wedding Prevents Me From My Faith

The 70-year-old woman who owns a flower shop in Spokane says being forced to service a gay wedding prevents her from being a good Southern Baptist. Barronelle Stutzman of Arlene’s Flowers refused the couple in 2013, and her actions were among the first in what has become a nationwide quandary for bakers and others who [...]

Heavenly Visitations Book Category Raptured (Open Thread)

Thanks to my maternal grandmother, I’ve read some truly awful Christian literature. A Southern Baptist missionary and preacher’s wife, my grandma was in charge of my spiritual development until I refused to participate further at age 13 or so. My mom was a Christian too, but not particularly dogmatic – she was more of a [Read more...]

Southern Baptist leader demands: Christianity will outlast 'flash in the historical pan' that is gay-accepting America

last weekLGBT / Gay : Good As You

Denny Burk is a Southern Baptist teacher and commentator with deep ties to the evangelical movement. Here is his warning in response to what happened with the anti-LGBT "religious freedom" law in Indiana: So the cultured despisers need to look...

Yesterday's Heresy Can Be Tomorrow's Truth

In a long, interesting piece for the Atlantic that mostly focuses on the Southern Baptist Convention's efforts to overcome a legacy of racism, Emma Green poses a question that ought...

Southern Baptists and the Sin of Racism

Can a denomination that's dedicated to personal responsibility formulate a collective response to structural inequalities in America?

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When I was growing up as a Southern Baptist, Good Friday was just a spot on the calendar, usually festooned with a cross. It wasn't until I went through my...

Jack Graham, Megachurch Pastor and Former SBC President, Set to Lead Nation in Prayer on May 7

Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church and former two-term president of the Southern Baptist Convention, is preparing to lead the nation in prayer on May 7 in Washington, D.C. as honorary chair of the 64th annual National Day of Prayer.

Grape Juice Companies Concerned About Profits After Southern Baptists Announce Switch to Wine for Communion

Grape juice companies are concerned about their profit margin after the nation's largest Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, announced it would stop using grape juice and begin using wine for communion on April 1 this year.

Southern Baptists Seek Racial Reconciliation

The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), the policy entity of the Southern Baptist Convention, is currently hosting its annual Leadership Summit in Nashville, Tennessee. Reportedly, over 500 Southern Baptist pastors and church leaders are gathered to discuss what the gospel means for racial reconciliation.

Southern Baptists Address Church's Racist Past, Focus On Reconciliation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Southern Baptists did not mince words about their racist past during a two-day summit here devoted to making churches more diverse. During the first half-hour of the conference Thursday (March 26), the Southern...Show More Summary

#BlackLivesMatter, But We Have to Answer Why They Matter, Urban Apologist D.A. Horton Says at Southern Baptist Race Conference

The "black lives matter" hashtag campaign does not mean that other lives do not matter, but the the campaign also needs to address why black lives matter, which includes the high abortion rate in black communities, urban apologist and former church planter D.A. Horton said Thursday.

Heaven Tourism Books Pulled from Nearly 200 Christian Bookstores

(UPDATED) LifeWay responds to Southern Baptist resolution on 'the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife.' NASHVILLE (BP) — LifeWay Christian Resources has stopped selling all "experiential testimonies about heaven" following...Show More Summary

What Fundamentalists Are Missing About Religious Freedom Bills

I grew up in southern Indiana right where the Ohio River makes a curly seam against Kentucky. I was a Southern Baptist boy, at first by tradition and then by choice. That's what we Southern Hoosiers did in those days. Those circumstances were the perfect yet unfortunate set up for a lot of heartache. Show More Summary

83,000 Bibles Sent to Cuba to Keep Up With 'Incredible' Growth of Christianity

A shipment of 83,723 Spanish-language Bibles are headed for Cuba and will be distributed to a number of Southern Baptist churches in both Western and Eastern parts of the island nation, SBC's International Mission Board announced this week.

Mosaix Leaders Summit Sets Ambitious Goal of Planting 1,000 Multi-Ethnic Churches in 10 Years

A first-of-its-kind gathering of over 25 different influential Christian organizations and leaders, including the Southern Baptist Convention and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte), convened this week to discuss and trade...Show More Summary

Pat Robertson Advises Mother To Treat Gay Son Like A ‘Drug Addict’ - VIDEO

last monthLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Former Southern Baptist Minister Pat Robertson answered a question on his 700 Club show from a mother asking Robertson for advice on how she can convert her atheist gay son to Christianity. Robertson advised that she treat her son like...

Left Behind In America: Following Christ After the Culture Wars

As a child growing up in a Southern Baptist church, I learned my place in American culture through rapture movies. These films—based on a pop-dispensationalist reading of prophecy—pictured a time when the church would be suddenly ripped from the earth, sailing through the air to be with the invisible (to the viewer) Jesus Christ.

Southern Baptists Urge Millennials to Marry Early to Avoid Premarital Sex

Marrying later in life has been identified as one of the factors contributing to an ongoing decrease in divorce rates. But, according to Southern Baptist leadership, people should actually be marrying younger rather than older. NPR's Blake Farmer reports,

Rick Warren: 'Thank Baptists for Religious Liberty'

Baptists have long been champions of religious freedom, recounted mega church pastor Rick Warren and Southern Baptist spokesman Russell Moore, in a panel moderated by Judge Ken Starr, president of Baptist affiliated Baylor Universit...

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