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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

2 weeks agoLGBT / 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...

Southern Baptist Women: An Interview with Betsy Flowers (Part II)

Kate Bowler Today's interview is the second of a multi-part interview with Elizabeth Flowers about her wonderful new book Into the Pulpit: Southern Baptist Women since World War II. Elizabeth Flowers is Associate Professor of Religion...Show More Summary

Ten Reasons I Am Not the Christian I Used to Be

He thought everything he was taught growing up was true. — I grew up in the Southern Baptist and Missionary Baptist traditions. I was raised in a very conservative religious environment. I thought my father’s musings about organized religion—and its shortcomings—were blasphemous. Show More Summary

SBC President Ronnie Floyd Calls on Obama to Lead 'Historical Movement' Against ISIS, Like Esther in the Bible

Southern Baptist Convention President, Ronnie Floyd, sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Monday, asking him to "lead forward" in the fight against the Islamic State and "take necessary actions now" to bring an end to the suffering of millions who've been displaced, abused and killed as a result of ISIS' uprising.

We're not driven by animus, say groups that are known for showing animus toward gay couples

last monthLGBT / Gay : Good As You

You guys, the Southern Baptists and other groups who are known for their longheld resistance to anything having to do with gay acceptance, both within their own pews and within public policy, are tired of you accusing them of animus...

'Conservative Southern Baptist' Mom Talks About Her Family's Campaign For Trans Acceptance: VIDEO

last monthLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Debi Jackson, a self-described “conservative southern Baptist” from Alabama and mother of a transgender child, has spoken to GLAAD about her campaign to encourage others to accept trans children

Willie Brown warns Villaraigosa: 'Don't crowd Kamala!'

With the possible exception of a Hollywood celebrity following in the footsteps of Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican candidate has as much chance getting elected to the U.S. Senate from California as a Southern Baptist has to become pope. The only way Democrats can lose any statewide race...

Southern Baptists' Goal Of Racially Integrated Churches Is Turning Out To Be An Uphill Battle

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) How tough is it to create a racially diverse denomination? Consider a recent luncheon organized by the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. About 100 Nashville-area evangelical...Show More Summary

Grandmother Who Refused to Make Gay Wedding Floral Arrangements Could Lose House, Life Savings After Guilty Verdict

Putting florist, grandmother and devout Southern Baptist Barronelle Stutzman out of business was not enough for some Washington state officials. She could lose her home and life savings as well after a Washington superior court judge...Show More Summary

Southern Baptist Convention affiliate set to boot Alabama church for supporting same-sex marriage

last monthNews : The Raw Story

A Baptist church in Huntsville, Alabama could soon be kicked out of a group of Southern Baptist churches after openly supporting marriage equality and hosting a same-sex wedding ceremony, The Birmingham News reported. Members of the Madison Baptist Association reportedly recommended...

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