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Bush says he ‘misspoke’ at SBC event

Bush says he ‘misspoke’ at SBC event

Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign quickly back-tracked from comments he made at a Southern Baptist Convention missions conference, where he said half a billion dollars of taxpayer money is too much to spend on women’s health issues.

Raphael Warnock (center, at the microphone), pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., and chair of the social justice commission for the Progressive National Baptist Convention, leads a call for the restoration of rights lost when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned portions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He is joined by (left to right) Charles Steele, president and CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Ambassador Andrew Young, director of the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy; Frederick Douglass Haynes III, pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas; and James Perkins, president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention.  (PHOTO / Ken Camp)

Progressive National Baptists call to restore, advance voting rights

On the eve of the landmark Voting Rights Act’s 50th anniversary—and hours after a federal appeals court ruled against Texas’ voter ID law—three groups historically linked to Martin Luther King Jr. launched a movement to restore rights they insist the U.S. Supreme Court “gutted.”

WorldCrafts adds artisan groups and products

WorldCrafts adds artisan groups and products

WorldCrafts, the fair-trade initiative of Woman’s Missionary Union, has added to its worldwide network of partners artisan groups from the Himalayan mountain villages of Nepal to metropolitan areas in Myanmar and Thailand to offer more than 250 products this year.

Civility the right response to church bombings, Baptist pastor says

Civility the right response to church bombings, Baptist pastor says

Kevin Glenn published a book last year detailing the loss of civility in American culture and proposing ways to revive it. Now Glenn has a chance to put Hand over Fist: An Invitation to Christ-centered Civility, to the test—thanks to the bombing of his church.

SBC president declines to investigate Glorieta sale

SBC president declines to investigate Glorieta sale

SBC President Ronnie Floyd turned down an Arkansas couple’s request that he appoint a special committee to investigate LifeWay's sale of Glorieta Conference Center for $1.

Baptist Briefs: Bush and Rubio to participate in Baptist forum

Baptist Briefs: Bush and Rubio to participate in Baptist forum

Two Republican presidential hopefuls—former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio—will be the first two participants in a series of civil forums for 2016 presidential candidates hosted by Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

Transcongregational mindset may be BWA’s gift to Baptists

Transcongregational mindset may be BWA’s gift to Baptists

The Baptist World Alliance may provide Baptists’ best opportunity to embrace a “transcongregational” mindset that balances historic adherence to congregational autonomy while avoiding the isolation of local-church independence.

Rwandan peacemaker given human rights award

Rwandan peacemaker given human rights award

The son of Rwandan refugees who became a catalyst for reconciliation among ethnic rivals in his African nation was recognized at the Baptist World Congress for his vision of “the church as a home of peace.”

New BWA president aims to be transformative agent

New BWA president aims to be transformative agent

Paul Msiza, the incoming president of the Baptist World Alliance, is among a generation of South Africans who worked with great care and perseverance to change both the face of their country and the face of Christianity.

LifeWay offer for new Nashville site accepted

LifeWay offer for new Nashville site accepted

LifeWay Christian Resources’ offer to purchase 1.5 acres in downtown Nashville for a new office building has been accepted, the Southern Baptist publishing house announced July 21.

South African culture featured in BWA congress opening

South African culture featured in BWA congress opening

A celebration of South African culture—and the country’s remarkable transformation into “the rainbow nation”—highlighted the opening session of the Baptist World Congress in a colorful display of music and dance.

African influence felt at Baptist World Congress

African influence felt at Baptist World Congress

The Baptist World Congress in Durban, South Africa, marked one key first and a significant second—the first world congress held in Africa and the second led by an African president since the Baptist World Alliance’s founding in 1905.

Baptist Briefs: Appeals court denies GuideStone’s Obamacare challenge

Baptist Briefs: Appeals court denies GuideStone’s Obamacare challenge

A federal appeals court has determined requiring a religious nonprofit to opt out of mandated contraceptive coverage under Obamacare is not a substantial burden on religious exercise.

SBC leader calls for probe into Planned Parenthood video

SBC leader calls for probe into Planned Parenthood video

After viewing an undercover video that appears to show a Planned Parenthood official discussing the sale of fetal organs, the Southern Baptist Convention’s top spokesman for public policy concerns said “it is time for the reborn to stand up for the unborn.”

Baptist Briefs: Carter believes Jesus OK with gay marriage

Baptist Briefs: Carter believes Jesus OK with gay marriage

In a Huffington Post interview promoting his new memoir, Jimmy Carter said he thinks Jesus would approve of same-sex marriage.

 
 
 
 
 
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