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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.

Networking two continents means bridge-building

Networking two continents means bridge-building

Ruben Ortiz experiences deep fulfillment from his calling as a bridge builder between the church in Latin America and the United States. But it comes at a price.

James Dunn, robust advocate for religious liberty, dies July 4

James Dunn, robust advocate for religious liberty, dies July 4

James M. Dunn, one of Baptists’ most well-known advocates for religious liberty and separation of church and state, died July 4 a few weeks after his 83rd birthday in Winston-Salem, N.C.

NAMB establishes fund to assist burned black churches

NAMB establishes fund to assist burned black churches

Southern Baptists’ North American Mission Board has established a fund to help African-American churches damaged or destroyed by fire in recent weeks.

Baptist Briefs: Baptist colleges lose Obamacare challenge

Baptist Briefs: Baptist colleges lose Obamacare challenge

A federal appeals court ruled June 22 the religious exercise of two Texas Baptist colleges isn’t substantially burdened by a requirement they opt out of contraceptive coverage required under Obamacare.

Churches urged to consider Millennials’ views on the environment

Churches urged to consider Millennials’ environmental views

Churches wanting to reach Millennials need to pay as much attention to environmental issues as they do to worship styles, according to many observers.

A meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council. (UN Photo)

Baptists urge action on behalf of persecuted Christians

Two Baptists with connections to the United Nations and a member of the Baptist World Alliance Commission on Religious Freedom urged Baptists to take action on behalf of victimized Christians globally.

Love stronger than hate, Charleston victim’s son says

Love stronger than hate, Charleston victim’s son says

Less than 24 hours after his mother was shot and killed during a church prayer meeting, Charleston Southern University sophomore Chris Singleton stood before television cameras and declared, “Love is always stronger than hate.”

Rise of young Hispanics calls for Baptist cooperation, Rincones says

Rise of young Hispanics calls for cooperation, Rincones says

Parallel forces both help and hinder Baptist churches that try to reach young Hispanic adults, a Texas Baptist leader told workshop participants at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship general assembly.

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Will Southern Baptists support call to remove Confederate flag?

“The cross and the Confederate flag cannot co-exist without one setting the other on fire,” Russell Moore wrote in a widely noted blog post June 19. But some observers wonder if his declaration will have any lasting effect.

CBF participants want more than talk about racial reconciliation

CBF participants want more than talk about racial reconciliation

The time for merely praying about racial injustice is past, a roomful of participants at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship general assembly agreed. They called for action.

Two pastors of Cooperative Baptist Fellowship churches say it’s possible to disagree—even disagree strongly—about homosexuality and remain friends.

Pastor friends agree to disagree on homosexuality

Two pastors of Cooperative Baptist Fellowship churches say it’s possible to disagree—even disagree strongly—about homosexuality and remain friends.

 
 
 
 
 
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