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Protestant church giving reflects improving economic trends

Protestant church giving reflects improving economic trends

The nation’s slow economic recovery from a deep recession is showing up in the offering plates of Protestant churches in the United States, a recent survey by LifeWay Research reveals.

       
Holiness, not heterosexuality, goal of outreach to gays, speakers insist

Holiness, not ‘quick fix for gayness,’ goal of ministry, speakers say

The goal of ministry to gays and lesbians isn’t to make them heterosexual but to make them holy, three speakers told a Southern Baptist Convention-sponsored conference on the gospel and homosexuality.

       
Marriage crisis predated gay marriage, conference speakers say

Marriage crisis predated gay marriage, conference speakers say

The crisis in marriage preceded the rapid rise of legalized same-sex unions, and the church faces a daunting challenge in addressing it, speakers told 1,300 participants at a Southern Baptist conference on the issue.

       
Southern Baptist ethics chief denounces reparative therapy for gays

SBC ethics chief denounces reparative therapy for gays

Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore denounced reparative therapy, saying the controversial treatment that attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation has been “severely counterproductive.”

       
Evangelical ethicist David Gushee changes views on same-sex relationships

Ethicist David Gushee changes views on same-sex relationships

Baptist ethicist and theologian David Gushee has changed his views on gay rights and same-sex relationships.

       
Baptist Briefs: Foundation pledges $1 million to New Baptist Covenant

Baptist Briefs: New Baptist Covenant receives $1 million gift

The Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation has pledged $1 million over four years to support the New Baptist Covenant, a movement to unify U.S. Baptists across racial, geographical and theological lines.

       
Baptist church strives to help Afghan Muslim find welcome and work

Baptist church strives to help Afghan Muslim find welcome and work

An Afghan physician who served as an interpreter for the U.S. military in Afghanistan fled the revenge-seeking Taliban for a better life in the United States. NorthHaven Church in Norman, Okla., has welcomed him to worship and is trying to help him find work.

       
Baptist Briefs: African-American Baptist group protests TV show

Baptist Briefs: African-American Baptist group protests TV show

The Progressive National Baptist Convention is mounting a petition drive seeking removal of the television comedy Black Jesus, which its leaders say disrespects their faith tradition.

       
Baptist Briefs: Conferences take opposing views on homosexual behavior

Baptist Briefs: Conferences take opposing views on homosexual behavior

Two upcoming conferences focusing on homosexuality involve Baptists, but they take drastically different approaches to the subject.

       
ABPnews/Herald becomes Baptist News Global

ABPnews/Herald becomes Baptist News Global

ABPnews/Herald has become Baptist News Global. The rebrand completes a merger between two Baptist news organizations launched one year ago.

       
Denominational innovation may signal future

Denominational innovation may signal future

Shifting demographics, disinterest in denominational identity, and a pluralistic and digitally networked culture are inspiring Baptist organizations to embrace the creativity and flexibility that will define denominational bodies of the future.

       
Baptist Briefs: African Baptists to pray for Ebola crisis

Baptist Briefs: African Baptists to pray for Ebola crisis

The All-Africa Baptist Fellowship set aside Sunday, Oct. 12, to focus prayer on the Ebola outbreak, which to date has claimed more than 3,000 lives across West Africa.

       
Baptist Briefs: SBC rejects ‘Third-Way’ church

Baptist Briefs: SBC rejects ‘Third-Way’ church

The Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee voted unanimously to declare New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, Calif., not in “friendly cooperation” with the SBC’s purpose.

       
Time to fix broken immigration system, Paynter insists

Time to fix broken immigration system, Paynter insists

It’s time to explore new strategies to fix the nation’s broken immigration system, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter told a group of religion writers.

       
Southern Baptist pastor compensation not keeping up with inflation

Southern Baptist pastor compensation not keeping up with inflation

Compensation for full-time Southern Baptist pastors has not kept pace with inflation over the past two years, while salaries for other full-time ministers and office staff increased at a rate higher than national inflation.

       
 
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