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Baptist Briefs: American Baptists decry religious conversion law in Burma

Baptist Briefs: Religious conversion law in Burma decried

American Baptists, responding to a new restrictive religious conversion law being considered in Burma, has endorsed legislation to withhold security assistance until the country has improved its human rights and religious liberty record.

       
Merritt, Moore debate Hobby Lobby’s alleged hypocrisy

Merritt, Moore debate Hobby Lobby’s alleged hypocrisy

A faith-and-culture writer and a Southern Baptist Convention official clashed over whether Hobby Lobby is hypocritical for calling itself a Christian company while doing business in China.

       
Baptist Briefs: Missionaries commissioned at joint service

Baptist Briefs: Joint commissioning service

The International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board commissioned 96 Southern Baptist missionaries during a rare joint commissioning service sponsored by the Woman’s Missionary Union at the Baltimore Convention Center.

       
New SBC president hopes for spiritual Great Awakening

New SBC president hopes for spiritual Great Awakening

The new president of the Southern Baptist Convention outlined an ambitious agenda during a press conference following his election in Baltimore.

       
Glorieta sale was ‘tough decision,’ LifeWay president insists

Glorieta sale ‘tough decision,’ Rainer insists

LifeWay Christian Resources President Thom Rainer defended selling Glorieta Conference Center to a non-Southern Baptist ministry for $1 though the property was worth millions.

       
Southern Baptists resolve to love the transgender sinner

Southern Baptists resolve to love the transgender sinner

The Southern Baptist Convention condemned acts of abuse or bullying against people who identify as a gender different than the one assigned at birth but said Scripture does not support the transgender experience.

       
WMU urged to ‘Go Forward’ from Baltimore

WMU urged to ‘Go Forward’ from Baltimore

The Woman’s Missionary Union missions celebration and annual meeting in Baltimore culminated a yearlong celebration of WMU’s 125th anniversary. The theme, “Go Forward,” was based on the personal motto of Annie Armstrong.

       
Rick Warren: ‘There is no testimony without a test’

Rick Warren: ‘There is no testimony without a test’

Speaking from personal experience after his son’s suicide last year, megachurch pastor Rick Warren urged Southern Baptist pastors to let their suffering be acts of ministry.

       
SBC takes no action against gay-tolerant California church

SBC takes no action against gay-tolerant California church

The Southern Baptist Convention at its 2014 annual meeting in Baltimore did not rebuke a church for challenging the denomination’s policy against gay-affirming congregations.

       
SBC updates criteria for church affiliation

SBC updates criteria for church affiliation

Messengers to the June 10-11 SBC annual meeting in Baltimore approved without discussion changes to the SBC constitution defining what it means to be “in friendly cooperation” with the convention—language used for congregations that qualify for representation at the annual meeting.

       
Ronnie Floyd elected SBC president

Ronnie Floyd elected SBC president

Ronnie Floyd, an Arkansas pastor with a long record of denominational service, has been elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

       
Southern Baptist group counters Calvinism

Southern Baptist group counters Calvinism

New Calvinists are more Calvinist than Calvin was, Christian apologist Norman Geisler said at the inaugural meeting of a group formed to balance Southern Baptist fellowships that gather under the umbrella known as “young, restless and reformed.”

       
SBC annual meeting

SBC to ponder declines, change in representation

During their meeting in Baltimore this week, Southern Baptists may consider a significant change in how churches qualify for representation in the national denomination, while grappling with a sobering report of declining baptisms and membership.

       
Baptist Briefs: SBC to honor Hobby Lobby, imprisoned pastor

Baptist Briefs: SBC to honor Hobby Lobby, imprisoned pastor

During their annual meeting in Baltimore, Md., Southern Baptists will honor the Christian owners of Hobby Lobby for refusing to pay for employee insurance coverage for birth control methods as required by Obamacare and an Iranian-American pastor imprisoned in Iran.

       
SBC agencies support GuideStone lawsuit in contraceptive case

SBC agencies support GuideStone lawsuit in contraceptive case

Three sister Southern Baptist Convention entities filed a brief supporting GuideStone Financial Resources’ objection to the Obamacare contraceptive mandate.

       
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