Baptist shift on abortion drifts to contraception

Baptist shift on abortion drifts to contraception

Once essentially pro-choice, the Southern Baptist Convention today stands firmly with pro-life evangelicals and Catholics on sanctity-of-life issues, including opposition to mandated coverage of contraceptives in the Affordable Care Act.

Southern Baptist attitudes changing on birth control

Questions about the morality of birth control increasingly appear in columns and blogs by SBC ethicists and ministers.

Bill Gothard

Updated: Bill Gothard resigns following abuse allegations

Bill Gothard, an Illinois-based advocate for home schooling and male authority in the home, resigned after allegations of sexually harassing women who worked at his ministry and failing to report child abuse cases.

Faith Digest

Faith Digest: Pope overhauls Vatican finances

Pope Francis launched a sweeping reform of the Vatican’s scandal-plagued financial system by naming one of his closest advisers on reform, Australian Cardinal George Pell, to head a powerful new department that will oversee the entire management of the Holy See.

Steven Furtick’s ‘spontaneous baptisms’ not so spontaneous

Megachurch’s baptisms not so 'spontaneous'

A Southern Baptist megachurch pastor in North Carolina, already under fire for buying a $1.6 million house, finds himself in the spotlight again for “spontaneous baptisms” that turn out to be not nearly so spontaneous.

Pastors believe religious liberty on decline in U.S.

Pastors believe religious liberty on decline in U.S.

Seventy percent of Protestant American pastors say religious liberty is on the decline in the United States, according to a survey from LifeWay Research.

Faith Digest

Faith Digest : Film ‘casts out’ Satan

Producers of the Son of God film cut Satan from their movie after controversy swirled around the actor who portrayed the devil in their earlier production for the History Channel, The Bible.

Science and religion

Science group & evangelicals push collaboration

Scientists and Christian evangelicals can collaborate for the good of society, but it will take some serious effort, experts said as they launched a new campaign to change perceptions between the two groups.


Evangelical women look beyond Bible study to new causes

While conferences such as Women of Faith draw thousands of evangelical women to indoor stadiums for devotional Bible study, a new generation of evangelical women is looking outward and concerned with issues such as social justice, as seen in the recent IF:Gathering in Austin.

Faith Digest

Faith Digest: Study finds biblical illiteracy among Brits

Three out of 10 British children have next to no understanding of the Bible, and their parents aren’t that knowledgeable either.

Religion's great decline

Varied responses to religion's 'Great Decline'

A new study that shows the decline of religion in America may be worse than imagined, but it neither impressed nor shocked Craig Nash, community pastor at University Baptist Church in Waco.

Evangelicals have higher divorce rates, Baylor report says

Evangelicals have higher divorce rates, Baylor report says

Despite their strong pro-family values, evangelical Christians have higher than average divorce rates, according to findings by Baylor University researchers.

Faith Digest

Faith Digest: Faith leaders wrestle with legal marijuana

As public opinion has shifted in support of legalized marijuana, religious leaders are wrestling over the issue.

Link between big sporting events, trafficking questioned

Some activists and elected officials point to major sporting events as magnets human trafficking for sexual exploitation. Others say that link is unfounded in fact and actually harms ongoing anti-trafficking efforts.

Interfaith marriage

Pastor raises issues for interfaith couples to consider

Ministers who provide premarital pastoral counseling to interfaith couples should help them think seriously about their faith and the faith of a future spouse, a Baptist pastor with experience in interfaith dialogue suggests.

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