Supreme Court

Supreme Court to hear prayer case

The Supreme Court agreed May 20 to hear a case centering on whether sectarian prayers at the beginning of official government meetings violate the First Amendment—an issue that has roiled local governing and school boards for years.

Oklahoma tornadoes

TBM command team to Oklahoma, others prepare

(UPDATED) Texas Baptist Men plans to send a team to Shawnee, Okla., Wednesday to relieve Oklahoma Baptists who had been responding to a previous tornado there.

Royal Ambassadors

Church-based Scouting alternatives attract interest

As the Boy Scouts of America considers whether to change its membership policy to admit gay members but continue its ban on gay leaders, decades-old religious organizations offer alternatives.

Franklin Graham

Franklin Graham calls IRS probe ‘un-American’

Evangelist Franklin Graham blasted the Internal Revenue Service probe of conservative nonprofit groups as “un-American,” saying the IRS audited both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the relief group Samaritan’s Purse.

Kermit Gosnell

Analysis: Will Gosnell verdict change abortion debate?

Fervent prayers by abortion opponents for a game-changing impact from the conviction of rogue abortionist Kermit Gosnell may go unanswered for a variety of reasons.

SBC and military

Military asked to clarify proselytizing ban

Two Southern Baptist Convention leaders issued a statement asking the military to clarify what it means by making “proselytizing” a punishable offense.

marijuana poll

Americans believe marijuana not sinful but unsure it should be legal

American views on marijuana are changing much like their views on gay marriage, according to a new poll, with many people ambivalent but growing numbers in favor of legalization.

Boston amputees

Boston amputees face a long spiritual struggle ahead

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings that left three dead and more than 260 injured, perhaps none face more significant adjustments or a longer road ahead than the 14 amputees who lost a limb.

Boy Scouts proposal

Boy Scouts proposal displeases religious leaders on both sides

Conservative and liberal religious leaders may not agree on much, but both are expressing displeasure with the Boy Scouts’ proposal to accept gay members but reject gay leaders.

immigration reform

Immigration reform becomes personal for evangelicals

As Congress appears close to hammering out new immigration policy, religious leaders—especially evangelicals—say personal encounters with the current system have prompted them to advocate for reform.

Boston bombing

New England Baptist leaders urge prayer for Boston after deadly bombings

In the aftermath of two bombs that exploded near the finish line of the iconic Boston Marathon, pastors and other leaders urged people to pray for Boston as the city grapples with questions that arise from tragedy.

Same-sex Marriage

Analysis: Supreme Court searches for way around same-sex marriage

In nearly two hours of arguments March 27, the Supreme Court heard many of the expected cases for and against recognizing same-sex marriage. The justices reflecting what seemed to be a desire to find a way for the court to sidestep a definitive up-or-down ruling on one of the most divisive social issues.

gay marriage poll

Poll: Americans see gay marriage as inevitable

Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe legalized same-sex marriage in the U.S. is inevitable, according to a study by LifeWay Research, a Nashville polling firm with ties to the Southern Baptist Convention.

Melissa Rogers

Baptist church-state expert named to White House post

(ABP)–The White House announced March 13 that Melissa Rogers, a Baptist church-state specialist who formerly worked at the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, will serve as special assistant to the president and director of the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

computer simulation

Computer simulator preps chaplains for the battlefield

A computer simulation company in Orlando, Fla., is working with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s simulation-technology center to develop a program designed to help prospective military chaplains.

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