Saddleback civil forum called off due to candidates' lack of civility

Rick WarrenSaddleback Church pastor and Purpose-Driven Life author Rick Warren announced that a civil forum planned with President Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been canceled. Warren said he pulled the plug because he believes discourse between the two campaigns has become so uncivil that a polite exchange for two hours would seem hypocritical.


Obama and Romney offer glimpse into their spiritual lives

Obama RomneyPresident Obama says it's not his job to defend his Christian faith against doubters who suspect he's Muslim. His GOP challenger, Mitt Romney, says religion is "integral" to his life, even as often he avoids mentioning his Mormon faith by name.


Ad marks foray into religious campaign rhetoric, Baylor analyst notes

Romney campaign adA new political ad by presidential candidate Mitt Romney, in which he accuses President Obama of “waging war on religion,” is an opening salvo in religious rhetoric that likely will escalate as the November election approaches, said a Baylor University political expert and author.


Colorado tragedy affects Texas Baptist family

The impact of last week’s shooting rampage at a Colorado movie theater was felt as far away as Texas, where a Baptist family mourned the loss of a brother and son.

Baptist injured in theater shooting chooses forgiveness

From his hospital bed, one of the 58 people injured in a July 20 shooting rampage in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater that claimed 12 lives has become a spokesman for Christian forgiveness.

Supreme Court tosses Plano 'Christian candy cane' case

An appeal over Christmas sweets turned bitter June 11 when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the so-called “Christian candy cane” case.  

Baptist leaders join other evangelicals in call for immigration reform

illegal immigrationTwo Texas Baptist leaders and other prominent Baptists are among about 140 evangelical Christians who endorsed a statement of principles for immigration reform, which includes the call for a path to citizenship or legal status for qualified undocumented immigrants.


Churches tread lightly on politics in 2012 election

With the 2012 election just a few months away, congregations are getting the message that Americans want religion out of politics. But that doesn't mean they plan to keep mum in the public square.

One in six U.S. voters still thinks Obama's a Muslim--and he's not

After nearly four years in the Oval Office, President Obama is incorrectly thought to be Muslim by one in six American voters, and only one quarter of voters can correctly identify him as a Protestant, according to a new poll.

Americans divided on viewing homosexual behavior as sin

Americans are split on whether homosexual behavior is a sin, and many do not appreciate if a church teaches it is sinful, according to a recent survey conducted by LifeWay Research.

Evangelicals say it's time for frank talk about sex

The statistics, some evangelicals say, no longer can be ignored. Eighty percent of young evangelicals have engaged in premarital sex, and almost a third of evangelicals' unplanned pregnancies end in abortion.


Is 2012 election the Mormon's JFK moment?

With his path now clear to the Republican nomination, Mitt Romney is on the verge of becoming the first Mormon to head a major party's presidential ticket, a new milestone in America's embrace of religious groups that once were shunned by society.


Chuck Colson, redeemed felon & evangelical icon, dies at 80

Charles Colson, the Watergate felon who became an evangelical icon and born-again advocate for prisoners, died April 21 after a brief illness. He was 80.

Land issues back-to-back apologies for Trayvon Martin comments

The head of Southern Baptists’ Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission issued back-to-back apologies regarding statements he made on his radio program about the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Richard Land apologized both for offense caused by the remarks and for lifting some of the comments word-for-word from published materials without attributing their source.



Church giving on the rebound, report says

Church GivingThe recession and a sluggish recovery have made for a lighter collection plate in recent years, but a new study shows that giving to U.S. congregations bounced back in 2011 as the economy improved. According to the fourth annual State of the Plate survey, 51 percent of churches last year saw an increase in giving, up from 43 percent in 2010 and 36 percent in 2009.

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