Fred Shuttlesworth, civil rights pioneer, dies at 89 (Revised)

Fred Shuttlesworth, the last of the “Big Three” of the civil rights movement with Ralph Abernathy and Martin Luther King, died Oct. 5. He was 89.

Todd Mitchell tapped to lead cowboy churches' fellowship

Todd Mitchell, a 41-year-old Alabama pastor and regional strategist for the American Fellowship of Cowboy Churches, is the organization's new executive director.

Supreme Court hears arguments in important church-state case

Sipreme CourtThe U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Oct. 5 in a closely watched case involving a church’s right to hire or fire ministers for reasons like religious doctrine that in other settings would be job discrimination.


High court says World Vision can hire only Christians

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a lower-court ruling that the Christian humanitarian organization World Vision can fire employees over religious doctrine.

Baptists among religious leaders in event to mourn victims of 9/11, promote religious freedom

Prominent religious leaders of various faiths joined Sept. 8 in Washington to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Religious leaders laud MLK in memorial service

MLK MemorialAn earthquake and a hurricane interrupted plans to honor Martin Luther King Jr. in the nation's capital, but religious leaders and civil rights veterans said King's legacy is unshakable.


Mark Hatfield remembered as champion for religious liberty

Former Sen. Mark Hatfield –- an Oregon Republican whose Baptist faith helped shape his political views during nearly half a century in public office –- died Aug. 7 after several years of declining health.

Budget debt discussion reveals surprising agreement

Richard Land and Jim Wallis discuss the national debt and possible solutions in a new online video tackling military spending, taxes, welfare programs and entitlements.

Justices rely on standing in church-state disputes

As the U.S. Supreme Court ends its 2010-2011 term, legal scholars say one decision is likely to resonate within church-state debates for years to come.

BJC defends limits on lawsuits against religious organizations

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty joined other groups in a legal brief arguing that a teacher fired by a Christian school should not be allowed to sue her former employer under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

SBC leader criticizes Obama on Israel

The Southern Baptist Convention’s top public policy official called Barack Obama “the worst president of the United States that Israel has ever had” at a rally for social conservatives held June 3-4 in Washington.

Believers find authentic community in organic churches

A survey this year by The Barna Group found 5 percent of Americans say they attend a “house church or simple church, which is not associated in any way with a local, congregational type of church.”


Two-thirds of Americans say Osama bin Laden’s in hell

While Americans have debated whether Osama bin Laden’s body belongs at the bottom of the Arabian Sea, most agree on the final destination of his soul—in hell.

Congregations recovering gradually from recession

The recession was a double-barrel blow to American congregations—directly hurting their budgets while also stretching them thin due to increased needs for counseling, emergency housing and other social services.

BJC says National Day of Prayer proclamation ‘unwise’

Despite a recent court ruling that a law establishing a National Day of Prayer cannot be challenged in court, officials at the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty said such official religious declarations are misguided and unnecessary.
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