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Islam’s Sunni/Shiite divide explained

Islam’s Sunni/Shiite divide explained

Sunni and Shiite Muslims, two main sects of Islam, have been in conflict for more than a millennium. Here’s a primer on that ancient division.

Christian media reaches the faithful, not the masses

Christian media reaches the faithful, not the masses

Christian media has a huge base among the faithful, but many Americans ignore it, according to a LifeWay Research study.

Water ministry provides showers of blessings globally, TBM board learns

Water ministry provides showers of blessings globally, TBM board learns

Providing sources of pure drinking water represents a rapidly growing avenue for ministry in developing countries, the Texas Baptist Men executive board learned at their Feb. 20-21 meeting.

Concern for children, not animus toward gays, prompts activism, religious groups insist

Concern for children, not ill will, prompts activism, religious groups insist

Faith groups, including the moral concerns arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, say they bear no ill-will toward homosexual couples but do not want them to be allowed to marry.

BJC defends Muslim woman’s right to wear hijab to work

BJC defends Muslim woman’s right to wear hijab to work

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to allow a Muslim woman to wear a religious head-covering to work.

Todd Still named Truett Seminary dean

Todd Still named Truett Seminary dean

New Testament scholar Todd Still has been named dean of Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary, effective June 1.

Southern Baptists try to diversify churches, but will it work?

Southern Baptists try to diversify churches, but will it work?

The SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is planning a Gospel and Racial Reconciliation Summit March 26-27 in Nashville, and African-American church leaders’ reactions are ranging from polite skepticism to hopeful support.

Truett professor asks liberals in CBF to drop ‘moderate’ label

Truett professor asks liberals in CBF to drop ‘moderate’ label

A quarter century after forming to resist fundamentalism in the Southern Baptist Convention, theology professor Roger Olson says the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is increasingly polarizing over liberal views gaining ground in the originally moderate group.

BGCT board declares gender assignment ‘immutable’

Biology, not psychology, determines gender identity, according to the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board.

Executive director announces new organizational structure

Executive director announces new organizational structure

The Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board staff is preparing for “a reset” to serve an ever-changing state and Texas Baptist churches, Executive Director David Hardage told the BGCT Executive Board.

Baptist Briefs: Churches burned in Niger

Baptist Briefs: Churches burned in Niger

At least 68 churches, two of them Baptist, have been burned in the West African country of Niger after attacks by the Boko Haram terrorist group.

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