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Liberty & justice for all

As the United States enters the second decade of the 21st century, some experts in religious freedom predict challenges coming to the fore likely will cluster around a handful of new issues.
       

Supreme Court ruling on gun ownership could affect churches

A landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling June 28 that possessing a handgun is a constitutional right is expected to unleash a wave of new lawsuits, including challenges to state laws that forbid carrying of concealed weapons in church.

       

Convencion president to be nominated for BGCT presidency

Minutes after Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas President Victor Rodriguez adjourned the Convencion’s centennial meeting, Ellis Orozco announced his intention to nominate Rodriguez for president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas at the Nov. 8-9 annual meeting in McAllen.
       

Convencion celebrates God's faithfulness

Participants remembered how God has been faithful in working through Convencion for a century, celebrated how he continues to use it today and anticipated how he will use it in the future.
       

TBM activated in preparation for arrival of gulf storm

Texas Baptist Men’s state disaster relief feeding unit will leave the organization’s headquarters June 29 and head toward South Texas where it will be ready to provide as many as 20,000 meals a day to 22 shelters in the wake of Tropical Storm Alex.
       

Liberty University demotes seminary president

Liberty University has demoted Ergun Caner as president of its theological seminary after investigating claims that he exaggerated or fabricated parts of his testimony about converting from militant Islam to Christianity.
       

Justices say Christian club not exempt from law school’s policy

A closely divided Supreme Court, in a June 28 ruling that resolved few major constitutional questions, said the University of California’s law school could refuse to offer the benefits of official registration to a Christian student group because the club discriminates on the basis of religion and sexual orientation.
       

BJC supporters warned of ‘Christian nationalists,’ honor Gardner Taylor

Culture warriors who contend that the United States is a “Christian nation” gravely endanger freedoms sacred to both Christianity and the nation, Mercer University President Bill Underwood warned supporters of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty June 25.
       

Buckner center to combat child abandonment in Guatemala

Buckner International recently opened a community transformation center to serve people in one of Guatemala’s most impoverished communities, San Jose Pinula.
       

Organic church effectiveness comes from relationships

Ben Hanna’s "organic" churches don’t have pews, hymnals, pulpits or stained glass. There are no choirs or sanctuaries, either. But Hanna is seeing lives changed as people meet Christ without the structure of an institutional church.
       

CBF to evaluate structure, funding in two-year study

Facing a chronic budget shortfall, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship moderator Hal Bass has appointed a 14-member task force to study the organization’s missional and organizational future.
       
 
 

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