Church-state groups press Holder to withdraw Bush-era hiring memo

WASHINGTON (ABP) -- Supporters of the separation of church and state are urging Attorney General Eric Holder to fulfill a campaign promise by President Obama to combat religious discrimination in hiring.

Open mission positions may be ‘God moment,’ says SBC task force chair

ROGERS, Ark. -- Impending vacancies in the top leadership positions of the Southern Baptist Convention’s two mission boards offer unique opportunities for the denomination as it considers new ways to engage its mission enterprise, says the chair of a task force examining how the SBC should most effectively structure its missionary and funding mechanisms.


UPDATED: IMB president to retire next summer

UPDATED: Jerry Rankin, who has served 17 years as president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board, has announced plans to retire July 31, 2010.

Uzbek Baptist head, two other leaders face 3-year prison term

The head of Uzbekistan's Baptist union and two colleagues face up to three years in prison on charges of tax evasion and teaching children about religion without permission from their parents, a crime in the predominantly Muslim Central Asian country.

Cecil Sherman receives ABP’s religious freedom award

Cecil Sherman, a pivotal figure in moderate Baptist life for the past half century, was recognized Sept. 10 for his fierce commitment to religious freedom as Associated Baptist Press presented him one of its top awards before a room filled with his family, friends and colleagues.

Missions has been foundation’s focus for quarter-century

Twenty-five years ago, Texas Baptists sensed God calling them to a task like none other they’d undertaken. The state’s population was exploding and diversifying. Evangelism efforts weren’t keeping pace with growth. In fact, they were losing ground, leaving a growing non-Christian population.

Church lets students open window on computers

Twice a week, people pack into Iglesia Bautista Dios Te Ama in Fort Worth for computer classes. For many in the class, it is the first time they have ever turned on a computer, clicked a mouse or used a program.

Love your enemies, civility advocates say

Mark DeMoss, veteran conservative Christian public relations executive, has joined forces with Democratic consultant Lanny Davis to launch The Civility Project, an online forum that aims to help people who disagree be less disagreeable.

BGCT accesses $1 million from reserve funds

The Baptist General Convention of Texas has accessed $1 million of Executive Board-approved reserve funds to help support the organization’s ministry as the economy slowly begins to pull out of the recession, officials announced.

Baylor study focuses on clergy sexual misconduct

In any given congregation with 400 adult members, seven women on average have been victims of clergy sexual misconduct since they turned 18, a new study reveals.



Judge sets court date in 'birther' case filed by Wiley Drake

The so-called "birthers" claimed a small victory Sept. 8 when a federal judge set a tentative trial date of Jan. 26, 2010, for a lawsuit claiming that President Obama is constitutionally ineligible for his office.
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