Baptists react to marriage ruling; religious freedom not impacted

A federal judge’s Aug. 4 ruling declaring unconstitutional a California ban on same-sex marriage is either disastrous or a monumental step forward, depending on which Baptist leader you ask. But, according to church-state experts, it doesn’t directly affect religious liberty.

Texans ford the fjords on Sweden mission trip

A five-person team from Cowboy Church of Mineral Wells and Cowboy Gatherin’ in Bunger, participated in a mission trip to Sweden, where they rode, roped and wrangled, all in the name of God’s kingdom.

Tour opens students’ eyes to hunger needs in Texas

When five students signed up for a road trip across Texas, they had no idea they’d be beheading roosters on a Waco farm or standing in as last-minute chefs for an absent kitchen crew before a crowd of hungry people.

Novelist Rice claims she’s committed to Christ but leaving Christianity

Former vampire novelist Anne Rice says she’s leaving Christianity again because she no longer wants to be identified with such a “quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group.”

Houston VBS teaches Haitian orphans, ‘Jesus loves you’

Westbury Baptist Church in Houston used its Vacation Bible School this year to partner with Baptist Global Response, the Southern Baptist international relief and development organization, in a project to raise funds and assemble about 100 school-supply kits.

Ground Zero controversy part of rise in anti-Islamic sentiment, experts say

The most recent prominent spat in the United States over building a new Islamic facility -- the so-called “Ground Zero mosque” in New York -- is indicative of a broader movement that is becoming increasingly suspicious of accommodating Islam as any other faith would be under the First Amendment, according to religious-liberty experts.

Group that demanded apology over view of women’s roles still waiting

An organizer of a recent women's-rights convention for evangelical Christians said the group is still awaiting a response more than a week after demanding a public apology from the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood for teaching they say is harmful to women.

Texans tapped for BWA service

The Baptist World Alliance selected about two dozen Texas Baptists for service on the global organization’s committees and commissions during the 20th Baptist World Congress this summer.

BWA confirms John Upton as president for next 5 years

John UptonThe Baptist World Alliance has elected John Upton, executive director of the Baptist General Association of Virginia and a former missionary and pastor, as its new president.


Liberation should mark Christianity’s mission, educator tells BWA

Liberation marked the ministry of Jesus Christ, and it should characterize the mission of God’s people today, a professor and advocate for marginalized women told the Baptist World Congress.


Christians must liberate & be liberated, seminarian tells BWA

Christians are called to be agents of liberation, but they also desperately need to be liberated themselves, ministry educator Janet Clark stressed at the 20th Baptist World Congress in Honolulu July 30.

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