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Religious Liberty Is Not Just For Christians

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 07.01.2016 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

Yesterday I heard a story on NPR about how Donald Trump is trying to include religious freedom in his campaign. The story raised the question of how f...

Of Brexit, Baptists, Booze And A History Of Naïve Blunders

John A. Tures | Posted 06.25.2016 | World
John A. Tures

America will soon face a similar number of temptations to renege on all kinds of international agreements that it signed in good faith with other nations. Supporters will promise all kinds of benefits they can't deliver. Learn from the British and the Baptists.

Honest to God

Trey Lyon | Posted 05.24.2016 | Religion
Trey Lyon

Recently the United Methodist Church has faced the latest iteration of an ecclesial identity crisis. This is not a new phenomenon, as division over wh...

Baylor Rapes

Ben Mann | Posted 02.15.2016 | Religion
Ben Mann

When I attended Baylor University at the end of the 1990s the traditional means of communicating pride or announcements for the school was to purchase...

Religious Freedom Day 2016

Rev. Libby M. Grammer | Posted 01.18.2016 | Religion
Rev. Libby M. Grammer

My hope for the future of Christians involved in U.S. politics is that we are continually more thoughtful, and not less, and that we provide hope to nation and not more fear-based politicizing of every issue.

A Baptist Epiphany: Wonder at the Incarnation

Rev. Libby M. Grammer | Posted 01.07.2016 | Religion
Rev. Libby M. Grammer

I work at an oddly liturgical, very ecumenical, Baptist church in Richmond, Virginia. Our sanctuary looks a lot like an Episcopal church. We follow th...

A Vocational Selfie: The Discernment Deck

Wayne Meisel | Posted 07.29.2015 | College
Wayne Meisel

Vocational discernment is about doing your homework and figuring out what is out there and what is not. It's about listening to your heart instead of the voices of others when deciding what to do. It's about deciding to explore and try and not worry about saving face or what others might think.

Why the Bible Is Not the Word of God

Alexander J. Barron | Posted 07.06.2015 | Religion
Alexander J. Barron

I believe that God is all-loving and all-powerful, and that his son, Jesus of Nazareth, was the son of God, who has given us a way to live life fully and abundantly. Yet, I do not believe the Holy Bible is the infallible word of God.

Should Babies Be Baptized? Pastor Sparks Debate Within Baptist Church

Religion News Service | Heidi Hall | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion

(RNS) The sprinkling-style baptism of a Dayton, Ohio, infant — a scene heartwarming and commonplace for Catholics and mainline Protestants — is to...

Jesus Doesn't Need a National Day of Prayer (And Neither Do We)

J. Andrew Daugherty | Posted 05.06.2016 | Religion
J. Andrew Daugherty

Let's not confuse patriotism and genuine piety. Neither is it spiritually wise to lump a practice as sacred as prayer into the narrative of American exceptionalism with the flashy spectacles of what can be construed by even the most bona fide of the blessed as a self-congratulatory occasion.

Ancient Torah Speaks to the Climate Crisis: From Eden to Manna to Sabbatical Year to Now

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

On the Shabbat of May 15-16, the Torah reading (Leviticus 25-27) sets forth the Torah's most explicit and most powerful regimen for healing the Earth from human over-use.

Baptist Minister In Hot Water Over Comments On Ten Commandments

USA Today / Religion News Service | Ron Barnett | Posted 01.25.2015 | Religion

GREENVILLE, S.C. (RNS) A Baptist minister is in hot water after preaching a sermon that called the Ten Commandments sayings or promises rather than ma...

Jimmy Carter, Sunday School Teacher And Former President, Takes A Stand For Gay Rights

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.24.2014 | Religion

A packed college auditorium roared with applause when former President Jimmy Carter took a stand for gay rights. When asked about his views on hum...

Steaks, Guns and God

Lester & Charlie | Posted 05.06.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

If God really does have a sense of humor, we're pretty sure he's laughing his ass off.

A Letter From the Brothers: We Support Women -- Period.

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion
Andre E. Johnson

As ministers of the gospel, church leaders and people who love and support women, we promise to speak up, speak out, stand up and stand with our sisters in ministry.

Late Civil Rights Leader Mourned By President Obama

Posted 11.27.2013 | Religion

Rev. T.J. Jemison, a father of the civil rights movement, passed away on Nov. 15 in Baton Rouge, La., at the age of 95. A founding member of the South...

Building Amish: Young Women, Baptists Among the Real Seekers of Anabaptist Life

David Briggs | Posted 10.30.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

"I am a Christian. I don't like the way the English teenagers live. I have always treasured the simple life and the way the Amish live and am looking to hopefully become Amish when I'm old enough," said one teen who described herself as "a modest young lady."

God in Antigua

Robert Hoggard | Posted 09.05.2012 | College
Robert Hoggard

I am realizing that I should not preach something that I have not lived. God is making me live what I already preached and continue to preach.

Recalling Clarence Jordan, Radical Disciple

Greg Carey | Posted 08.03.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

Clarence Jordan stands among my list of top five Christian heroes, but most folks have never heard of him.

Richard Land And Southern Baptists' Race Problem

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 06.18.2012 | Religion
Jonathan Merritt

Below the surface, the largest Protestant denomination in North America still has serious race problems, proving once again that old paradigms die hard.

Priest Shows Porn to Parishioners: Those Lucky Catholics

Tony Phillips | Posted 06.04.2012 | Comedy
Tony Phillips

Nowadays churchgoers never know when they might catch a glimpse of hardcore porn at a school meeting to discuss their children's first communions.

Mixing It Up in the Bible Belt

Pamela Kripke | Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics
Pamela Kripke

I think that they are being riled up, made to think that their faith, and only theirs, has a right to impact politics and policy. I think that they are simply being used, manipulated, by the guys who want their votes. Now, how Christian is that?

Baptists And Sexuality: A Time Of Ferment?

Rev. Cody J. Sanders | Posted 10.03.2011 | Religion
Rev. Cody J. Sanders

Baptists have been talking a lot about sexuality lately. And for once, I'm slightly more hopeful and impressed than I am frightened and appalled. Though, the messages are still mixed.

Questions Of Identity Dominate CBF's 20th Anniversary Assembly

Alan P. Sherouse | Posted 08.27.2011 | Religion
Alan P. Sherouse

CBF was birthed by a bold and prophetic spirit. The movement organized around Baptist principles of freedom, belief in the right of every individual to relate to God apart from institution or creed.

Where Does the Gap in Support for Marriage Rights Come From?

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip N. Cohen

Where does the Black-White gap in support for marriage rights come from? The Washington Post details the last-ditch efforts by Black Christian leader...