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Politics and Religion: Trump and the Evangelicals

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 02.11.2016 | Religion
Arnold Steinberg

After New Hampshire The Evangelical Seduction Interruptus Already in Iowa the evangelical movement toward Donald Trump was underway, for better or...

Iowa...South Carolina: Evangelicals and Trump

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics
Arnold Steinberg

After New Hampshire The Evangelical Seduction Interruptus Already in Iowa the evangelical movement toward Donald Trump was underway, for better or...

Southern Baptists

Martin Marty | Posted 02.09.2016 | Religion
Martin Marty

Last Monday's Sightings surveyed recent on-line religion stories and found only one about Southern Baptists. This was strange or exceptional or meant some overlooking of items on our part.

The Lairds Came To America!

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Bil Hitchcock

249 years ago during a bitterly cold January and February, they were on two ships...Samuel Laird, 41, his wife, Margaret Gibson, 36, and their three s...

Missionaries Come Home

Martin Marty | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

Newspeople and commentators outside the South ordinarily pay little attention to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). But they should find reason to care, even insofar as mere statistics and size alone count.

Boycott The Weddings Of Your Gay Friends And Family, Southern Baptist Leader Says

Religion News Service / USA TODAY Network | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.15.2015 | Religion

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Christians should not attend a same-sex wedding — even of their own child — because it signals &ldq...

Evangelicals Going to the Dogs -- and Cats -- With Major Statement on Animal Welfare

David Briggs | Posted 09.30.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

This is good news for Fido and Kitty and the remaining lions in Hwange Game Reserve in Zimbabwe. And maybe for the rest of us, say spiritual advocates of animal welfare.

You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

In 1984, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) declared that because the woman was first in the Edenic Fall, all women were excluded from pastoral ministry to preserve their submission, as required by God.

Why Is The Southern Baptist Convention Cutting Hundreds Of Jobs?

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.27.2015 | Religion

(RNS) The Southern Baptist Convention will cut as many as 800 employees from its overseas missions agency to make up for significant&...

Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio Plan To Court Evangelicals During Rally With Southern Baptists' Russell Moore

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.23.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Russell Moore, head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, will interview Republican presidentia...

An Evangelical Minister Explains Marriage To Rick Santorum, Dr. Moore And Mike Huckabee

Adam Phillips | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Adam Phillips

When it comes to marriage equality in the United States, the church too often has been on the wrong side of history.

Will Southern Baptists Support Taking Down The Confederate Flag?

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Does a Southern Baptist leader’s call for the Confederate battle flag to come down mark a sea change in the views of evangelicals about a symb...

Lila Shapiro

Russell Moore: The Religious Right Will Triumph Over Gay Marriage

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Russell Moore still thinks the religious right will win the battle against same-sex marriage. Oh, not at the Supreme Court later this month -- like ne...

Southern Baptist Anti-Gay Stance Echoes Its Prior Support of Segregation

Jeffrey Small | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion
Jeffrey Small

At the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention taking place in Columbus, Ohio this week, SBC President Ronnie Floyd took a defiant stance against same-sex marriage in anticipation of the upcoming Supreme Court ruling on the issue.

Southern Baptist Head Vows Never To Perform Same-Sex Unions

AP | Travis Loller | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The president of the nation's largest Protestant denomination on Tuesday vowed never to officiate at a same-sex union, and the...

Where Have All the Good Ones Gone?

Paula K. Garrett | Posted 06.15.2015 | Religion
Paula K. Garrett

I grew up thinking Billy Graham was a hero. My family was Baptist; my dad, a Baptist preacher. I was an adult before I realized Graham wasn't exclusively Baptist though by then he might as well have been because conservative Christians seemed, largely, to have let go of doctrinal differences in favor of ideological absolutes.

5 Faith Facts About Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 05.05.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is no stranger to the pulpit — or politics. The former Fox News Channel host announced Tuesday (...

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.

Southern Baptists Confront Racist Past

Religion News Service | Heidi Hall | Posted 03.27.2015 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Southern Baptists did not mince words about their racist past during a two-day summit here devoted to making churches more dive...

Tough Job: Southern Baptists Attempt To Diversify The Most Racially Segregated Hour In America

Religion News Service | Heidi Hall | Posted 02.23.2015 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) How tough is it to create a racially diverse denomination? Consider a recent luncheon organized by the Southern Baptist Convent...

Christians: You Have 5 Months

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

I call on all Christians to lay down your scriptures, dogmas, doctrines and interpretations long enough to learn how to love your neighbor as your self.

Most Southern Baptists Don't Go To A Racially Integrated Church

The Associated Press | TRAVIS LOLLER | Posted 01.27.2015 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Leaders in nation's largest Protestant denomination are preaching that integrated churches can be a key driver of racial jus...

How To Ship An Entire Church Building From Rural Nova Scotia To Small Town Louisiana

Religion & Ethics Newsweekly | DAVID TERESHCHUK | Posted 11.19.2014 | Religion

Pastor Jerel Keene of Louisiana Church in Abita Springs, Louisiana needed a permanent church building for his Southern Baptist congregation. The searc...

Recognizing Same-Sex Marriage Equality: Not Only a Civil Right but a Spiritual Necessity

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 01.07.2015 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

It isn't just our homosexual "being" that God "tolerates" but our homosexual "doing" -- our romantic, erotic, loving relationships -- that God creates, ordains, and declares good in Hebrew and Christian scriptures.

A Come to Jesus Talk on Transgender Youth

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brynn Tannehill

There aren't a lot of Bible verses that are directly applicable to transgender issues, and of those there are contradictions and a lot of room for interpretation. What does it say about your soul if you're willing to gamble the lives of other people's children, to put them at extreme risk of great or even fatal harm, on faulty assumptions?