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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 06.20.2015 | Gay 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 01.04.2015 | Gay 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?

Is the Southern Baptist Church Having an Identity Crisis, or Am I?

Sharon Groves | Posted 12.31.2014 | Religion
Sharon Groves

I returned from the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission convinced that it's only a matter of time before the SBC changes how it relates to the LGBT community. The question is whether that change will be a gentler spin on "love the sinner, hate the sin," a softer rhetoric toward some and a harsher one toward others, or the beginning of a deeper journey toward understanding.

When Southern Baptists Get Saved

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 12.28.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Salvation was always such an important part of my upbringing. We were constantly begged, pushed, prodded and manipulated to go down the aisle. If I got saved once, I got saved a hundred times.

Southern White Evangelical Decline

Martin Marty | Posted 12.28.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

"Southern Evangelicals Dwindling--and Take the GOP Edge With Them" screams a headline in the online Atlantic. I'll exegete the meaning of the first three words of that headline, and leave the last seven to prognosticators, politicians, and pollsters.

1,000 Strong for Marriage Equality at the ERLC Conference

Brandan Robertson | Posted 12.24.2014 | Religion
Brandan Robertson

This week, evangelical Christians will converge in Tennessee to attend a conference in opposition of marriage equality. I'll be there as a representative of Evangelicals for Marriage Equality, to present the signatures of hundreds of evangelicals -- one thousand, in fact -- who disagree.

The Third Way: A Response to the Southern Baptist Convention

Danny Cortez | Posted 12.21.2014 | Religion
Danny Cortez

The past few months and years, the church has become increasingly polarized on the LGBT debate. We have neglected to see the importance of what Jesus prayed. Our churches have become dysfunctional and our witness has diminished.

Lila Shapiro

These Pro-Gay Evangelicals Think They Know How To Save The Megachurch

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 09.30.2014 | Gay Voices

The mission is at once incredibly modest and completely radical. But Brandan Robertson, the 22-year-old spokesman for Evangelicals for Marriage Equali...

The Night I Almost Took My Life

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 10.12.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Our society must take mental illness seriously and not desperately reach for alternative explanations to our plight. We are an oppressed faceless minority.

They Are Children

Bruce Lesley | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

Although members of Congress and the president are professing to pursue a humanitarian response to the border crisis, the proposed solutions often undercut the very protections that children have in current law in order to have the Border Patrol expedite their deportation back to Central America.