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Southern Baptists Fight Membership Decline

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 06.04.2014 | Religion

(RNS) For Southern Baptists, it’s happened again: Another annual report shows the denomination is losing members and baptizing fewer people. The ...

This Baptist Church Will Now Welcome The LGBT Community

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion

A Baptist church in California has voted to welcome the gay community despite going against the Southern Baptist Convention's views on homosexuality. ...

Jon Ward

Evangelical Leader Not Waving White Flag On Gay Marriage

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Since becoming the political point man a year ago for the Southern Baptist Convention, Russell Moore has more than once been interpreted...

Billy Graham's Son Says Gays Can Go To Heaven If They Repent

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 04.23.2014 | Religion

ABC News held a panel discussion about the religious right and mainstream American views a few days ago, featuring Rev. Franklin Graham, Dr. Russell M...

You Won't Believe What This Southern Baptist Preacher Said

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 04.23.2014 | Religion

The Southern Baptist Convention hosted a summit last night on Ethics and Religious Liberty, and Twitter was lighting up with the #erlcsummit hashtag. ...

A Gathering Storm of Bigotry and Discrimination

Tom Carpenter | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Tom Carpenter

The claim by fundamentalists to be protecting "religious liberty" is true-these proposed laws and restrictions are indeed their attempt to create special rights to advance their religious beliefs at the expense of others who disagree with them.

Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore (Part Two)

Steve McSwain | Posted 12.29.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Instead of looking at those who've left the church and asking "What's wrong with them?" shouldn't we be looking at ourselves and asking, "What's wrong with us?"

Southern Baptist Leader Attacks Fellow Christians

Tom Carpenter | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

This "crisis in the chaplaincy" is a self-inflicted wound caused by those who want special rights for service members and chaplains who share their particular conservative religious beliefs.

How Can Southern Baptist Military Chaplains Continue to Serve 'God and Country'?

Tom Carpenter | Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

No longer can most Southern Baptist military chaplains continue to serve with integrity as military officers because their endorser, the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, has placed them in an unethical position.

Dozens Of Religious Groups Protest Contraception Mandate

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Ann Rodgers | Posted 09.02.2013 | Religion

Leaders from the nation's two largest religious bodies -- the Catholic Church and the Southern Baptist Convention -- released an interfaith letter cal...

Christians Need To Face It: We're All Gay

Christian Piatt | Posted 08.15.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

If all it takes to be seduced over to the gay "dark side" is to earn a merit badge together, certainly we are all susceptible to the gay mojo. So I guess it's time for us to face the facts.

Southern Baptist Vote Condemn Boy Scouts

Reuters | Posted 08.12.2013 | Religion

(Adds quotes from Baptist leadership) By Amanda Orr HOUSTON, June 12 (Reuters) - The Southern Baptist Convention on Wed...

Why John Calvin Is Shaking Things Up For Southern Baptists

Posted 06.06.2013 | Religion

By Greg Horton Religion News Service (RNS) Nearly 35 years after conservatives launched a takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention, a new divi...

Religious Crusade Against Boy Scouts?

Robert V. Taylor | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Robert V. Taylor

The decision of the Boy Scouts looks enlightened when compared to the religious and cultural war that some religious leaders and institutions are trying to wage on scouting and gay youth.

Jimmy Carter vs. The Southern Baptist Convention: A Sea Change?

Christian Piatt | Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

The first step toward seeing the objectification, other-ization and suppression of women is recognizing the problem still exists. With persistence and some time, this tide which has begun to turn will be irreversibly altered for the better.

Obama Urges Boy Scouts to End Ban on Gays -- President Should Take More Action

Steve Siebold | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Steve Siebold

Barack Obama, like every other person elected to the presidency serves as the honorary president of the Boy Scouts.

Rev. Richard Land: Greatest Commandment Justifies Deadly Force

Christian Piatt | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Land employs both the Golden Rule and Jesus' Greatest Commandment to justify shooting someone to death if necessary, so long as there is a perceived threat against someone you consider your neighbor. But then, why is there nowhere in the Bible that Jesus endorses violence?

The 'Lost' Wittenburg Door Interview With Baptist Heretic/Legend E. Glenn Hinson

Bert Montgomery | Posted 12.12.2012 | Religion
Bert Montgomery

In late summer 2007, I interviewed Dr. Hinson for the religious satire magazine The Wittenburg Door. Contract signed and article sold, it was to appear in a spring 2008 issue; instead, the legendary magazine vanished into the night.

After Ethics Probe, Southern Baptist Leader To Retire

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 08.01.2012 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) Richard Land, the man who became the public face of the Southern Baptist Convention on ethical and ...

Hollywood's Blind Side

Mark Joseph | Posted 09.26.2012 | Entertainment
Mark Joseph

The real question isn't why Baptists are behaving like Baptists but rather why Hollywood studios aren't behaving like capitalists, selling more by either getting rid of the bad words or making alternative versions available to consumers like those represented by Lifeway.

BibliFact Roundup: Southern Baptists And Pacquiao vs. Savage On Sex And Marriage

Timothy Beal | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Timothy Beal

The problem in political discourse these days is that too many on the right and the left operate with simplistic assumptions about the Bible that just don't hold up when you read it thoughtfully.

Baptists And The New Civil Rights Movement

Bert Montgomery | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
Bert Montgomery

There are a growing number of "gay churches" and welcoming and affirming groups pleading with the larger Christian community to recognize the movement of the Holy Spirit among the gay and lesbian community.

Resist Southern Baptist 'Terrorism'

Rev. Mel White | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. Mel White

Their resolution is gay bashing at its worse, because it implies that in the end God, too, is a gay basher who will sentence the unrepentant homosexual to an eternity in hell. Ultimately, the Southern Baptist resolution is an act of what I call "holy terrorism."

Southern Baptists: More Lost Than The World They Wish To Save

Steve McSwain | Posted 08.26.2012 | Religion
Steve McSwain

If you ask me, Great Commission Southern Baptists are more lost than the world they once hoped to save.

The Southern Baptist Convention Elects Its First African-American President... Will He Push An Anti-Gay Agenda?

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

Rev. Luter may be unaware of how the Southern Baptist Convention, as a huge denomination within the anti-gay Christian right, may have actively recruited him during this election period to reach African-American voters and exploit black homophobia to unseat Obama.