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Southern Baptists Agree To Disagree Over Calvinism

Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion

By Adelle Banks Religion News Service (RNS) Can’t we all just get along? That was the question that Southern Baptists, torn between Calvinist...

Southern Baptists Push For More Black Missionaries

Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) Fred Luter had a lot of firsts in the last year: first black president of the Southern Baptist Conv...

Southern Baptists Gain A New Advocate

Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) In a generational changing of the guard, Southern Baptists are gaining a new advocate fo...

Live Nativity: The Prodigal Mother

Brenda Peterson | Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion
Brenda Peterson

My mother always taught us that no one should be alone at Christmas. We must expect miracles and mysteries. The gifts of her Christmas were peanut but...

No Life In LifeWay? A Story Of Christians Failing To Create Culture

Cameron Nations | Posted 09.09.2012 | Religion
Cameron Nations

The mainstream evangelical church in the U.S. often fails to encompass the complete range of human experience. It produces almost no art, nothing culturally noteworthy in any fashion.

A Tempest In My Soul: A Son's Secret Brings A Southern Baptist Minister To His Knees

Chattanooga Times Free Press | Joan Garrett | Posted 06.30.2012 | Religion

It's Sunday morning, and Matt Nevels is at home again. From his front yard, he almost can see the white steeple of Red Bank Baptist Church. Less th...

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."

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.

Accessorizing Hate

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Sarah O'Leary

When we choose silence in the face of bigotry, we threaten the lifeblood of our Union. We've all experienced more than a few bigots in our lives. Th...

What's In A Name? A Lot If You're The Southern Baptist Convention

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 11.30.2011 | Religion
Jonathan Merritt

But the greatest reason for a change in name for the Southern Baptist Convention could be the need to break with its past and embrace an increasingly multi-ethnic reality in America.

Promoting A Healthy Diet -- From The Pulpit

New York Times | Posted 10.22.2011 | Black Voices

Not much seems out of place in the Mississippi Delta, where everything appears to be as it always has been, only more so as the years go by. But here ...

Is Jesus The Only Way To God?

Steve McSwain | Posted 08.28.2011 | Religion
Steve McSwain

I carried this question with me through college, seminary and 20 years as a pastor. But I never publicly admitted to having doubts or questions.

Southern Baptists (Don't) Support Gay Marriage

Posted 08.28.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) Officials of the Southern Baptist Convention say they were the victims of a hoax in which a group c...

After Controversy, Baptists Affirm Belief In 'Eternal' Hell

Posted 08.15.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Southern Baptists on Wednesday (June 14) called hell an "eternal, conscious punishment" for...

Southern Baptists Look To Minorities To Jump-Start Growth

Posted 08.15.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) Southern Baptists meeting in Phoenix adopted a plan Tuesday (June 14) to try to boost minorities in th...

Richard Land Dishonors The Baptist Tradition By Not Standing Up For Religious Minorities

Robert Marus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Robert Marus

If you live near a cemetery, that whirring sound you've been hearing all week probably owes to my Baptist forebears spinning in their graves.

And Yada, Yada, Yada ... Glenn Beck's a Christian

John Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
John Shore

We have always had among us media-savvy megalomaniacs craving power and artfully appealing to the worst in people. We always will. When one of them starts getting real elected power, then we've got a problem.

Southern Baptists Want More Baptisms!

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) Southern Baptist leaders, grappling with several years of declining baptisms, unveiled a proposal Mond...

Hey, Mormons! Your Yes on 8 Pals Don't Like You!

Lisa Derrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lisa Derrick

During the Yes on 8 campaign, Mormons got used like an ugly chick by a sleazy rock band--it was fine for her to pay for rent, food and gas, and provi...

The Religious Right's Uppity Woman Strategy

Christine Wicker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christine Wicker

Republican theocrats will vote for McCain, even though they can't stand him. They will be roused because they have a twofer in Michelle Obama, the perfect object of their racism and sexism.

The Great Evangelical Decline

Christine Wicker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Wicker

Evangelical leaders defend their stance by claiming that God doesn't change and that neither does sin. But sin does change. And God - or our understanding of what God is, which is all we actually have - changes, too.

Romney Still Struggling To Win Over Evangelicals, Baptists

Reuters | Ed Stoddard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When a pair of Mormon missionaries knocked at the door of Jerry Pierce's home in a north Dallas suburb last month, he marshaled his arguments and stoo...