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Losing Our Religion: The Death of Christian Mosul

Rev. Mr. Michael Rogers, S.J. | Posted 07.24.2014 | Religion
Rev. Mr. Michael Rogers, S.J.

The advance of ISIS in Syria and Iraq has all but wiped out some of the most ancient Christian communities. Some of the most important early Christian manuscripts which resided in monasteries there have been burned.

Standing With Kate

Lynn R. Huber | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion
Lynn R. Huber

Although not a member of the LDS church, as a Christian who desires equality for women in all strands of the tradition, I stand in solidarity with Kate Kelly.

Southern Baptists Waning

Martin Marty | Posted 06.30.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Southern Baptists, present in every state of the union, outnumber Jews in the whole world. Only Roman Catholics outnumber them in the United States.

Marching Through The Desert To End The Death Penalty

Shane Claiborne | Posted 06.17.2014 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

It's 93 degrees in Texas today. And Rev. Jeff Hood is walking 200 miles across the state. What would compel somebody to do that? He wants to end the death penalty... and he is not alone.

10 Even Simpler Ways to Love Your Transgender Neighbor from a Trans* Christian Pastor

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 06.13.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

7. As you would love any other person, for God's sake, don't ask about our sex life (unless we are dating very seriously).

Southern Baptists Pass Anti-Transgender Resolution

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 06.11.2014 | Religion

BALTIMORE (RNS) Pushing back against a cultural tide of growing acceptance of transgender people, Southern Baptists adopted a statement affirming the ...

Rick Warren To Pastors: 'Behind Every Ministry, There Is Private Pain'

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 06.11.2014 | Religion

BALTIMORE (RNS) Sharing how he has coped after his son’s suicide last year, megachurch pastor Rick Warren urged Southern Baptist pastors on Monday (...

"God Don't Make No Mistakes": Common Sense, Faith-Based Celebration of Gender Minorities

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 06.11.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

The upcoming proposal to ban recognition of transgender (including intersex) identities by the Southern Baptist Convention, though put forth by a college professor of ethics, is neither well-educated in its understanding of the complex biology of gender nor ethical.

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. ...

Southern Baptists Continue Decline

AP | Travis Loller | Posted 05.29.2014 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The nation's largest Protestant denomination saw membership decline for the seventh straight year in 2013, according to an a...

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.

Was This Kentucky Pastor Fired For His Wife's Provocative Column About "Shiite Baptists?"

AP | DYLAN LOVAN | Posted 07.11.2013 | Religion

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A newspaper column lampooning Southern Baptists, calling the group "the crazy old paranoid uncle of evangelical Christians," is cau...

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...

Southern Baptists Face Dramatic Shift Over Last Decade

AP | TRAVIS LOLLER | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A decade ago, the Southern Baptist Convention was riding high. The president of the United States was a conservative evangelical ...

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 07.31.2013 | Gay 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.