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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 11.10.2014 | 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 11.06.2014 | 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 10.31.2014 | 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 10.28.2014 | 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 10.28.2014 | 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 10.24.2014 | 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.

Losing Our Religion: The Death of Christian Mosul

Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J. | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. 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 08.24.2014 | 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 08.17.2014 | 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 08.17.2014 | 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 08.13.2014 | 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 08.10.2014 | 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. ...