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This, Too, Shall Pass: Southern Baptists, Women And The NIV Bible

Christian Piatt | Posted 11.21.2011 | Religion
Christian Piatt

For many who accept gender parity as the norm in contemporary culture, debates such as this appear quaint or even irrelevant. But the tension lingers over the role of women in church.

Jaweed Kaleem

UPDATE: Liberal Christians Join Voices Protesting 9/11 Memorial 'Clergy Ban' | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 11.07.2011 | Religion

UPDATE 9/7/11:Prominent liberal Christians are joining the chorus of protest over the lack of clergy participating in the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony o...

Female Jet Pilot? Sure. Preacher? No.

Rev. Susan Sparks | Posted 10.12.2011 | Religion
Rev. Susan Sparks

I remember telling a vacation bible school teacher that "I was trying to decide between being a minister or a jet pilot." She smiled and said, "Well, girls can be jet pilots, but God only calls men to preach."

Southern Baptist Leader Wants 'Clean' DREAM Act

AP | TRAVIS LOLLER | Posted 08.30.2011 | College

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Southern Baptist Convention leader says the group's policy arm supports a version of the DREAM Act – the proposed law...

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...

All Southern Baptist Eyes On Black New Orleans Pastor

Posted 08.20.2011 | Religion

By Bruce Nolan Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Even before the Southern Baptist Convention elected the Rev. Fred Luter to national office, th...

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 Make History

AP | By TERRY TANG and TRAVIS LOLLER | Posted 08.15.2011 | Religion

PHOENIX -- Members of the Southern Baptist Convention elected an African-American pastor to its No. 2 position for the first time on Tuesday, signifyi...

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...

Time for the Southern Baptist Convention to Apologize to Gay People

Wayne Besen | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics
Wayne Besen

The SBC likes to portray its position on homosexuality as an unchangeable moral absolute. The facts, however, show that the SBC has changed its positions on minorities before.

Southern Baptists Poised For Historic Election

AP | By TRAVIS LOLLER | Posted 08.13.2011 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The man expected to be in the running to become the first African-American in the No. 2 position of the nation's largest Protestan...

Jaweed Kaleem

Southern Baptists Have Fewest Baptisms Since The 1950s And Are Losing Members: Report | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 09.20.2012 | Religion

Baptisms in the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination, have dipped to their lowest point in 60 years, according to...

Will Graham on Preaching, Public Statements and His Famous Family

Belmar, NJ Patch | Posted 07.20.2011 | Religion

William (Will) Franklin Graham IV is the grandson of Billy Graham and the son of Franklin Graham. Graham is an associate evangelist at Billy Graham Ev...

Femmevangelical: A Modern Girl's Guide To Sharing The Good News

Jennifer Danielle Crumpton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jennifer Danielle Crumpton

Women have little to hold to in scripture by way of positive accounts of the female experience. I believe this is less an effect of God's inspiration and more a lack of human imagination.

Huckabee Swings And Misses Regarding Islam

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

Like all strike outs, there will always be a later opportunity to step up to the plate, but for now, Mr. Huckabee should be sitting in the dugout reflecting on just how wrong he got it.

Evangelical Churches Still Growing, Mainline Protestantism In Decline

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Richard Yeakley Religion News Service While mainline Protestant churches in the U.S. continue to experience decades-long decline, the memberships ...

Southern Baptist Leader Resigns Interfaith Coalition Supporting Mosques

Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) A top leader of the Southern Baptist Convention has resigned from a new interfaith coalition, saying s...

Jimmy Carter Warns Religion And Politics Are Getting Too Cozy

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Kristen Moulton The Salt Lake Tribune/Religion News Service SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) For a man who evangelized foreign leaders and taught Sunday sch...

Ex-Catholics and Ex-Evangelicals: Why Did You Leave?

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

Are you a former Roman Catholic or former conservative evangelical? Or are you someone who is thinking of leaving one of these faith communities? I'm curious: Why did you leave and where have you landed?

Southern Baptists Look To Alabama For Next Leader

Religion News Service | By Dave Dieter / The Huntsville Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Dave Dieter / The Huntsville Times Religion News Service HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (RNS) Alabama has a two-out-of-three chance of being home to the next pr...

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...

Southern Baptist Baptisms Up, Membership Down

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

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) The Southern Baptist Convention reported a slight increase in baptisms in 2009, after four consecutive...

Did U.S. Baptists Cross the Line Between "Good Intentions" and Child Kidnapping In Haiti?

Michael Rowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Rowe

Baptist missionaries loaded 33 Haitian children without proper documentation into a bus, even as some of them were crying out for their mothers, insisting they weren't orphans and begging to be allowed to return home.

Biden "Jesus Christ" Called "Hate Speech" By Conservative

The Huffington Post | Susan Crile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Mark Tapscott, the editorial page editor of the conservative Washington Examiner, has nothing but fire and brimstone for Joe Biden. In an op-ed last ...

Carter Still Standing Against Injustice

Byron Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Byron Williams

Carter added to his distinguished legacy by making a difficult personal decision. After more than 60 years, Carter broke the ties he formed with the Southern Baptist Convention.