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The Best Way To Learn Tolerance? Raise A Teenager

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 11.14.2014 | Parents
Edwin Leap, MD

Tolerance is the word we now use to say, "you have to agree with my views." However, as one sees with teenagers, tolerance in truth means to disagree, but to respect. And in its highest, most beautiful incarnation, to disagree and yet love.

Kentucky Baptists Sever Ties With Gay-Friendly Church

AP | Dylan Lovan | Posted 11.11.2014 | Religion

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Baptists on Tuesday chose to sever ties with a Louisville church that is open to performing same-sex marriages. Bap...

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.

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.

Finding Pride After Periods of Shame

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 08.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Gregory G. Allen

When I moved to New York City in 1987, I was an 18-year-old closeted man unsure of what life had in store. A friend of my mother's back in Texas said she knew people who ran a church in the city, and this Southern Baptist boy was looking for something that reminded him of home and was eager to join them.

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 ...

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. ...

What Every Woman Should Know About Arizona's Latest Abortion Politics

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 06.16.2014 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

Women face many challenges in our lives that are uniquely related to our reproductive systems, something callous lawmakers exploit for political purposes that have nothing to do with real concern for women.

Sex: A Perspective From the Bench

Literally, Darling | Posted 04.13.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

Frankly, sex was terrifying to me. I mean who thought to put that there? Exchanging bodily fluids seemed gross and fraught with STD and HIV perils. People willingly have sex, which requires an enormous amount of vulnerability, and they don't run background checks on people?

I Walked Out of Church and Ran Into God in the Hallway

Carissa Henry | Posted 11.23.2013 | Religion
Carissa Henry

I was so overcome and blessed by the beauty before me that I stood there and cried. Right there in the hallway, by myself, while church was happening on the other side of the wall.

The Story Of The Shards Of Stained Glass From 16th Street Baptist Church

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 09.14.2013 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) They were among the youngest martyrs of the civil rights movement, four young black girls — three 14-year-olds and one 11-year-old ...

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.

The Military Chaplaincy Needs to Become More Diverse

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 10.16.2013 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

"Jason Heap's bid to become the nation's first humanist military chaplain brings all of these questions to the fore. How ought we to understand our military chaplaincies, in light of changes to our nation's religious make-up?"

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...

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...

Southern Baptists Go North

AP | JAY LINDSAY | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Pastor Tom Cabral still tells people to meet him at "the bar," even though it's his church now. Locals best remember his wor...

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...

Baptists Say Church That Prevented Black Couple From Marrying Should Reject Racism

AP | JEFF AMY | Posted 09.29.2012 | Black Voices

CRYSTAL SPRINGS, Miss. — Townspeople prayed for racial reconciliation Monday, but the black man whose wedding was rejected by a predominantly wh...

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 08.26.2012 | Gay 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 08.21.2012 | Gay 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.