Virginia Baptists launch initiative aimed at Ebola crisis

The Virginia Baptist Mission Board has allocated funds to Liberia and is working with a group of Liberian expatriates in Virginia.

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Christians have a strong tendency to make claims of persecution, experts say, in part because of the suffering of Christ. (Creative Commons photo by Richard Bott)
Christians have a strong tendency to make claims of persecution, experts say, in part because of the suffering of Christ. (Creative Commons photo by Richard Bott)

Real or imagined, persecution appears to part of Christian DNA

Experts say some Christian groups thrive on the belief they are being persecuted, and that this belief is seemingly supported by Christ’s own experience with persecution.

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BJC breaks down Hobby Lobby ruling

Leaders of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty say a 1993 federal law to bolster religious liberty is too important to be undone by a single ruling by the Supreme Court.

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Culpepper stepping down after 20 years as McAfee dean

Alan Culpepper — the only dean Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology has known over its nearly two-decade-long history — has announced that he is turning over the reins to new leadership at the end of this academic year.

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St. Louis pastor says racial violence not justified, but anger is

CBF pastor Scott Stearman says racial violence erupting in suburban St. Louis illustrates the need for the New Baptist Covenant, an effort to bring Christians together across barriers of theology and race.

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Campbellsville, KBC leaders discuss partnership

A proposed partnership agreement would allow the historically Baptist school and Kentucky Baptists to work together apart from funding and election of trustees.

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Evangelical child molester sentenced to 40 years

Nathaniel Morales was convicted in May of five counts of sex crimes committed in the 1980s and early 1990s at a prominent Washington-area evangelical church.

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Suzi LeVine is sworn in as U.S. ambassador to Switzerland. (Twitter photo by U.S. Embassy, London)
Suzi LeVine is sworn in as U.S. ambassador to Switzerland. (Twitter photo by U.S. Embassy, London)

Do you solemnly swear — on this Kindle?

An ambassador was recently sworn in with her hand on an e-reader instead of the Bible — a move some described as “very 21st century,” while pastors and theologians differed on its symbolic implications. 

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Contemporary Christian musician under fire for doubting Genesis

Belief in evolution is costing Dove Award-winning musician Michael Gungor evangelical fans.

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Tennessee judge bucks string of rulings on same-sex marriage

A state judge in Tennessee has broken ranks with a wave of judicial opinion recognizing same-sex marriage as a constitutional right.

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One of the most counter-cultural actions American Christians can take is to learn how to come to the table together, says Milton Brasher-Cunningham. (ABPnews/Herald photo/Norman Jameson)
One of the most counter-cultural actions American Christians can take is to learn how to come to the table together, says Milton Brasher-Cunningham. (ABPnews/Herald photo/Norman Jameson)

‘Don’t eat alone’ is metaphor for healthy Christian life, says minister-chef

Milton Brasher-Cunningham sees an interweaving of food, faith and relationships around the table.

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SBC leader joins call for military action in Iraq

Russell Moore and others say “no options that are consistent with the principles of just war doctrine should be off the table” in confronting the ISIS threat.

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Groups say state’s gay-marriage ban establishes religion

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and its allies have asked a federal appeals court to uphold a lower court’s ruling that struck down Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban. 

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Pastor repents for interaction with suicidal teen

A Southern Baptist citizen journalist says he regrets involving a teenager who recently ended his own life in a long-running controversy concerning the boy’s father.

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