Declining membership has some Baptist and other evangelical churches searching for answers in politics. (Creative Commons photo by Quinn Dombrowski)
Declining membership has some Baptist and other evangelical churches searching for answers in politics. (Creative Commons photo by Quinn Dombrowski)

White evangelicals feel heat of religious decline, surveys show

But religious conservatives who fear they are being reduced to minority status in American society should embrace the development as a return to prophetic witness, says one scholar.

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Baptist church says ‘no’ to medical marijuana farm

Eight voting members of a tiny Baptist church in Florida blocked plans for a facility to produce a non-intoxicating strain of medical marijuana used to treat children with epilepsy.

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Jimmy Carter on gay rights: Jesus didn’t discriminate

Former President Jimmy Carter says Jesus didn’t discriminate against people because of “who they were,” and neither should Christians when it comes to matters of LGBT equality.

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Warden calls for churches to help break cycle of criminal activity

Warden calls for churches to help break cycle of criminal activity

Burl Cain of the Louisiana State Penitentiary believes congregations can be change agents.

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Time to fix broken immigration system, says Paynter

There’s power in Scripture to inform debate on this contentious issue, says the CBF’s executive coordinator.

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Russell Moore supports ouster of ‘third way’ church

Southern Baptists’ top expert on moral concerns says even unbiblical marriages between a man and a woman are still a “marriage,” but the same cannot be said about same-sex unions.

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Executive Committee chairman Mike Routt, lead pastor of Circle Drive Baptist Church in Colorado Springs, presides over the Sept. 23 plenary session, while Executive Committee President and CEO Frank Page (right) follows along. (ABPnews/Herald photo by Bob Allen.)
Executive Committee chairman Mike Routt, lead pastor of Circle Drive Baptist Church in Colorado Springs, presides over the Sept. 23 plenary session, while Executive Committee President and CEO Frank Page (right) follows along. (ABPnews/Herald photo by Bob Allen.)

Southern Baptists oust ‘Third Way’ church

The Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee voted unanimously Sept. 23 to declare New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, Calif., not in “friendly cooperation” with the SBC’s purpose.

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Pastors say those unaffiliated with church are less likely to see minister-led funerals. (Creative Commons photo by Tony Alter)
Pastors say those unaffiliated with church are less likely to see minister-led funerals. (Creative Commons photo by Tony Alter)

‘Nones’ increasingly uninterested in ministers at time of death, funerals

 Pastors report a rise in “do-it-yourself” funeral ceremonies.

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American Baptist Home Mission Societies executive to retire next year

In 2015, Aidsand F. Wright-Riggins III will have served longer than any leader of the nearly two century-old organization.

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Regular attendance at religious services can reduce experimentation with alcohol and drugs, a Baylor study has found (Creative Commons photo by Fabio)
Regular attendance at religious services can reduce experimentation with alcohol and drugs, a Baylor study has found (Creative Commons photo by Fabio)

Study: Youth experiment less with alcohol, drugs when plugged into church

But adult addicts say churches need to present a loving, relevant God to young people to reduce risks of substance abuse and addiction.

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SBC leader says Honeycutt’s ‘holy war’ sermon was destined to fail

Aug. 28 marked the 30th anniversary of one of the most memorable sermons in a long-running struggle between factions vying for control of the Southern Baptist Convention in the late 20th century.

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Judge says Ten Commandments monument near Oklahoma capitol can stay

Plaintiffs — including an ordained Baptist minister — seeking removal of a public display of the Ten Commandments say they are offended when politicians seek to hijack their articles of faith.

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New mission center in Dallas taps Bill O’Brien as first executive

The longtime missiologist will lead an organization focused both on service ministries and congregational incubation.

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CBF of Virginia has bright future, officers say

Contributions are up, treasurer tells CBFVA’s General Assembly.

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