Bob Allen

Bob Allen

Bob Allen is news editor of ABPnews/Herald.

N.C. church, first to ordain a woman, calls its first female pastor

Fifty years after ordaining the first female Southern Baptist minister, Watts Street Baptist Church in Durham, N.C., has called a woman as pastor.

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Diverse groups defend clergy tax break

Recent friend-of-the-court briefs dispute a judge’s ruling that the IRS ministerial housing allowance violates the separation of church and state.

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Starbucks initiative boosts Baptist work in Thailand

The company’s policy of giving back to communities that grow its products is aiding an American Baptist couple’s 25-year mission to improve lives in rural Thailand.

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SBC leader says evangelicals paying price for ‘narrow vision’ of religious freedom

Russell Moore, head of the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, says evangelicals today may be reaping the fruits of going soft on defending the religious liberty of all.

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Tennessee Baptist school fights Obamacare

Union University is the latest Baptist institution to file a federal lawsuit challenging an order to provide drugs as part of employee health care plans that they believe cause an abortion.

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Russian, Ukrainian Baptist leaders meet in Kiev

For the first time since the political crisis in Ukraine developed, leaders of the Baptist unions of Russia and Ukraine came together in Kiev April 8 in what they described as a “very cordial” meeting.

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Baptist leader diagnosed with breast cancer

Lynn Green, general secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, credits early detection for a good prognosis.

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Mohler defends exclusivity of Christ

A Southern Baptist seminary president urged preachers to be unashamed about the message that salvation is in Christ alone.

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Jeb Bush to meet with Southern Baptist leader

With Gov. Chris Christie’s political future in doubt, some Republicans are viewing their best bet for electing the next president as a former Florida governor whose brother and father both previously held the office.

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PBS examines Calvinism in SBC

Seminary president Albert Mohler says he is thankful that while other denominations are battling liberalism, Southern Baptists are talking about the doctrines of grace.

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