ERLC head says Baptists should reclaim separation of church and state

Russell Moore says he is less concerned about America becoming a purely secular state than a government that has the power to determine which religious voices deserve a hearing in the public square.

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Mideast Christians appeal for action

Leaders of evangelical and Protestant groups in Syria and Lebanon say action must be taken to preserve a Christian presence in the area before it is too late.

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Church seeks dismissal in abuse lawsuit

A Southern Baptist church in Alabama says it cannot be held legally responsible for actions by a former employee that could not have been foreseen.

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Harp 46 leads a 2013 worship service. Band member April Stace Vega says jazz  music in worship can transform musicians and worshipers alike. (Photo by Josh Hayden)
Harp 46 leads a 2013 worship service. Band member April Stace Vega says jazz music in worship can transform musicians and worshipers alike. (Photo by Josh Hayden)

Seeking God through worship — and jazz

Jazz’s improvisational nature reflectes the free-flowing nature of the Holy Spirit, say advocates of using the musical form in worship.

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Brendan Gleeson stars in the film ‘Calvary.’ (Fox Searchlight Pictures photo)
Brendan Gleeson stars in the film ‘Calvary.’ (Fox Searchlight Pictures photo)

Baptist film critics: Christian films and audiences must evolve

As Christian filmakers seek to grow markets and profits, observers say they must embrace difficult themes and subjects to succeed.

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Gushee urges CBF to reclaim lost ethical tradition

CBF theologian-in-residence David Gushee sees an opportunity to revive a social witness weakened by Southern Baptist Convention controversy in the last century.

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SBC leader says Islam driving force behind ISIL

Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler is taking exception to President Obama’s assertion that ISIL is not an “Islamic” organization.

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Court hears challenge to clergy housing allowance

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case about whether an IRS provision that allows churches to provide their ministers with a tax-free housing allowance instead of providing a parsonage violates the Constitution.

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Illuminated Bible to be featured in BTSR exhibit

The St. John’s Bible, a massive artistic undertaking, will spend October at the Virginia seminary.

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Baptists, Mormons, ask Supreme Court to hear Utah marriage case

The Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission has joined Mormons and other faith groups in a collective brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on Utah’s same-sex marriage ban.

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Don’t trade kids for immigration action, faith leaders say in one-sentence letter

More than 40 faith leaders urged President Obama not to compromise children’s safety in any upcoming executive action on immigration.

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Baptist leader says Mideast Christians don’t need visas, but help to stay in the region

Lebanese Baptist leader Nabil Costa is urging Christians in the West not only to pray for Christians fleeing violence in his region but also to lobby their governments to “empower a Christian presence in the Middle East.”

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Clergy, educators challenge Florida voucher plan

A Florida program that offers tax credits to patrons of private, mostly sectarian schools violates state constitutional provisions, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

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Church-state group opposes tax break for Ark museum

Critics say non-fundamentalist Christians need not apply for jobs at a creationist theme park being built with tax incentives from the state of Kentucky.

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Pouring cold water on the ice-bucket challenge

As religious leaders including a former Southern Baptist Convention president are taking the Ice Bucket Challenge, denominational leaders warned Christians against unwitting support for types of medical research that require the destruction of human embryos.

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Former youth pastor charged with abuse

In less than a year, a second Southern Baptist church in Muscle Shoals, Ala., is dealing with allegations of child sex abuse by a former minister.

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Pastor, ethicist urge Southern Baptists to marry younger

True love waits, but don’t expect it to wait forever, a Southern Baptist pastor and policy expert advised in a recent newspaper story arguing that couples should consider marrying at a younger age.

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State CBF leader terms Senate debate organized by Southern Baptists partisan

The new interim leader of the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship says authentic Baptists don’t use the pulpit for partisan politics.

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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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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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