SBC leader opposes legislation to reverse Hobby Lobby ruling

Russell Moore says Southern Baptists will vigorously oppose any efforts by Congress to weaken the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

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Baptist church ordains transgender woman

In what is likely a first, Calvary Baptist Church in Washington ordained Allyson Robinson, who was previously ordained as a man, to the gospel ministry.

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Baptists represented in presidential meeting on child immigrant crisis

President Obama holds roundtable discussion in Dallas one day after requesting $3.7 billion for emergency spending.

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Ukrainian Baptists continue ministry amid conflict, leader says

Seminary president believes upheaval has enhanced churches’ unity.

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Clergy divided over religious exemption to discrimination ban in upcoming executive order

President Obama’s decision to ban federal contractors from discriminating against gays raises tough questions for faith communities on both sides of the issue.

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Anti-trafficking campaigner recognized with human rights award

The Baptist World Alliance honors pastor who “preaches and lives the Word authentically.”

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Former assistant pastor charged with abuse

Sharon Heights Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., terminated a staff pastor immediately after learning of his arrest last month on molestation charges.

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Hispanic Baptists seek ways to help border crisis

As thousands of unaccompanied children cross the border, convention calls for aid.

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From minority to majority: Are Baptists living up to their heritage?

From minority to majority: Are Baptists living up to their heritage?

Are the spiritual descendants of Baptists Clarke, Holmes, Ireland and Leland living up to their courageous stands for religious minorities?

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Is — or isn't — religious liberty under siege?

Americans disagree on the extent of religious discrimination in the U.S., with some saying it all comes down to perspective. 

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Judge strikes down Kentucky gay-marriage ban

A federal judge said arguments defending marriage laws on the basis that they reward couples who can naturally procreate “are not those of serious people.”

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Flickr Creative Commons (By Nicholas Eckhart)

Hobby Lobby wins contraceptive case

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that employers with religious objections can opt out of providing contraception coverage under Obamacare.

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Session explores churches and zombies in post-Christian age

The  zombies and vampires genre has as much to say about the culture that glorifies them as it does the church in its struggles within society, Duke Divinity's Curtis Freeman says during a session at CBF General Assembly last week.

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Federal appeals court overturns gay marriage ban

A decision coming from Denver is the first time a federal appeals court has recognized that gays have a fundamental right to marry.

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Minister’s 200-mile trek in Texas heat calls attention to death penalty

Jeff Hood believes ending capital punishment is the only way to stop cycles of violence.

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Stephanie Henry visits with children at the Sao Sary Foundation in Cambodia in 2013. The foundation identifies girls who are at high risk for human trafficking and provides sustainable assistance to them and their families.
Stephanie Henry visits with children at the Sao Sary Foundation in Cambodia in 2013. The foundation identifies girls who are at high risk for human trafficking and provides sustainable assistance to them and their families.

Childhood abuse increases potential for future exploitation, says one who endured it

People who work with youth should recognize warning signs of trafficking, such as a controlling older boyfriend, scars or bruises, stunted growth and truancy, says Stephanie Henry.

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Merritt, Moore debate Hobby Lobby’s alleged ‘hypocrisy’

If the Southern Baptist owners of Hobby Lobby really cared about religious freedom, they would stop doing business with China, a faith-and-culture writer says. Southern Baptists’ top expert on religious-liberty concerns countered that buying from foreigners isn’t the same as denying liberty to U.S. citizens.

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Church-state group asks court to strike down gay-marriage bans in three states

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and allies filed legal briefs June 16 asking a federal appeals court to uphold lower court rulings that struck down same-sex marriage bans in Tennessee, Kentucky and Michigan.  

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American Baptists decry religious conversion law in Burma

The ABCUSA’s governing body also endorsed U.S. legislation withholding security aid from the country until its human rights record improves.

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A Slender Man graffiti on Fayetteville Street in Raleigh, N.C., by an unknown artist. (Wikimedia Commons photo)
A Slender Man graffiti on Fayetteville Street in Raleigh, N.C., by an unknown artist. (Wikimedia Commons photo)

Slender Man stabbings expose ‘prisoners of the moment,’ Baptist educator says

Recent stabbings reportedly inspired by a dark fictional character have many blaming parents and social media. But the problem goes much deeper than that, says a divinity school professor.

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