A group discussion at Beauty for Ashes, a re-entry program housed in Women’s Eastern Reception Diagnostic Correctional Center in Vandalia, Mo. (Beauty for Ashes photo)
A group discussion at Beauty for Ashes, a re-entry program housed in Women’s Eastern Reception Diagnostic Correctional Center in Vandalia, Mo. (Beauty for Ashes photo)

Ministry to more than 100,000 women in prison requires distinctive approach

Chaplains and churches highlight unique challenges faced by incarcerated women.

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North Korea sends South Korean Baptist missionary to labor camp

The life sentence is considered harsher than the North’s previous punishments of alleged Christian workers.

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Professor says Michael Sam is no Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson, who broke the baseball color line, and Michael Sam, poised to possibly become the first openly gay player in the NFL, are both African-Americans, but a Southern Baptist pastor and preaching professor says the similarities end there.

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SBC agencies support GuideStone lawsuit in contraceptive case

The Southern Baptist Convention’s insurance provider says requiring the agency to indirectly provide insurance coverage for contraceptives violates religious beliefs that life begins at the moment of conception.

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Faith leaders say Medicaid expansion moral issue

Governors and legislatures turning down federal funding for Medicaid expansion for political reasons are denying health care to millions of Americans, faith leaders said in a conference call today.

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Religion played role in sowing seeds of future conflict in World War I, says researcher

On the 100th anniversary of the “war to end all wars,” historian traces elements of a religious crusade in the global conflict.

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SBC leader enters Twitter fray

An Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission official says bloggers piling on an evangelical leader accused of covering up abuse are missing the mark.

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Baptist editor blasts same-sex divorce

A Baptist official suing the state of Missouri for allowing same-sex couples to file joint tax returns says judges lack authority to dissolve an illegal marriage.

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SBC official stands by criticism of SNAP

SBC Executive Committee head Frank Page turned down a request that he apologize for 7-year-old remarks criticizing groups advocating on behalf of victims of clergy sex abuse.

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(Photo/Flickr Creative Commons by German Garibaldi)

Churches, like Christ, must de-stigmatize mental illness, embrace those who suffer from it

Pastors and therapists say Christians must come to see mental illness for what it is — simply an illness — in order to be the hands and feet of Christ for those who suffer from it.

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Publisher of controversial book resigns from Christian media group

God and the Gay Christian has drawn fire from Southern Baptist and other evangelical leaders.

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As ‘culture warriors,’ Sunday school teachers wield political clout, says study

Think it’s the pastor who determines political opinion in a congregation? Actually, it’s that key lay leader, according to researchers.

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American Baptist leader condemns death sentence for Sudanese woman

Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag reportedly refused to recant her Christian faith, despite the ruling of a court in Sudan.

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Faith leaders ask Obama to relax abortion restrictions in foreign aid

Nearly three dozen representatives of faith-based organizations say they believe that women and girls who face sexual violence and rape “deserve meaningful access to the full range of reproductive health care options, including safe abortion.”

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Jury returns guilty verdict in abuse case

A former member of a church accused of covering up child sex abuse has been found guilty on all counts.

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Christian radio causes people to hate Christianity, claims SBC official

Russell Moore is taking heat for a broadside at Christian talk radio delivered during last month’s ERLC leadership conference in Nashville.

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Trial shines light on alleged abuse cover-up

A civil lawsuit alleging what is called the largest evangelical abuse cover-up so far is stalled over a statute of limitations, but a criminal trial this week is bringing attention to alleged victims.

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Faith leaders support hike in minimum wage

Progressive faith leaders say paying a living wage for a day’s work is a moral imperative.

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Governor says gay marriage hampers birth rate

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear says in a new legal argument that a primary reason society encourages heterosexual marriage is the long-term economic stability that is sustained through procreation.

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American Baptists defend clergy housing allowance

While the government cannot subsidize religion, nothing prohibits the state from choosing to leave the church alone, claims a brief backed by faith groups.

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