Osteen illustrates nondenominationalizing of U.S. religion, says church historian

Joel Osteen is either the future of American evangelicalism or an illustration of its captivity to a form of religion more akin to American enterprise than Christian theology, says Bill Leonard.

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Pastor says male/female roles will continue in heaven

A Tennessee pastor says Bible teaching regarding wifely submission isn’t just for the here and now.

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Conference links intelligent design to ‘essential’ doctrines of Christianity

A Baptist university and Bible church are co-sponsoring an event that critics say finally owns up to what they’ve been saying all along about intelligent design.

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Unequally yoked? Christians increasingly navigate interfaith marriage

Unequally yoked? Christians increasingly navigate interfaith marriage

In particular, evangelical Christians who marry outside their faith face challenges, say observers.

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For interfaith couples considering marriage — talk early

Couples do well to discuss money, decision-making, sex and religion ahead of time.

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Calvinist preacher OK with women deacons

A “young, restless and reformed” megachurch pastor who once sparked controversy with comments criticizing the “sinner’s prayer” says he doesn’t think the Bible necessarily prohibits women from serving as deacons.

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Pastor says Obama presidency prophesied

African-American Southern Baptist pastor Dwight McKissic says the Bible predicts an ascendancy of people of African descent prior to the Second Coming of Christ.

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Nathan Taylor, left, prepares to lead children in worship at Central Baptist Church in Richmond, Va. (Photo courtesy of Nathan Taylor)
Nathan Taylor, left, prepares to lead children in worship at Central Baptist Church in Richmond, Va. (Photo courtesy of Nathan Taylor)

Baptists eye catechism (again) to instruct the faithful

Scholars, educators and ministers say a process is needed through which Baptist congregations can consistently and uniformly transmit Christian identity and doctrine.

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Go tell it, clearly and simply, experts say

Go tell it, clearly and simply, experts say

Don’t let the wave of communication at Christmas time — in the form of cards, e-mails, postings, podcasts and tweets — drown out the gospel message, experts say.

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Calvinists plan student mission confab

Rather than discouraging missionary activity, predestination “is the warrant and the ground of our hope that our evangelization is not in vain in the Lord,” say planners of an upcoming student mission conference in Louisville, Ky.

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