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Southern Baptists Push for More Black Missionaries
Originally Posted: 06/11/2013 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

As the denomination meets in Houston Tuesday and Wednesday, Luter’s trip is bringing home a stark and persistent reality: Few missionaries are black. Fred Luter had a lot of first ...

Why John Calvin is Shaking Things Up for Southern Baptists
Originally Posted: 06/07/2013 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

Nearly 35 years after conservatives launched a takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention, a new divide is emerging — this time over the teachings of 16th-century Reformer John Calvin — that threatens to upen ...

Breaking Personal Pledge, Southern Baptist Leader Land Endorses Romney
Originally Posted: 10/30/2012 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

Breaking a longstanding personal pledge, Southern Baptist leader Richard Land has endorsed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, saying next week's election is the most important since Abraham Lincoln ...

Democrats Gather in the Heart of Billy Graham Country
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

The host city for the Democratic National Convention is not a particularly political place. Charlotte, N.C., is known for three things: banking, NASCAR, and religion. And when it comes to religion, Billy Graha ...

Baptist Leader Stands His Political Ground Amidst Akin Furor
Originally Posted: 08/29/2012 - 8:13am | Type: Blog

Late last week, a church-state watchdog group in Washington filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service accusing Don Hinkle, who is the Missouri Baptist Convention's director of public policy, wit ...

Southern Baptist Leader Richard Land Announces Retirement
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

Richard Land, the man who became the public face of the Southern Baptist Convention on ethical and political issues for nearly 25 years, has announced plans to retire in 2013 after a rough-and-tumble spring. ...

Mormons and Baptists Compete for Converts
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 5:08pm | Type: Blog

Every year, the Southern Baptist Convention and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spend tens of millions of dollars to spread their takes on Christianity. They rely heavily on thousands of faithf ...

Southern Baptists’ Richard Land Loses Show, Keeps Job
Originally Posted: 06/01/2012 - 6:10pm | Type: Blog

Land, the influential head of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and the denomination’s top policy spokesman, was rebuked for racial insensitivity and for not attr ...

Baptist Leader Critiques Anti-Gay Comments
Originally Posted: 05/29/2012 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

A Southern Baptist leader who works on gay outreach has criticized recent anti-gay comments by two Baptist pastors in North Carolina, saying they “show a complete lack of understanding of how to minister to th ...

After Meeting with Black Southern Baptists, Richard Land Apologizes (Again)
Originally Posted: 05/11/2012 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

Southern Baptist leader Richard Land has issued a lengthy public apology for his racially charged comments about the Trayvon Martin case, and said he has sent a personal letter to President Obama seeking forgi ...

SBC's Richard Land Says Obama, Jackson, Sharpton 'Exploiting' Trayvon Martin's Death
Originally Posted: 04/03/2012 - 10:36pm | Type: Blog

“Rather than holding rallies on these issues, the civil rights leadership focuses on racially polarizing cases to generate media attention and to mobilize black voter turnout,” Richard Land, president of the S ...

Be A Good Neighbor to a Veteran
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

You might call yourself a pacifist, a just-war theorist, a pragmatist, a dove or a hawk but today (and every day), you should be a good neighbor to a veteran. The other week duri ...

Not All Budget Cuts Are Created Equal
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 5:08pm | Type: Blog

Less than one percent of the federal budget goes to foreign aid. Our spending on development and foreign assistance is not -- by any stretch of the facts or imagination -- our national debt. ...

Wallis and Mohler Debate Social Justice and the Gospel
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

The Rev. Jim Wallis and Dr. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, went head to head Thursday night at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School outside Chicago in a debate over the hot ...

Halloween and Jesus: A Reconciliation in the Dark
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 8:06am | Type: Blog

Two years ago, my then 10-year-old son celebrated his first Halloween. He'd arrived in the United States from Africa just a few months before, and as far as we could discern no such Oct. 31 holiday exists ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Rejected Ben & Jerry's Flavors Rejected Ben & Jerry's Flavors The taste creators over at Ben & Jerry's have released some pretty creative flav ...

Evangelicals: By The Numbers
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:12am | Type: Blog

What are "the evangelicals," you ask? Certainly not a political or ideological monolith, as recent polling and survey numbers demonstrate. What are "the evang ...

R.E.M. Taught Me How to Lose Religion and Live a Life of Faith
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

After 31 years, the band R.E.M. has called it a day. ... After 31 years, the band R.E.M. has called it a day. ... One of my earliest experiences with m ...

Could a Decline in Numbers Bring New Hope to Southern Baptists?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Although I've never been a Southern Baptist, I have a special place in my heart for them. Although I've never been a Southern Baptist, I have a special place in my heart ...

Single Pastors, The Church, and Community
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Recently I found a story about a friend from seminary in <em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/22/us/22pastor.html" target="_blank">New York Times</a></em>. ...

He Said, She Said: A Personal Journey Through the Use of Inclusive Language
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Growing up, the use of inclusive language was a foreign concept. Growing up, the use of inclusive language was a foreign concept. Although I grew up in diverse church settings -- ...

Bad Theology in the House of Representatives
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">Wednesday morning I listened to a House Judiciary Committee <a href="http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/294531-1">hearing on "The Ethical Imper ...

Patriarchy in the Church and its Effects
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>In this month's issue of Sojourners, Anne Eggebroten's article <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1007&amp;article=the-persistence-o ...

The Global Emergence Won't Be Televised
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </ ...

On Faith on Glenn Beck, and a Video PSA for Social Justice Christians
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/on-faith-on-glenn-beck-and-a-video-psa-for-social-justice-christians/"></a>Last week, The Washington Post's <a href="http:// ...

'Jim Wallis Loves His Enemies' (With a Little Help From His Friends)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

When a Fox News pundit who has helped force the resignation of White House advisers is promising he'll be <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/15/in-spite-of-glenn-becks-new-threats-my-invitation ...

The Author of Time's Report on Race and Megachurches: Interview with David Van Biema
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Racial reconciliation among evangelicals is one of those slippery topics that come and go based on which national leader is currently jazzed about it. Racial reconciliation among ...

Time's Report on Race and Megachurches: The Backstory
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

<em>Time</em> magazine's Jan. Time magazine's Jan. 11 issue hit newsstands last week with a compelling teaser on its cover: "How Megachurches Are He ...

Video: Colbert on the 'Desert Cross' Church-State Controversy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I had invited one of our regular bloggers to comment on the <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8295490.stm">"desert cross" controversy</a>--a Supreme Court ca ...

Beer Diplomacy: What Would Jesus Brew?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_T46kEyyVU_k/SnJYnNcPDHI/AAAAAAAACw8/4G6Xga-fHwU/s1600-h/obama-beer.jpg"></a></p> <p>"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they sha ...

Jimmy Carter's Stand on Women in Church Leadership
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>An autographed photo of Jimmy Carter sits on our piano. A friend of ours wrote to Carter and told him that he was one of our sons' favorite presidents, and would he please send them a signed phot ...

Reclaiming the E-Word and Seizing the Episcopal Moment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Lost in the buzz over the U.S. Episcopal Church's decision to bless same sex unions was a missional moment. Lost in the buzz over the U.S. Episcopal Church's decision to ...

The Two Futures Project: Who Would Jesus Bomb?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In light of <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/05/us-afghanistan-civilian-deaths-coalition-bombing">headlines that dozens of kids and families were killed in US bombings of Afgh ...

Evangelicals Need to Love Gay People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Jonathan Merritt may be the most courageous Southern Baptist in America this week for his <a href="http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2009/04/an-evangelicals-plea-love-the-sinner.html#more"><em& ...