In light of criminal tragedies in houses of worship — the shooting death of Pastor Fred Winters in Maryville, Ill., in 2009, and the recent shooting incident at First Baptist Church in Norwood, Mo. — many congregations have beefed up security.
The unexpected resignation of Pope Benedict XVI overshadowed every other news story on Feb. 11. The announcement that Benedict would leave office at the end of February was significant news not only for the earth’s 1.2 billion Catholics but people of all faiths –
ARLINGTON, Texas (ABP) – An influential black pastor says the Southern Baptist Convention should repudiate remarks about race by the head of its ethics commission, and if Richard Land does not repent he should be fired.
WASHINGTON (ABP) – The head of a Baptist religious liberty watchdog group said Feb. 8 that the Obama administration should return new healthcare regulations to the drawing board to address religious liberty concerns.
WASHINGTON (ABP) – Americans United for Separation of Church and State asked the Internal Revenue Service Oct.11 to investigate whether a Southern Baptist pastor in the news for calling Mormonism a “cult” broke the law by posting on his church's website videos of himself endorsing
Because of their historic commitment to religious liberty and separation of church and state, Baptists have a responsibility to educate their fellow citizens what those concepts mean, church historian Jim Spivey said.