Annual baptisms in Southern Baptist churches have declined by 100,000 in the past 12 years and last year dropped to the lowest number in 64 years. LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention released figures on June 5 reporting 314,959 baptisms in 2012, down 18,385—or 5.5 percent—from 2011.
Trustees of Liberty University have changed the Christian school’s weapons policy to allow students, staff and visitors with concealed-carry permits to bring weapons into all campus facilities except for dormitories.
The policy went into effect March 22, after trustees reportedly voted unanimously to loosen a previous policy where guns were allowed on campus but not inside buildings.
Leaders of the American Baptist Churches USA who serve in ministry to immigrants and refugees welcomed a bipartisan framework unveiled by eight senators who are being called the “gang of eight” for their public effort to get the ball rolling on legislation to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws.
Three civil liberties organizations have filed a lawsuit challenging New Hampshire’s new school-choice bill which provides scholarships funded by tax credits for underprivileged students to attend private schools.
An American Baptist church in Iowa City has announced that it will perform same-sex weddings, presumably the state’s first Baptist congregation to do so since Iowa’s Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in 2009.
A pastor who led the Southern Baptist Convention to adopt a resolution in 2009 applauding the election of Barack Obama as America’s first African-American president termed the president’s May 9 endorsement of same-sex marriage a betrayal of the black church and an attack on the Christian faith.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (ABP) – Southern Baptists top public-policy spokesman said on his radio program March 31 that black leaders are exploiting outrage over the shooting death of a Florida teenager to help President Obama get re-elected.
BATON ROUGE, La. (ABP) – A Southern Baptist pastor in Louisiana became an Internet celebrity when his fiery introduction at a rally for presidential candidate Rick Santorum went viral on YouTube and news websites.
ALEXANDRIA, La. (ABP) – A Baptist college in Louisiana is suing the federal government over a requirement that religious schools and hospitals cover contraceptives in insurance for their employees, including birth control pills that induce abortion.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (ABP) – Tennessee faith leaders called on presidential candidates to refrain from negative campaign rhetoric regarding immigration leading up to the state’s March 6 Republican primary.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (ABP) – Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention
wielded significant influence on the White House during the presidency
of George W. Bush, according to a former White House aide promoting a
WASHINGTON (ABP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court declined Jan. 17 to
reconsider a lower court’s decision barring a North Carolina county from
invoking prayers in Jesus’ name at twice-a-month meetings of its main
HOUSTON (ABP) – The host of a weekend gathering of religious
conservatives seeking consensus on an alternative presidential candidate
to GOP front-runner Mitt Romney denied charges that balloting was
rigged to give Rick Santorum the nod over rivals Newt Gingrich and Rick
A biologist with a scientific interest in evolution-creation debates
attributed a poll saying that three-fourths of Protestant pastors reject
evolution—and close to half believe the earth is about 6,000 years
old—to a common but false idea that science and faith cannot be