WASHINGTON (ABP) – California pastor Wiley Drake’s three-year legal
battle challenging President Obama’s eligibility received a setback Dec.
22, when the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said he and other
plaintiffs lacked legal standing to file their complaint.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (ABP) – Leaders of two large Christian traditions held
preliminary conversations Dec. 13-15 to lay groundwork for ecumenical
dialogue between Baptists and Pentecostals around the world.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (ABP) – A task force appointed to study a possible
name change for the Southern Baptist Convention has completed its work
and will bring recommendations to the SBC Executive Committee Feb. 20.
CLINTON, Miss. (ABP) – Questions about a Mississippi Baptist church’s
handling of child sex-abuse allegations against a former minister are
focusing on a church elder and politician who is nominated as the state
legislature’s first Republican Speaker of the House since
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (ABP) – California Baptist University expelled a
transgender student who listed her gender as female on her application
form and appeared on an MTV reality show saying she is biologically
A Southern Baptist Convention official says one of the top challenges
facing the nation's second largest faith group (after Roman Catholics)
is the increasing influence of Calvinism in churches. Frank Page, who
heads the Nashville-based SBC Executive Committee, sees the theological
divide as "a tremendous challenge for us."
NEW YORK (ABP) – An already contentious debate about the role of
faith in presidential politics took a new twist Sept. 20 when Texas Gov.
Rick Perry told a New York City press conference he believes America’s
continued support for Israel is a theological priority.
The Southern Baptist Convention has reported declines last year in
several categories traditionally used as markers of denominational
vitality. Dips in baptisms, total church membership, worship attendance
and participation in Sunday school and other Christian education
programs were detailed in the 2010 Annual Church Profile.
ARLINGTON, Texas (ABP) – Ergun Caner, the former president of Liberty Theological Seminary demoted for exaggerating claims about his Muslim upbringing, has been hired as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Arlington Baptist College, according to a press release on Caner's website.
WASHINGTON (ABP) – The United States Supreme Court ruled April 20
that a federal law protecting the religious liberty of prison inmates
does not entitle a prisoner to monetary damages if that right is denied.
Former and possible future presidential candidate Mike Huckabee went on Comedy Central's Daily Show to defend his praise for David Barton, a leading advocate for the view that America was founded as a Christian nation—a view using what critics call revisionist history.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (ABP) – Southern Baptists’ top public-policy expert
said April 2 that whether or not President Obama’s action in Libya
meets moral standards for a “just” war depends in part on approval by