An Oklahoma congregation affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention says it's working internally to deal with a possible indirect link to the construction of an abortion clinic.
First Baptist Church of Blanchard garnered controversy when an online petition claimed that a deacon with the church oversaw a construction company that was building an abortion clinic in Oklahoma.
Texas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress argued Thursday that conservatives who criticize Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump for saying that women should be punished for aborting their children are being "hypocritical."
After Trump suggested during the MSNBC town hall earlier this that women should receive some form of punishment for getting an abortion if it becomes illegal, he immediately received stark criticism from many conservative and pro life leaders, who denounced the thought that women should be punished for getting abortions.
Jeffress, the senior pastor at the 12,000-member First Baptist Dallas, defended Trump in a tweet saying conservatives who are critical of Trump's comments must not "believe abortion is murder." more >>
A slight majority of evangelicals are "mostly sure" that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is not the Antichrist, according to a poll released April 1.
In a survey conducted by the evangelical research organization The Barnum/Bailey Group, 53 percent of evangelicals are "mostly sure" that Trump is not the Antichrist.
From there, 23 percent of evangelicals surveyed were "somewhat sure," 16 percent were "not really sure," and the remainder were either "totally unsure," "totally sure" or told the pollster to get off their lawn. more >>
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's liberal theology on marriage is partly to blame for Republican Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's veto of legislation protecting pastors and faith-based institutions from government backlash to opposition over same-sex marriage, Al Mohler argued.
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler opined in a podcast Tuesday that a "moral revolution" happening throughout the United States is the reason states like Georgia, North Carolina and Indiana get so much heat from external actors anytime they try to pass religious freedom legislation that liberals decry as discriminatory to the LGBT community.
Despite the discrimination labels, Mohler pointed out that Georgia's H.B. 757, also known as the "Pastor Protection Act," was "mirrored precisely in terms of intention" with the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act that was passed in 1993 with overwhelming support in both the House and Senate and was later signed by Democratic President Bill Clinton. more >>
Leading Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore is calling on Christians to stop "bashing" the millennial generation as lazy, entitled and self-obsessed, arguing that millennials are actually "far more committed" to sharing the Gospel with people outside of Christian subcultures.
Moore, who is the president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, wrote an op-ed titled "Are Millennials Selfish and Entitled?" that was posted to his blog last week and to the Baptist Press Monday.
The piece argues that although the millennial generation gets a bad rap from older generations, millennials are not lazier or more selfish than previous generations. more >>
J.D. Greear, who was nominated last week as a candidate to become the next president of the Southern Baptist Convention, is sharing seven tips for pastors to follow before preaching about homosexuality.
In a blog post on his website titled "7 Points to Consider When You Preach About Homosexuality," authored by Brad Hambrick, pastor of Counseling for the Summit Church of Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, where Greear serves as lead pastor.
"The tone of the pastor will be the tone of a church and the emphasis of the pastor will be the emphasis of a church," wrote Hambrick. more >>