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SCOTUS marriage decision could threaten seminaries

May 4 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Southern Baptist seminary leaders are among those expressing concern at the U.S. solicitor general’s admission that nationwide legalization of gay marriage could lead to the removal of tax-exempt status from religious institutions that stand for traditional marriage.

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Wait for ruling puts focus on Kennedy

April 30 2015 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The wait for the possible legal transformation of the institution of marriage by the U.S. Supreme Court began April 28. Oral arguments seemed to indicate the case will end with a closely decided opinion on whether the high court or the states may decide if same-sex marriage should be legalized.

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Riots about more than Gray’s death, pastors say

April 30 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

As Baltimore experiences the first calm after the April 25 funeral of an unarmed black man who died of injuries sustained when police arrested him, local black Southern Baptist pastor Ryan Palmer recalls the moment he first understood the heart of rioters whose violence he can’t condone.

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Clinton, Paul talk abortion on 2016 campaign trail

April 30 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press

With abortion emerging as an issue in the 2016 presidential campaign, a Florida pastor involved in pro-life ministries is urging believers to vote for pro-life candidates while not pinning their ultimate hope for protecting unborn children on either major political party.

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Justices weigh same-sex marriage arguments

April 29 2015 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The U.S. Supreme Court debated at length April 28 whether the Constitution requires states to license or recognize same-sex marriages in a landmark case that could produce a nationwide revision of the institution legally and elevate already existing concerns about religious liberty.

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Baltimore violence shows need for ‘a better way’

April 29 2015 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

Racial turmoil in Baltimore commanded the nation’s attention April 27-28. Rioting, looting and arson broke out in Baltimore after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African American who died of a spinal injury while in police custody 15 days earlier.

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SBC pastors join healing efforts in Baltimore

April 28 2015 by Mike Ebert, NAMB

Joel Kurz watched in disbelief as the Baltimore neighborhood where he has pastored since 2008 erupted in violence and flames on April 27. Baltimore has been a community in unrest since Freddie Gray died of injuries sustained while in police custody. 

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It’s time to love Baltimore

April 28 2015 by Joel Rainey

Human beings are, at one and the same time, created in God’s image and likeness, and separated from God because of their sin. And the more human beings you have located in the same place, the more obvious those two realities become.   Living within the shadow of Baltimore, Md.

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Associational leaders to encourage, equip

April 28 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL) will work to encourage, inspire and equip its members in kingdom work at its June 14–15 meeting in Columbus, Ohio. The SBCAL will meet in advance of the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting ...

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Revival, spiritual awakening NAAF aim

April 27 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Revival for the church and spiritual awakening for the U.S. culture are the focus of the National African American Fellowship as it holds its annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio, June 14–15, according to NAAF President K. Marshall Williams Sr. The group encourages Christians to pray ...

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