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
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.