(RNS) After nearly a quarter century as the Southern Baptist Convention's top public policy guru, Richard Land will step down in 2013 after a rough-and-tumble spring. By Adelle M. Banks.
(RNS) Unbelief is on the uptick. People who check "None" for their religious affiliation are now nearly one in five Americans (19 percent), the highest ever documented, according to the Pew Center for the People and the Press. By Cathy Lynn Grossman.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Every year, the Southern Baptist Convention and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spend tens of millions of dollars to spread their takes on Christianity. They rely heavily on thousands of faithful volunteers willing to spread out across the country to share their faith. By Bob Smietana.
(RNS) A large-scale Bible museum will open in Washington, D.C., within four years, say planners who have been touring the world with portions of their collection. By Adelle M. Banks.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) In a close vote, members of the Southern Baptist Convention have voted to accept the alternate unofficial name of “Great Commission Baptists.” Their two-day meeting ends Wednesday (June 20). By Adelle M. Banks.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Pointing heavenward and wiping away tears, the Rev. Fred Luter was elected Tuesday (June 19) as the first black president of the predominantly white Southern Baptist Convention. By Adelle M. Banks.
(RNS) For the fifth year in a row, the Southern Baptist Convention has seen a drop in its total membership, dipping below the 16 million figure to 15.9 million in 2011. By Adelle M. Banks.
RANDALLSTOWN, Md. (RNS) As the Southern Baptist Convention is poised to elect its first black president, the mostly African-American flock at Colonial Baptist Church is equal parts excited and astonished. "The denomination has come from 180 degrees,'' said Vernon T. Gaskins, 83. "I am quite shocked to see it but I’m glad to see it.'' By Adelle M. Banks.
(RNS) The relative ambivalence among prominent evangelicals about this new "Mormon moment" -- and the fact that Mitt Romney's campaign could mainstream Mormonism right into the Oval Office – could radically shift the dynamics on America's political and religious landscape. By Jonathan Merritt.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) For the past 24 years, Richard Land has used his folksy charm and fiery rhetoric to become the public face of Southern Baptists. Now his future is in doubt, pending a probe of his remarks about the Trayvon Martin shooting and for alleged plagiarism. By Bob Smietana.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) The New Orleans pastor who's poised to become the Southern Baptist Convention's first black president says the denomination shouldn't be defined by its racial history, even as he has concerns about how President Obama has been treated, and the ongoing Trayvon Martin case. By Kim Lawton.
(RNS) A majority of Southern Baptist pastors surveyed said they think it would be good for the nation’s largest Protestant denomination to be led by an African-American. By Adelle M. Banks.
(RNS) Southern Baptist leader Richard Land has issued a longer public apology for his racially charged comments about the Trayvon Martin case and said he has sent a personal letter to President Obama asking for forgiveness. By Adelle M. Banks.
(RNS) As Southern Baptist Convention leaders recently weighed changing their denomination’s name, they were bombarded with suggestions. Hundreds of them. Here are some of the more intriguing rejects. By Adelle M. Banks.
(RNS) A task force recommended Monday (Feb. 20) that the nation’s largest Protestant denomination maintain its official name but give Southern Baptists the option of calling themselves "Great Commission Baptists.’’ By Adelle M. Banks.