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Before social media, a “snail mail” letter to the editor of your local newspaper was about the only way to make your voice heard. Now Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, WordPress and Google+ make it easy for anyone to shout out their opinion on any topic at any time. In fact, social media might make it […] Read More

Links to a Friday story in popped up around the Internet, as bloggers from the right, left and middle took exception to Jerry Falwell’s assertion that Satan is using global warming to distract Christians away from preaching the gospel and toward environmentalism. Jim Wallis said on a blog co-sponsored by Sojourners and Beliefnet that […] Read More

A group of Texas pastors plans to launch a Web log next week defending current leaders of the Baptist General Convention of Texas accused in an existing blog of mismanagement. David Montoya, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Mineral Wells, Texas, started a blog last November to draw attention to evidence of a potentially large-scale […] Read More

The One Campaign is a celebrity-centered effort to get the United States to allocate an additional 1 percent of the federal budget to fighting global poverty and AIDS, approximately $25 billion. It has captured the imagination and backing of younger Americans, many of whom find moral affinity with Bono, who helped launch the One Campaign […] Read More

Bloggers roundly criticized Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s decision to limit Internet access to Tuesday’s chapel service, the latest salvo in on ongoing debate over openness and dissent in the Southern Baptist Convention. After his election to the SBC International Mission Board last year, Oklahoma trustee Wade Burleson began blogging about his disagreement with new policies […] Read More

Bloggers are shaping public opinion. Evidence abounds that Web loggers have developed some muscle. Evidence abounds that Web loggers have developed some muscle. They are credited with helping to defeat Sen. Joe Lieberman last week in Connecticut’s Democratic Party primary. One blogger is credited with disclosing that Reuters, a wire service, used doctored images from […] Read More

I remember hearing about bloggers for the first time two years ago. They were all the rage at the Democratic National Convention. There were even reports about how much or little their work was influencing events, policy, and thought at the convention. One reporter was almost breathless as the cameras turned toward a man and […] Read More

David Montoya made a name for himself in the 1980s for secretly tape recording a private meeting to expose a fundamentalist political machine intent on influencing the election of a Baptist state convention president in Arkansas. No longer a fundamentalist and now a pastor in Texas, Montoya, 51, is at it again, this time with […] Read More

A trustee accused of sowing discord by blogging about disagreement with new International Mission Board policies on baptism and private prayer language and caucusing by fellow trustees opposed to the agency’s president is calling for an outside investigation into the conflict. Wade Burleson, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid, Okla., was recommended for removal […] Read More

An International Mission Board trustee at the center of a dispute over principled dissent has withdrawn from a speaking engagement just prior to this summer’s Southern Baptist Convention, suggesting he might be nominated for president. Wade Burleson, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid, Okla., declined comment. But given his track record, it’s possible Burleson’s […] Read More