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Jesus’ moral agenda is summarized in Luke 4:18-19. Unfortunately, U.S. Christians in general and Baptists in particular have neglected it, especially the part about prisoners. That was the observation of former President Jimmy Carter in a video interview with last week at the Carter Center. “I don’t think there is any doubt but that […] Read More

Thursday was a very good day – personally and for goodwill Baptists. It began at 1:13 a.m. with a confusing awareness that the hotel fire alarm was screeching, beeping, bleeping – however one would describe that sound. The alarm was a false one, one that continued for some 20 minutes and another 20 minutes ringing […] Read More

Thirty-six Baptists – including blacks and whites – gathered to express their concerns about racism in the St. Louis area and beyond during a session of a regional gathering of the New Baptist Covenant II. St. Luke Memorial Baptist Church in St. Louis hosted one of several satellite gatherings of the Covenant on Nov. 17-19. […] Read More

A new short video will be broadcast during the opening session of NewBaptistCovenant 2 on Nov. 17 at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Atlanta, the anchor site for the second national gathering of goodwill Baptists. In Atlanta 2008, 15,000 attendees from 31 different Baptist denominational bodies and groups came together for fellowship, worship […] Read More

Technology will be a defining characteristic for the New Baptist Covenant gathering Nov. 17-19, which will bring potentially thousands of goodwill Baptists together across racial, ethnic and denominational lines in a show of unity and recommitment to Jesus’ agenda found in Luke 4:18-19. Satellite feeds will connect Baptists at seven regional gatherings to the anchor […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) NBC has issued a formal apology to more than 100 members of Congress for omitting the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance during a patriotic montage that aired last month. The letter, signed by Kyle McSlarrow, president of NBC Universal, comes in response to a complaint by 107 members of Congress […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) NBC’s decision to edit the word “God” from the Pledge of Allegiance during last weekend’s coverage of the U.S. Open golf tournament has teed off an Ohio congressman, who wants the U.S. Golf Association to reconsider its relationship with the television network. “When we silence the name of God, we dim the light […] Read More

America’s leading evening newscast skipped a revealing and damaging news story about its parent company, which also happens to be America’s largest company. “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” failed to tell its viewing audience that General Electric (GE) avoided paying federal taxes. The Washington Post reported that “NBC Nightly News” ignored a feature story […] Read More

Baptist pastor Julius Scruggs had to preach wearing an eye patch after taking a blow during a stand-in to integrate a Nashville movie theater in the early 1960s. But he didn’t lose his moral vision. And two lawsuits over his recent election as president of the National Baptist Convention have put rain clouds over the […] Read More

Evangelical Christians are getting primetime exposure with a new special from former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw. “Tom Brokaw Reports: In God They Trust,” which airs on NBC Friday, Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. ET, examines the role of evangelical Christians in American culture and politics. Brokaw focuses mainly on Ted Haggard, pastor of New Life […] Read More