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Marcus Mumford, front man for the popular musical act, Mumford and Sons, has caused a stir among evangelical Christians. When asked by Rolling Stone magazine if he considers himself to be a Christian, Mumford said: “I don’t really like that word. It comes with so much baggage.” He added: “So, no, I wouldn’t call myself […] Read More

April 22, 2013, will mark the 44th annual celebration of Earth Day. The first Earth Day in 1970 put environmental issues front and center in U.S. society in a very visible way. With more than 20 million Americans participating in this awareness effort, Earth Day displayed the grass-roots popularity of environmentalism. Historians have attributed the […] Read More

Missouri Republican Senate nominee Todd Akin, a congressman from the St. Louis area, sparked national headlines and outrage after claiming on Sunday that women rarely become pregnant after “legitimate rape.” Akin won the Republican Senate primary earlier this month after garnering strong support from Missouri Baptist leaders who used Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) resources to […] Read More

Southern Baptist preacher Robert Jeffress injected poisonous language into the public square, attacking the faith of one Republican presidential candidate and praising the faith of another. He called Mormonism a cult, a slam at former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and cheered the evangelical Christian faith of Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Introducing Perry, Jeffress told Christian […] Read More

At an influential gathering of conservative Christian activists, a prominent Southern Baptist pastor endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry for president and then attacked the religious beliefs of one of Perry’s main Republican opponents. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, called Mormonism “a cult” and said former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who is […] Read More

Are white Baptist clergy in Alabama doing today on immigration what their predecessors did in the days of segregation – hiding behind the law to keep from taking a moral stand for a just society? Or do they really support the law that is considered the worstanti-immigrantlawinthenation? Joe Bob Mizzell, director of the office of […] Read More

United Methodist Church leaders sent a letter to the ranking members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security opposing the altering of the DREAM Act urged by a Southern Baptist Convention official. “You have recently received encouragement from other religious leaders to pass an altered DREAM Act that would limit […] Read More

(RNS) Southern Baptists meeting in Phoenix adopted a plan Tuesday (June 14) to try to boost minorities in their top leadership posts as they face continuing reports of stagnant baptism rates and declining membership. Members of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination backed the recommendation for intentionally including minorities as nominees for positions, speakers at the […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) Tilting toward a run at the presidency, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich traced his spiritual journey from Southern Baptist to Roman Catholic at a Catholic prayer breakfast here on Wednesday (April 27). “People ask me when I decided to become Catholic,” said Gingrich, who formally converted in 2009. “It would be more accurate […] Read More

Two articles in recent weeks make one wonder if American evangelicals really care about the world beyond their fortified national borders.   One article highlights a poll showing evangelicals want to cut U.S. foreign aid to the poor. The other shows how little money evangelical churches give to overseas missions. Neither article has gotten the […] Read More