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Southern Baptists and the General Culture: Marching to a Different Beat – Part II

posted by Dr. Richard Land

LifeWay Research, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, has released some interesting results from its in-depth surveys of Southern Baptist pastors across the nation. Eighty percent of Southern Baptist pastors say that they currently support […]

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Southern Baptists and the General Culture: Marching to a different beat—Part 1

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Southern Baptists—the largest Protestant denomination in America, with just under 16.3 million members in nearly 44,000 local congregations—have some awareness that they are out of step with the broader culture in which they live. As Evangelicals, they expect to be. […]

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Score one for the U.S. Supreme Court

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Monday, May 19, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court sent a significant signal that they may be returning to sanity on the issue of child pornography. By a 7-2 vote, the Supreme Court ruled that Congress and state legislatures can pass […]

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Who shall prevail—the judges or the people?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

The California Supreme Court has ruled (by a 4-3 vote) in its supposedly “infinite” wisdom that the California state constitution requires that same-sex couples must have the same right to get married as heterosexual couples do. The California Supreme Court […]

Israel and the United States: A Special Relationship

posted by Dr. Richard Land

What an honor and a privilege it was to be present as an honorary member of the official U.S. delegation at the Recognition and Gala hosted by Israeli President Shimon Peres Wednesday night here in Jerusalem! It was an inspiring […]

The Perfect Evangelical Hybrid: The Billy Graham/MLK Generation

posted by Rev. Sam Rodriguez

American Evangelicalism will never be the same after the 2008 election. The broadening of the Evangelical agenda, the increase of ethnic evangelicals and the generational changing of the guard from Robertson, Dobson and Graham to Warren, Hybels, Osteen, and Jakes […]

The New Script for a 21st Century Evangelical Production

posted by Rev. Sam Rodriguez

Have we gone full circle? From the days of the Moral Majority in the 1980’s to the Christian Coalition in the 1990’s , Evangelicals stepped out from behind the curtains of political obscurity and by sheer grass roots mobilization and […]

The Evangelical Manifesto: A Call for Pausing

posted by dbock

Dr. Darrell L. Bock is Research Professor of New Testament and Professor of Spiritual Development and Culture at Dallas Theological Seminary. The Evangelical Manifesto is both a call to evangelicals for self-reflection on how they publicly engage in discussion and […]

Methodist Schizophrenia On Gays

posted by hknox

Harry Knox is director of the Religion and Faith Program at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The dust is settling on the General Conference of the United Methodist Church, the quadrennial legislative meeting held April 23 – May 2 in […]

Journey to the Promised Land – Part 1

posted by Dr. Richard Land

As I write this, I am on a plane flying to Israel to attend official observances celebrating the nation of Israel’s 60th birthday. I was asked, along with others, by President Bush to be an “honorary” member of the official […]

The Brown Evangelical Conundrum

posted by Rev. Sam Rodriguez

The inevitable reality, as it pertains to the Democratic Presidential race and the subsequent National election (sorry Senator Clinton), paints a canvas where the seasoned veteran from Arizona, Sen. John McCain will face the Junior Senator from Illinois, Barack Obama. […]

Why No Call to Political Independence?

posted by Marcia Ford

The criticism leveled against An Evangelical Manifesto, released this week, covers the expected territory, from questions about the motives of the steering committee and signers, to warnings that the devil is behind it all, to—get this—charges that the title of […]

Christians and Public Policy: More news from the people

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Earlier this week (“Christians and Politics: Too much or too little?”) I shared information from a public opinion survey which showed Americans’ significant level of comfort with “Christians being involved in politics.” The poll found the following levels of support […]

Christians in Politics: Too much or too little?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Over the past few weeks, a national polling firm for LifeWay Research and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission conducted a survey asking Americans to respond to this statement: “I am concerned that at times Christians are too involved in […]

Guilt by Religious Association…

posted by Marcia Ford

…or “If I Were to Run for Office.” Trust me, I’d be branded a right-winger, a neo-con Republican, an ultra-liberal Democrat, an anti-abortion pro-abortionist, and a bigoted anti-Semitic. And all because of the churches I’ve chosen to remain in. I […]

Let’s make it easier to vote — not harder

posted by Marcia Ford

By: Marcia Ford Greetings! I’m Marcia Ford, author of We the Purple: Faith, Politics and the Independent Voter, and I’ll be your guest blogger this week. I know I’m in good company here; not only am I always up for […]

Did Catholics Ignore the Pope: a Reply to Steven Waldman

posted by Dr. Deal Hudson

Steven Waldman asks his earlier question in a different way; this time focusing on the “moral” question of whether I, and others who supported the war, ignored the pope on this issue. Did I find John Paul II persuasive in […]

The Texas Polygamy Cult: Concern for Children Must Come First

posted by Dr. Richard Land

On April 3, 2008, Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) authorities raided the Eldorado, Texas compound (known as the Yearning for Zion ranch) of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) polygamist sect. The authorities raided the compound based on […]

A National Day of Prayer

posted by Dr. Richard Land

On May 5, 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a law marking the first Thursday in May every year as a National Day of Prayer. (Earlier, President Harry Truman had declared a National Day of Prayer in 1952, but did not […]

The Church and the War: a Reponse to Steven Waldman

posted by Dr. Deal Hudson

Steven Waldman asks “Why Didn’t Catholics Follow the Church on the War?” I wasn’t aware, and don’t mean this glibly, that the Church had an official position on the war. I am aware, of course, of all the “concern” about […]

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The Party Platforms: Instructive Guides to Informed Voting - Part 3
Every year (beginning in 1988) the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has published a comparison of the two major party platforms to assist Southern Baptists and other people of faith as they seek guidance in the decision ...

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