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Southern Baptist Leaders Respond to Black Minister Lawrence Ware’s Op-ed In ‘The New York Times’ Detailing his Decision To Leave the Denomination Over ‘Alt-Right’ Denouncement Controversy

A black academic from Oklahoma is renouncing his Southern Baptist ordination because of the massive support for Donald Trump within the denomination, and alleges the SBC is "complicit" in the rise of the alt-right. Yet noted SBC leaders believe he is furthering a misleading narrative that does not reflect the

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CNN Publishes Feature on Russell Moore: The Survival of a Southern Baptist Who Dared to Oppose Trump

Russell Moore was the most prominent anti-Trump voice in his denomination. It almost cost him his job. (more…)

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Oklahoma State University Diversity Coordinator Lawrence Ware Writes Op-Ed In ‘New York Times’ on Why He Is Leaving the Southern Baptist Convention

The first time I was called a nigger to my face was by a fellow camper at a Southern Baptist Convention retreat near Oklahoma City. I was 13, and it was 1995. Devastated, I complained to a counselor who suggested I pray for the ability to turn the other cheek.

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Sojourners’ Lisa Sharon Harper on What Repentance Looks Like for the White Church

We are four months and counting into the administration of one of the least qualified people ever to assume the presidency—and the key demographic that ushered him into the White House, white evangelicals, has shown few signs of buyers’ remorse. In this Q&A with Lisa Sharon Harper, RD senior correspondent Deborah Jian

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Jim Wallis Accuses Jerry Falwell Jr. of Preaching a ‘Different Gospel’ and ‘Dividing American Christians on Racial Lines’

Jim Wallis, celebrated evangelical author and speaker, has turned on Jerry Falwell Jr accusing him of preaching a 'different gospel' and of stoking racial divisions.  (more…)

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Study Claims Some White Evangelical Churches Use ‘Race Tests’ on People of Color

A study by two university professors, one White and one Black, found that White Evangelical churches are not as race-forward as some would like to believe. (more…)

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Reformed African American Network’s Jemar Tisby on Why a Racially Insensitive Photo of Southern Baptist Seminary Professors Matters

A Southern Baptist seminary professor on Tuesday posted a jaw-dropping photo on Twitter that has resurfaced questions for white evangelicals and their attitudes about race. (more…)

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Dwight McKissic Sr. Says The Southern Baptist Convention’s Decision To Investigate ERLC Leader Russell Moore Has Huge Implications For Black SBC Churches: ‘History Will Vindicate Russell Moore. We Must Wait and See If the Executive Committee Will.’

The Prestonwood Baptist Church of Plano, TX, (a Dallas suburb) led by Dr. Jack Graham, a former President of the Southern Baptist Convention, has determined to escrow funds totaling $1 million, that were previously designated for the Cooperative Program—the premier funding mechanism of the Southern Baptist Convention’s agencies— because of

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Two Christians on Where Obama’s Final Push for a Two-State Solution Leaves Trump

Two Christians explain the intensifying world debate over Israel’s West Bank settlements. (more…)

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Over 2,400 Progressive Faith Leaders and Nearly 10,000 “Moral Activists” Call for Trump Meeting to Counter ‘So-Called White Evangelicals’

More than 2,400 self-identified faith leaders and nearly 10,000 "moral activists" have signed an open letter from a progressive faith group demanding a meeting with president-elect Donald Trump in the hopes of having him advance a "moral agenda." (more…)

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How White Evangelical Christian Nostalgia Drove Small-town America to Vote for Trump

From a perch on Main Street, the home town of actor Andy Griffith looks this day like it was plucked right out of the television show that bears his name. And it was. (more…)

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The Religious-Liberty Showdowns That are Likely to Happen In 2017

Religious voters won Donald Trump the White House. Exit polls show that 81 percent of white evangelicals and 60 percent of white Catholics chose the president-elect over Hillary Clinton. Trump voters were also more likely than Clinton voters to say they attend religious services weekly or monthly. While these Americans

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In Last Stop on “Thank You” Tour, Trump Says Franklin Graham Was ‘So Instrumental’ In His Victory

In his last stop on his “Thank You” tour, President-elect Donald Trump said that evangelist Franklin Graham was “so instrumental” in bringing out the evangelical vote in his favor. (more…)

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‘The Wall Street Journal’ Documents the Backlash Against Southern Baptist Leader Russell Moore Over his Criticism of Donald Trump As Some Churches In the Denomination Consider Withholding Donations to his Policy Organization; Pastor Jack Graham Says Moore Will ‘Have No Access to Pres. Trump’

During the presidential race, Russell Moore, the public face of the Southern Baptist denomination, emerged as one of the most persistent and high-profile conservative critics of Donald Trump. He denounced the Republican candidate’s stance on immigration and his moral character, and sharply questioned many of the evangelical Christians who supported him.

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Anthony Bushnell Says White Evangelicals Need to Rise to Love Others Beside Themselves Who Have Been Left In Fear

These days have become an important litmus test for white evangelicals in America. How worldly are we? How desensitized have we become, not only to sexual immorality, but to ethnocentrism, partiality and pride? Has the love of Christ shaped our souls deeply enough that we “look not only to [our]

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