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Hurricane Ian shakes SW Florida's faith but can't destroy it

Oct. 04, 2022 11:50 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — As Hurricane Ian approached last week, Jane Compton and her husband — who lost their home and possessions to the storm — found sanctuary at their Baptist church, huddling with fellow parishioners through wind, rain and worry. They prayed for the gusts to...

Amid crises, rural roots anchor Southern Baptists’ president

Oct. 03, 2022 08:26 AM EDT

FARMERSVILLE, Texas (AP) — On the first Saturday of fall, a sweating Bart Barber trekked across a weedy pasture in search of Bully Graham, the would-be patriarch of the rural Baptist pastor’s fledgling cattle herd. With the afternoon temperature in the mid-90s, the 52-year-old...

Amid crises, rural roots anchor Southern Baptists’ president

Oct. 02, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

FARMERSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A sweating Bart Barber trekked across a pasture in search of Bully Graham, the would-be patriarch of the rural pastor’s fledgling cattle herd. With the temperature in the mid-90s, the 52-year-old Texan found the bull — whose nickname reflects his...

LGBTQ-friendly church OK with getting Southern Baptist boot

Sep. 27, 2022 10:39 AM EDT

When her teenage daughter came out as a lesbian several years ago, one of the first things Caroline Joyce did was to Google, “Can you be gay and be a Christian?” The family was attending a conservative Southern Baptist church in the Greensboro, North Carolina, area that...

Southern Baptists cut ties with LGBTQ-friendly church

Sep. 21, 2022 11:30 AM EDT

The Southern Baptist Convention's top administrative body voted to cut ties with two congregations on Tuesday — an LGBTQ-friendly church in North Carolina that had itself quit the denomination decades ago and a New Jersey congregation it cited for “alleged discriminatory behavior.” ...

Cruel or harmless? Pastors mixed on GOP migrant transports

Sep. 15, 2022 18:07 PM EDT

As Republican governors ramp up their high-profile transports of migrants to Democratic-run jurisdictions, the practice is getting a mixed reaction from Christian faith leaders — many of whom, especially evangelicals, have supported GOP candidates by large numbers in recent elections. ...

Arson investigation after fire destroys historic LA church

Sep. 11, 2022 22:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An arson investigation is under way after fire destroyed a historic church in South Los Angeles early Sunday, authorities said. The blaze at Victory Baptist Church broke out shortly before 2:30 a.m. and quickly grew to major emergency status, said Nicholas...

On Colombia's San Andres, a historic church's roots run deep

Sep. 04, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

SAN ANDRES, Colombia (AP) — First Baptist Church was born by a tamarind tree perched on a hill overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Under the tree’s shade, First Baptist’s founder taught English-speaking former slaves and their descendants how to read using the...

Review: In 'Honk for Jesus,' a megachurch mockumentary

Aug. 31, 2022 18:27 PM EDT

Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown give fully committed performances in “Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul,” so why does the film lack faith in itself? “Honk for Jesus," Adamma Ebo's directorial debut based on her own short film, is centered on a pair ripe for parody: Pastor...

Southern Baptists say denomination faces DOJ investigation

Aug. 12, 2022 19:31 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention said Friday that several of the denomination's major entities are under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice in the wake of its multiple problems related to clergy sex abuse. The SBC's Executive Committee...