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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...

Amid crises, rural roots anchor Southern Baptists’ president

Oct. 02, 2022 17:05 PM 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...

In sacred Brazil dunes, critics see evangelical encroachment

Sep. 29, 2022 00:01 AM EDT

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — The vast blanket of white sand overlooking Salvador is a place to escape rumbling traffic, pinging phones and crying children. A space to find solitude and, increasingly, God. Evangelicals have been converging on the massive Abaete dune system for some 25...

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...

Secret vaccinations help Zimbabwe mothers protect children

Sep. 22, 2022 03:14 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Dozens of women holding babies rushed to take their places on wooden benches at a clinic in Zimbabwe while a nurse took a separate group of anxious mothers and their children through a back door and into another room. The nurse quickly closed the door behind them. ...

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.” ...

Order of Service for Queen Elizabeth II's funeral

Sep. 19, 2022 02:38 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Here is the order of service for Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral, which will take place at 11 a.m. BST (6 a.m. EDT, 1000 GMT) in Westminster Abbey on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022": The service is conducted by The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle MBE, Dean of Westminster. The...

Order of Service for Queen Elizabeth II's funeral

Sep. 18, 2022 17:35 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Here is the order of service for Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral, which will take place at 11 a.m. BST (6 a.m. EDT, 1000 GMT) in Westminster Abbey on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022": The service is conducted by The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle MBE, Dean of Westminster. The...

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. ...

Pastor-led group seeks missing migrants in border desert

Sep. 15, 2022 11:28 AM EDT

IRONWOOD FOREST NATIONAL MONUMENT, Arizona (AP) — After strapping on knee-high snake guards and bowing his head to invoke God’s protection, Óscar Andrade marched off into a remote desert at dawn on a recent Sunday to look for a Honduran migrant missing since late July. The...