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Southern Baptists, LGBT activists happily coexist, but for how long?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) When Southern Baptists convened a national conference here this week to discuss issues of human sexuality, bringing conservative evangelicals and LGBT Christian activists into the same ballroom was a recipe ripe for potential fireworks. Perhaps the most shoc...
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Is nonviolence a solution to all the world’s conflicts? (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) Mention the concept of “nonviolent resistance” and two names immediately come to mind: Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian leader who led his nation to independence from British colonial rule, and Martin Luther King Jr., who led the struggle for civil rights in America. Tragically, bot...
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Apple’s Tim Cook isn’t defined by his sexuality, and neither should anyone else (COMMENTARY)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (RNS) The big news this week is that Apple CEO Tim Cook is gay. While our personal theologies might not line up on every account, I can tell you that his perspective on sexuality is one that I find both thoughtful and refreshing. In a Bloomberg Businessweek op-ed on...
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Cardinal: Catholic Church under Pope Francis is a ‘ship without a rudder’

VATICAN CITY (RNS) American Cardinal Raymond Burke, the feisty former archbishop of St. Louis who has emerged as the face of the opposition to Pope Francis’ reformist agenda, likened the Roman Catholic Church to “a ship without a rudder” in a fresh attack on the pope’s leadership. ...
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Human trafficking survivors offered full scholarship at Christian university

Eds: A version of this story originally appeared in USA Today. It is available for use by RNS subscribers. Please use the USA Today byline. (RNS) Point Loma Nazarene University wants to offer human trafficking survivors who want to earn a college degree a full-ride scholarship. ...
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Text messaging project helps ease religious and tribal tensions in Kenya’s Tana Delta

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) A conflict is unfolding in Tana Delta, a remote region of eastern Kenya where two ethnic communities are trading in harmful rumors, misinformation and hate speech. The heightened tensions and mistrust in the homeland of the Pokomo and Orma ethnic communities h...
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Southern Baptists change their tone but not their substance on homosexuality (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) The Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission wrapped up a conference in Nashville this week outlining the denomination’s posture toward cultural changes and challenges on issues of marriage and sexuality. In a brief, 48-hour span, dozens of speaker...
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Remembering the Holocaust after the survivors are gone

(RNS) As aging Holocaust survivors gathered at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to celebrate its 20th anniversary last year, a question hung in the air: How will the world remember the Holocaust — the Nazis’ systematic murder of 6 million Jews —  when the last survivors are gone...
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Bishops object as Catholic universities offer same-sex benefits

(RNS) The decision by a Jesuit university in Nebraska to provide benefits to spouses of gay employees has prompted a strong protest from the local archbishop, the latest skirmish in a battle that seems likely to widen as gay marriage becomes more common. The Rev. Timothy Lannon, p...
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Pope Francis: The devil is real and don’t underestimate him

VATICAN CITY (RNS) As millions of revelers around the world dress in ghoulish costumes to mark Halloween and the darker side of life, Pope Francis warned that the devil is no myth and must be fought strenuously with “God’s armor.” Francis described Christian life as a continuous b...
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