News Headlines

Catch up on our curated list of headlines for today, hand-picked from across the Web by Bruce Gourley.

July 3, 2015

  1. Churches Face Reality on Gay Union (Rocky Mount Telegram)
  2. How Gay Marriage Ruling May Impact Christian Colleges (Michigan Live)
  3. BJC Says Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Unlikely to Affect Tax-Exemption (Baptist News Global)
  4. Anonymous Donors Raise $3 Million for Scholarships After Charleston Church Shooting (Reuters)
  5. Poll: Majority Sees Confederate Flag as Southern Pride Symbol, Not Racist (CNN)
  6. Stone Mountain’s Confederate Flags Will Still Fly (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
  7. Woman Who Removed Confederate Flag at SC Statehouse: “Enough is Enough” (ABC News)
  8. Racial Slur Painted on Michigan Church Spurs National Support (Michigan Live)
  9. A Sudden, Tug-of-War for White Evangelical Voters in Georgia (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  10. Church Group Calls Osteen a ‘Charlatan’ Before Court Appearance (KHOU)
  11. Winton’s Rescue of Jewish Children Revealed After 50 Years (Houston Chronicle)
  12. Man Who Killed Baptist Minister Found Not Guilty (CBS St. Louis)
  13. An Epistle of Metanoia From the 2015 Mission Summit to the ABCUSA Family (ABC-USA)

July 2, 2015

  1. Oklahoma Supreme Court Says Ten Commandments Must Go from Capitol Grounds (The Oklahoman)
  2. Oklahoma Supreme Court Orders Removal of Ten Commandments from Capitol Lawn (Baptist News Global)
  3. Black Church Fires Raise Fear; Crime Data Suggests Blazes are Not Unusual (Los Angeles Times)
  4. Baptist Pastor, Tennessee Store Owner Posts Signs Telling Gays to Stay Away (Business Insider)
  5. University Baptist Church Opens Art Gallery (Hattiesburg American)
  6. What You Say in Tuesday’s Night Sky Could Account for Bible’s Star of Bethlehem (WQAD)
  7. Kentucky Baptist Fellowship Names Coordinator (Baptist News Global)
  8. China: A Problem of Religion, and Polling (New York Times)

July 1, 2015

  1. Poll: After Charleston, a Nation Divided on the Confederate Flag (USA Today)
  2. Despite Supreme Court Ruling, Some Bible Belt Clerks Refusing to Issue Marriage Licenses (Oregon Live)
  3. Christian Activist Decries ‘Evil’ Gay Marriage with a Honey-Smooth Voice (Los Angeles Times)
  4. On Their Own: the Challenges, Blessings of Being Sole Pastors of Small Churches (Baptist News Global)
  5. Finding an Antidote to Toxic Churches and Toxic Leadership (Baptist News Global)

June 30, 2015

  1. How the Rebellion Against South Carolina’s Confederate Flag Grew (New York Times)
  2. Six Predominantly Black Southern Churches Burn Within a Week: Arson Suspected in at Least Three (Washington Post)
  3. FBI Inquires After Briar Creek Road Baptist Church Fire (Charlotte Observer)
  4. Why Conservatives are Nervous About Church Tax Breaks (TIME)
  5. Same-Sex Marriages Go Forward in South Despite Leaders’ Reluctance (Washington Post)
  6. Meet the Evangelicals Who Cheered the SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling (Huffington Post)
  7. Supreme Court Allows Abortion Clinics to Remain Open (CNN)
  8. Maintain Legacy of Racism Busting, American Baptists Told (Baptist News Global)

June 29, 2015

  1. Straddling Old and New, a South Where ‘a Flag is Not Worth a Job’ (New York Times)
  2. At Least 5 Predominantly Black Churches Have Been Destroyed by Fire in the Past Week (Huffington Post)
  3. Funerals Held for Three Charleston Victims (NBC News)
  4. Mayor: Charleston Victim’s Death Will Lead to Change (CBS News)
  5. Religion and Science: Where are They Headed? (Huffington Post)
  6. American Muslims Supporting Gay Marriage Speak Up (Daily Beast)
  7. Catholic Bishops in Virginia Condemn Gay Marriage Ruling (Virginian Pilot)
  8. Religious Leaders Split Over Ruling (Winston-Salem Journal)
  9. Mississippi in Limbo Over High-Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling (Los Angeles Times)
  10. Texas Governor Orders Agencies to Prioritize Free Exercise of Religion (Christian Today)
  11. Here We Stand: An Evangelical Declaration on Marriage (Christianity Today)
  12. Even Evangelical Christians are Warming to Gay Marriage (Reuters)
  13. There’s Money in Same-Sex Marriage – for Opponents’ Campaigns (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
  14. Baptist Church in Massachusetts Nominated to National Register (Wicked Local Scituate)

June 27, 2015

  1. Obama Delivers Passionate Discourse on Race at Ceremony for 9 Slain Churchgoers (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
  2. Obama Delivers ‘Amazing Grace’ at Funeral of Slain Pastor (Reuters)
  3. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide (CNN)
  4. How Gay Marriage Ruling Affects Local Churches (Louisville Courier-Journal)
  5. Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage in All 50 States (Baptist News Global)
  6. 5-4 Marriage Decision: Southern Baptist Leaders React (Baptist Press)
  7. Moore Spearheads Evangelical Marriage Statement (Baptist Press)
  8. Key Excerpts on Religious Liberty from Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling (Washington Post)
  9. Conservative Lawmakers and Faith Groups Seek Exemptions After Same-Sex Ruling (New York Times)
  10. GOP Candidates Lash out at Supreme Court for Gay Marriage Ruling (CBS News)
  11. Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church: A Legacy of Heroes and Martyrs (Washington Post)
  12. Lawmakers ‘Punt’ on Request to Remove Confederate Flag from House (USA Today)
  13. National Cathedral to Remove Confederate Stained Glass (USA Today)
  14. Confederate Heritage Group Loses its Southern Influence (ABC News)
  15. Black, White Pastors United in ‘War’ on Fear, Racism (Baptist News Global)
  16. The Week that Changed the Nation (CNN)
  17. Bible-Based All-Wood Ark Takes Shape in Kentucky Field (NBC News)

June 26, 2015

  1. Jeffery Haggray to Lead American Baptist Home Missions (Baptists Today)
  2. Rob Nash Named Interim Dean at McAfee (Baptist News Global)
  3. California Vaccine Bill Would Ban Religious Belief Exemptions (CNN)
  4. Confederate Flag Debate Reaches United States Congress (Reuters)
  5. Lawmakers Put Brakes on Resolution to Ban Mississippi Flag From Capitol (NPR)
  6. Emotional Moments of Grief at 1st Funerals for Charleston Shooting Victims (ABC News)
  7. NC NAACP Holds Bible Study Honoring Charleston Shooting Victims (TWC News)
  8. Family of Church Shooting Suspect Offers Condolences as Funerals Begin (USA Today)
  9. Charlotte Church Fire: Was Blaze at Mostly Black Church a Hate Crime? (CNN)
  10. Texas Pastor Rick Scarborough Says He Will Burn to Death Rather Than Except Gay Marriage (Christian Today)
  11. In Indiana, Religion Focus of Suit vs. Teacher (Journal Gazette)
  12. Confronted with Shocking Violence, Pastors Struggle for Right Words (Baptist News Global)

June 25, 2015

  1. At the AME Church, the Bible Study Goes On (USA Today)
  2. Federal Hate Crime Charges Likely in South Carolina Church Shooting (New York Times)
  3. Why the AME Church Massacre is an Assault on the Fabric of Black Life (Reuters)
  4. Charleston Bans Protests Near Funerals (WCBD)
  5. South Carolina Lawmaker Defends Confederate Flag, Says Charleston Shooting Victims ‘Waited Their Turn to be Shot’ (Huffington Post)
  6. Some S.C. Lawmakers Say Confederate Flag Removal No Sure Thing (USA Today)
  7. Alabama Gov. Bentley Removes Confederate Flags from Capitol Grounds (Birmingham News)
  8. Mississippi Senator: Current Mississippi Flag Belongs in a Museum (Washington Post)
  9. National Park Services Asks Retailers to Stop Confederate Flag Sales (TIME)
  10. Bobby Jindal is Passionate in Outreach to Christian Conservatives, But Will it Be Enough? (Times-Picayune)
  11. Texas Baptist Colleges Lose Obamacare Challenge (Baptist News Global)
  12. Churches Urged to Make July 5 ‘Freedom from Racism Sunday’ (Baptist News Global)
  13. Churches Urged to Consider Millennials’ Views on the Environment (Baptist News Global)

June 24, 2015

  1. Funeral Plans for South Carolina Church Shooting Victims (ABC News)
  2. S.C. Sons of Confederate Veterans on Charleston Shooting (Charleston City Paper)
  3. Battle Over South Carolina Flag Unfurls in South Carolina and Beyond (Reuters)
  4. NASCAR Backs Call to Remove Confederate Flag from South Carolina Statehouse (Fox News)
  5. Walmart, Amazon, Sears, eBay to Stop Selling Confederate Flag Merchandise (CNN)
  6. Why Business Fought the Confederate Flag (CNN)
  7. Hillary Clinton Says Confederate Flag ‘Shouldn’t Fly Anywhere’ (New York Times)
  8. Mohler Won’t Remove Slaveholder Names from Seminary Buildings (Baptist News Global)
  9. African-American Baptists in Detroit for Convention (Detroit Free Press)
  10. 30,000 African-American Baptists Worship, Learn at Cobo (Detroit News)

June 23, 2015

  1. Charleston Chants ‘Take it Down’ to Lawmakers (KMBC)
  2. Charleston: Governor, Senators Join in Saying Confederate Flag Must Go (CNN)
  3. Charleston Church Defiant in Wake of Shooting Tragedy (Boston Globe)
  4. Obama Heading to Charleston to Deliver Eulogy (CNN)
  5. CBF Participants Want More Talk About Racial Reconciliation (Baptist News Global)
  6. CBF Pastor in Charleston Says Its Time to Get Serious About Guns, Racism (Baptist News Global)
  7. Not in my Church? Southern Baptists Brace for Gay Marriage with Bans on Use of Facilities (
  8. National Baptist Conference to Focus on Education and Training (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  9. Use of Bible in Public Schools Gains Support Among Lawmakers in Idaho (Christian Today)
  10. Jacksonville Church Plants Corn as Outreach Ministry (Times-Union, Florida)
  11. What is Each Country’s Second Largest Religious Group? (Pew Research)
  12. B.H. Carroll Sees New Administrative Hub as Key to Decentralized, Virtual Future (Baptist News Global)
  13. U.K.: Christian Charity to Train UK Churches in Protecting Against Isis Attacks (Guardian)

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