Baptist pro: Don’t meet the press, unless you want to

Here’s an interesting piece of church-crisis communications advice: Don’t take your story to the press. In fact, don’t even try to answer their questions. In a nutshell, that’s the Oct. 15 advice from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary president Paige Patterson, who cited I Corinthians 6 to justify it. Since Paul wrote that believers shouldn’t go to secular [Read More...]

The worst religion story of the year

While struggling to find words to adequately describe the worst religion article of the year, I was reminded of a brilliant exchange in an otherwise atrocious movie, Billy Madison. Principal: Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent [Read More...]

Calvinism debate shakes up Southern Baptist Convention

Just how much do you know about Calvinism? Former GetReligionista and current Religion News Service national correspondent Sarah Pulliam Bailey developed a short quiz to gauge readers’ knowledge: See if your score is predestined, or if you have free will to determine your score. Go ahead. Take the quiz. I scored — gulp — 58 [Read More...]

Pod people: Proselytization, blasphemy and Gosnell

On this week’s Crossroads podcast with host Todd Wilken, we talked media coverage of the Pentagon and proselytization, religious freedom and the Benghazi whistleblowers and the trial of Kermit Gosnell. So yeah, we packed a lot in there. Partly we discussed the Pentagon because of recent GetReligion posts such as “I share, you evangelize, they [Read More...]

Digging for news in (some) inauguration rites and wrongs

Few paid much attention when a well-known liberal Episcopal priest, the Rev. Luis Leon, delivered the invocation at the 2005 inauguration of President George W. Bush, a somewhat traditional United Methodist. The goal, apparently, was to have a range of religious leaders take part even if their own political and theological views did not match [Read More...]

Baylor grad pushes app for cheaters?

A long, long time ago, I was a journalism major at Baylor University, which, as you may know, is the world’s largest Baptist university. Baylor is located in Waco, Texas, which many folks in the Lone Star state like to call “Jerusalem on the Brazos.” It didn’t take long, as a young journalist, to realize [Read More...]


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