Southern Baptists Mull Whether ˜Southern’ Still Fits

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (RNS) For the Rev. Jerry Henry, pastor of First Baptist Church of Fairhope, being Southern Baptist is a defining aspect of life. He embraces the denomination’s conservative social values, extols its evangelism — “We reach out to people...

Sparks Fly as House GOP Blasts Contraception Mandate

WASHINGTON (RNS) Exhibit A in the fight over President Obama’s mandate for religious institutions to provide insurance coverage for contraception: a ham sandwich. At a hearing Thursday (Feb. 16) convened by House Republicans to cast opposition to the mandate as...