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Baptist Briefs: BJC announces religious liberty essay contest; WMU Foundation makes grant to aid fire victims

Religious tests in immigration the topic of religious liberty essay contest. WMU Foundation makes grant to aid fire victims.

       
‘Modern-day Livingstone’ ministers along the Zambezi River

‘Modern-day Livingstone’ ministers along the Zambezi River

Elephants, antelope, hippos, crocodiles, buffalo and the occasional lion number among missionary Kenny Vines’ travel companions as he moves about his ministry in the African nation of Zambia.

       
Callam announces plans to retire as BWA general secretary

Callam announces plans to retire as BWA general secretary

Neville Callam announced his intention to retire as general secretary of the Baptist World Alliance Dec. 31, 2017.

       
International Mission Board celebrates balanced budget

International Mission Board celebrates balanced budget

International Mission Board trustees celebrated a balanced budget, unanimously approving the 2017 budget during their Nov. 10-11 meeting near Richmond, Va. 

       

Weaver named CBF communications director

Aaron Weaver, who earned his doctorate at Baylor University, was named communications director of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

       

James Smith, Brotherhood Commission leader, dies at 95

James H. Smith, former executive secretary of the Illinois Baptist State Association and later the fifth Southern Baptist Brotherhood Commission president, died Oct. 21 in Memphis. He was 95.

       
BWA accepts nominations for human rights award

BWA accepts nominations for human rights award

The Baptist World Alliance is accepting nominations for the 2017 Denton and Janice Lotz Human Rights Award through Dec.16.

       
Former SBC president Jack Graham stands by Trump

Former SBC President Jack Graham stands by Donald Trump

The former SBC president who serves as a spiritual adviser for Trump reiterated his support for the Republican nominee despite his lewd remarks about women. (BNG)

       
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Cooperative Baptist Fellowship celebrates 25th anniversary

“Christ’s Love Compels Us” is the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's 25th anniversary theme, being celebrated Oct. 16-23 in affiliated churches.

       
Black and white Baptist groups agree to work together

Black and white Baptist groups agree to work together

Two Baptist groups—a predominantly white fellowship and a historically black denomination—have created a partnership to work on race relations, disaster relief and poverty.

       
Texan Amanda Tyler named BJC executive director-elect

Texan Amanda Tyler named BJC executive director-elect

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty board of directors named Amanda Tyler—an Austin native who has served on the staff of a Texas Congressman—as the next executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based religious liberty organization.

       
Dallas pastors urge Baptists to walk together in battling injustice

Dallas pastors urge Baptists to walk together in battling injustice

Two Baptist pastors—one from a historically African-American church in South Dallas and the other from a predominantly white church in North Dallas—told the New Baptist Covenant about their journey together.

       
Carter challenges Baptists to cross barriers

Carter challenges Baptists to cross barriers

Former President Jimmy Carter urged Baptists to cross barriers of race, ethnicity and gender to stand strong and courageous.

       
Church staff salaries increase; health insurance coverage declines

Church staff salaries increase; insurance coverage declines

Compensation for full-time Southern Baptist church staff members exceeded the cost-of-living increase over the past two years. However, health insurance coverage continues to decline, according to the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention Church Compensation Study.

       

BWA names Virginia Baptist as divisional coordinator

Trisha Miller Manarin, executive coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Cooperative Baptist Fellowship based in Virginia, assumed duties Sept. 1 as part-time coordinator of the Baptist World Alliance division of mission, evangelism and justice.

       
 
 
 
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