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Six Texans inducted into Evangelists Hall of Faith

Six Texas Baptists garnered spots among 30 heroes of the faith honored June 6 as the inaugural class of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists Hall of Faith.
       

God uses broken vessels, pastors are assured

Johnny Hunt, newly elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, answers questions from the media. He spoke earlier at the Pastors' Conference. (BP Photo by Matt Miller)
       

Baptist Briefs: Another candidate joins SBC 2nd VP race

Doug Mulkey, pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Canton, Ga., will be nominated for second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
       

Katrina-ravaged church receives Extreme Makeover

On Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's 2008 finale, Noah’s Ark Missionary Baptist Church in New Orleans was rebuilt-- the first church building to receive the program's attention.
       

Baptist Briefs

Southern Baptist pastors report their members still are giving in spite of the financial pressures many face.
       

Abundant field of SBC candidates may signal relaxed political reins

For the first time in almost three decades, six men will be nominated for the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention, to be held June 10-11 in Indianapolis.
       

Half of SBC churches could die before 2030, president predicts

The Southern Baptist Convention is dying rapidly, and resistance to change could kill more than half the denomination’s churches by 2030, SBC President Frank Page said.
       

Speakers tell British Baptists: fight global warming, poverty

British Baptists heard warnings against over-consumption and further degradation of the environment during their annual meeting in Blackpool, Lancashire.
       

IMB leader resigns over baptism and tongues policies

Rodney Hammer, the Southern Baptist International Mission Board’s regional leader for Central and Eastern Europe the past eight years, resigned after challenging policies of the board of trustees with which he is in disagreement.
       

Baptist Briefs

Texas Baptist volunteers honored for Scout activity; Baptists launch ministry for Caribbean immigrants; Georgia pastor to be SBC VP nominee.
       

Willis, Hunt jump in crowded field vying for SBC presidency

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (ABP)—A crowded field of hopefuls for the Southern Baptist Convention presidency appears to be developing, with two high-profile candidates set to join three already-announced nominees.
       

Duo encounters bugs, mud, ‘mixed-up beliefs’ in Amazon Basin

A boy peers around the corner of his house in the Amazon Basin.
RICHMOND, Va. (BP)—Pat Townsend admits she’s living outside her comfort zone. Between the bugs, mud and freezing showers, Townsend, a missionary with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board’s Masters Program, admits it could take her awhile to adjust to life in and around the Amazon Basin of South America.
       

Amazon people groups remain unreached

A metal boat carrying Southern Baptist missionaries cruises up river to a remote village in the Amazon Basin. (Photo/IMB)
RICHMOND, Va. (BP) —Weary travelers stand alongside a river somewhere in South America’s Amazon Basin.

After three hours of trying to maneuver upstream by motorboat to a remote village, Southern Baptist International Mission Board missionaries grudgingly accept the realization that the day’s journey has ended.

Shallow waters, exposed rocks, tree limbs and a rough current that nearly capsized the boat won’t allow them to go any farther.

Score a victory for the Amazon.
       

Baptist Briefs: ABP honors BGCT

Directors of Associated Baptist Press honored the Baptist General Convention of Texas and announced a $100,000 matching-funds challenge from a Texas Baptist family during a meeting in San Antonio. The BGCT has long been one of the major financial supporters of the independent Baptist news service. Executive Editor Greg Warner announced a $100,000 matching-funds challenge from the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation. The foundation has promised to match all individual donations to the news service, up to $100,000, until the end of 2008. John and Eula Mae Baugh’s granddaughter, Jackie Moore of San Antonio, serves as an ABP director and on the Baugh Foundation board.
       

Baby Boomer Baptist theologians tilt toward Calvinism

BROWNWOOD—Among Baptist Baby Boomer theologians, at least half of the major authors are committed to Calvinism, an influential Baptist theologian of an earlier generation has noted.

James Leo Garrett Jr., emeritus distinguished professor of theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, examined 10 Baptist theologians of the Baby Boomer generation during a plenary address at Howard Payne University’s Christian doctrines colloquy in Brownwood.
       
 
 
 
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