Baptist Briefs

Baptist Briefs: Anti-malaria campaign casts wide net

A year after Virginia Baptists launched an initiative to battle the scourge of malaria in West Africa, nearly 20,000 mosquito nets have been distributed there—helped in part by a recent contribution from an Oklahoma-based organization with similar goals.

Hope for Detroit

Church starter sees hope for bankrupt Detroit

Some people call Detroit broken and bankrupt. Church starter Daryl Gaddy has another word for his beleaguered city—home.

Florida verdict

Florida abuse verdict possible game-changer, lawyer says

The attorney for a man awarded $12.5 million by a Florida jury for childhood sexual abuse suffered at the hands of a Baptist minister says the verdict could be a game-changer for how Southern Baptists handle credible accusations of clergy misconduct.

Baptist leads academic delegation to Iran

Baptist leads academic delegation to Iran

While U.S. and Iranian diplomats made international headlines for negotiations on nuclear energy and weapons, a group of American and Iranian academics met quietly to heal broken relationships between the two nations.

Baptist Briefs

Baptist Briefs: Churches pressured in Belarus, Kazakhstan

Authorities in Belarus raided a Baptist church service and charged three leaders with holding an unauthorized mass public event.

Remote missionaries

Remote missionaries go to uttermost parts of the earth

Josh Murphree doesn’t live at the ends of the earth, but Murphree jokes he can see it from his back porch.

Baptist Briefs

Baptist Briefs: African-American to lead Virginia WMU

Valerie Carter, a longtime Baptist minister and social worker, will be recommended Feb. 8 to be the ninth executive of Woman’s Missionary Union of Virginia—the first African-American to hold the post in the organization’s 140-year existence. 

Bad statistics

Sermon illustrations often rely on bad stats

People like statistics that reinforce their beliefs. But using bad statistics in a sermon can undermine a leader’s credibility.

True Love Waits

LifeWay relaunches sexual purity program

Twenty years after launching the first virginity-pledge program, LifeWay Christian Resources is retooling its famous True Love Waits sexual abstinence commitment with a video-driven Bible study on sexual purity.

2013: The year in Baptist news

2013: The year in Baptist news

A changing of the guard both in moderate Baptist life and the Southern Baptist Convention’s public policy agency, challenges to Obamacare and the 200th anniversary of Baptist missions in the U.S. topped Baptist newsmakers in 2013.

Baptist Briefs

Baptist Briefs: William Hull dies at 83

New Testament scholar and theologian William Hull died Dec. 10 following a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He was 83. 

Stay in Glorieta suit

Court has jurisdiction, papers filed in Glorieta suit assert

UPDATED: An Arkansas couple suing Southern Baptist Convention officials in federal court claim secular courts have jurisdiction over the internal workings of a church when it involves property disputes or misuse of its articles of incorporation.

Baptist Briefs

Baptist Briefs: Mercer prof to rebuild Liberian seminary

Mercer University professor Richard Wilson will lead the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary in 2014, a position that will require him to rebuild the infrastructure, faculty and image of the war-torn institution. 

Online volunteer map

Online map shows mission needs to volunteers

A new online volunteer map by the SBC's North American Mission Board is designed to help meet needs in areas where the majority of churches are small and pastored by bivocational leaders.

Stephenville crusade extended

Stephenville crusade extended as Spirit continued to move

When a recent evangelistic crusade at First Baptist Church in Stephenville approached its scheduled conclusion, church leaders had no desire to let the calendar overrule what they saw as “a mighty work of the Holy Spirit.”

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