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Don’t equate cultural Christianity with the gospel, Matt Chandler insists

Don’t equate cultural Christianity with the gospel, Chandler insists

Christians need to learn not only how to engage the culture in a gospel-focused manner, but also avoid becoming a captive of cultural Christianity, speakers and panelists said at the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s national conference.

       
Aponte named vice president of mobilization at IMB

Aponte named vice president of mobilization at IMB

Trustees of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board approved Edgar Aponte, seminary administrator and educator, as vice president of mobilization.

       
CBF board affirms executive coordinator in process of divorce

CBF board affirms executive coordinator in process of divorce

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship leaders issued statements affirming Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter in light of her pending divorce from her husband of 44 years, Roger Paynter, former pastor of First Baptist Church in Austin.

       
Customers praise GuideStone as ‘trustworthy’

Customers praise GuideStone as ‘trustworthy’

Vision, integrity and purpose characterize people and organizations of influence, O.S. Hawkins, president of GuideStone Financial Resources, told the agency’s board of trustees.

       

Texas Baptist named national WMU ministry consultant for boys

Zachariah Seanor, a graduate of Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary and former Texas Baptist minister to students, joined the national Woman’s Missionary Union staff as ministry consultant for Royal Ambassadors and Challengers.

       
Tim LaHaye, Religious Right leader and ‘Left Behind’ co-author, dead at 90

Tim LaHaye, Religious Right leader and ‘Left Behind’ author, dead at 90

Tim LaHaye, the evangelical minister known for both his conservative politics and the best-selling Left Behind series of novels, died July 25 at age 90, after recently suffering a stroke.

       
Baptist Joint Committee joins Nevada brief opposing school vouchers

Baptist Joint Committee joins Nevada brief opposing school vouchers

Funneling taxpayer funds to religious schools through a voucher program compromises religious liberty, according to a legal brief filed at the Nevada Supreme Court and joined by the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.

       
Houston pastor named to committee to guide CBF Illumination Project 



Houston pastor named to committee to guide CBF Illumination Project 



Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Moderator Doug Dortch appointed a Houston pastor to a five-member ad hoc committee that will oversee implementation of the Illumination Project.

       
Advocate still sees need to step up for religious freedom

Walker still sees need to boost religious freedom

Brent Walker serves as executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, making him a key voice for Baptists in the nation’s capital. Working for the BJC more than a quarter-century, Walker remains passionate about religious liberty and the heritage Baptists have in that area. (BNG)

       
BWA adds three new member groups

BWA adds three new member groups

The Baptist World Alliance welcomed three new member organizations during its general council meeting in Vancouver.

       
Analysis: Southern Baptists will need a bigger tent

Analysis: Southern Baptists will need a bigger tent

Not too long ago, the Southern Baptist Convention was known more for what—and often who—it rejected than what it included. But over the past decade, that began to change.

       
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CBF condemns violence against LGBTQ persons

God is in Christ, reconciling the world unto Godself, making all of us into a single family. We stand united in condemning anyone who questions the full worth of LGBTQ persons before God or as citizens of our country. We reject any language and condemn any person who advocates violence against LGBTQ persons. — Cooperative Baptist Fellowship governing board statement

       

Human rights advocate elected to top NABF leadership role

Human rights activist Elijah Brown has been elected general secretary of the North American Baptist Fellowship, succeeding congregational leadership coach and author George Bullard, the organization has announced. (BNG)

       
CBF seeks to model deliberative dialogue and unity through cooperation

CBF seeks to model deliberative dialogue and unity through cooperation

In a divisive national climate, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship will seek to model unity through cooperation and deliberative dialogue, CBF Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter told the group’s governing board.

       

CBF launches task force on clergy sexual misconduct

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship governing board approved a task force on clergy sexual misconduct June 21 in a meeting prior to the CBF General Assembly in Greensboro, N.C. (BNG)

       
 
 
 
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