LifeWay apologizes

LifeWay apologizes to Asian-Americans for Rickshaw Rally

The head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s publishing arm apologized for a 10-year-old Asian-themed vacation Bible school curriculum critics said promoted racial stereotypes.

Baptist Briefs

Baptist Briefs: Letter against surveillance of Muslims

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty joined more than 120 national, state and local organizations in an open letter urging the Department of Justice to investigate post-9/11 surveillance practices in New York City.

immigration wall

Immigration reform becoming personal, SBC leader says

A Southern Baptist Convention official says evangelicals are galvanizing around immigration reform because increasingly it affects someone they know.

Baptist Briefs

Baptist Briefs: Hobby Lobby appeals to Supreme Court

Hobby Lobby has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether the government can force it to provide health insurance for employees that covers methods of birth control the company’s Southern Baptist owners believe can cause an abortion.

Baptist Briefs

Baptist Briefs: Poll shows concern about Louisiana College

An online survey of Louisiana Baptist clergy and college trustees revealed high levels of concern about Louisiana College, a Baptist school founded in 1906.

Kenya mall attack

Baptist MK felt prayers during Kenya hostage crisis

Katherine Walton—the daughter of Southern Baptist missionaries—relied on the prayers of Christians around the world during the horrifying hours she and her children were trapped in Nairobi’s Westgate Mall.

Guidestone suit

GuideStone joins suit fighting Obamacare

The Southern Baptist Convention agency that provides insurance for church and denominational employees has joined a lawsuit over contraceptive mandates in the Affordable Care Act.

Background checks

Background checks help churches protect children

Of the 84,500 background checks from churches have been run through the LifeWay program, more than 22.5 percent of the screenings returned records with misdemeanor or felony offenses.

Senior Saints helping

Senior saints help young couple birth a church

 James and Amy Welch moved to New Orleans to help with Hurricane Katrina recovery and cleanup and stayed to start a church.

Religious Herald, ABP merge

Religious Herald trustees OK ABP merger

Trustees of the Religious Herald, a news journal with historic ties to Virginia Baptists, voted unanimously to merge with Associated Baptist Press, creating a new print and online media platform aimed at enhancing the mission and heritage of both organizations.

Baptist Briefs

Baptist Briefs: Johnson to NRB post

Criswell College President Jerry Johnson has been named president and CEO of the National Religious Broadcasters, effective Nov. 1.

New York Chinese Church

Multi-church building in NYC legacy of one immigrant couple

A seven-story building to house Chinese Promise Baptist Church in New York City was financed largely by the life savings of pastor Samuel Wong and his wife Katty.

Pope, Russell Moore

Southern Baptist leader says pope soft on sin

Russell Moore says the pope’s latest interview in an Italian newspaper “is more than just confusing. It’s a theological wreck.”

BWA diversity

BWA leader issues call to embrace diversity

Cultural and theological diversity among Baptists worldwide is both a challenge and a strength, Baptist World Alliance General Secretary Neville Callam told European Baptist leaders gathered in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Baptist Briefs

Baptist Briefs: Blackaby heart surgery successful

Southern Baptist Bible author Henry Blackaby’s Sept. 24 quadruple bypass surgery “could not have gone better,” and his prospects for future ministry look good, according to a statement from his family.

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