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Baptist Briefs: Kentucky seminary gains accreditation

Baptist Briefs: Kentucky seminary gains accreditation

The Association of Theological Schools has granted accreditation to Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, one of 15 theological-education partners with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, seminary President Greg Earwood announced June 19.

Baptists must do more to help immigrants, advocate says

Baptists must do more to help immigrants, advocate says

Baptists no longer can stand by and watch as Catholics, Mennonites, Methodists and other Christians take the lead in ministering to immigrants, a Baptist scholar and immigration advocate told members of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America.

Paynter proclaims the power of ‘and’

Paynter proclaims the power of ‘and’

The ampersand—&, which stands for “and”—is a great symbol for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter told the organization’s 2015 general assembly in Dallas.

Attendees at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s general assembly in Dallas gather to pray for newly commissioned ministers during a commissioning service for field personnel, church starters, chaplains and pastoral counselors. (CBF Photos)

CBF general assembly opens with commissioning service

A commissioning service for field personnel, church starters, chaplains and pastoral counselors kicked off the 2015 Cooperative Baptist Fellowship general assembly in Dallas.

Ronnie Floyd unopposed as SBC president

Ronnie Floyd unopposed as SBC president

Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention re-elected Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd without opposition to a second term as president during the SBC annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio.

Former SBC presidents unite against gay marriage

Former SBC presidents unite against gay marriage

Sixteen former Southern Baptist Convention presidents released a statement urging churches to disregard any legal definition of marriage as anything other than the union of a woman and a man.

Churches unhappy with pastors should look in the mirror, consultants say

Churches unhappy with pastors should look in the mirror, consultants say

Often, those complaints about poorly trained ministers result from toxic churches where few pastors could succeed, experts say.

WMU Missions Celebration spotlights surrender, sacrifice and service

WMU celebration spotlights surrender, sacrifice and service

Participants at the Woman’s Missionary Union Missions Celebration and annual meeting elected a new president, heard stories of surrender and sacrificial service from missionaries and even had the chance to kiss a llama.

SBC Executive Committee affirms racial diversity report

SBC Executive Committee affirms racial diversity report

The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee affirmed a report reporting that racial diversity has measurably increased in the SBC in the past 20 years, but more progress needs to be made in ethnic participation.

SBC ousts Alabama church over pastor’s beliefs about homosexuality

SBC ousts Alabama church over pastor’s stand on homosexuality

The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee has voted to oust Weatherly Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville, Ala., under a bylaw barring from membership churches “which act to affirm, approve, or endorse homosexual behavior.”

CBF governing board hears updates on organizational infrastructure

CBF governing board hears updates on infrastructure

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship cannot be the organization its supporters envision unless its infrastructure catches up with their dreams, Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter told the group’s governing board at a June 16 meeting prior to the CBF general assembly.

SBC asks Supreme Court to rule against gay marriage

SBC asks Supreme Court to rule against gay marriage

The Southern Baptist Convention called on the U.S. Supreme Court to leave it up to the states to decide whether or not to permit gay marriage in a resolution adopted at the SBC annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio.

Baptist Briefs: Moore joins board of Hispanic evangelical group

Southern Baptist Convention leader Russell Moore has been added to the organizational board of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

Tony Campolo calls for full acceptance of same-sex couples

Tony Campolo calls for full acceptance of same-sex couples

Tony Campolo, a leader of the evangelical left who for years has disagreed publicly with his wife about homosexuality, announced he now supports the full acceptance of Christian gay couples into the church.

Saddleback Church pledges $71 million over three years

Saddleback Church pledges $71 million over three years

Members of Saddleback Church have pledged to give $71 million over the next three years in the most ambitious fund-raising campaign in the Southern Baptist megachurch’s 35-year history.

 
 
 
 
 
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