BUBBA among rejected SBC names

As the Southern Baptist Convention recently weighed changing its name, denominational leaders were bombarded with suggestions—hundreds of them.

CBF leader suggests it is time to revisit group's ban on hiring gays

After the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship completes a re-visioning process and selects a new executive coordinator, a first order of business should be revisiting a policy that prohibits the hiring of gays and lesbians, the organization’s top elected officer told leaders.


Don't forget founding values, CBF coordinator says

Entering into an era of change, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship should not forget the vision, mission and values that have marked the organization’s first 20 years, CBF Executive Coordinator Daniel Vestal told the group’s Coordinating Council Feb. 24.

Southern Baptists likely to stick with same name, more or less

A task force is recommending the Southern Baptist Convention maintain its official name but give members of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination the option of calling themselves “Great Commission Baptists.”

Baptist Briefs

Retiring Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Executive Coordinator Daniel Vestal will direct Mercer University's new Eula Mae and John Baugh Center for Baptist Leadership.

NC Baptists square off over gay marriage

Baptists are lining up on opposing sides of an upcoming ballot referendum to amend North Carolina’s constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

Seminary president resigns ahead of confrontation with trustees

Phil Roberts, the embattled president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, resigned Feb. 10. No reason was stated, and trustees gave no details about their called five-and-a-half hour meeting at a Kansas City hotel that prompted the 61-year-old to step down.

Retiring CBF head to lead new center for Baptist leadership

Retiring Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Executive Coordinator Daniel Vestal has been tapped to lead Mercer University’s new Eula Mae and John Baugh Center for Baptist Leadership. Vestal will assume his new role July 1, the day after he retires as head of the Atlanta-based CBF, where he has served since 1996.


New Orleans pastor may become first African-American SBC president

After months of urging from other Baptists around the country, Fred Luter told his African-American congregation he will seek to become the first black man to lead the predominantly white Southern Baptist Convention.


Veteran Baptist communicator Lloyd Householder dies

Lloyd Householder, 82, a veteran Southern Baptist denominational worker and communicator, died Jan. 30.

Pro-life, pro-choice speakers urge common ground on abortion

After nearly 40 years of polarization over abortion, two speakers at a Mercer University event said Jan. 24 it is time for people who are pro-choice and pro-life to seek common ground to reduce the current number of 1.2 million abortions a year.


Baptist Briefs

Ministers and staff serving in Southern Baptist churches have the opportunity to take the 2012 Compensation Survey at

CBF search committee seeks input

A 10-member committee seeking a successor to Daniel Vestal as the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship executive coordinator met for the first time in Dallas in early January.

Pressler denies Santorum endorsement was rigged

Paul PresslerThe host of a weekend gathering of religious conservatives seeking consensus on an alternative presidential candidate to GOP front-runner Mitt Romney denied charges that balloting was rigged to give Rick Santorum the nod over rivals Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry.


Wiley Drake's 'Birther' lawsuit has setback

California pastor Wiley Drake’s three-year legal battle challenging President Obama’s eligibility received a setback Dec. 22, when the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said he and other plaintiffs lacked legal standing to file their complaint.
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