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CBF finishes fiscal year 15 percent behind budget

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship ended its fiscal year $2.1 million short of its 2010-2011 budget goal of $14.5 million in total revenues, controller Larry Hurst reported to the CBF Coordinating Council Oct. 21.
       

Mississippi Baptists back 'Personhood Amendment'

The Mississippi Baptist Convention is backing a constitutional amendment facing voters Nov. 8 that would declare a fertilized human egg to be a person, effectively branding abortion as murder.
       

CBF task force suggests organizational change

A blue-ribbon task force studying the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's organizational structure suggests a smaller governing board than the current 63-member Coordinating Council, along with creation of two new councils to focus on cooperation and global missions.
       

Church deemed too Calvinist for Kentucky Baptist association

A Kentucky Baptist association denied membership to a church after a credentials committee found its confessional statement too Calvinistic, according to a report in the Western Recorder.
       

In the sunset of life, Billy Graham reflects on challenges of growing old

In a new memoir set in the twilight of his remarkable life, Graham reveals a lesser-known side of himself—a grieving and ailing widower who has difficulty getting up from a chair or putting on his shoes.
       

SBC leader cites Calvinism as top challenge

John CalvinA Southern Baptist Convention official says one of the top challenges facing the nation’s second largest faith group behind Roman Catholics is the increasing influence of Calvinism in churches.

       

True Love Waits pioneer to retire

Jimmy Hester, cofounder of the True Love Waits sexual purity movement, has announced plans to retire Sept. 30 from LifeWay Christian Resources.
       

Southern Baptists consider sale of Glorieta conference center

GlorietaThe Southern Baptist Convention is scaling back operations at Glorieta Conference Center and considering sale of the 2,100-acre campus near Santa Fe, N.M.

       

Southern Baptists consider name change

After 166 years as the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s second-largest religious body could be getting a new name.
       

Wake Forest endowed chair honors Baptist leaders


Church history professor Bill J. Leonard has been named the first James and Marilyn Dunn Chair of Baptist Studies at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity, officials at the school in Winston-Salem, N.C., announced Sept. 14.

       

Vestal announces decision to retire as CBF executive coordinator

Daniel VestalCooperative Baptist Fellowship Executive Coordinator Daniel Vestal has announced that he will retire effective June 30, 2012.

       

Baptist Briefs

An immigration judge granted a motion allowing a Baptist church planter facing possible deportation to Mexico to remain in the United States.
       

Labor Day no holiday for disaster relief volunteers


Labor Day was no picnic for Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers involved in responses to flooding along the East Coast and in North Dakota.

       

Baylor alumnus leads evangelical up-and-comers

For the past decade, sociologist Michael Lindsay has been living the very phenomenon he's studied in depth—evangelicals climbing the ranks of secular institutions and becoming American elites. Now the Baptist and Baylor University alumnus is the new president of Gordon College.
       

Debate over Adam and Eve continues


Author Brian McLaren and Southern Baptist Seminary President Al Mohler have entered into an ongoing debate over whether the belief in a literal Adam and Eve is necessary to correctly understand Christ’s saving work.

       
 
 
 
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