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BWA to explore talks with Orthodox and Pentecostals

Baptists will begin preparatory conversations later this year with representatives of both Orthodox Christianity and Pentecostal churches, aiming for eventual formal theological dialogue with both, a Baptist World Alliance leader announced July 7.
       

Baptists travel to Malaysia for annual meeting

Baptist leaders from around the world are traveling this weekend to Malaysia for an annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance.
       

CBF pastor says tell stories of why moderates left, not who they left

A Truett Seminary graduate said the 20-year-old Cooperative Baptist Fellowship must recast its message for a rising generation.

       

CBF commissions self-funded missionaries

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship commissioned 14 self-funded individuals to missions work June 23 at the General Assembly in Tampa, Fla. More than 1,600 Fellowship Baptists were in attendance on the first full day of the Assembly, which included auxiliary events, business sessions and the commissioning service.
       

Dunn uplifts ‘soul freedom’ at BJC luncheon

Accepting this year’s J.M. Dawson Religious Liberty Award from the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty June 24, former BJC leader James Dunn identified “soul freedom” as the driving force behind the church-state watchdog organization now in its 75th year.
       

Report: Women ministers gaining ground in Baptist life

Women are making slow but steady progress into ministry positions in Baptist churches, according to a report released by Baptist Women in Ministry.
       

CBF marks 20th anniversary with laughter, hope

Molly MarshallThe Cooperative Baptist Fellowship looked back in laughter and forward in hope at a celebration banquet marking its 20th anniversary June 22.

       

Reduced financial contributions still a problem, CBF council told

Sagging financial contributions remain a challenge for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, members of the group’s Coordinating Council were told June 22.
       

Londoners find Christ when US Worldchangers share


Seventy American students traveled to London early this summer as part of International World Changers, an overseas student missions experience sponsored by the International Mission Board to spread the gospel in the city.

       

Courtroom drama about pistol-packing preacher offers lasting lessons, author says

A new book by David Stokes called The Shooting Salvationist examines J. Frank Norris, the controversial pastor of First Baptist Church in Fort Worth, and his sensational trial and aquittal for murder in the mid-1920s.
       

Southern Baptists look to minorities to jumpstart growth


The Southern Baptist Convention adopted a plan to try to boost minorities in their top leadership posts as the convention faces continuing reports of stagnant baptism rates and declining membership.

       

Southern Baptist messengers affirm belief in doctrine of hell

The Southern Baptist Convention affirmed belief in the reality of a literal hell June 15 in a resolution responding to Rob Bell’s Love Wins book that challenges traditional thinking about eternal damnation.
       

Southern Baptists ‘cannot commend’ new NIV Bible translation

niv bibleThe Southern Baptist Convention went on record June 15 saying it “cannot commend” the 2011 New International Version Bible translation and its use of gender-neutral language. The resolution expressed “profound disappointment” with NIV publishers Biblica and Zondervan Publishing House for their “inaccurate translation of God’s inspired Scripture.”

       

Southern Baptists support path to legal status in immigration reform

The Southern Baptist Convention adopted a debated resolution June 15 calling for “a just and compassionate path to legal status” for undocumented immigrants.
       

Southern Baptists issued ‘1 percent challenge’ for Cooperative Program

A Southern Baptist leader urged pastors June 14 to lead their congregations to increase the percentages of their budgets for the denomination by a percent. Frank Page, president of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, issued his “1 percent challenge” in a report at the convention’s annual gathering in Phoenix.
       
 
 
 
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