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2011 in the rearview mirror

Japan quakeAssociated Baptist Press published 586 news and feature stories in 2011. Some were more memorable than others. Here is a review of some of the year’s top newsmakers.

       

2011 notable deaths

Here is a list of notable deaths in 2011 that were reported by Associated Baptist Press.
       

BWA, SBC leaders meet for first time since 2004

Leaders of the Baptist World Alliance traveled to Nashville, Tenn., to meet Dec. 19 with leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention, a founding member of the BWA that withdrew in 2004 over theological differences.
       

Baptists, Pentecostals seek common ground

Leaders of two large Christian traditions held preliminary conversations Dec. 13-15 to lay groundwork for ecumenical dialogue between Baptists and Pentecostals around the world.
       

Louisiana woman finds hope through Christian Women's Job Corps


Danielle Flintroy described her life as "a complete mess" before arriving at Christian Women's Job Corps. She is this year's recipient of the Sybil Bentley Dove Award, which is given annually to a current or former CWJC participant who advances herself through life skills, academic development, and faith in God.

       

Mohler insists real Christians believe in the Virgin Birth

AnnunciationSouthern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler says Christians who deny the Virgin Birth aren’t really Christians at all.

       

Task force completes study of SBC name change

A task force appointed to study a possible name change for the Southern Baptist Convention has completed its work and will bring recommendations to the SBC Executive Committee Feb. 20.
       

Task force completes study of SBC name change

A task force appointed to study a possible name change for the Southern Baptist Convention has completed its work and will bring recommendations to the SBC Executive Committee Feb. 20.
       

Scholars say evangelicals tinkering with the Trinity

The TrinityA group of evangelical scholars has released a statement labeling an increasingly popular teaching about gender roles a revival of an ancient heresy concerning the nature of God. It all goes back to a 4th century cleric named Arius.

 

       

Founding ABP board member Ardelle Clemons dies

Ardelle Clemons—a founding board member of Associated Baptist Press, student minister and veteran pastor's wife—died Nov. 26 after a long illness. She was 93.
       

Baptist Briefs

For the first time in its 188-year history, the predominantly white Baptist General Association of Virginia has an African-American president.
       

Churches need to lead, not trail behind, in race relations, panel says

Too often, churches have trailed society at large in terms of embracing racial and ethnic diversity, a multiethnic panel told a regional New Baptist Covenant II gathering in San Antonio.
       

Attendance disappoints, quality encourages Covenant planners


Planners of Nov. 17-19 New Baptist Covenant gatherings were disappointed with attendance but pleased with the diversity and quality of presentations, one of the organizers said Nov. 21.

       

OKC New Baptist Covenant takes aim at payday lending

Payday lending traps many of America’s working poor in a vortex of debt, participants at the New Baptist Covenant II satellite meeting in Oklahoma City learned.
       

Speak up for justice & counter inequality, preachers tell OKC crowd

The world’s brokenness calls out for Christians who will speak courageously on behalf of justice and fairness, a trio of pastors told participants at the New Baptist Covenant II satellite sessions in Oklahoma City.
       
 
 
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