Preach good news, proclaim freedom, seminary president urges Baptists

Preach Christ’s good news and proclaim freedom, Argentine seminary president Pablo Deiros challenged participants at the 20th Baptist World Congress in Honolulu July 29.

Southern Baptists’ large military presence colors gay debate

Repeal of a military ban on openly gay members is expected by many. But Southern Baptists, who have many more active-duty military chaplains than any other denomination, are not giving up without a fight.

South Africa to host continent’s first Baptist World Congress in 2015

For the first time, the Baptist World Congress will be held in Africa in 2015, according to a July 27 announcement from Baptist World Alliance General Secretary Neville Callam.

Catholics in Nagaland claim persecution by Baptists

NagalandBaptists in Nagaland defended themselves against charges of anti-Catholic bigotry after villagers tore down a Catholic church because the town allows churches only of the Baptist denomination. The controversy has generated widespread media attention pitting Catholics against the Nagaland Baptist Church Council.

Jimmy Carter credits Baptist preacher for his election as president

Jimmy Carter said July 23 he doubts he would have been elected 39th president of the United States without the aid of Jimmy Allen, a Texas Baptist preacher who endorsed him at a time when his 1976 presidential campaign was floundering.

Group demands apology for religious teaching that denigrates women

A group of women and men calling themselves the Freedom for Christian Women Coalition has demanded an apology for religious teaching they say is harmful to women. Shirley Taylor, founder of Baptist Women for Equality, presented the Demand for an Apology from the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood at a July 24 meeting in Orlando, Fla.

ABP celebrates 20th birthday marked by growing pains

July 17 marked the 20th birthday of Associated Baptist Press, an independent news service created by and for Baptists interested in a free press during a tumultuous time within the Southern Baptist Convention.

Baptist Briefs: Crumpler honored

Carolyn Weatherford Crumpler, former executive director of Woman’s Missionary Union and a past moderator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, received the annual Courage Award from the William H. Whitsitt Baptist Heritage Society during the CBF general assembly in Charlotte, N.C.

CBF to evaluate structure, funding in two-year study

Facing a chronic budget shortfall, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship moderator Hal Bass has appointed a 14-member task force to study the organization’s missional and organizational future.

CBF workshop explores church’s response to homosexuality

Fifteen years after the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship adopted an organizational value prohibiting the funding of organizations that affirm practicing homosexuals, a large crowd packed a workshop June 25 on what it means to be the “presence of Christ” among persons of same-sex orientation.

Historian urges Cooperative Baptists to reclaim ‘audacious identity’

Historian Bill Leonard encouraged fellow Baptists to “get over” being embarrassed by their denomination’s often-negative image and instead celebrate their lineage in an “audacious identity” established by their forebears.

Southwestern retirees to lose benefit; group asks trustees to reconsider

An organization of retired faculty and staff from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has asked the school’s trustees to reconsider a decision to discontinue providing health insurance coverage at no cost to retirees. But the seminary's president says trustees will not reconsider the issue.

Vestal says CBF will have to recall missionaries unless funding improves

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship will be forced to recall missionaries from the field if donations to its annual Offering for Global Missions do not increase next year, CBF Executive Coordinator Daniel Vestal told the CBF Coordinating Council June 23.

SBC approves smaller budget, recognizes retiring executives

Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando, Fla., approved a pared down budget for 2010-2011 and honored two agency presidents who retire this year.

Rankin notes missions progress, but ‘not there yet’

Jerry RankinWhen it comes to reaching the world for Christ, Southern Baptists “are not there yet,” said Jerry Rankin, president of the International Mission Board.

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