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.

New Baptist Covenant speakers proclaim 'release' to captives

Baptists must view prison ministry as more than prayer meetings and Bible studies if they are to follow Jesus’ Luke 4 mandate to “proclaim liberty to the captives,” former Arkansas Appeals Court Justice and Baptist pastor Wendell Griffen told the New Baptist Covenant II.


Jimmy Carter notes progress in building Baptist unity

Former President Jimmy Carter told veteran journalist Bob Abernethy that he’s seen progress in areas that prompted him to convene a New Baptist Covenant gathering in 2008 and New Baptist Covenant II gatherings scattered across nine locations linked by satellite TV Nov. 17-19.


McClatchy: Call people to follow Jesus, not pander to lowest values

Rosalynn CarterMinisters contribute to the decline of churches when they appeal to people’s lowest values of selfish consumerism rather than challenging them to follow Jesus, Rick McClatchy told a regional New Baptist Covenant II assembly in San Antonio. Rosalynn Carter (left) was among speakers at the Atlanta session, linked by satellite to locations around the country.


Baylor course title sparks controversy

Baylor University officials say a blogosphere storm over a course listing of “Homosexuality as a Gateway Drug” was blown out of proportion.

Letter opposing Christian Zionism sparks Israel debate

Evangelical supporters of Israel fired back at a September open letter by two Baptist ethicists questioning theological and moral grounds of “Christian Zionism.”

Yale professor cites similarities between Mormons, Southern Baptists

Southern Baptists who question Gov. Mitt Romney’s Christianity have more in common with Mormonism than they know, Yale literary critic and author Harold Bloom opined in a New York Times commentary Nov.12.

British Baptist newspaper to cease publication

The Baptist Times, an award-winning newspaper published weekly for British Baptists for 156 years, will cease both print and digital editions at the end of the year.

Baptist Briefs

George Mason, pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, has been named chair of a nine-member search committee to find a new Cooperative Baptist Fellowship executive coordinator.
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