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.

Speakers chosen for New Baptist Covenant II gathering Nov. 17-19

Social activists Marian Wright Edelman and Tony Campolo will join former President Jimmy Carter and seven other speakers on the program of the New Baptist Covenant II, a Nov. 17-19 gathering of diverse Baptists in Atlanta that will be linked by satellite and Internet to dozens of viewing locations around the country, including sites in San Antonio and Oklahoma City.

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.

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