Vestal announces decision to retire as CBF executive coordinator

Daniel VestalCooperative Baptist Fellowship Executive Coordinator Daniel Vestal has announced that he will retire effective June 30, 2012.


Baptist Briefs

An immigration judge granted a motion allowing a Baptist church planter facing possible deportation to Mexico to remain in the United States.

Labor Day no holiday for disaster relief volunteers

Labor Day was no picnic for Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers involved in responses to flooding along the East Coast and in North Dakota.


Baylor alumnus leads evangelical up-and-comers

For the past decade, sociologist Michael Lindsay has been living the very phenomenon he's studied in depth—evangelicals climbing the ranks of secular institutions and becoming American elites. Now the Baptist and Baylor University alumnus is the new president of Gordon College.

Debate over Adam and Eve continues

Author Brian McLaren and Southern Baptist Seminary President Al Mohler have entered into an ongoing debate over whether the belief in a literal Adam and Eve is necessary to correctly understand Christ’s saving work.


Baptist relief agencies begin Mid-Atlantic cleanup in wake of Irene

As Hurricane Irene continued its destructive track north Aug. 28, Baptist relief agencies in the Mid-Atlantic began deploying volunteers in the region, which was left with rising water and little electricity in the wake of the storm.


Texans help with CWJC training in North Carolina

WMU of North Carolina sponsored August training sessions both for people looking to start new Christian Women's Job Corps sites and for some who have been at it awhile.

Agriculture project fights poverty, makes way for sharing gospel

In 2012, $8,120 in funds from the Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger will go to support a Baptist World Alliance effort to help Malaysian farmers on the island of Borneo move out of poverty


Teens at 'Blume' urged to raise awareness about human trafficking

The number of slaves worldwide never has been greater than today, a Houston-area missionary told participants at Blume, a missions event for teenaged girls sponsored by national Woman's Missionary Union.


Lottie Moon's death story a myth, new book contends

A new book challenges the familiar story of Lottie Moon, a Southern Baptist missionary martyr who supposedly gave away all her money and starved to death to protest the Foreign Mission Board’s lack of funding for missionaries.


Pioneering woman minister seeks glimpses of holy as prison chaplain

As an ordained Southern Baptist woman pastor, Nancy Sehested became a celebrity in some circles when her Tennessee church was pushed out of its association in the late 1980s for hiring her. Today, she serves outside the limelight as a prison chaplain.

Gregory helps BWA promote better preaching

GregoryJoel Gregory compares commenting on sermons to raising political questions at a holiday meal among extended family. Still, the professor of preaching at Truett Theological Seminary shouldered the risky task of critiquing 24 sermons from the six Baptist World Alliance regions for a presentation at a recent global meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Baptist Briefs

The Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board is sending $950,000 to Baptist conventions in seven states hard-hit by tornadoes and storms.

Zimbabwe Baptist seminary principal fired

Henry MugabeThe principal of the Baptist Theological Seminary of Zimbabwe has been fired for refusing to accept changes made to the school’s governing documents including adherence to a Southern Baptist Convention faith statement that forbids women from serving as pastors.

BWA presents human-rights award, accepts four new African groups

A Baptist leader who helped broker peace among rival factions in the northeast Indian state of Nagaland accepted the 2011 Baptist World Alliance Denton and Janice Lotz Human Rights Award July 9.
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