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New book proposes a theology for ‘other’ Baptists

New book proposes a theology for ‘other’ Baptists

In Contesting Catholicity, Curtis Freeman urges Baptists to move beyond the fragmentation and sectarianism that has characterized so much of the past toward “the unity for which the Lord Jesus prayed and which the church must seek.”

       
Missionary doctors with Service in Mission don protective gear to treat Ebola patients in Liberia. (Service in Mission Photo)

Baptist Briefs: CBF partners with BWA to address Ebola crisis

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is responding to the Ebola crisis in West Africa in partnership with the Baptist World Alliance by contributing $5,000 toward a joint $35,000 fund-raising campaign.

       
WorldCrafts adds new artisan groups and products

WorldCrafts adds new artisan groups and products

WorldCrafts, the fair-trade initiative of Woman’s Missionary Union, has partnered with impoverished artisans from Myanmar to India to Guatemala to offer more than 80 new products this year.

       
David Platt elected IMB president

David Platt elected IMB president

UPDATED: David Platt, an Alabama pastor and author of Radical and Follow Me, has been elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board.

       
Baptist Briefs: LifeWay explores sale of property

Baptist Briefs: LifeWay explores sale of property

LifeWay Christian Resources is exploring the sale of some or all of its 14.5-acre property in downtown Nashville.

       
Baptist Briefs: SBC ethics agency launches think tank

Baptist Briefs: SBC ethics agency launches think tank

The SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has relaunched its research institute to employ the denomination’s top scholars in engaging complex contemporary moral issues.

       
Minister-chef sees shared meals as metaphor for healthy Christian life

Minister-chef sees shared meals as metaphor for healthy Christian life

Milton Brasher-Cunningham - a minister and chef with deep Texas ties - sees an interweaving of food, faith and relationships around the table.

       
Baptist Briefs: ‘Third Way’ church faces possible expulsion

Baptist Briefs: ‘Third Way’ church faces possible expulsion

The 175-church Los Angeles Southern Baptist Association is expected to vote this fall on whether to expel a member congregation for embracing a “Third Way”—neither condemning nor affirming people who identify as homosexual.

       
Baptist ethics agency chief deals frequently with sex questions

Baptist ethics agency chief deals frequently with sex questions

Russell Moore has spent much of his first year at the SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission writing blog posts on questions of Christian sexual ethics. And may times there are no easy answers.

       
Following wife’s death, pastor practices what he preaches

Following wife’s death, pastor practices what he preaches

When Pastor Breonus Mitchell’s wife of 17 years, LaKisha, died at the age of 40 after a battle with breast cancer, he chose to put into practice what he’d been preaching for so long.

       
SBC president urges compassion for undocumented immigrants

Floyd: Have compassion on undocumented immigrant children

The president of the Southern Baptist Convention insists Jesus would be sympathetic to the plight of undocumented children flocking to the southern border of the United States, because as a child, he also lived as an immigrant.

       
West African Baptists take measures as Ebola outbreak worsens

West African Baptists take measures as Ebola outbreak worsens

Baptists in West Africa have created task forces, promoted educational campaigns and closed schools in response to the spread of Ebola—a regional health crisis that has claimed more than 900 lives.

       
Baptist Briefs: Golden Gate campus fetches $85 million

Baptist Briefs: Golden Gate campus fetches $85 million

The sale of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, a 126-acre Southern Baptist campus with views of San Francisco Bay, brought $85 million.

       
Baptist Briefs: Leader urges prayer for global crisis

Baptist Briefs: Leader urges prayer for global crisis

Roy Medley, general secretary of American Baptist Churches USA, called on each of the denomination’s 5,200 congregations to offer prayers each Sunday in August for nations impacted by the “continued escalation of conflict” around the globe this summer.

       
War on poverty remains incomplete after half century, advocates say

War on poverty still not won after 50 years, advocates say

When President Lyndon B. Johnson declared “unconditional war on poverty” in 1964, about 19 percent of the nation lived in poverty. For the first time, a sitting president was prepared to marshal all the nation’s resources to combat it. Fifty years later, victory remains elusive.

       
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