True Love Waits pioneer to retire

Jimmy Hester, cofounder of the True Love Waits sexual purity movement, has announced plans to retire Sept. 30 from LifeWay Christian Resources.

Southern Baptists consider sale of Glorieta conference center

GlorietaThe Southern Baptist Convention is scaling back operations at Glorieta Conference Center and considering sale of the 2,100-acre campus near Santa Fe, N.M.


Southern Baptists consider name change

After 166 years as the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s second-largest religious body could be getting a new name.

Wake Forest endowed chair honors Baptist leaders

Church history professor Bill J. Leonard has been named the first James and Marilyn Dunn Chair of Baptist Studies at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity, officials at the school in Winston-Salem, N.C., announced Sept. 14.


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.
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