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Heath care system broken; Christians should help fix it, speakers say

Since the church has abdicated its responsibility for providing health care in America, Christians should help and not hinder the government as it seeks solutions to the nation’s medical crisis, a physician with experience in public health told participants at the New Baptist Covenant regional meeting.
       

Randall renews call for Baptist Convention of the Americas

Baptists must relinquish the status quo in order to unleash God’s power, participants at the New Baptist Covenant’s Midwest regional gathering were warned. And that may mean revising a concept proposed about a decade ago—creation of a Baptist Convention of the Americas, said Mitch Randall, pastor of NorthHaven Church in Norman, Okla.
       

SERMON: Poverty and the Baptist Legacy in the World

Ellis Orozco, pastor of First Baptist Church in Richardson, Texas, delivered this sermon at the New Baptist Covenant’s Midwest regional meeting in Norman, Okla., Aug. 6. In it he reminds us that Jesus as "was born poor; he lived poor and with the poor; he died poor; and he rose again for the poor."
       

Baptist Briefs: Great Commission website launched

A website encouraging support for the Southern Baptist Convention's Great Commission Resurgence Task Force has been launched at www.pray4gcr.com.
       

LifeWay says 1 in 8 background checks finds criminal record

One in eight background checks conducted on volunteers or prospective employees through LifeWay Christian Resources found a criminal history that might have kept an individual from working or volunteering at a church, the Southern Baptist Convention publishing house reported Aug. 4.
       

Carter planning return trip to Gaza

Former President Jimmy Carter said Aug. 7 he is planning a return trip to Gaza in an effort to focus international attention on what he describes as a humanitarian crisis.
       

Baptists challenged to overcome racial barriers

If they hope to represent Christ in the world, Baptists must find a "better way" of relating than the racism that has marred their witness for most of the past two centuries, participants in a multicultural gathering of Baptists heard.
       

Victim of church-bus crash takes center stage at memorial service

hensonMaggie Lee Henson didn't live long enough to realize her dream of becoming a star on Broadway, but she took center stage in a memorial service celebrating her life Aug.6 at First Baptist Church in Shreveport, La.
       

Wrap-up: BWA moves forward despite financial challenges

Despite a challenging financial outlook, Baptist World Alliance leaders have moved ahead with the election of a new division director, welcomed two additional member bodies and called for new initiatives in both intra-Baptist relations and Christian-Muslim dialogue.
       

BWA advances in spite of financial challenges

Despite a challenging financial outlook, Baptist World Alliance leaders moved ahead with the election of a new division director, welcomed two additional member bodies and called for new initiatives in both intra-Baptist relations and Christian-Muslim dialogue.
       

Shreveport girl dies from injuries in church-bus crash

A July 12 rollover of a bus carrying a Shreveport, La., Baptist church youth group to a summer camp has claimed a second fatality.
       

NAMB trustees consider removing agency head

Two months after passing a resolution unanimously praising the direction of the North American Mission Board and affirming President Geoff Hammond for "exemplary, unique leadership and vision," NAMB trustees will meet Aug. 11 to consider removing him from office.
       

Scholar says Jamaican slave revolt has lessons for all

The story of an African-Caribbean Baptist slave's 19th-century revolt holds theologically liberating implications for all Christians, an international Baptist scholar said July 29.
       

Baptist Briefs

Participants in GuideStone retirement programs can find their new account statements on GuideStone’s participant website, www.MyGuideStone.org.
       

National Guard, hospital had prepared for crash, pastor says

Both a National Guard unit that responded at the scene of a July 12 church-bus accident and the hospital where most of the victims were taken had recently received training for situations similar to what actually occurred, according to the congregation's pastor.
       
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