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.

BWA commission urges Baptists to continue conversation with Muslims

Baptists must continue to engage with Muslims around the world in hopes of promoting “peaceful living together,” a Baptist World Alliance commission concluded.


BWA to explore talks with Orthodox and Pentecostals

Baptists will begin preparatory conversations later this year with representatives of both Orthodox Christianity and Pentecostal churches, aiming for eventual formal theological dialogue with both, a Baptist World Alliance leader announced July 7.

Baptists travel to Malaysia for annual meeting

Baptist leaders from around the world are traveling this weekend to Malaysia for an annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance.

CBF pastor says tell stories of why moderates left, not who they left

A Truett Seminary graduate said the 20-year-old Cooperative Baptist Fellowship must recast its message for a rising generation.


CBF commissions self-funded missionaries

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship commissioned 14 self-funded individuals to missions work June 23 at the General Assembly in Tampa, Fla. More than 1,600 Fellowship Baptists were in attendance on the first full day of the Assembly, which included auxiliary events, business sessions and the commissioning service.

Dunn uplifts ‘soul freedom’ at BJC luncheon

Accepting this year’s J.M. Dawson Religious Liberty Award from the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty June 24, former BJC leader James Dunn identified “soul freedom” as the driving force behind the church-state watchdog organization now in its 75th year.

Report: Women ministers gaining ground in Baptist life

Women are making slow but steady progress into ministry positions in Baptist churches, according to a report released by Baptist Women in Ministry.
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