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Baptist Briefs

A Nov. 12 open letter calling Southern Baptists to observe a day of prayer in January declared Americans “live in desperate times” and need “a heal-the-land kind of blessing” from God.
       

Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood unimpressed by new NIV

NIV CoverA group that criticized the New International Version Bible translation for introducing a gender-inclusive edition in 2005 says it isn't satisfied by revisions in the latest edition recently available online.

       

Georgia Baptists oust second church with woman pastor

For the second year in a row, the Georgia Baptist Convention has withdrawn fellowship from one of its most historic member churches for calling a woman as pastor.
       

N.C. Baptist newspaper editor resigns amid defunding threat

The editor of North Carolina Baptists' newspaper has agreed to resign his post to prevent a threatened motion to defund the publication from being made at the upcoming Baptist State Convention of North Carolina annual meeting.
       

CBF 2012 task force begins with listening sessions

A blue-ribbon task force assigned to study and recommend changes to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's structure has begun its work with a series of listening sessions as the organization seeks to move beyond the past and look toward the future.
       

Rise of Hispanic evangelicals said influencing immigration debate

The immigration debate has drawn Latinos into the public square more fully than ever before -- and Hispanic Protestants in particular -- Gabriel Salguero, a noted Latino evangelical author and thinker, recently told an audience at Mercer University.
       

LifeWay background-check service finds hundreds of felonies

Discounted criminal-background checks offered by LifeWay Christian Resources found more than 600 felony offenses in checks for the 900-plus churches and organizations that have purchased the service in its first two years.
       

Heaven’s Rain tells true story of sin, pain and forgiveness

Heaven's RainA son of Southern Baptist missionaries who survived the home-invasion murder of his parents in 1979 and later went on to advocate for victims’ rights as Oklahoma’s youngest-ever state senator brings his story to the big screen in a newly released independent film titled Heaven’s Rain.Video Included
       

Reduction in force planned at NAMB

Telling North American Mission Board staff “considerable change” is coming, President Kevin Ezell shared a retirement incentive with employees that will be the beginning of an overall reduction in force in the months ahead.
       

Church administrators to focus on risk management

A jury in Florida ordered a prominent Southern Baptist church to pay $4.75 million to a man injured seven years ago on a ski trip for youth.
       

SBC ethics czar supports Murfreesboro mosque

After opposing the building of a mosque near Ground Zero in New York City, the Southern Baptist Convention's chief spokesman on public policy has come out in support of Muslims seeking to build a new Islamic center in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
       

Clergy sexual abuse 'pervasive,' co-author of study says

While newspapers carried headlines about high-profile sexual-coercion lawsuits filed against Atlanta mega-church pastor Eddie Long, a Baptist researcher said the problem of clergy sexual abuse is much larger than a few charismatic leaders who abuse their power.
       

Baptist Briefs: Maggie Lee legacy lives on

The second annual “Maggie Lee for Good” day is scheduled Oct. 29—an emphasis on enlisting people to do at least one act of kindness on what would have marked Maggie Lee Henson’s 14th birthday.
       

Baptist historians affirm individual conscience

A group of Baptist historians that meets annually to read and discuss early Baptist writings endorsed a statement affirming the role of individual conscience in Baptist life.
       

Ezell elected NAMB president

Trustees elected Kentucky pastor Kevin Ezell president of the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention after a four-hour called meeting Sept. 14.
       
 
 
 
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