CBF, Mercer to provide prosthetics for Haitian amputees

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has awarded a $50,000 grant to Mercer University to provide affordable prosthetics for Haiti, where thousands of people lost limbs in the January 2010 earthquake. Video Included

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Associated Baptist Press has been given a $125,000 grant from the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation for its 2010 budget.

Black pastor says he doesn't plan to run for SBC president

A Louisiana pastor says he has no plans to be nominated as the Southern Baptist Convention's first African-American president this summer in Orlando, Fla., even though his candidacy had been promoted in an Arlington pastor's blog.

Pastor says it is time for Southern Baptists to elect a black president

Arlington pastor Dwight McKissic says it is time for the Southern Baptist Convention to elect its first black president.

Georgia Baptists target second church with woman pastor

For the second straight year, the Georgia Baptist Convention is poised to cut ties with a church over the issue of women in ministry.

Great Commission Task Force head surprised at backlash to report

The head of a task force appointed last summer to recommend ways to make the Southern Baptist Convention more effective in reaching the lost said he was surprised by negative reaction to parts of the group's preliminary report.

At 100, minister slows down, but he keeps on serving God

J.W. Archie, who just turned 100 years old, still performs his usual duties as associate pastor for Mount Hebron Missionary Baptist Church in Thomas, Ala.

Baptist Briefs: Chile quake devastates churches

About 250 Baptist churches in Chile were destroyed in the powerful earthquake that shook the country Feb. 27, according to the Baptist World Alliance.

Widow shares experience on one-year anniversary of pastor's slaying

March 8, 2009, started out as a fairly normal Sunday for Cindy Winters. Her husband, Fred, got up early to preach the 8:15 a.m. service at First Baptist Church in Maryville, Ill. One of their daughters rode with her father because she was working in the nursery that morning. Cindy and their other daughter came later. Then the nightmare began.

African-American Baptist groups pledge $50 million for Haiti

America's five largest historically African-American Baptist organizations are cooperating to raise $50 million to help rebuild Haiti and provide aid to victims of a Jan. 12 earthquake that devastated the area surrounding the capital of Port-au-Prince.

Former Baptist editor Fletcher Allen dies

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (ABP) -- A retired denominational journalist who worked three decades at Baptist newspapers in three states died Feb. 27 after a long battle with cancer.

Baptist expert says Establishment Clause applies to foreign policy

A Baptist church-state specialist voiced concern about a think-tank report urging a new direction for U.S. foreign policy focused on the role religion plays in world affairs.

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Max Lyall, a concert and church pianist who taught 25 years at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, died unexpectedly Feb. 18.

Task force calls for more cooperation between SBC entities

A task force studying ways to make the Southern Baptist Convention more effective recommended greater flexibility and cooperation among state and national entities in a progress report to the SBC Executive Committee Feb. 22.

African-American Baptists collaborate to help Haiti

Presidents of five historically African-American Baptist denominations announced Feb. 12 they were collaborating to respond more effectively to human need in Haiti.
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