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Youth minister hurt in bus wreck released from hospital

A Baptist church youth minister is recovering at home from injuries he received July 12 when a bus carrying his youth group to a church camp rolled over on a Mississippi interstate injuring 23 passengers, one fatally.

Adrian Rogers' son resigning as IMB missionary

David Rogers, son of the legendary preacher and Southern Baptist Convention president Adrian Rogers, is resigning after 19 years as a missionary to Spain.

Struggle continues for teenager injured in church-bus accident

A teenager from Shreveport, La., continued to fight for her life in a Mississippi hospital four days after a July 12 bus crash that killed one and injured 22 passengers on their way to a church camp in Macon, Ga.

Shreveport church focuses prayer on daughter of church staff member

Five of six victims still hospitalized after a deadly July 12 church-bus accident were improving two days after the wreck, but the next 72 hours remained critical for a church staff member's daughter suffering severe head injuries.

Pastor says National Guard saved lives following wreck of church bus

A church-bus crash that killed one teenager and critically injured another July 12 could have been worse if a transport bus carrying National Guard soldiers had not come upon the accident scene nearly immediately, according to the pastor of the stricken congregation.

Baptist Briefs

Delegates to the American Baptist Churches USA biennial meeting in Pasadena, Calif., torpedoed a major restructuring backed by denominational officials but criticized by some leaders and churches.

Highest freedom is freely giving self to God, Baptist historian says

Baptists must aspire to the kind of freedom that leads them to relinquish their autonomy to God, historian Walter Shurden told participants at the William H. Whitsitt Baptist Heritage Society’s annual meeting.

Leonard: Baptists must find new ways to express ideals

Baptist denominational systems across the United States are in transition and being redefined, spawning a number of issues that are complicating and clouding the Baptist landscape, Bill Leonard told a group of Associated Baptist Press supporters.

Religious liberty demands constant vigilance, congressman reminds Baptists

An advocate in the U.S. Congress for church-state separation thanked Baptists for their contributions to religious liberty and reminded them of the need to continue defending the wall of separation.

BWA chief invites Baptists to gather around the table of fellowship

The communion table provides a metaphor for how the Baptist World Alliance can unite Baptists in a “true spirit of hospitality,” Neville Callam insisted. Callam, general secretary of the worldwide organization, addressed the challenge of bringing Baptists together during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s general assembly in Houston.

Highest freedom is freely giving self to God, Baptist historian says

Baptists must aspire to the kind of freedom that leads them to relinquish their autonomy to God, historian Walter Shurden told participants at the William H. Whitsitt Baptist Heritage Society’s annual meeting.

Missions and ministry the focus of Texas CBF gathering

Texas members of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship focused on missions and ministry as well as doing business when they gathered during the national CBF annual general assembly in Houston.

Vestal says CBF a work of God's grace

Nearly 20 years after its founding as a small breakaway group birthed by controversy in the Southern Baptist Convention, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship exists today as a work of God's grace, the group's top executive said July 3.

Young pastors encourage CBF supporters to ‘Embrace the World’

Attendees to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly got a visceral call to embrace the world -- and all their neighbors -- in worship July 2.

CBF moderator urges General Assembly to celebrate movement

Following a year of financial hardship, the moderator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship urged the group's General Assembly July 2 to celebrate the movement's success and potential for the future.
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