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.

CBF marks 20th anniversary with laughter, hope

Molly MarshallThe Cooperative Baptist Fellowship looked back in laughter and forward in hope at a celebration banquet marking its 20th anniversary June 22.


Reduced financial contributions still a problem, CBF council told

Sagging financial contributions remain a challenge for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, members of the group’s Coordinating Council were told June 22.

Londoners find Christ when US Worldchangers share

Seventy American students traveled to London early this summer as part of International World Changers, an overseas student missions experience sponsored by the International Mission Board to spread the gospel in the city.


Courtroom drama about pistol-packing preacher offers lasting lessons, author says

A new book by David Stokes called The Shooting Salvationist examines J. Frank Norris, the controversial pastor of First Baptist Church in Fort Worth, and his sensational trial and aquittal for murder in the mid-1920s.
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