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Trial under way for former Baptist preacher charged with murder

Jury selection got under way Jan. 12 in a murder trial of a former Texas Baptist minister accused of killing his wife.

SBC president undergoes surgery

Southern Baptist Convention president Johnny Hunt underwent successful cancer surgery Jan. 7 at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. An update on the First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Ga., website said Hunt rested well after the operation and was expected to be released from the hospital Jan. 8.

Former IMB administrator, MasterLife creator, diagnosed with leukemia

Avery Willis, a former Southern Baptist missionary and administrator best known as developer of the MasterLife discipleship materials used around the world, has been diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia.

Baptist deaths in 2009

A number of widely known Baptists passed away in 2009. Here are some of the most newsworthy.

Baptist Briefs: GuideStone offers new tool

GuideStone Property & Casualty has just released the Ministry Protection Plan, an online tool that walks participants through the process of developing a comprehensive risk-management plan.

Baptist churches encouraged to invite a woman to preach

Baptist Women in Ministry is seeking pulpits for an annual emphasis to promote and encourage women preachers.

Baptist Briefs: Virginia Baptists increase budget

Virginia Baptists increase budget. Bucking a national trend, Virginia Baptists in their recent annual meeting adopted a 2010 budget of $14 million—about 1.4 percent larger than 2009’s budget, which is expected to see a shortfall.

Chair notes ‘enormous progress’ by SBC task force

The Great Commission Resurgence Task Force has made “great, enormous progress” and plans to present a substantial report during the February meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee in Nashville, Tenn., Chairman Ronnie Floyd said.

Grand jury to review police shooting of Georgia minister

A north Georgia prosecutor says he will let a grand jury decide whether to bring criminal charges against undercover police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a Baptist minister during a botched drug sting.

Baptist state conventions feeling effects of economy

Feeling the effects of a bad economy, several Southern Baptist Convention-affiliated state and regional conventions reduced budgets in annual meetings held in recent weeks across the nation.

Baptist Briefs: IMB to cut missionary force by 600

Southern Baptists will be forced to draw down their overseas missions force in 2010 by as many as 600 missionaries, International Mission Board trustees were told Nov. 10.

Georgia Baptist Convention cuts ties with church led by woman pastor

The Georgia Baptist Convention has ended its 148-year-old relationship with First Baptist Church of Decatur, Ga., over the congregation's 2007 vote to hire a woman as senior pastor.

Baptist Briefs

Three Southern Baptist churches were honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with the Energy Star Congregation Award. First Baptist Church in Dallas, First Baptist Church in Springdale, Ark., and Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, Fla., each earned recognition for their efforts at reducing energy consumption.

Baptist Briefs

A judge in Uzbekistan has found three Baptist leaders guilty of tax evasion and involving children in religious activities without their parents’ permission, ending a high-profile trial in the Uzbek capital city of Tashkent.

Merritt, Gushee: On creation care, evangelicals must move toward 'we'

American Christians must move beyond a theology of “me” to a theology of “we” in order to play a meaningful role in creation care, according to speakers at a two-day conference recently held Oct. 29-31 on the campus of Mercer University in Macon, Ga.
 
 
 
 
 
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