Vestal predicts more CBF downsizing

The head of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship predicted future budget cuts that for the first time would affect global-missions personnel for the 20-year-old movement spun off from the Southern Baptist Convention.

True Love Waits commitments in Africa approach 1 million

The number of commitments by African youth to sexual purity through True Love Waits International stands at more than 959,000 since LifeWay Christian Resources launched its strategic initiative there in summer 2007.

Tom Elliff nominated to lead International Mission Board

Tom Elliff, a longtime Oklahoma pastor and former missionary, has been nominated to be president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board.


Memories, lessons recalled from historic bombed church

Carolyn McKinstryCarolyn McKinstry, 63, has been a part of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church since she was two years old, and barely avoided being killed when the Ku Klux Klan bombed the church in 1963. She recounts her experiences in a new book.


McCall’s personal papers trace Southern Baptist race relations

An extensive collection of personal records from one of the Southern Baptist Convention’s most influential black leaders now is open to researchers at the Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives in Nashville, Tenn.


Court rejects 'birther' challenge by former SBC officer

The California Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to Barack Obama's election as president filed by plaintiffs including a former officer of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Kentucky Baptists cut jobs, freeze salaries

The Kentucky Baptist Convention announced job cuts Jan. 31 intended to free up more money for national and international ministries of the Southern Baptist Convention.

CBF announces layoffs

CBF logoThe Cooperative Baptist Fellowship announced deep staff cuts Jan. 28, citing lingering financial woes.


Morris Ashcraft, longtime Baptist educator, dies

Morris Ashcraft, a longtime seminary professor and administrator who after retiring helped establish a free-standing seminary for moderates disenfranchised by the "conservative resurgence" in the Southern Baptist Convention, died Jan. 29 after a long illness. He was 88.

Former WMU president Christine Gregory dies

Christine Gregory, national Woman's Missionary Union president from 1975–1981, died Jan. 22, in Danville, Va. She was 89.

Belmont adds sexual orientation to anti-discrimination policy

Belmont University trustees voted to add sexual orientation to the historically Baptist school’s anti-discrimination policy.

Wiley Drake considering run for SBC president

A controversial former Southern Baptist Convention vice president who spearheaded the Disney boycott and publicly announced he was praying for the death of President Barack Obama is considering allowing his nomination for SBC president in 2011.

Baptist Briefs

The Missouri Baptist Convention announced the resignation of Executive Director David Tolliver.

Website highlights how Baptists were changed by Civil War

The American Civil War led Baptists in the South to forsake their historic commitment to the separation of church and state and embrace Christian nationalism, the head of a Baptist history organization says on a new website.


Baptists debate social drinking

 Two decades after settling the question of biblical inerrancy, Southern Baptists are battling about booze.
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