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LifeWay background-check service finds hundreds of felonies

Discounted criminal-background checks offered by LifeWay Christian Resources found more than 600 felony offenses in checks for the 900-plus churches and organizations that have purchased the service in its first two years.
       

Heaven’s Rain tells true story of sin, pain and forgiveness

Heaven's RainA son of Southern Baptist missionaries who survived the home-invasion murder of his parents in 1979 and later went on to advocate for victims’ rights as Oklahoma’s youngest-ever state senator brings his story to the big screen in a newly released independent film titled Heaven’s Rain.Video Included
       

Reduction in force planned at NAMB

Telling North American Mission Board staff “considerable change” is coming, President Kevin Ezell shared a retirement incentive with employees that will be the beginning of an overall reduction in force in the months ahead.
       

Church administrators to focus on risk management

A jury in Florida ordered a prominent Southern Baptist church to pay $4.75 million to a man injured seven years ago on a ski trip for youth.
       

SBC ethics czar supports Murfreesboro mosque

After opposing the building of a mosque near Ground Zero in New York City, the Southern Baptist Convention's chief spokesman on public policy has come out in support of Muslims seeking to build a new Islamic center in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
       

Clergy sexual abuse 'pervasive,' co-author of study says

While newspapers carried headlines about high-profile sexual-coercion lawsuits filed against Atlanta mega-church pastor Eddie Long, a Baptist researcher said the problem of clergy sexual abuse is much larger than a few charismatic leaders who abuse their power.
       

Baptist Briefs: Maggie Lee legacy lives on

The second annual “Maggie Lee for Good” day is scheduled Oct. 29—an emphasis on enlisting people to do at least one act of kindness on what would have marked Maggie Lee Henson’s 14th birthday.
       

Baptist historians affirm individual conscience

A group of Baptist historians that meets annually to read and discuss early Baptist writings endorsed a statement affirming the role of individual conscience in Baptist life.
       

Ezell elected NAMB president

Trustees elected Kentucky pastor Kevin Ezell president of the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention after a four-hour called meeting Sept. 14.
       

NAMB presidential nominee defends church's giving record

The Kentucky pastor nominated to become president of the Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board says the search committee viewed his congregation's emphasis on direct funding of missions -- as opposed to through denominational channels -- as an asset and not a liability.
       

Updated: Broadway Baptist Church discontinues partnership with BGCT

Brent BeasleyA historic Fort Worth church has cut off its 125-year-old relationship with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, saying it doesn't want to be distracted by questions concerning the congregation's position on homosexuality.

       

La. Baptist Convention exec challenges Ezell pick at NAMB

In an unprecedented open letter to trustees of the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board, the head of an SBC-affiliated state convention called Sept. 9 for NAMB trustees not to endorse a search committee’s recommendation for the board’s new president.
       

National Baptist leader says lawsuit by former leader settled

The National Baptist Convention USA has settled one lawsuit with a disgraced former president who sued after losing a re-election bid in 2009, the convention's parliamentarian and general counsel told state convention presidents attending an annual convention in Kansas City, Mo., Sept. 6.
       

Baptist Army chaplain first slain in combat since Vietnam

Chaplain GoetzA Baptist who died in an Aug. 30 roadside bombing in Afghanistan is the first U.S. Army chaplain to be killed in the line of duty since the Vietnam conflict, according to Army officials.
       

Ezell of Kentucky recommended as NAMB president

The presidential search committee of the North American Mission Board's trustees unanimously has nominated Kevin Ezell, senior pastor of Louisville's Highview Baptist Church.
       
 
 
 
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