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.

Worth repeating: 2010 -- the year in quotes

2010 quotablesHere are some of the more memorable quotes that appeared in Associated Baptist Press stories and commentaries during 2010.


Year in review: Baptist deaths in 2010

Here are some notable Baptist newsmakers who died during 2010.



Year in review: News makers in 2010

The year 2010 began badly with a deadly Jan. 13 earthquake in Haiti that killed an estimated 230,000 people and affected 3 million. The 7.0 magnitude quake prompted unprecedented compassion in the United States.


Suspects plead guilty to East Texas church arsons

Two men accused in a string of East Texas arsons fires early in 2010 pleaded guilty Dec. 15 in a Smith County court to burning five churches.

NAMB trustee resigns

A trustee has resigned from the Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board saying he does not share the vision of the agency's new president.

Grant will help answer: ‘How can I be a minister?’

An international student ministry and historical partner of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has received a $750,000 Lilly Endowment grant to help theologically moderate churches discover God's calling for both clergy and laity.

SBC Executive Committee merging functions, including Baptist Press

The Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee will eliminate two vice presidents and merge its news and public-relations functions, Baptist Press reported Nov. 30.

Baptist Briefs

A Nov. 12 open letter calling Southern Baptists to observe a day of prayer in January declared Americans “live in desperate times” and need “a heal-the-land kind of blessing” from God.
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