WMU to produce RA materials

WMU will reassume responsibility for producing resources for Royal Ambassadors—the missions program for boys that originated with the women’s missionary organization more than 100 years ago—and the Challengers program for teenage young men, effective next year.

Ergun Caner moving to school begun by J. Frank Norris

Ergun Caner, the former president of Liberty Theological Seminary demoted for exaggerating claims about his Muslim upbringing, has been hired as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Arlington Baptist College, according to a press release on Caner's website.

Pastor, denominational statesman James Pleitz dies

James Pleitz, a well-known pastor in Florida and Texas active in denominational leadership, died Sunday, May 15. He had been in care of the Joyce Goldenberg Hospice Inpatient Residence in Pensacola, Fla., since May 2.

Virginia Baptists exploring renewed ties with Averett

A Virginia Baptist committee exploring a possible renewal of Baptist General Association of Virginia ties with Averett University -- ties dissolved in 2005 in a disagreement over homosexuality -- has seen “positive” progress, says the committee’s chair.


Texas Baptist Men chainsaw crews headed to Alabama

Tornado damageSix Texas Baptist Men disaster relief teams have been deployed to serve in the wake of devastating tornadoes in Alabama.


ABP directors celebrate press, religious freedom with awards

Freedom of religion and the press are two Baptist gifts important to both church and state, two award recipients said at a May 1 ceremony sponsored by Associated Baptist Press.

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Prayer requests and updates from Southern Baptist International Mission Board missionaries that have been posted on Facebook through CompassionNet now can be accessed on the go.

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Ricky Creech, a former Southern Baptist church-and-community missionary and associational director of missions and more recently on the staff of a Georgia United Methodist church, was elected executive director of the District of Columbia Baptist Convention.

Rogers operates on thin ridge of faith and politics

A career invested in helping Baptists and others navigate the narrow edge where government and religion press against each other with mutual respect and reciprocal wariness has garnered Melissa Rogers the Religious Freedom Award from Associated Baptist Press.


New Baptist Covenant gathering slated for November

Jimmy CarterThree years after the Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant drew 15,000 persons from various Baptist groups to Atlanta, a second major event is being planned for mid-November with large church-based gatherings to be held across the nation.

Land says jury out on whether war in Libya ‘just’

Southern Baptists’ top public-policy expert said April 2 that whether or not President Obama’s action in Libya meets moral standards for a “just” war depends in part on approval by Congress.

Critics complain about Calvin’s influence on SBC Pastors’ Conference

The president for the 2011 Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference defended a program he’s put together for June 12-13 in Phoenix, Ariz., saying critics who find it outside the convention’s mainstream hold too narrow a worldview.


CBF budget cuts total $1.1 million

Deep staff cuts announced in January will help reduce the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's budget shortfall in the 2010-2011 fiscal year by more than $1.1 million, officials said.

New IMB chief insists he has ‘no intention of being an interim’

International Mission Board trustees elected as president of the missions agency Tom Elliff—a 67-year-old longtime Oklahoma pastor, one-time missionary and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention. And despite his age, Elliff insists he has "no intention of being an interim."


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Membership in a group that welcomes and affirms gays does not automatically disqualify a church from participation in the Southern Baptist Convention, the SBC Executive Committee decided at its most recent meeting.
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