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.

Religious leaders challenging anti-Muslim rhetoric, violence

Against a background of mounting anti-Muslim rhetoric and violence, Baptist and other religious leaders spoke out Aug. 30 against Islamophobia and urged federal officials to take a more proactive role in safeguarding Muslims’ civil rights.

Baptist Briefs

Nathan Webb, a senior at Lumberton High School, won the grand prize in this year’s Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest, sponsored by the Religious Liberty Council of the Baptist Joint Committee.

Seminary president says evolution 'incompatible' with Christian faith

Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., says evolution and Christianity are not compatible.

Lumberton youth pens prize-winning essay

Nathan Webb, a senior at Lumberton High School, won the grand prize in this year’s Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest, sponsored by the Religious Liberty Council of the Baptist Joint Committee.

Controversial theologian Clark Pinnock dies

Clark Pinnock, an influential theologian whose spiritual pilgrimage led from a fiery fundamentalism as a young professor to an openness that caused some to brand him a heretic, died Aug. 15 of a heart attack.

Preacher's alter-ego a superhero wrestler in 'The Masked Saint'

Chris Whaley, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Longwood, Fla., wrestled professionally from 1978 until 1988 as "The Saint." Whaley drew from experiences both in the ministry and the ring to create a fictional superhero in The Masked Saint, published by Tate Publishing.

BWA leaders focus on diversity, justice, development

The BWA’s first global congress since its 2005 centennial and last year’s 400th anniversary of the beginning of the Baptist movement revealed an ever-more-diverse global fellowship poised to tackle injustice and poverty.
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