Religious liberty demands constant vigilance, congressman reminds Baptists

An advocate in the U.S. Congress for church-state separation thanked Baptists for their contributions to religious liberty and reminded them of the need to continue defending the wall of separation.

BWA chief invites Baptists to gather around the table of fellowship

The communion table provides a metaphor for how the Baptist World Alliance can unite Baptists in a “true spirit of hospitality,” Neville Callam insisted. Callam, general secretary of the worldwide organization, addressed the challenge of bringing Baptists together during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s general assembly in Houston.

Highest freedom is freely giving self to God, Baptist historian says

Baptists must aspire to the kind of freedom that leads them to relinquish their autonomy to God, historian Walter Shurden told participants at the William H. Whitsitt Baptist Heritage Society’s annual meeting.

Missions and ministry the focus of Texas CBF gathering

Texas members of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship focused on missions and ministry as well as doing business when they gathered during the national CBF annual general assembly in Houston.

Vestal says CBF a work of God's grace

Nearly 20 years after its founding as a small breakaway group birthed by controversy in the Southern Baptist Convention, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship exists today as a work of God's grace, the group's top executive said July 3.

Young pastors encourage CBF supporters to ‘Embrace the World’

Attendees to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly got a visceral call to embrace the world -- and all their neighbors -- in worship July 2.

CBF moderator urges General Assembly to celebrate movement

Following a year of financial hardship, the moderator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship urged the group's General Assembly July 2 to celebrate the movement's success and potential for the future.

CBF adjusts to budget shortfall

Eight months into the fiscal year, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's revenues were 20 percent below budget, the group's Coordinating Council learned July 1. But -- thanks to a plan in place since March to reduce spending to match the projected shortfall -- leaders said the organization is not facing a budget crisis.

Ministry network hailed as emerging trend

Participants at a CBF commissioning service prayed for six field personnel who are assuming new assignments and recognized representatives of a ministry network serving in China.


ABCUSA delegates refuse to approve bylaw changes

While celebrating the denomination’s broad ethnic, regional and language diversity at their biennial meeting June 26-28, members of the American Baptist Churches USA  torpedoed a major restructuring.

Baptist Briefs: Draper released from hospital

Former Southern Baptist Convention President Jimmy Draper was released from the hospital June 11 and is continuing his recovery from strep bacterial meningitis.

WMU challenged to ‘change a life, change the world,’ through missions

Participants at the 2009 Woman’s Missionary Union missions celebration June 21-22 conducted the mission organization’s business and heard challenges to “change a life” and “change the world.”

Great Commission Task Force approved by SBC messengers

Overwhelming approval of a Great Commission Task Force climaxed 25 minutes of discussion during the Tuesday evening session of Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.

SBC needs to be serious about Great Commission, Hunt stresses

Despite membership declines compounded by an apparent generation gap, the Southern Baptist Convention faces a bright future, newly re-elected SBC President Johnny Hunt predicted.

Task force approved, but motions focus on controversial pastor

A proposal that could reshape the SBC received overwhelming approval during the 2009 SBC annual meeting. But controversial pastor Mark Driscoll was in the spotlight, too.
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