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N.C. church, pastor minister after nursing home shooting

shootingFirst Baptist Church in Carthage, N.C., designed its fellowship hall to be used in a disaster. But church leaders expected it would be a hurricane or a flood -- not a mass shooting at a local nursing home. Officials used the hall March 29 to talk to about 300 people who had relatives at the nearby Pinelake Health and Rehab facility, where a gunman killed eight and wounded two others earlier in the day.

       

Alabama Baptists headed to court over property dispute

Alabama Baptists are going to court to resolve a dispute with Montgomery, Ala., homeowners that Baptist leaders claim are unreasonably hindering development of land the state convention is trying to sell.
       

Southern Baptist activist organizes confab on church and environment

flourishAn upcoming national conference on churches and the environment features several well-known evangelical speakers, including some prominent Southern Baptist leaders who will be speaking for first time on the increasingly high-profile theological issue known as "creation care."
       

Evangelical baptism center opens in Jordan

baptismBaptist leaders and other dignitaries -- including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair -- took part in a ceremony dedicating a new evangelical Christian baptism center at the Jordanian spot traditionally regarded as the site of Jesus' baptism.

       

Baptist Briefs: Leonard stepping down at Wake Forest

Leonard to step down as Wake Forest dean. Bill Leonard, the founding dean of the Wake Forest University Divinity School, is stepping down next year, school officials announced.
       

BWA leaders cut spending, make bylaws revisions

Members of the Baptist World Alliance’s executive committee heard a sobering financial report detailing investment losses over the last year, agreed to slash the group’s budget, gave initial approval to organizational changes and met BWA’s new director for freedom and justice during their annual meeting.
       

Calling–not ordination–the crucial question on women in ministry

Asking whether women should be ordained to the ministry is the wrong question, Baptist professor Curtis Freeman insisted. “The question is, ‘Who is being gifted in the church?’”
       

Church gathers for worship week after pastor slain

One of a select fraternity of pastors who has experienced a church shooting consoled and challenged an Illinois Baptist congregation one week after its popular pastor was fatally shot while preaching his Sunday sermon.
       

Widow of slain pastor says she isn't angry at accused killer

The widow of slain Baptist pastor Fred Winters says she harbors no anger toward her husband's alleged murderer.
       

Slain Baptist pastor hailed as hero, martyr

A fellow pastor and former church member hailed slain Baptist preacher Fred Winters as a "hero and a martyr" at a memorial service at First Baptist Church of Maryville, Ill., March 13.
       

Martial-arts seminar at Baptist school leads kung-fu master to Christ

Taiwanese kung-fu master Liu Chang found Christ while leading a seminar at Virginia Baptist-affiliated Bluefield College.
       

Bill to permit guns in churches revived in wake of pastor's shooting

An Arkansas lawmaker says she will reintroduce a bill to allow concealed weapons in churches after a deadly Illinois church shooting March 8.
       

Baptists old and getting older, study says

elderlyBaptists may be the grayest of any major religious group in America, according to a study released March 9 by Trinity College of Connecticut.
       

Pastor gunned down in pulpit

A past president of the Illinois Baptist State Association died March 8 when a gunman walked into his church and gunned him down during an early morning worship service.
       

Baptist Briefs: Peace activists gather in Rome

Between 300 and 400 Christians attended the Global Baptist Peace Conference in Rome.
       
 
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