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From prison to presidency? Lyons seeks National Baptist Convention comeback

Henry J. Lyons, former president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, who was imprisoned on charges of fraud a decade ago, is one of two candidates running to be the group’s next president this September.

Court says Montana election law wrongly applied to church

A federal appeals court ruled Feb. 25 that Montana officials violated the free-speech rights of a Southern Baptist church when they required the congregation to register as a political action committee for supporting a ballot initiative against gay marriage in 2004.

Baptist Briefs: Tax Guide

Ministers can find additional help in preparing their 2008 federal income tax returns from GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.

CBF cuts spending by 20 percent

Starting March 1, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship will operate on a contingency spending plan that cuts staff salaries by 1 percent and reduces funding for theology schools and other CBF partner organizations by 30 percent.

Baptist pastor and wife fail to reunite with kidnapped children

A Baptist pastor and his wife returned from California to their Georgia home after failing to reunite with their two children who vanished along with their maternal grandparents 20 years ago.

Baptist Briefs: GuideStone downsizes

GuideStone Financial Resources announced a workforce downsizing of 10 percent through projected attrition and a hiring freeze as part of a reduction of its 2009 budget.

WMU honors former leaders, anticipates new year

Trustees of Woman’s Missionary Union honored the memory of two former leaders—Alma Hunt and Dellanna O’Brien—during a meeting where they also looked toward initiatives for 2009.

Former Samford president Tom Corts dies

Former Samford University President Thomas Corts died unexpectedly Feb. 4, apparently of an heart attack.

Appeals court sides with Missouri Baptist conference center

Windermere Baptist Conference Center acted within its legal rights when it changed its articles of incorporation, a Missouri appellate court ruled Feb. 3.

Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller dies

fullerMillard Fuller, a millionaire entrepreneur who gave away his fortune to create Habitat for Humanity International in 1976, died Feb. 3 after a brief illness.

Recession forces cutbacks for SBC entities

Several Southern Baptist Convention entities are tightening the belt in response to budget shortfalls in a flagging economy.

Church with woman pastor expects further rebuke from Georgia Baptists

A church denied voting rights in the Georgia Baptist Convention because it is led by a woman pastor could face further sanctions, Pastor Julie Pennington-Russell reports in the church newsletter.

Oklahoma Baptist foundation loses money in Madoff scandal

At least one Baptist group lost money as part of Bernard Madoff's alleged $50 billion Ponzi scheme. The Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma said it lost $1.4 million, less than 1 percent of its assets, when third-party money managers invested in two of Madoff's allegedly fraudulent hedge funds.

Website seeks to rally support for women's ordination

A former Baptist General Convention of Texas employee and her husband of 47 years have started a website urging Baptist women to speak up for their rights to be ordained as deacons and senior pastors.

Baptist Briefs: Glorieta cuts full-time staff

As a cost-cutting measure, Glorieta Conference Center near Santa Fe, N.M., will operate only two facilities from October through mid-May—New Mexico Hall and Hall of State. That means a reduction of full-time staff by roughly one-half—from 44 to 21—by Oct. 1.
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