Baptist history a continuing search for the New Testament church

Baylor professor Doug Weaver believes a common thread has run throughout Baptist history—the desire to replicate the New Testament model of the church.

Historians trace Baptist beginnings back 400 years

Most church historians agree Baptists emerged as a distinct movement 400 years ago.

Baptist World Alliance responds to Muslim letter

The Baptist World Alliance has issued its formal response to a 2007 letter, written to Christians by 138 Muslim leaders, describing love for God and love for neighbor as common ground between the two faiths.

Billy Graham joins South Carolina church

The best-known nonresident member of First Baptist Church in Dallas has moved his membership. Evangelist Billy Graham has joined First Baptist Church in Spartanburg, S.C.

Tebow's football awards anchored by faith

TebowUPDATED--Tim Tebow, who led his University of Florida team to victory over the Oklahoma Sooners, 24-14, in the BCS National Championship game Jan. 8,  is a member of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla. His parents, Bob and Pam Tebow, are longtime members and, as missionaries to the Philippines, head up the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association.

Teen campaigns for fresh water in Sudan

GuthrieJoshua Guthrie, a 16-year-old high school sophomore dually enrolled at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., has launched an initiative to raise money for a freshwater well in Sudan.

Southwestern Seminary cuts budget

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has announced plans to cut its budget by about 10 percent—a reduction between $3.5 million and $4 million—to “protect the institution from future financial crisis.”

Southern Seminary facing budget shortfall

The head of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is predicting layoffs and tuition increases to manage a $3 million budget shortfall.

National WMU cuts back in order to retain staff

In light of negative economic projections for 2009, national Woman’s Missionary Union has announced $1.4 million in budget cuts, a hiring freeze and a four-week unpaid furlough for staff. But by implementing cost-cutting measures, WMU should be able to avoid layoffs and keep health insurance affordable for its employees, leaders stressed.

Historic Anabaptist writings to be available online

Writings of Balthasar Hubmaier, one of the most well-known and respected Anabaptist theologians of the Reformation, soon will be available for online research, thanks to a project of European Baptist scholars.

Baptist Briefs: Chick-fil-A founder honored

Baptist layman Truett Cathy, founder of the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain, was named the 2008 winner of the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership.

Kentucky Baptist paper names editor

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (ABP) -- Kentucky Baptists have tapped veteran denominational journalist Todd Deaton to become next editor of their historic newspaper, the Western Recorder.

Memo to thieves: Before snatching offering money, don’t complete visitor’s card

Sheriff’s deputies in Lakeland, Fla., tracked down a man charged with stealing the offering from a Southern Baptist church with help from a visitor card he had filled out the previous Sunday.

Longtime Southern Baptist pastor Frank Pollard dies

pollardFrank Pollard, a prominent Southern Baptist pastor and seminary president, died Nov. 30 at his home in San Francisco.

Study says churches with WMU stronger supporters of SBC

Southern Baptist churches that have Woman's Missionary Union organizations support the denomination's missions programs at significantly higher levels than congregations without WMU, according to an analysis of reported church giving.
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