Baptist Briefs

Colleen Burroughs, vice president of the Passport youth-camping ministry, will be nominated as moderator-elect of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

Baptist ethicist says oil spill a moral issue

A Baptist ethicist says the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a moral issue, although few Americans have framed the issue in moral terms.

Former pastor, NAMB member, indicted for fleecing flock

A former Southern Baptist pastor in Missouri has been indicted on charges of using his position to defraud church members into loaning him money that he did not repay.

'Idaho 10' member blames UNICEF for group's arrest

With the last of 10 Southern Baptist mission volunteers released from a Haitian jail May 17, one of her "Idaho 10" co-laborers is breaking his silence and blames the whole ordeal on meddling by the United Nation's Children Fund, more commonly known as UNICEF.

Baptist Briefs

Leo Endel, executive director of the Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention, is joining an increasingly crowded field of candidates who will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention at the June 15-16 meeting in Orlando.

‘Miss Jan’ keeps order at Georgia church, where Carter draws crowd

Jan Williams is the head peacekeeper at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga. where former President Jimmy Carter teaches a Sunday school class. At 8 a.m. on any given Sunday morning, “Miss Jan” steps out the church’s front doors and encounters a line of visitors already forming.

Former SBC president nominated to lead Executive Committee

Former Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page is being nominated as president of the SBC Executive Committee, one of three key leadership positions in the nation's second-largest faith group in the process of being filled.


Final U.S. Baptist released from Haiti

The last of 10 Americans detained while trying to take 33 children out of Haiti following the Jan. 12 earthquake was released May 17 after a judge found her guilty and sentenced her to time already served in jail.

Missouri convention wants control or assets of remaining litigants

Regaining control is the heart of the Missouri Baptist Convention’s ongoing legal action against three formerly affiliated institutions. If control cannot be restored, then the convention would like its “stuff” returned, a Cole County judge learned May 11.

University to investigate alleged untruths by seminary president

Liberty University will investigate reports that its seminary president has misled the public in his testimony about converting from militant Islam to Christianity, officials of the school in Lynchburg, Va., announced May 10.

Task force report urges SBC to free IMB to work in North America

The Great Commission Resurgence Task Force will ask the Southern Baptist Convention to give its International Mission Board freedom to evangelize unreached people groups on what had been the exclusive turf of the North American Mission Board.

Book urges Christians to go green for God

Jonathan Merritt says he was both disappointed and pleasantly surprised by the response he received after organizing several hundred Southern Baptists in 2008 to issue a statement identifying the environment and climate change as moral issues.

Southern Baptist jailed in Haiti to stand trial on reduced charge

Southern Baptist mission volunteer Laura Silsby will stand trial in Haiti on a charge of arranging irregular travel, CNN reported April 26.

Founding CBF Coordinator Cecil Sherman dies after heart attack

Cecil Sherman, one of the central figures to help give birth to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, died from complications of a heart attack April 17 in Virginia.

Moderate Baptist leader Cecil Sherman dies

Cecil Sherman, 82, one of the most visible moderate leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention controversy of the 1980s and first coordinator of the breakaway Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, died April 17 from complications of a heart attack.
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