Crash victim remembered with random acts of kindness

On Oct. 29 lawyers took cases pro bono, a man installed a water heater for a disabled man who previously showered on his back porch and a man stopping to give a stranded motorist a jump wound up replacing her battery. All were acts of kindness to mark what would have been the 13th birthday of a girl killed this summer by injuries received in a church-bus accident.

Messengers approve CP funds to lawsuits, two allocation options offered

RAYTOWN -- Missouri Baptist congregations will have to formally vote during a church business meeting if they wish to protect their Cooperative Program gifts from being used to fund ongoing legal action. Messengers to the 175th Missouri Baptist Convention annual meeting adopted an Executive Board recommendation that establishes CP allocation plans. Plan A, the default plan, designates 3 percent of CP allocations to be used to pay legal costs.

MBC messengers increase authority of Executive Board over lawsuits

Messengers to the 175th annual meeting of the Missouri Baptist Convention broadened the authority of the MBC Executive Board to resolve ongoing lawsuits against five formerly related entities in their morning session on October 27 at First Baptist Church, Raytown.

Next two CBF assemblies will mark 20 years of "movement"

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship will stress community at the organization's 20th General Assembly June 24-25, 2010, in Charlotte, N.C.

Former SBC leader says NAMB is obsolete

An elder statesman who led three Southern Baptist Convention entities for a total of 40 years says the denomination's North American Mission Board is an obsolete bureaucracy that will likely have a diminished role or disappear altogether in the 21st century.

BWA leader highlights priorities at DBU gathering

CallumIn the early years of the 21st century, Baptists worldwide have made significant contributions in areas such as relief and development, missions and evangelism and human rights, but they have far to go in the area of unity, a Baptist World Alliance leader told a group at Dallas Baptist University.


Cuban Baptists released from jail

Two Cuban Baptist leaders held two weeks while authorities investigated what they regarded suspicious economic activity have reportedly been released from jail.

Baptist Briefs: IMB dips into contingency funds

International Mission Board Treasurer David Steverson told trustees of the agency the mission board faces a budget shortfall “crisis.”

Jailed Cuban Baptists accused of illegal economic activity

Cuban authorities say two Baptist leaders held in jail for 11 days in a city on the eastern end of the island are accused of illegal economic activities. They reportedly were delivering financial aid to churches.

Cuban Baptist leaders in custody; charges unclear

Two Cuban Baptist leaders arrested Oct. 3 in the city of Santiago de Cuba remain in jail, reportedly without formal charge and with few details of why they are being held.

Former 'Baptist Hour' preacher Charles Wellborn dies

Former "Baptist Hour" radio preacher and Baylor University professor Charles Wellborn died Oct. 1 at his home in Georgetown, Ky.

Study says SBC funding plan inadequate to achieve stated goals

The Southern Baptist Convention has identified a missionary-sending goal big enough to accomplish the nearly 2,000-year-old task of the Great Commission -- but lacks a clear fund-raising plan for meeting it, according to an upcoming annual report on Christian stewardship.

Maggie Lee for Good honors memory of girl killed in bus crash

The parents of a girl who died this summer from injuries received in a church-bus wreck are asking 13,000 people to keep her memory alive by doing something good on Oct. 29 -- which would have been her 13th birthday.

Nilson Fanini, former BWA president, dies at 77

Nilson Fanini, Brazilian pastor and evangelist who served as president of the Baptist World Alliance from 1995 to 2000, died Sept. 19. He was 77.


Morris Chapman planning to retire

Morris Chapman, president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, announced plans Sept. 21 to retire at the end of September 2010.
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