BWA advances in spite of financial challenges

Despite a challenging financial outlook, Baptist World Alliance leaders moved ahead with the election of a new division director, welcomed two additional member bodies and called for new initiatives in both intra-Baptist relations and Christian-Muslim dialogue.

Shreveport girl dies from injuries in church-bus crash

A July 12 rollover of a bus carrying a Shreveport, La., Baptist church youth group to a summer camp has claimed a second fatality.

NAMB trustees consider removing agency head

Two months after passing a resolution unanimously praising the direction of the North American Mission Board and affirming President Geoff Hammond for "exemplary, unique leadership and vision," NAMB trustees will meet Aug. 11 to consider removing him from office.

Scholar says Jamaican slave revolt has lessons for all

The story of an African-Caribbean Baptist slave's 19th-century revolt holds theologically liberating implications for all Christians, an international Baptist scholar said July 29.

Baptist Briefs

Participants in GuideStone retirement programs can find their new account statements on GuideStone’s participant website,

National Guard, hospital had prepared for crash, pastor says

Both a National Guard unit that responded at the scene of a July 12 church-bus accident and the hospital where most of the victims were taken had recently received training for situations similar to what actually occurred, according to the congregation's pastor.

Baptist newspaper apologizes for misusing governor's signature

A Baptist newspaper in Oklahoma has apologized for publishing a graphic illustration digitally edited to make it appear a controversial proclamation declaring America a Christian nation was endorsed by the state's Baptist governor.

Youth minister hurt in bus wreck released from hospital

A Baptist church youth minister is recovering at home from injuries he received July 12 when a bus carrying his youth group to a church camp rolled over on a Mississippi interstate injuring 23 passengers, one fatally.

Adrian Rogers' son resigning as IMB missionary

David Rogers, son of the legendary preacher and Southern Baptist Convention president Adrian Rogers, is resigning after 19 years as a missionary to Spain.

Struggle continues for teenager injured in church-bus accident

A teenager from Shreveport, La., continued to fight for her life in a Mississippi hospital four days after a July 12 bus crash that killed one and injured 22 passengers on their way to a church camp in Macon, Ga.

Shreveport church focuses prayer on daughter of church staff member

Five of six victims still hospitalized after a deadly July 12 church-bus accident were improving two days after the wreck, but the next 72 hours remained critical for a church staff member's daughter suffering severe head injuries.

Pastor says National Guard saved lives following wreck of church bus

A church-bus crash that killed one teenager and critically injured another July 12 could have been worse if a transport bus carrying National Guard soldiers had not come upon the accident scene nearly immediately, according to the pastor of the stricken congregation.

Baptist Briefs

Delegates to the American Baptist Churches USA biennial meeting in Pasadena, Calif., torpedoed a major restructuring backed by denominational officials but criticized by some leaders and churches.

Highest freedom is freely giving self to God, Baptist historian says

Baptists must aspire to the kind of freedom that leads them to relinquish their autonomy to God, historian Walter Shurden told participants at the William H. Whitsitt Baptist Heritage Society’s annual meeting.

Leonard: Baptists must find new ways to express ideals

Baptist denominational systems across the United States are in transition and being redefined, spawning a number of issues that are complicating and clouding the Baptist landscape, Bill Leonard told a group of Associated Baptist Press supporters.
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