Gay-rights group targets Baptist colleges, including DBU

A group that promotes equal rights for homosexuals in religious organizations appears to be targeting Baptist schools in its third annual tour of faith-based educational institutions, including Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth and Dallas Baptist University.

American Baptist history archives reunited at Mercer University

The American Baptist Historical Society dedicated the Samuel Colgate Historical Library and Archives on Mercer University’s Atlanta campus Sept. 27, bringing its vast collections previously housed at Valley Forge, Pa., and Rochester, N.Y., under one roof.

Pastor and seminary leader Landrum P. Leavell II dies

Landrum P. Leavell II, former pastor of First Baptist Church in Wichita Falls and president emeritus of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, died in Sept. 26 in Wichita Falls. He was 81.

Baptist Briefs: Relief workers pass mileposts

Southern Baptists disaster relief volunteers have passed the milestone of preparing more than 2 million hot meals in the wake of Hurricanes Ike and Gustav.

Louisiana churches ponder life after Ike

Hurricane-weary churches in southern Louisiana that weathered Katrina and Rita and three years later Gustav may have been done in by Ike’s onslaught.

IMB retooling to focus agency on local-church mission work

The Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board will reorganize over the next year to focus more on local churches’ involvement in missions and provide flexibility to reach people groups across geographical lines.

Stay the course when market drops, Hawkins suggests

Even though sharp drops in the stock market have many Southern Baptist pastors worried about their retirement funds, making an emotional decision to get out of the market is unwise, the president of Guidestone Financial Resources said.


David Wilkinson to become ABP executive director

Veteran Baptist communicator David Wilkinson has been named executive director for Associated Baptist Press.

Family vacation centers on missions and service

FamilyFest, a hands-on missions opportunity for families sponsored by Woman’s Missionary Union, drew more than 100 volunteers for mission activities in the Kansas City, Kan., area.

BAPTIST BRIEFS: News service editor steps down

Greg Warner, who has been executive editor of Associated Baptist Press since 1991, informed the independent news service’s directors and staff he would be stepping down for medical reasons.

Hawaii hosts WMU co-ed missions event

Waves of volunteers hit the shores of Oahu, Hawaii, for the first-ever co-ed student-missions event sponsored by Woman’s Missionary Union.

Former WMU leader Dellanna O’Brien dies at 75

Dellanna West O’Brien, who led the Southern Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union through some of its most trying times, died Sept. 7 at age 75.

ABP Executive Editor Greg Warner to step down, citing health reasons

Greg Warner
Greg Warner
Greg Warner, who has led Associated Baptist Press since its infancy 18 years ago, informed the agency’s directors and staff Aug. 26 that he would be stepping down for medical reasons.

Baptist Briefs: Baptists’ gifts to Union top $3 million

About $13 million in donations to Union University leaves it still about $5 million short of what it needs to rebuild its campus, which was destroyed by a tornado in February.

Sunday school class project sparks international ministry

An eye-opening visit by a Baptist Sunday school class from Columbia Baptist Church in suburban Washington, D.C., to a Moscow hospital nearly 20 years ago sparked a project that today provides millions of dollars in medical supplies to almost 100 countries around the world--CrossLink International.
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