Baptist Briefs: Chile quake devastates churches

About 250 Baptist churches in Chile were destroyed in the powerful earthquake that shook the country Feb. 27, according to the Baptist World Alliance.

Widow shares experience on one-year anniversary of pastor's slaying

March 8, 2009, started out as a fairly normal Sunday for Cindy Winters. Her husband, Fred, got up early to preach the 8:15 a.m. service at First Baptist Church in Maryville, Ill. One of their daughters rode with her father because she was working in the nursery that morning. Cindy and their other daughter came later. Then the nightmare began.

African-American Baptist groups pledge $50 million for Haiti

America's five largest historically African-American Baptist organizations are cooperating to raise $50 million to help rebuild Haiti and provide aid to victims of a Jan. 12 earthquake that devastated the area surrounding the capital of Port-au-Prince.

Former Baptist editor Fletcher Allen dies

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (ABP) -- A retired denominational journalist who worked three decades at Baptist newspapers in three states died Feb. 27 after a long battle with cancer.

Baptist expert says Establishment Clause applies to foreign policy

A Baptist church-state specialist voiced concern about a think-tank report urging a new direction for U.S. foreign policy focused on the role religion plays in world affairs.

Baptist Briefs

Max Lyall, a concert and church pianist who taught 25 years at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, died unexpectedly Feb. 18.

Task force calls for more cooperation between SBC entities

A task force studying ways to make the Southern Baptist Convention more effective recommended greater flexibility and cooperation among state and national entities in a progress report to the SBC Executive Committee Feb. 22.

African-American Baptists collaborate to help Haiti

Presidents of five historically African-American Baptist denominations announced Feb. 12 they were collaborating to respond more effectively to human need in Haiti.

Idaho church hopeful that members in Haiti will be released

Leaders of a Southern Baptist church in Idaho said Feb. 11 they were encouraged by reports that a judge in Haiti has recommended release of 10 mission volunteers being held on child-kidnapping charges but were still awaiting official word.

Seminary president labels Southern Baptist mission strategy 'heresy'

The president of Liberty Theological Seminary has labeled a method used by Southern Baptist missionaries to spread the gospel in Muslim lands deceptive and heretical.

Baptist prof fears Haiti arrests will set back adoption movement

A Southern Baptist seminary professor says the arrests of a group of U.S. Baptists accused of trying to remove children from earthquake-stricken Haiti without proper documentation could give a black eye to a budding movement of evangelicals who view adoption as a means of spreading the gospel.

Missionaries offer comfort to injured quake victims from Haiti

Haiti AidInternational Mission Board missionaries help break through language barriers as a clinic in the Dominican Republic swells with injured victims of Haiti's earthquake.

Former Southwest Baptist University student pleads guilty to assault

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (ABP) -- A former football player at Southwest Baptist University pleaded guilty Jan. 25 to second-degree assault in a 2006 beating that left a Bolivar, Mo., man permanently disabled.

Baptist World Aid workers say situation in Haiti still desperate

A Baptist rescue team in Haiti described the situation there as desperate more than two weeks after a massive earthquake devastated the island nation Jan. 12.

Haitians seek shelter near church in Port-au-Prince

Haiti ShilohA blue tarp tied to what is left of Shiloh Baptist Church in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, serves as a safe haven for some members who survived the Jan. 12 earthquake.Video Included

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