Southern Baptist activist organizes confab on church and environment

flourishAn upcoming national conference on churches and the environment features several well-known evangelical speakers, including some prominent Southern Baptist leaders who will be speaking for first time on the increasingly high-profile theological issue known as "creation care."

Evangelical baptism center opens in Jordan

baptismBaptist leaders and other dignitaries -- including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair -- took part in a ceremony dedicating a new evangelical Christian baptism center at the Jordanian spot traditionally regarded as the site of Jesus' baptism.


Baptist Briefs: Leonard stepping down at Wake Forest

Leonard to step down as Wake Forest dean. Bill Leonard, the founding dean of the Wake Forest University Divinity School, is stepping down next year, school officials announced.

BWA leaders cut spending, make bylaws revisions

Members of the Baptist World Alliance’s executive committee heard a sobering financial report detailing investment losses over the last year, agreed to slash the group’s budget, gave initial approval to organizational changes and met BWA’s new director for freedom and justice during their annual meeting.

Calling–not ordination–the crucial question on women in ministry

Asking whether women should be ordained to the ministry is the wrong question, Baptist professor Curtis Freeman insisted. “The question is, ‘Who is being gifted in the church?’”

Church gathers for worship week after pastor slain

One of a select fraternity of pastors who has experienced a church shooting consoled and challenged an Illinois Baptist congregation one week after its popular pastor was fatally shot while preaching his Sunday sermon.

Widow of slain pastor says she isn't angry at accused killer

The widow of slain Baptist pastor Fred Winters says she harbors no anger toward her husband's alleged murderer.

Slain Baptist pastor hailed as hero, martyr

A fellow pastor and former church member hailed slain Baptist preacher Fred Winters as a "hero and a martyr" at a memorial service at First Baptist Church of Maryville, Ill., March 13.

Martial-arts seminar at Baptist school leads kung-fu master to Christ

Taiwanese kung-fu master Liu Chang found Christ while leading a seminar at Virginia Baptist-affiliated Bluefield College.

Bill to permit guns in churches revived in wake of pastor's shooting

An Arkansas lawmaker says she will reintroduce a bill to allow concealed weapons in churches after a deadly Illinois church shooting March 8.

Baptists old and getting older, study says

elderlyBaptists may be the grayest of any major religious group in America, according to a study released March 9 by Trinity College of Connecticut.

Pastor gunned down in pulpit

A past president of the Illinois Baptist State Association died March 8 when a gunman walked into his church and gunned him down during an early morning worship service.

Baptist Briefs: Peace activists gather in Rome

Between 300 and 400 Christians attended the Global Baptist Peace Conference in Rome.

Carter: Christians have duty to pursue peace in Holy Land

Former President Jimmy Carter’s recent book, We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land: A Plan that Will Work, reviews the contributions of past U.S. presidents toward peace in Israel and Palestine, and advances his hopes that President Obama might be able to complete the task.

From prison to presidency? Lyons seeks National Baptist Convention comeback

Henry J. Lyons, former president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, who was imprisoned on charges of fraud a decade ago, is one of two candidates running to be the group’s next president this September.
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