Varied testimonies touch on themes of faith, forgiveness, unity & inclusion

Testimonies at a regional meeting of the New Baptist Covenant offered glimpses into souls.

BAPTIST BRIEFS: Fatalities when car hits MercyMe bus.

Two teenagers and an unborn baby were killed Aug. 8 when a car collided with a tour bus carrying the Christian band MercyMe.

Hell? No, most pastors insist when it comes to sermon topics

hellJust when it seemed to have cooled off, the topic of hell is back on the front burner—at least for pastors learning to preach about a topic most Americans would rather not talk about.

Baptists neglect lessons from biblical teachings about Mary, scholar asserts

A Hispanic Baptist theologian insists overreaction to Catholic veneration of the Virgin Mary has caused Baptists to miss important biblical teaching associated with the mother of Jesus.

Former HMB president says NAMB merger was a mistake

Combining three Southern Baptist agencies into the North American Mission Board in 1995 was a bad idea, says the last president of one of the agencies.

Samford cancels event featuring Rick Pitino

Samford University has canceled an upcoming event featuring Rick Pitino, the University of Louisville basketball coach in the news for a scandal involving adultery and abortion.

NAMB trustees name acting interim president

North American Mission Board trustees on Aug. 12 named Richard Harris, the organization's senior strategist for missions advancement, as acting interim president.

NAMB president, 3 associates stepping down

The head of the Southern Baptist Convention North American Mission Board and three top associates resigned during a called meeting of the agency's board of trustees Aug. 11.

"Agape" requires respect for women in ministry, Burleson insists

A Southern Baptist pastor from Oklahoma compared his fellow conservatives’ treatment of women in ministry to earlier generations’ treatment of African-Americans.

Poor and marginalized need Baptists to speak prophetically, Orozco says

The plight of poor people depends significantly upon Baptists’ determination to retain their unique legacy, an urban pastor who spent a decade ministering in one of the nation’s poorest counties told participants at the New Baptist Covenant regional meeting in Oklahoma.

Heath care system broken; Christians should help fix it, speakers say

Since the church has abdicated its responsibility for providing health care in America, Christians should help and not hinder the government as it seeks solutions to the nation’s medical crisis, a physician with experience in public health told participants at the New Baptist Covenant regional meeting.

Randall renews call for Baptist Convention of the Americas

Baptists must relinquish the status quo in order to unleash God’s power, participants at the New Baptist Covenant’s Midwest regional gathering were warned. And that may mean revising a concept proposed about a decade ago—creation of a Baptist Convention of the Americas, said Mitch Randall, pastor of NorthHaven Church in Norman, Okla.

SERMON: Poverty and the Baptist Legacy in the World

Ellis Orozco, pastor of First Baptist Church in Richardson, Texas, delivered this sermon at the New Baptist Covenant’s Midwest regional meeting in Norman, Okla., Aug. 6. In it he reminds us that Jesus as "was born poor; he lived poor and with the poor; he died poor; and he rose again for the poor."

Baptist Briefs: Great Commission website launched

A website encouraging support for the Southern Baptist Convention's Great Commission Resurgence Task Force has been launched at

LifeWay says 1 in 8 background checks finds criminal record

One in eight background checks conducted on volunteers or prospective employees through LifeWay Christian Resources found a criminal history that might have kept an individual from working or volunteering at a church, the Southern Baptist Convention publishing house reported Aug. 4.
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