Baptist Briefs: State conventions roundup

Messengers to the Tennessee Baptist Convention approved a new missions partnership with West Africa and adopted a $39 million budget.

Georgia Baptists reject church with woman pastor

pennington_russellThe Georgia Baptist Convention has decided to refuse gifts from a historic member church that last year called as pastor a woman—Julie Pennington-Russell, formerly of Calvary Baptist Church in Waco.

Pastors often find church roadmaps quite confusing

Most pastors of small Baptist churches see what God is calling their congregations to be and do and have laid the groundwork for accomplishing the mission, but their efforts are frustrated by “turf” battles and a failure to clarify and evaluate plans, according to a new study by LifeWay Research.

Activists arrested, but not at DBU & Southwestern

Three gay-rights activists were arrested on the campus of Baptist-affiliated Union University and others were arrested on other campuses, but not at Dallas Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth.

Baptist Briefs: Arkansas Baptists focus on children & youth

Messengers to the 2008 annual meeting of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention launched a three-year emphasis on reaching children and youth.

Five Peruvian villagers stayed, kneeled & prayed

The Peruvian village of Huancané is an easy place to do all the right ministry things, but it is a very difficult place to see results.

Nontraditional ministry opportunities abound in Europe

Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research, led a group of pastors to Krakow, Poland, to explore how nontraditional churches can put their faith into action alongside International Mission Board workers in the region.

Survey: Protestant pastors favor McCain, but many still undecided

A majority of Protestant pastors say they plan to vote for Republican presidential nominee John McCain, but nearly one in four is undecided, according to a LifeWay poll.

Newly deployed soldiers benefit from chaplain’s experience in Iraq

From 2006 to 2007, Baptist Chaplain Jim Kirkendall was in Balad, Iraq, where he counseled soldiers and visited the wounded and workers at the Air Force Theater Hospital and the Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facility.

Baptist chaplain offers ministry of presence at San Antonio hospital

Sometimes Laura Mannes wishes she could fix the pain, grief and suffering she encounters each day as a chaplain. Then she reminds herself of her mission.

IMB expands child-protection policy

The Southern Baptist International Mission Board has extended its child-protection policy to request that short-term mission team participants go through a screening process.

Lottery lease proposals prompt warnings

It isn’t clear whether the Illinois Senate will tackle a bill to lease the state’s lottery at a special session in November. But regardless of that legislation, it is only one of a dozen states contemplating such action.

Birth control sinful and maybe ‘murder,’ seminary prof asserts

A Southern Baptist seminary professor has sparked controversy with a recent sermon labeling use of birth-control pills a sin.

Bible says it and Baptists believe it, but religious practice far from settled

Throughout their history, Baptists have uniformly revered the Bible but passionately disagreed about what it means, historian Bill Leonard told an audience at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary.

Baptist Briefs: Marse Grant dies

James Marse Grant, editor emeritus of the North Carolina Baptist Biblical Recorder, died Oct. 17 at his home, in Raleigh, N.C. He was 88.
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