Morris Chapman planning to retire

Morris Chapman, president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, announced plans Sept. 21 to retire at the end of September 2010.

Baptist has low expectations for White House faith-based panel

Former Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page said he doesn’t expect much to result from the work of advisers to the White House’s office dealing with faith-based and community groups.

Lyons loses bid to lead National Baptists again

An Alabama pastor was elected president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, overwhelmingly defeating Henry J. Lyons, the denomination’s former leader who was sent to prison for fraud.

Open mission positions may be ‘God moment,’ says SBC task force chair

ROGERS, Ark. -- Impending vacancies in the top leadership positions of the Southern Baptist Convention’s two mission boards offer unique opportunities for the denomination as it considers new ways to engage its mission enterprise, says the chair of a task force examining how the SBC should most effectively structure its missionary and funding mechanisms.


UPDATED: IMB president to retire next summer

UPDATED: Jerry Rankin, who has served 17 years as president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board, has announced plans to retire July 31, 2010.

Cecil Sherman receives ABP’s religious freedom award

Cecil Sherman, a pivotal figure in moderate Baptist life for the past half century, was recognized Sept. 10 for his fierce commitment to religious freedom as Associated Baptist Press presented him one of its top awards before a room filled with his family, friends and colleagues.

Baptist Briefs: National WMU event slated

“Fulfilled” is the name and the theme of a national Woman’s Missionary Union weekend event Oct. 8-10 at First Baptist Church in Kissimmee, Fla.

Black Baptist group elects new leader

MONTCLAIR, N.J. (ABP) -- A New Jersey pastor who formerly worked for American Baptist Churches USA has been chosen to lead one of America's largest black Baptist denominations.

Respect required for Baptist women in ministry, pastor insists

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

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.
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