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Baptist Briefs: Prison church joins Baptist association

Baptist Briefs: Prison church joins Baptist association

A Louisiana Baptist association of churches now counts among its members Grace Baptist Church of the Main Camp in Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

       
Abortion study finds gap between SBC official position and pew

Abortion study finds gap between SBC official position and pew

One-third of Protestant women who have had an abortion are Baptist—more than Lutherans, Methodists and Presbyterians combined, according to new statistics on abortion and church attendance collected by LifeWay Research.

       
Southern Baptist missionaries facing early retirement vow to continue evangelism

Missionaries facing early retirement vow to continue evangelism

Tim and Charlotte Cearley, longtime SBC missionaries in Africa, plan to continue their ministry efforts in the United States after taking a voluntary retirement offer from the International Missions Board, part of a budget cut of 600 to 800 missionaries and staffers.

       
Baptist Briefs: LifeWay reconsiders building site

Baptist Briefs: LifeWay reconsiders building site

LifeWay Christian Resources has backed out of plans to build a new headquarters on 1.5 acres of downtown riverfront property.

       
Rural churches struggle as resources flow to urban churches

Rural churches struggle as resources flow to urban churches

Experts say small, rural congregations are at a disadvantage attracting members and ministers and that denominations must be intentional in assisting them.

       
Baptist Briefs: ERLC honors civil rights leader

Baptist Briefs: ERLC honors civil rights leader

John Perkins, civil rights leader and community organizer, received the John Leland Religious Liberty Award from the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

       
Baptist presidents lead racial unity event in Mississippi

Baptist presidents lead racial unity event in Mississippi

In an effort to foster racial unity among Christians, leaders of America’s two largest Baptist groups—one mostly white and the other predominantly black—met with pastors in Mississippi Nov. 4 for a “Conversation on Race in America.”

       
Baptist Briefs: BJC leader blasts religious bigotry.

Baptist Briefs: BJC leader blasts religious bigotry.

The head of a Baptist organization dedicated to upholding religious liberty for all Americans joined Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders in a pledge signed Oct. 23 in Washington denouncing all forms of religious bigotry.

       
Missionary sent to revive Zimbabwe seminary

Missionary sent to revive Zimbabwe seminary

A Southern Seminary Ph.D. student and his family have moved to Zimbabwe with a mission to revive a seminary struggling since the firing of its former principal over doctrine in 2011.  From BNG

       
Baptist Briefs: Court rejects settlement of Baptist home lawsuit.

Baptist Briefs: Court rejects settlement of Baptist home lawsuit

A federal appeals court threw out the 2013 settlement of a lawsuit challenging state funding of a Kentucky Baptist children’s ministry, saying a judge should decide if court-ordered monitoring of alleged violations of the separation of church and state by Sunrise Children’s Services is fair.

       

Ronnie Floyd asks if SBC should consider merging mission boards

Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd suggested merger of the convention’s two mission boards during a symposium on the denomination’s future at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo.

       
Baptist Briefs: Wiley Drake runs for president again

Baptist Briefs: Wiley Drake runs for president again

Wiley Drake, who initiated the 1996 Southern Baptist Convention boycott of the Walt Disney Corporation, announced he is running again as an independent candidate for president.

       
Ministers see how grace and forgiveness trump tragedy

Ministers see how grace and forgiveness trump tragedy

Pastors Kevin Glenn and Greg Hunt along with Jeffrey Collins, an Associated Press reporter and Baptist deacon, shared their experiences as witnesses to tragedy in a conference call designed to offer churches best practices in dealing with crises.

       
Jesus—not therapy—can change LGBT lives, evangelical leaders say

Jesus—not therapy—can change LGBT lives, evangelical leaders say

Evangelical leaders spoke out against reparative mental-health therapy for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender people but still called on them to change, saying only through faith in Jesus can they find “wholeness and holiness.”

       
Baptist Joint Committee’s Brent Walker sets retirement

Baptist Joint Committee’s Brent Walker sets retirement

Brent Walker, longtime executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, a Washington, D.C.-based organization committed to upholding the historic Baptist principle of religious liberty for all people, will retire at the end of 2016.

       
 
 
 
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