Baptists’ grass-roots identity helped spread key ideas

While Baptists may not be able to claim sole credit as the originators of ideas such as religious liberty and the modern missionary movement, the denomination’s identification with common folk helped them become “popularizers” of these and of other significant ideas, Baptist historian Carol Holcomb suggested.

Baptists urged to remember their roots, consider risks of ‘majoritarian faith’

Baptists in the United States—who find themselves members of a religious majority or plurality in many areas—would do well to remember their humble beginnings as a persecuted minority and to reconsider the dangers of a “majoritarian faith,” Baptist scholar Doug Weaver urged at a recent Baptist history conference.

Former SBC leader takes on 'emergent church'

Thirty years after ridding the Southern Baptist Convention of theological liberalism, the nation's largest non-Catholic religious organization now faces a different kind of liberalism from within, warns a Missouri layman and former member of the SBC Executive Committee.

Southern progressivism left its mark on WMU

Southern-style Social Gospel may not be the first thing that springs to mind when most Baptists think of Woman’s Missionary Union, but Southern progressivism significantly influenced the organization in its formative years, church historian Carol Holcomb noted.

Records sketchy, but Baptist women clearly left their mark in colonial America

Women outnumbered men in many Baptist churches in colonial America, but most of their names have been lost to history, church historian Pam Durso lamented.

Golfer honors father-in-law’s vision through gift to BUA

The family of Hispanic golf celebrity Jose Jimenez, who died in 2007, has given Baptist University of the Americas a bequest of $100,000—the largest contribution from a Latino family in the school’s 62-year history, and the fourth-largest overall.

Texas legislative session deemed ‘successful’

In what BGCT Christian Life Commission staff members deemed a “successful” legislative session, lawmakers defeated efforts to expand gambling, approved a health insurance plan that would cover ministers of small churches, created liaisons between state agencies and faith-based groups and passed legislation against human trafficking.

Program enables retired ministers, widows to live with dignity

More than 2,100 households received monthly assistance from the Southern Baptist Convention’s GuideStone Financial Resources program Mission: Dignity, said John Ambra, overseer of the program. Two-thirds of the recipients are widows of ministers.

BGCT launches partnership, aims to train 100,000 disciple-makers

The Baptist General Convention of Texas has partnered with the International Evangelism Association in an effort to train 100,000 disciple-makers to follow up on spiritual decisions made during Texas Hope 2010.

Elder Statesman award goes to ‘behind the scenes’ laypeople

W. Leroy and Ramona James Daniel of Wichita Falls received the BGCT's 2009 Texas Baptist Elder Statesman award.

Oliver begins work as ETBU president

Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver began his tenure as the 12th president of East Texas Baptist University June 1.
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