Pastor proposes SBC resolution celebrating Obama's election

A prominent African-American pastor is urging the Southern Baptist Convention to adopt a resolution celebrating the election of President Obama when it meets June 23-24 in Louisville, Ky.

Texas Baptist team discovers ongoing needs in Armenia

Three Texas Baptists on a fact-finding mission to Armenia discovered a country lacking resources and medical attention.

SBC restructuring unnecessary, Executive Committee chief asserts

A proposal to study a restructuring of the Southern Baptist Convention is not needed, SBC Executive Committee President Morris Chapman insists. That's why he has declined to sign a proposed Great Commission Resurgence Declaration.

Faith-based groups push for health-care reform

Ads airing on Christian and mainstream radio stations in several states are attempting to frame health care as a moral issue.

Poll shows little change on marriage, but more support for other gay rights

Results from a recently released Gallup poll show  a majority of Americans continue to oppose same-sex marriage—but that the youngest voters support equal marriage rights for homosexual couples by a wide margin.

Baptists respond to cyclone in Bangladesh

The Baptist World Alliance has responded to Cyclone Aila, which killed nearly 200 and destroyed thousands of homes May 25 in Bangladesh and India.

Around the State

Howard Payne University will hold its Young Scholars and Summer Scholars programs June 15-19.

Baylor engineering students form national nonprofit

Baylor University’s Engineers with a Mission has expanded to Global Appropriate Technology Ministries. The organization will serve as a nonprofit engineering consulting agency for foreign mission projects around the world.

Baptist Briefs: Baptist Men, RA numbers increase

Although total church membership, Sunday school attendance and the number of baptisms in the Southern Baptist Convention declined in 2008 from 2007, participation by men and boys in Baptist Men’s ministries and the Royal Ambassadors program for boys jumped almost 6 percent in 2008.

Former SBC president embraces creation care

James Merritt, a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, confessed to a group of Christian environmentalists his recent conversion to the cause of creation care.

Online micro-loan program for Third World business inspires student loan program

Inspired by an Internet program that allows donors to provide small loans to entrepreneurs in developing nations, a South Texas school launched a similar pilot program to help ministerial students complete their education without an oppressive debt load.
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