Baptists celebrate past with an eye to the future

In 400 years, the Baptist movement has grown to 200,000 churches with more than 50 million members in countries around the world. But the largest Baptist group in the United States—the Southern Baptist Convention—has reported declining membership.

Baptist influence on history of U.S., world a mixed bag, historians say

Baptists’ signal contribution to American and world history and political thought, historians almost unanimously agree, is their uncompromising emphasis on religious liberty.

Historians debate reasons for rise of Landmarkism in 19th century

All Landmark Baptists believe in church succession, at least to some degree, but not every Baptist holding that position is—or was—a Landmarker, according to Alan Lefever, director of the Texas Baptist Historical Collection.

Baptist history a continuing search for the New Testament church

Baylor professor Doug Weaver believes a common thread has run throughout Baptist history—the desire to replicate the New Testament model of the church.

Seminaries, national WMU cut budgets for ‘09

The economic downturn is taking its toll on Southern Baptist entities, with at least two seminaries and national Woman’s Missionary Union cutting their 2009 budgets.

Gaza Baptist church caught in crossfire between Israeli troops, Hamas militants

Fighting between Israeli troops and Hamas militants has damaged a Baptist church in Gaza.

Religious abuse continues in Iraq, commission says

Iraq should be designated as a “country of particular concern” because its government tolerates the abuse of religious communities, according to the U.S. Commission on Interna-tional Religious Freedom.

Will the Obamas find a black church to call home?

Will the Obamas attend a predominantly African-American church once they settle into the White House?

Churches set countywide goal: Distribute Scripture to every home

So far, enough Texas Baptist churches have stepped forward to ensure that each household in a dozen Texas counties has a Scripture presentation. Organizers of Texas Hope 2010 want to find enough leaders to head Bible distribution efforts in 242 more counties.

Historians trace Baptist beginnings back 400 years

Most church historians agree Baptists emerged as a distinct movement 400 years ago.

Houston church, Hooters waitresses help hurricane victims

Rice Temple Baptist Church in Houston and the staff of a local Hooters restaurant helped victims of Hurricane Ike.

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