On the Move

Randy Biddlecome to First Church in Bryan as minister of youth.

Texas Tidbits

A gift to Baylor University from the estate of Lee and Millie Harris of Bartlesville, Okla., established an endowed scholarship in the Hankamer School of Business.

Around the State

An orchestra camp for top junior high and high school musicians on the Hardin-Simmons University campus will end with four concerts free to the public.

Baptism neither a means of obtaining grace nor a trivial ritual

By looking back to their beliefs and practices from the mid-18th century to the early 19th century, Baptists can reclaim a view of baptism between the extremes of sacramentalism and “mere symbolism,” church historian and theologian Sheila Klopfer said.

Ordination practices reveal a tangled web of Bible, theology and tradition

Pragmatism and tradition have stood alongside biblical and theological principles in shaping Baptist ordination practices, church historian Karen Bullock told the B.H. Carroll Theological Institute colloquy.

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.
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