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Interracial New Baptist Covenant program focuses on unity in Christ

Posted: 12/14/07

Interracial New Baptist Covenant
program focuses on unity in Christ

By Hannah Elliott

Associated Baptist Press

ATLANTA (ABP)—Even though they are known for their history of independence, Baptists from more than 40 American and Canadian groups will converge under a banner of unity next month in Atlanta.

Organizers of the Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant recently announced the event’s theme, “Unity in Christ,” and details of special breakout sessions. The historic convergence—20,000 Baptists expected from a wide variety of geographical, racial, denominational and ideological backgrounds—is scheduled Jan. 30-Feb. 1 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

       

New Jersey church makes good on $1 million pledge to Gulf Coast

Posted: 12/14/07

New Jersey church makes good
on $1 million pledge to Gulf Coast

By Jeff Diamant

Religion News Service

SUMMIT, N.J. (RNS)—Fountain Baptist Church, an African-American congregation formed 110 years ago in Summit, N.J., mostly by gardeners and domestic workers, recently gained the distinction of being one of the few churches nationwide ever to raise $1 million for a specific charitable cause.

Members of the congregation have been donating money for the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort since May 2006, when Fountain Baptist announced its $1 million pledge. The members met the pledge in November and celebrated the achievement at the church’s annual Thanksgiving services.

       

On the Move

Posted: 12/14/07

On the Move

Roddy Arnold to First Church in Pottsboro as pastor.

Brian Brewer to First Church in Sulphur Springs as high school minister.

Jonathan Brown to First Church in Temple as minister of children from First Church in Kingwood.

John Cox has resigned as pastor of McMahan Church in Dale.

       

Romney garners praise, criticism for church-state views in speech

Posted: 12/14/07
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivers an address titled “Faith in America” at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station. (REUTERS /Jessica Rinaldi)

Romney garners praise, criticism
for church-state views in speech

By Robert Marus

Associated Baptist Press

WASHINGTON (ABP)—Mitt Romney’s speech on faith and public affairs elicited both praise and criticism from a broad spectrum of observers—and it didn’t always break down along traditional right-left lines.

The highly anticipated speech by the Republican presidential contender was designed to allay the fears of evangelical Christians, who make up a large proportion of GOP voters in Iowa. Recent polls have shown churchgoing evangelicals are more likely than any other major group to harbor doubts about electing a Mormon president.

       

TBM sends chainsaws to Oklahoma, blankets to Iraq

Posted: 12/14/07

TBM sends chainsaws to
Oklahoma, blankets to Iraq

By John Hall

Texas Baptist Communications

DALLAS—Texas Baptist Men disaster relief is responding to emergencies and meeting needs from central Oklahoma to northern Iraq.

Four chainsaw crews were dispatched to Oklahoma City to clear away fallen limbs caused by an ice storm that paralyzed much of the Midwest. The crews, who are being housed and fed at Northwest Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, may work up to two weeks.

       
 
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