South African culture featured in BWA congress opening

Visions of the Baptist World Alliance’s next five years are inspired by South Africa’s transformation, say leaders.

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New BWA president Paul Msiza (center) examines documents with General Secretary Neville Callam and staff member Julie Justus, prior to a meeting of the General Council. (BNG photo)
New BWA president Paul Msiza (center) examines documents with General Secretary Neville Callam and staff member Julie Justus, prior to a meeting of the General Council. (BNG photo)

Second African since 1905 takes helm of global Baptist group

Pastor Paul Msiza of Pretoria assumes the presidency of the Baptist World Alliance as it holds its congress in Africa for the first time.

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Quadriplegic NAMB missionary receives $26 million settlement after crash

Settlement terms of a lawsuit against the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board – the largest award in Montana history – specify it is not an admission of guilt.

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LifeWay makes offer on new Nashville property

Local media say a Nashville government agency is planning to sell land on the southern edge of downtown where LifeWay Christian Resources will build a new headquarters.

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Baylor drops language referring to ‘homosexual acts’

In a change widely interpreted more in tone than impact, the world’s largest Baptist university has dropped its sometimes controversial ban on “homosexual acts.”

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Educators at Baylor have found that lower income children do better in school when given the chance to study advanced topics with dedicated teachers. (Creative Commons photo by Brad Flickinger)
Educators at Baylor have found that lower income children do better in school when given the chance to study advanced topics with dedicated teachers. (Creative Commons photo by Brad Flickinger)

For low-income kids, new program offers a shot at college

Baylor University’s Project Promise exposes young students to teachers and subjects that inspire them to achive academically.

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Church/state group attacks ‘bogus’ religious liberty claims

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has unveiled a new multi-pronged strategy to fight the growing idea that religious freedom somehow gives American citizens a right to discriminate.

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Kentucky Baptist Fellowship names coordinator

Rhonda Abbott Blevins, former associate coordinator for missions for the Kentucky affiliate of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, returns as chief executive Aug. 1.

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Citing confidentiality breaches, American Baptists suspend executive search

A yearlong search for the next general secretary of American Baptist Churches USA has been suspended over “breaches of confidentiality” that officials say have compromised the process.

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Maintain legacy of racism busting, American Baptists told

“We know how to do this,” Amy Butler challenged members of America’s most diverse Protestant body.

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