Wednesday, 26 December 2012 09:21

Baptist deaths in 2012

Baptist journalists, pioneers in racial reconciliation and beloved leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship were among deaths reported by ABPnews in 2012.

Published in People
Monday, 17 December 2012 15:26

UK Baptist school gets new leader

Roger Standing, a professor and administrator at Spurgeon’s College in London, has been named next principal of the historic college started by 19th century preaching legend Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Published in Organizations
Tuesday, 11 December 2012 14:38

Hong Kong Baptist U. prof censured

A publicly funded university with a Baptist heritage has landed in controversy over relations between citizens of Hong Kong and the government in Beijing.

Published in People
Monday, 03 December 2012 13:56

‘Complementarianism’ costs Cru director

The organization formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ has demoted a campus director for refusing to allow women to lead Bible studies attended by both women and men.

Published in Theology
Monday, 26 November 2012 14:31

Baptist university reports theft

Police say an employee used her position as controller to steal more than $100,000 from Missouri Baptist University between December 2009 and May 2012.

Published in Organizations
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 11:59

A spirituality of gratitude

Gratitude allows us to see all of life as abundant gift.

Published in Thinking Theologically
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 11:34

Performing the business of ministry

Recognizing that being a pastor involves more than sermon preparation and visiting hospitals, seminaries are responding with programs to equip ministers to handle the business side of leading a church.

Published in People
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 12:12

Ky. Baptists delay cutting Georgetown ties

Southern Baptists in Kentucky are going to wait a year before deciding whether to end a partnership with Georgetown College, a historically Baptist liberal-arts college chartered in 1829.

Published in Organizations
Monday, 12 November 2012 15:05

McAfee to offer Ph.D.

Mercer trustees approved new Ph.D. in religion and welcomed new board members, including former President Jimmy Carter, at their fall semi-annual meeting.

Published in Organizations

WASHINGTON— High school juniors and seniors can win up to $2,000 for college in the 2013 Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest sponsored by the Religious Liberty Council of the Baptist Joint Committee. Essays must examine religious diversity in America and evaluate the claim that the United States was founded as a “Christian nation.”

For the 8th annual contest, the scholarship money doubled for the top two prizes. Grand prize is $2,000 and airfare and lodging for two to Washington, D.C. Second prize is $1,000, and third prize is $250.

High school students in the graduating classes of 2013 and 2014 can enter by writing an essay addressing the following topic:

The United States of America was religiously diverse at its founding. Its population included numerous Protestant groups, small Catholic and Jewish populations, those who practiced traditional Native American religions as well as those who practiced African religions. The United States has become even more religiously diverse, yet Christianity has remained the majority faith tradition since the country’s beginnings. Today, some Americans assert that the country was founded as a “Christian nation” while others contend that statement is a myth. Using the Constitution and writings of the Founders, research and evaluate the claim that the United States was founded as a “Christian nation.” Include a discussion of the current implications for religious freedom for all people in a democratic country in which the majority rules in elections and ballot initiatives.

Essays must be between 800-1,200 words, and they must be mailed – along with registration forms – and postmarked by March 1, 2013, to be eligible. Contest forms and details are available online at

Winners will be announced in the summer of 2013, and the grand prize winner will be recognized at the BJC board meeting in Washington, D.C., in October 2013.

Essays will be judged on the depth of their content, the mastery of the topic, and the skill with which they are written. Students should develop a point of view on the issue and demonstrate critical thinking, using appropriate examples, reasons and other evidence to support their position.

Visit for complete contest rules. If you have questions, contact Cherilyn Crowe at 202-544-4226 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Baptist Joint Committee is a 76-year-old, Washington, D.C.-based religious liberty organization that works to defend and extend God-given religious liberty for all, bringing a uniquely Baptist witness to the principle that religion must be freely exercised, neither advanced nor inhibited by government.

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