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Bailey Smith, early SBC conservative president, dies

DULUTH, Ga. (BP) -- Evangelist Bailey Smith, who helped sustain the Conservative Resurgence at its outset in the Southern Baptist Convention, died Monday morning (Jan. 14) at his home in Duluth, Ga. He was 79. Smith's election as SBC president in 1980 was the second victory for conservatives following the landmark election of the late Memphis pastor Adrian Rogers in 1979. J. Gerald Harris, retired editor of Georgia Baptists' Christian Index newsjournal, described Smith as "a powerful preacher, devoted pastor and faithful friend" in an obituary posted ...

Ga. Baptist paper to end printed editions Jan. 1

DULUTH, Ga. (BP) -- The Christian Index will transition primarily to an online presence Jan. 1, the Georgia Baptist Convention's newsjournal has announced. "Bowing to the pressures of an increasingly difficult economic climate with rising production and distribution costs -- coupled with declining revenue from circulation and advertising -- The Index will produce its final biweekly print edition on Dec. 24," the paper reported in its Sept. 3 print edition.