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Former BCM/D exec. dir. Charles Barnes, 86, dies

SEVERNA PARK, Md. (BP) -- Charles Barnes, who served as executive director of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware (BCM/D) from 1993 to 2000, died in his home on May 11. He was 86. Born in Stonewall, Miss., he enjoyed gardening with his mother and playing high school sports. Before graduating high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and served briefly during the Korean War. Back home in Mississippi, he met and courted Laura Sue Thompson, and they married in 1953.

Md.-Del. Baptists raise CP budget 4.5% to SBC causes

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (BP) -- The Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware's 182nd annual meeting for a second year focused on unity and prayer with the theme, "United in Prayer, Seeking Christ's Spirit." Messengers approved a $7,729,121 budget, taking a historic step in voting to increase the Cooperative Program funding allocation from 43.5 percent to 48 percent to the Southern Baptist Convention to fund international and national missions, Southern Baptist seminaries and the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

Snowstorm doesn’t halt ‘Prayer for Human Dignity’

ANNAPOLIS, Md.(BP) -- Though a nor'easter snowstorm cancelled the annual Maryland March for Life event on March 13, representatives from many Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware (BCM/D) churches still gathered for a planned pre-march "Prayer for Human Dignity" hosted by First Baptist Church of Eastport in Annapolis.

Md./Del. Baptists pray, seek Christ’s Spirit

TOWSON, Md. (BP) -- The Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware's 181st annual meeting focused on unity and prayer reflecting this year's theme, "United in Prayer, Seeking Christ's Spirit," at the Sheraton North in Towson, Md. Ironically, just a short distance from where hundreds of Towson University students were walking out of their classes in protest of President-elect Donald Trump, Maryland/Delaware Baptists were bowing in prayer to be one in Jesus. The Nov. 13-15 sessions, attended by 341 messengers and 79 guests ...

‘Modern-day chroniclers’ hone skills at Fall Forum

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Defining purpose, identifying an audience, solving problems and sharing calls to action were all key topics at the Baptist Communicators Association's (BCA) third annual Fall Forum. Held this year at the North American Mission Board's facility in Alpharetta, Ga., the Fall Forum brought communicators from across the country together to hear about and present topics on storytelling, reaching diverse audiences in a variety of media formats, responding to today's challenges in Baptist life, and offering the appropriate calls to action.

Pro-lifers raise funds for ultrasound machines

WASHINGTON (BP) -- Ultrasound machines are saving babies from abortion as women who see their babies for the first time decide to give birth to them, said Kelly Rosati during the Evangelicals for Life dinner Jan. 21.

Pro-life leaders honored

WASHINGTON (BP) -- Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), along with Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, presented awards to three pro-life leaders: David Platt, Charmaine Yoest, and Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), for their tireless advocacy in support of the dignity of life. The awards were presented during the first Evangelicals for Life dinner at the Hyatt Regency Washington, Capitol Hill, on Jan. 21. The dinner was a component of the inaugural Evangelicals for Life Conference sponsored by the ERLC and Focus on the Family.

‘Snowmageddon’ doesn’t thwart pro-lifers at March for Life

WASHINGTON (BP) -- Pro-life supporters from across the country braved the elements in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 22, the anniversary of the historic Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 to legalize abortion, to make the annual March for Life from the Washington Monument to the U.S. Supreme Court building. Couples, women with babies snug against their chests, students, grandparents, Catholics, Protestants, representatives from the Jewish community, and those with no faith, braved the biting cold, waving signs, cheering and clapping for speakers while covering their faces, rubbing hands together and stamping their feet to stay warm at the starting rally near the Washington Monument. Legislators, pro-life and religious leaders urged marchers to continue their commitment to the pro-life cause.

Md.-Del. Baptists adopt new name

SEVERN, Md. (BP) -- The Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware will now be known as the Mid-Atlantic Baptist Network, reflecting the cooperation of churches in states beyond Maryland and Delaware. Messengers affirmed the new "doing business as" name during the Nov. 9-11 BCMD annual meeting at The Church at Severn Run in Severn, Md.

Baptist communicators relay ideas, advice

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Tapping the popular "TED Talks" format, Baptist communication and public relations professionals shared their experiences and counsel in a first-ever Fall Forum originating from the Southern Baptist Convention Building in Nashville.