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Despite Challenges, State Conventions Take CP Lead

Twenty-three state Baptist conventions have increased the portion of Cooperative Program receipts forwarded to Southern Baptist Convention missions and ministries in moving toward the goal of a 50/50 allocation between state convention causes and SBC causes, continuing an upward trend spanning several years.

Ancient Bibles on display at SBC meeting

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)–Most Southern Baptists have a Bible within easy reach and many more on bookshelves or scattered throughout their homes. Harold Rawlings knows how to increase the value of those Bibles that often are taken for granted. Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s exhibit at the upcoming annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention will […]

Midwestern offers D.Min. in Spanish

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)–Spanish-speaking students now can pursue doctoral studies in their own language at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in March. The seminary’s new missions and leadership concentration within the doctor of ministry program answers a need expressed by state convention leaders intent on reaching a growing Hispanic population. “During recruitment trips, state convention leaders […]

SBC president fields reporters’ questions

SAN ANTONIO (BP)—"I'm trying hard to present the very wonderful message of our Lord Jesus Christ and his transforming power in church families and individual lives," Frank Page declared after being re-elected by acclamation as Southern Baptist Convention president June 12 in San Antonio.

White House rep praises Baptist disaster relief

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Jim Towey, director of the White House’s Faith-Based Initiatives, addresses Southern Baptist volunteer leaders at the Disaster Relief Roundtable at Fielder Road Baptist Church, Arlington, Texas. by Kathleen Murray
ARLINGTON, Texas (BP)--The White House director of Faith-Based Initiatives told Southern Baptist volunteers, “No longer are you considered a group of last resort, but a group of first resort. The government doesn’t take for granted your contributions, but seeks to take advantage of them.”
      Jim Towey spoke to Southern Baptist Disaster Relief leaders at their Disaster Relief Roundtable April 25-27 at Fielder Road Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas.
      Expressing the gratitude of President George W. Bush for Southern Baptists’ response to last summer’s hurricanes, Towey said, “The president knows the efforts taken during the disaster relief phase were extraordinary in scope and compassion because government can’t love the way your people did.”

Volunteer’s query to Muslim family yields positive response

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Charmaine Fenstermacher

KENNER, La. (BP)--Charmaine Fenstermacher had just three Gospel tracts left to share with families lined up to receive food from Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers in Kenner, La.
      “As a car pulled up, we’d say, ‘Hi, how are you? Do you want some lunch?’” Fenstermacher, of Southlake, Texas, recounted. When asked, “How are you doing?” some of the displaced Louisianans told how Hurricane Katrina had left them destitute and hungry.

Criswell College accreditation reaffirmed by SACS commission

DALLAS (BP)--The accreditation of Criswell College of Dallas has been reaffirmed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Colleges.

Midwestern trustees select presidential search committee

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)–Seven trustees of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary were selected at the close of the regular board meeting Oct. 18-19 to serve on a presidential search committee. Board chairman Carl Weiser was asked to head the committee by virtue of his office, with the following members elected out of a group of 22 […]

Newly appointed interim president addresses Midwestern Seminary chapel

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)–Students, faculty and staff of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary quietly gathered for a called chapel to hear newly appointed interim president Mike Whitehead apply principles from Proverbs to the previous day’s events. Reflecting on crisis experiences from his own life, Whitehead sought to offer biblical principles to guide the seminary community in […]

Team launches new church’s focus on missions in trip to South Dakota

JEFFERSON, S.D. (BP)–Three Southern Baptist congregations in a predominantly Catholic area of South Dakota received a helping hand from eight teenagers and four adults from a new church start in Kansas City, Mo., carrying out its commitment to “a high level of missions support, involvement and training” when it formulated its purpose statement a little […]