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Mark Wingfield

Two media outlets have raised questions about potential conflicts of interest among Baylor University regents. The Dallas Morning News first raised the issue in an article published Sunday, Sept. 7. Potential conflicts of interest also were discussed in an editorial published on the Baptist Web site EthicsDaily.com two days later.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = […] Read More

In his first public comments on the plight of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, Richard Land said Aug. 18 he is troubled by the Southern Baptist judge’s open defiance of a federal court ruling. Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, has been a frequent apologist in the national media […] Read More

What it means to be a “partner” ministry with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship–and how much financial dependence that title implies—have become front-burner issues for the moderate group. The CBF currently devotes 28 percent of its budget to fund partners—which include 13 theology schools, the Baptist Joint Committee, Associated Baptist Press, Baptist Center for Ethics, Baptists […] Read More

Gifts of $9 million from an anonymous donor will enable the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship to continue to appoint new missionaries next year despite budget shortfalls. Participants in last week’s CBF General Assembly approved a basic budget of $17.1 million for the 2003-2004 fiscal year, to be supplemented by an additional $2.64 million in designated gifts. […] Read More

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–The Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board has terminated 13 missionaries who refused to affirm the 2000 Baptist Faith & Message. It is thought to be the largest group of SBC missionaries ever fired at once. Meeting May 5-7 in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Framingham, Mass., IMB trustees also accepted the […] Read More

Before he entered Howard Payne University, Matthew Winn struggled between pursuing a business career or entering vocational ministry. He chose the business route and achieved success as an accountant, chief financial officer, vice president of operations and senior consultant at a succession of companies in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Georgia. Within the […] Read More

New data collected by the Baptist General Convention of Texas as part of a nationwide survey paints a detailed picture of how churches are paying their ministers and church staff. For the first time in many years, the BGCT has collected ministerial compensation data from a representative random sample of churches. The <?xml:namespace prefix = […] Read More

ST. LOUIS–The National Fellowship of Hispanic Southern Baptist Churches has amended its constitution and bylaws to embrace the current version of the Baptist Faith & Message as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention. The action was among several constitutional changes adopted by participants during the fellowship’s annual meeting June 8-9 at <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 […] Read More

Some are long, and some are short. Some are deeply theological; others scarcely mention the name of God. They are the final words of tribute spoken about people upon their death—the eulogies of the famous and beloved.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />   Author Ted Tobias has collected some of them in a […] Read More

If it’s a matter of who got there first, the Israelites have a case against the Palestinians. If it’s a matter of who has held control of the land most recently and for the longest period of time, the Palestinians have a case against the Israelis. If it’s a matter of who has held control […] Read More