Grady Cothen, former pres. of 2 SBC entities, dies

RIDGELAND, Miss. (BP) -- Grady Cothen -- the former chief executive of a state convention, a Southern Baptist university and two Southern Baptist Convention entities -- died May 19 at The Orchard retirement home in Ridgeland, Miss. He was 96.

Among his service to Southern Baptists, Cothen was executive secretary of the Southern Baptist General Convention of California (1961-66), president of Oklahoma Baptist University (1966-70), president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (1970-74) and president of the Baptist Sunday School ...

Seminary marks 20-year nurture of ministers' wives

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Alumni and students celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Seminary Wives Institute at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with testimonies from graduates from 1999 to 2017.

Each testimony revealed the eternal impact of SWI on women who have served in ministries from Louisville, Ky., to as far away as Zimbabwe.

The history of SWI dates back to February 1997 when Mary Mohler hosted some faculty wives to discuss interest in creating a new program to train seminary wives.

'I will pray for you,' draws personnel warning

AUGUSTA, Maine (BP) -- A Baptist mother of two has filed religious discrimination and retaliation charges against a school system that threatened to fire her for privately telling a coworker she'd pray for him.

Attorneys for Toni Richardson, an educational technician with the Augusta (Maine) School Department, are awaiting a response from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding the complaint filed May 16. First Liberty Institute of Plano, Texas and the Maine law firm Eaton Peabody filed the complaint May 16 regarding the September 2016 incident at Cony School.

  • Women's Advisory Council prepares final report

    by Roger S. Oldham, posted Monday, May 22, 2017 (8 hours ago)

    Photo by Roger S. Oldham
    ATLANTA (BP) -- The Women's Advisory Council began formulating recommendations during its third and final meeting to present to Frank S. Page, president of the SBC Executive Committee.

    Appointed by Page in January 2016, the council has sought to gather and share information about perspectives and strategies for women in Southern Baptist churches to help reach the U.S. and the world with the Gospel of our Jesus Christ.

    Page also asked council members to suggest ways to increase the involvement of ... Read More

  • Tenn. sued over spousal definitions

    by Kiley Crossland/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, May 22, 2017 (7 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Four married lesbian couples in Tennessee are fighting a new state law they say denies their parental rights.

    The couples, each expecting a baby this year, filed a lawsuit last week against a law mandating that undefined words in state statutes be interpreted to have "natural and ordinary" meanings. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed the measure into law May 5.

    Advocates say the simple law mandates words in state legal codes not be ... Read More

  • 'Refreshing' Dallas Send Conf. casts mission vision

    by Josie Bingham, posted Monday, May 22, 2017 (5 hours ago)

    Photo by Nick Drake
    DALLAS (BP) -- Among a sea of attendees and volunteers in the Dr. Pepper Arena, the North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board's Send Conference challenged attendees to examine and redefine their lives on mission.

    More than 4,000 people paid and registered for the sold-out conference May 19-20 less than 30 miles north of Dallas in Frisco, Texas, which drew people from all states and three continents.

    "Be careful not to manufacture a heart for missions outside a heart for Christ," ... Read More

  • Gaines calls for 21-day fast before Phoenix SBC

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, May 18, 2017 (4 days ago)

    PHOENIX (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines has called Southern Baptists to 21 days of prayer and fasting leading up to the SBC annual meeting in Phoenix.

    The fast will begin May 23 and end June 12, the day preceding the June 13-14 SBC annual meeting, Gaines announced today (May 18) in a written call to prayer. He defined fasting as "doing without something in order to focus more attention on the Lord Jesus and His Kingdom," adding that "prayer and fasting are essentials in the Christian life." Read More