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What if you were told that all the residents of Tyler, Texas; Green Bay, Wisconsin; Burbank, California; and Cambridge, Massachusetts, were going to die over the next 12 months? Would you take notice? Would it make a difference? Would it matter if I told you that 70 percent of these losses were children ages 5 […] Read More

The Baptist General Association of Virginia has a partnership with the Ghana Baptist Convention to launch churches and distribute mosquito nets in the African nation. The goals are to start with about 500 congregations in the outlying towns and villages of the Yendi region as well as to distribute 100,000 mosquito nets under which people […] Read More

Riches and poverty have been on my mind following a recent missional trip to Ghana. This west African nation is a sub-Saharan, impoverished, largely undeveloped country that is multilingual and multireligious. It is hot with lengthy wet and dry seasons. Ghana is poor in many ways, less corrupt and freer than many African nations, devoid […] Read More

John Upton has been nominated to be the president-elect of the Baptist World Alliance, the largest organization of global Baptists with some 37 million baptized believers.   If elected at the BWA’s 20th Baptist World Congress in Honolulu, Upton will begin a five-year term in August 2010, replacing David Coffey, the outgoing president, who was […] Read More

Virginia Baptists pitched in for the massive task of counseling students, faculty and families in the wake of Monday’s deadly shooting rampage at Virginia Tech. The Baptist General Association of Virginia sent two crisis-care counselors to the Blacksburg campus, said John Tadlock of the Virginia Baptist Mission Board’s empowering leaders team. They were expected to […] Read More

The trustees of the North American Mission Board took an unprecedented step March 19 when they unanimously elected Geoff Hammond to be NAMB’s new president. What makes his election interesting to Virginia Baptists is that he comes to the position from the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia, where he was the associate executive director. According […] Read More

First Baptist Church in Rome, Ga., voted Sunday to join the Baptist General Association of Virginia and leave the Georgia Baptist Convention. The 321-16 vote followed a study by the church’s denominational relations committee and several weeks of “town hall” meetings to discuss the proposal.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />   The BGAV […] Read More

Representatives of five Baptist organizations with histories of resisting fundamentalism in the Southern Baptist Convention share a platform to discuss a common future at this weekend’s Mainstream Baptist Network Convocation in Atlanta. Leaders of two national groups formed in response to denominational controversy, two moderate-led state conventions that opposed fundamentalist changes and a global Baptist […] Read More

Citing deteriorating relations with the Georgia Baptist Convention, First Baptist Church in Rome, Ga., is considering moving its membership to the Baptist General Association of Virginia. The church’s deacon body recently approved a recommendation from a denominational relations committee to make the move. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />   “We see this […] Read More

The presence of separate conventions identified with the Southern Baptist Convention in three states has prompted charges of “sheep-stealing,” or seeking to lure congregations out of one fold into the other. Concerns are sufficient in the Baptist General Association of Virginia for leadership to issue 27-page booklet of “frequently asked questions” being distributed among the […] Read More