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  • Longtime Ala. Baptist editor announces retirement

    by Alabama Baptist staff, posted Thursday, March 22, 2018 (7 months ago)

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- After 50 years of serving Baptist newspapers -- 43 of those years in the lead editor role -- Bob Terry is retiring Dec. 31.

    Terry, an Alabama native who became editor of The Alabama Baptist (TAB) in 1995, has repeatedly led the paper to rise to the top among its peers. For more than two decades, it has been named annually in the top three regional Christian newspapers.

    He also has won numerous personal awards for his editorials and news writing. Read More

  • Ala. Baptists spotlight CP, Samford relationship

    by Alabama Baptist staff, posted Tuesday, November 28, 2017 (11 months ago)

    Photo by Maggie Walsh/courtesy of The Alabama Baptist
    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (BP) -- For several years, the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM) has been leading the Alabama Baptist State Convention (ABSC) to move its budget toward a 50–50 split of funds with Southern Baptist Convention missions and ministry causes. What started out as a gradual goal was accomplished this year as Samford University in Birmingham withdrew from state convention funding, freeing up $3.5 million.

    With that in mind, messengers to the annual meeting Nov. 14-15 at Whitesburg Baptist Church, Huntsville, Ala., unanimously approved a $37 million budget for 2018 -- $3 million less than the current year's $40 million budget to be more in line with current giving receipts. Read More

  • Twin sisters discover 'above, beyond' foster care

    by Carrie Brown McWhorter/Alabama Baptist, posted Monday, July 10, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photos courtesy of Michaela Sanderson Guthrie.
    GARDENDALE, Ala. (BP) -- When Michaela Sanderson Guthrie was 11 years old, a social services caseworker gave her an unimaginable choice -- live with a family member or enter foster care.

    "My sister looked at me and I said 'foster care.' What 11-year-old would say that? But looking back, I totally believe it was the Lord speaking through me," Guthrie said. "I knew nothing would change if we went to live with my grandmother and I didn't want that for us."

    For years, Michaela and her siblings -- twin sister Danielle, older sister Mary ... Read More

  • Samford considers pro-LGBT student group

    by David Roach, posted Monday, May 01, 2017 (one year ago)

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- A recommendation by Samford University's faculty to approve a pro-homosexual student group could have "serious implications ... for the relationship" between the university and the Alabama Baptist State Convention, according to a joint statement by the convention's president and the executive director of its State Board of Missions.

    Samford President Andrew Westmoreland told faculty in an April 28 email he hopes the university and state convention leaders "find meaningful ways to affirm beliefs regarding the authority of Scripture held by so many of us, while enabling us to ... Read More

  • Ala. Baptists approve office relocation

    by The Alabama Baptist staff, posted Tuesday, November 22, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo by Neisha Roberts
    PELL CITY, Ala. (BP) -- Approving the relocation of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions' office and a flat $40 million Cooperative Program budget for 2017 topped business items addressed by messengers during their state convention annual meeting Nov. 15–16.

    Messengers also unanimously elected John Thweatt, pastor of First Baptist Church in Pell City, as president and adopted five resolutions, four of them related to social and religious issues. The convention theme for the 194th annual meeting was "Sent … Here, There and Everywhere." Read More

  • Rash named editor-elect of Ala. Baptist newspaper

    by The Alabama Baptist Staff, posted Wednesday, October 12, 2016 (2 years ago)

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Jennifer Davis Rash has been named editor-elect of The Alabama Baptist newspaper in a succession plan for editor Bob Terry.

    Terry, a 50-year veteran in Christian journalism, told the newspaper's board of directors during an Oct. 7-8 meeting in Birmingham, "At some point I will finalize my plans for retirement, and as I do so, it will be with great appreciation for the action of this board of directors and with great confidence in the future of this ministry. Read More

  • New Ala. office building proposed for Jan. 2018

    by Alabama Baptist & BP Staff, posted Thursday, August 25, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Submitted photo
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) -- A proposal to relocate the Alabama State Board of Missions offices will be placed before messengers at the Alabama Baptist State Convention's Nov. 15–16 annual meeting in Montgomery.

    The proposal would involve an "exchange of keys" with Baptist Health, which operates hospitals and other medical facilities in central Alabama.

    If approved by messengers in November, SBOM ministry offices and staff would relocate -- without any indebtedness -- to a new facility by Jan. 1, 2018, built to SBOM specifications by Baptist Health near Interstate 65's exit 181 on the northeast side of Prattville, a city of 35,000 people. Just under four acres of land would be included with the new construction. Read More

  • Ala. Baptists continue move toward parity

    by Grace Thornton, Jennifer Davis Rash & Bob Terry/The Alabama Baptist, posted Friday, November 20, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Neisha Roberts
    DAPHNE, Ala. (BP) -- Messengers to the Alabama Baptist State Convention annual meeting approved a 2016 Cooperative Program budget that brought state and national ministry allocations closer to parity. They also adopted a new offering aimed at helping fund Baptist missions work in state and expanded the role of the State Board of Missions executive committee. Read More

  • Ala. Baptists affirm BF&M 2000

    by Jennifer Davis Rash/Alabama Baptist, posted Monday, November 17, 2014 (3 years ago)

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Budgetary adjustments, the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 and three contested state convention officer races captured headlines for the annual meeting of the Alabama Baptist State Convention at Lakeside Baptist Church, Birmingham, Ala., Nov. 11–12. Read More