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  • FIRST-PERSON: A tribute to Thomas C. Oden

    by David S. Dockery, posted Monday, December 12, 2016 (one year ago)

    "Thomas C. Oden was one of the most prolific and influential theologians of this generation," David Dockery writes. Not only was Thomas, who died Dec. 8, one of the most prolific and influential Christian thinkers of our time, Dockery notes, but his theological journey was also certainly one of the most interesting. Read More

  • James H. Smith led Brotherhood Commission, dies at 95

    by Jim Burton, posted Monday, October 24, 2016 (one year ago)

    MEMPHIS (BP) -- James H. Smith, former executive secretary of the Illinois Baptist State Association and later the fifth Southern Baptist Brotherhood Commission president, died Oct. 21 in Memphis. He was 95.

    Known for his vivacious disposition and preaching, Smith spent nearly 50 years in Southern Baptist leadership. At the time of his retirement in 1991 from the Brotherhood Commission where he served 12 years, the agency accounted for more than 530,000 men and boys involved in missions. Read More

  • Longtime SBTS preaching professor dies at 93

    by Annie Corser and Andrew J.W. Smith, posted Wednesday, February 24, 2016 (one year ago)

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- James William Cox, a renowned homiletics professor who taught at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for more than four decades, died Feb. 21 in Louisville, Ky., at 93.

    Born in Kingston, Tenn., on Jan. 18, 1923, Cox trained generations of pastors and wrote several notable books on preaching. He joined Southern Seminary's faculty in 1959 as professor of Christian preaching and in 1981 became the first occupant of the Victor and Louise Lester Chair of Christian Preaching. He retired in 1993 and served as a senior professor until his death. Read More

  • Mission news pioneer Bob Stanley, 86, dies

    by Erich Bridges, posted Monday, October 26, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Robert L. (Bob) Stanley, missionary and newspaperman, thought the stories of Southern Baptist missions should be reported with compelling detail, accuracy and professionalism. So he set out to make it happen.

    Stanley, 86, who died Oct. 21 in Fort Smith, Ark., after an extended illness, was a veteran news reporter -- editor for the Dallas Times Herald and journalism professor when he became a ... Read More

  • Pioneer missionary doctor Wana Ann Fort dies

    by Laura Fielding , posted Tuesday, September 01, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Photo courtesy of the Fort family
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Missionary doctor Wana Ann Gibson Fort, 91, died Aug. 31 in Baton Rouge, La.

    Fort and her husband, the late Milton "Giles" Fort Jr., served with the then-called Foreign Mission Board as pioneer missionary doctors at Sanyati Baptist Hospital in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). At this hospital, Fort and her husband helped launch a spiritual awakening through medical missions. Read More

  • Missionary remembered as godly mother, wife

    by Mark Kelly, posted Monday, August 17, 2015 (2 years ago)

    CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (BP) -- On the evening before she and her family had planned to return overseas, Kyra Lynn Karr, a Southern Baptist missionary to Italy, was killed in a traffic accident, Aug. 13.

    News reports indicate a tractor-trailer driver exited his vehicle to conduct a safety inspection but the safety brake was not engaged and the truck began to roll. The vehicle hit the pickup in which Karr was traveling, crushing it against the highway guardrail on U.S. 41 in Bartow County, Ga. Karr, 30, died at the scene. Read More

  • Missions visionary Mike Barnett, 62, dies

    by Mark Kelly, posted Wednesday, August 12, 2015 (2 years ago)

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (BP) -- Southern Baptists lost a powerful force in their global missions effort when Mike Barnett died suddenly of an unexpected health-related issue Aug. 10, friends and colleagues said.

    Barnett, 62, served the past 11 years at Columbia (S.C.) International University, where he was professor of intercultural and historical studies. His missions impact, however, stretched around the world and into the lives of both fellow missionaries and people groups with no access to the good news of God's love in Christ Jesus. Read More

  • Jeannie Elliff dies at 69 of cancer

    by Tess Rivers, posted Tuesday, July 21, 2015 (2 years ago)

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Jeannie Elliff, wife of former IMB President Tom Elliff, died July 20 at her home in Oklahoma City following a long struggle with cancer. She was 69.

    "The entire IMB family and I praise God for Jeannie Elliff," said IMB President David Platt. "To use Paul's words from 2 Corinthians 6:10, we are filled with sorrowful rejoicing at the news of her passing. We grieve with Tom, the Elliff family, and countless friends who have known and loved this woman of prayer and model of faith." Read More

  • Kenneth Ridings, former Fruitland president, dies

    by Dianna L. Cagle/Biblical Recorder , posted Friday, March 06, 2015 (2 years ago)

    HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Kenneth Ridings, 78, a longtime professor and past president of Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute (now college), died March 5.

    "Throughout his ministry, Dr. Kenneth Ridings was a living legend among Baptist preachers," David Horton, current president of Fruitland in Hendersonville, N.C., said. Fruitland is a ministry of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Read More