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African-American novelist and playwright James Baldwin said, “History is not the past. It is the present. We carry our history with us. We are our history. If we pretend otherwise, we literally are criminals.”

Verna South, 95, died on July 14 in North Little Rock, Ark. Married to former Missouri Baptist Convention Executive Director Rheubin L. South, she was the consummate “First Lady” of their Southern Baptist work.

KILLEN, Ala. (BP) -- Pastor Ronny Jones will never forget the day a flatbed tractor-trailer truck crashed into the side of First Baptist Church Center Star, in Killen, Ala. The sanctuary was a total loss.

ATLANTA (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources trustees unanimously elected Ben Mandrell as the organization's 10th president during a special-called meeting June 28 in Atlanta.

Central Seminary student Andrea Huffman received the Addie Davis Excellence in Preaching Award during the Annual Gathering of Baptist Women in Ministry on Wednesday, June 19, in Birmingham, Ala..

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (BP) --The Cross Rodeo Bible Camp in Garden City, Kan., does just what the title suggests, mixing two traditions -- church camp and rodeo -- into one experience.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Rev. Suzii Paynter, who served as only the third executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship from 2013-2019, was celebrated Thursday evening at an all-Fellowship dinner in her honor at the 2019 CBF General Assembly in Birmingham, Ala.

Scott McConnell is executive director of LifeWay Research, the survey arm of the Southern Baptist Convention's LifeWay Christian Resources. Word&Way Editor Brian Kaylor interviewed McConnell in April during the annual convention of the Evangelical Press Association in Oklahoma City, Okla.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— “The work of reconciliation is challenging to preach, and even more challenging to practice,” said Erica Whitaker, senior pastor of Buechel Park Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., as the 2019 General Assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship opened Wednesday (June 19) with a day focused on racial justice.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) — At their annual meeting, Southern Baptists re-elected their president, adopted statements on their views about major cultural issues, and discussed how to deal with sexual abuse and racial discrimination in the church.