World Baptists show grit in Britain

Alliance vigorous after SBC pullout
The World Baptist Alliance, holding its 100th anniversary congress in Great Britain amid public anxiety over suicide bombings, failed bombing attempts and manhunts, topped its own attendance prediction with more than 13,000 participants.

The every-five-years gathering was also expecting to be saddled with budget shortfalls after last year’s pullout by the Southern Baptist Convention, which claimed the BWA has a “leftward drift,” an accusation denied by alliance leaders.

But the alliance began receiving major contributions from North America, including a $25,000 check from best-selling author Rick Warren. During the July 27-31 congress in Birmingham, Britain’s second-largest city, Warren held a news conference and said he didn’t agree with the action taken by his denomination.


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