ESTES IN THE PILPIT—Billie Sol Estes, Churches of Christ lay preacher, appeared before a small Negro congregation in Indianapolis last month. He delivered a 35-minute sermon, then passed the collection basket in behalf of a proposed missionary church in Nigeria. Estes, convicted of fraud by a Texas court, still faces federal action in connection with the collapse of his financial empire. He is free on bond pending an appeal.
PROTESTANT PANORAMA—Southern Baptists are working on a revised confession of faith to be presented to their annual sessions in Kansas City in May. A draft prepared by a special committee is being studied by Southern Baptist seminary faculties.
The Evangelistic Association of New England, supported by some 600 evangelical churches, marked its 75th anniversary with a dinner meeting in Boston.
The Methodist Church in the West Indies, Central America, and British Guiana will become an antonomous conference in 1965 but will maintain close ties with the British Conference and will continue to seek ministers from the United Kingdom.
The General Council of the Ameircan Baptist Convention will hold its winter meeting, February 6–7, where Baptist work in the New World had its beginnings. The First Baptist Church of Providence, Rhode Island, founded by Roger Williams, and the United Baptist Church of Newport, founded by John Clarke, are the oldest Baptist churches in America. Both list 1638 as their founding date.
An appeal to labor and management leaders involved in the New York newspaper strike was issued by the Protestant Council of the City of New York. The statement urged both parties “to comprehend, in addition to the self-interest of the contending parties, the vast public interest and concern and your responsibility ...1
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