___ BWA to talk with Anglicans. The Baptist World Alliance has agreed to begin a four-year period of talks with the Anglican Consultative Council in 2000. At a recent meeting in London, BWA General Secretary Denton Lotz met with Anglican officials, and together they "agreed the dialogue between Anglicans and Baptists would help each to learn from the other and understand similarities and dissimilarities that exist between the two communities, identify major theological and polity issues and look for ways to cooperate in various mission and community activities."
___ Five retire from Southwestern. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has noted the retirement of five professors this summer. Retirees include Old Testament professor Dan Kent, voice professor Sue King, preaching professor Jimmy Nelson, Christian ethics and missions professor Ebby Smith and New Testament professor Tom Urrey.
___ Texans tapped at New Orleans. Two Texans have been named to new positions at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. James Headrick, who has taught at Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth since 1997, was named associate professor of psychology and counseling at New Orleans. Endel Lee, pastor of First Baptist Church of Roanoke and former chaplain at Baylor Medical Center in Garland, was reappointed as an instructor in the undergraduate studies program.
__ Lyall retiring at Golden Gate. Max Lyall, professor of church music at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary who has become known to thousands of Baptists through music arrangements, recordings and concert performances, has announced his retirement.
__ Missionary dies of heart attack. Joe Barrow, a Southern Baptist missionary to South Africa, died June 22 after an apparent heart attack. Barrow, 56, was playing tennis with fellow missionary Ron Lomax and two other missionaries when he collapsed on the court. He was a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Among his survivors are two daughters, Sheila Parr and Sharon Davis, both of Arlington.
___ Baylor picks religion chairman. William Brackney, principal and professor of historical theology at McMaster Divinity School in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, has been named chairman of Baylor University's religion department. Brackney, an American Baptist, previously taught at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Colgate-Rochester Divinity School and other schools. He replaces Glenn Hilburn, who returned to the classroom after 15 years as department chairman.
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