September 15, 1999

Baptist Briefs
___* Warren named Arkansas editor. Charlie Warren has been elected editor of the Arkansas Baptist Newsmagazine. Warren, 52, currently is director of public relations at Oklahoma Baptist University. He is former editor of Home Life, a magazine published by the Southern Baptist Convention's LifeWay Christian Resources, and a past associate editor of Baptist and Reflector, state newspaper of the Tennessee Baptist Convention. Warren succeeds Trennis Henderson, who left the Little Rock-based paper to become editor of Kentucky's Western Recorder.

___ * Church sells to casino. The congregation of 154-year-old First Baptist Church of Biloxi, Miss., has voted to sell its property to neighboring Beau Rivage casino and resort after nearly five fruitless years of attempting to market the beachfront property so the church can begin building at its new location. "We certainly would have preferred a less-controversial purchaser, but that did not materialize with a single offer from 1994 until the present," said Pastor Frank Gunn. The property likely will be used for parking, hotel accommodations, administration or other activities but not gambling.

___* Buckner sets adoption sessions. Buckner International Adoption Services will offer three free orientations statewide to families interested in becoming parents to Russian and Romanian orphans. They will be held Sept. 24 at Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio from 1 to 4 p.m., Oct. 21 at South Main Baptist Church in Houston from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and Oct. 26 at the Buckner Adoption and Maternity Services office in Dallas from 6 to 9 p.m. To make reservations or receive more information, contact Jean Barnes, phone (214) 381-1552, e-mail jbarnes@buckner.org.


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