Starting Wednesday, the Baptist Center for Ethics will offer a new, free and easy-to-use resource for churches.

“Baptist Briefing,” a weekly summary of Baptist news from, will be available for download from the BCE Web site (

Churches can access and open the resource using Adobe Acrobat’s Portable Document Format (PDF) reader. If your computer doesn’t have Adobe Acrobat, it can be downloaded free from and installed by following the on-screen instructions.

The two-page format of “Baptist Briefing” is designed for churches to photocopy front and back on a single sheet, and distribute it on Wednesday night and/or at other times during the week.

The concept, suggested by BCE board member Carol Richardson, is to provide a quick overview of Baptist news for persons who do not already get it from the Internet. It also increases visibility for and helps promote church resources from Acacia Resources among rank-and-file church members.

“Technology is changing the ways Baptists get their news,” said Bob Allen, managing editor of “We hope ‘Baptist Briefing’ will be a way for us to continue to reach our core audience through the immediacy of the Internet, while at the same time informing the broadest possible audience about what is going on in Baptist life.”, launched by the Baptist Center for Ethics in January 2002, carries news, commentary, movie reviews and other information relevant to moderate Baptists. The site is updated five days a week, and much of the material is available only on

In addition, an e-newsletter goes out three days a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) that summarizes content and links back to articles on the Web site. Click here to subscribe. is one of two major divisions of the Baptist Center for Ethics, which started in 1991 to provide proactive, positive and practical ethics resources and services to congregations.

The other is Acacia Resources, BCE’s publishing division, which recently released its seventh 13-week unit of undated, online Sunday school curriculum. Leading Churches into 21st Century Missions is a series of lessons from Acts.

To order or download a sample lesson, click here. A complete catalogue of online and print curricula available from Acacia Resources is available by clicking here.

“Baptist Briefing” will be available for download each Wednesday at 10 a.m., Central Time. It will be found at an easily identifiable link on the home page of

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