Appalachian students receive 30,000 school backpacks

Weeks after the holidays, backpacks filled with school supplies given by Southern Baptist churches continue to bless students in Appalachia. Teams from Appalachian Regional Ministry (ARM) traveled all along the East Coast in December to deliver Christmas backpacks to 30,461 students in all grade levels. After receiving a backpack, the students had the opportunity to […]

Tony Evans, Trip Lee, 6 others added to summit

Megachurch pastor Tony Evans and hip-hop artist Trip Lee are among additional speakers for a racial reconciliation summit sponsored by the Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity. “The Gospel and Racial Reconciliation” will be the theme of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s second Leadership Summit, March 26-27 in Nashville. The ERLC announced in December it […]

Missions in postmodern culture WMU focus

Equipping leaders, preparing children for missional living and focusing on small church ministries will be Woman’s Missionary Union priorities through 2018, WMU Executive Director Wanda S. Lee announced at the group’s 2015 board meeting. The national WMU “will focus on equipping for missional living in as many different formats and avenues as possible,” Lee said, […]

Ergun Caner steps down as Brewton-Parker president

In a Jan. 20 early-morning meeting with the full trustee board of Brewton-Parker College, Ergun Caner briefly addressed the packed room informing them he was stepping down as their sixteenth president. Below is the prepared statement as Caner presented it: STATEMENT: I have asked for the unusual privilege of calling together the Board of Trustees […]

Retired teacher plants church, baptizes 60 in 2 years

Mike Alexander never attended seminary. He had never pastored a church. He says he didn’t even know what a church planter did. That is, until he became one. Now, about two years after arriving in Aurora, Colo., and about 23 months after he began learning what church planters actually do, the church Alexander started has […]

Sanctity of Life: Family blessed through adoption

EDITOR’S NOTE: Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, on the Southern Baptist Convention calendar Jan. 18, commemorates 42 years of legal abortion in the United States. Those who know Haylee Kirtley would probably describe her as a talkative, sweet 6-year-old with a big heart. She is good at school, enjoys playing soccer and, like so many […]

Andraé Crouch kindled ‘new dimension’ of worship

Legendary gospel songwriter and performer Andraé Crouch has died at the age of 72. Crouch’s songs — among them: “My Tribute,” “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power,” “Soon and Very Soon,” “Bless the Lord” and “Through It All” — have become standards and are included in the hymnals of both African American and Anglo […]

WMU leader Carolyn Weatherford Crumpler dies at 84

Carolyn Weatherford Crumpler’s desire to dedicate herself to Christian service is one that lasted until the day of her death on Jan. 2. Her joyful spirit and cheerful attitude will be sorely missed by those who knew her. She served as executive director of national WMU from 1974 to 1989. Mattie Carolyn Weatherford was born […]

Mental health advisory group seeks input from Southern Baptist churches

“I was depressed and felt all alone, even though I was surrounded by people.” “When I was diagnosed with depression, I felt as though I finally understood why I felt alone,” said one man after seeking help through his doctor. “However,” he continued, “I still was afraid of telling anyone in my church about my […]