Boston Marathon bomb amputee: ‘Blessed’

Rebekah DiMartino was at the Boston Marathon in April 2013, standing just three feet from where a bomb exploded at the finish line. “Here was me,” she said, pointing to a spot on the floor at a Kentucky church where she was speaking. “Right here was a bomb!” she exclaimed. “Three [feet]! And I’m alive, […]

Influences outside North America will shape future worship, scholar says

Influences outside North America will have a large impact on how Christians will worship in the future, a prolific author and seminary president said at the John A. Hamrick Lectureship held Jan. 18-19 at First Baptist Church of Charleston. David Dockery, president of Trinity International University in Chicago and former president of Union University in […]

Viewpoint: Small is the ‘new big’

Writer: Chuck Kelley EDITOR’S NOTE: Chuck Kelley is president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. This may seem like a silly question, but do you know who Southern Baptists are? When asked that question, many people will think in terms of our theology and doctrine. We believe in the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture. We […]

Frank Page, at NOBTS, addresses suicide epidemic

“I’ve never preached on this subject at a seminary before,” Frank Page said. “I’ve spoken on it in churches a few times, but not often.” “For you see, five years and two months ago, my daughter left her family behind when she committed suicide. That ‘left behind’ feeling still affects us to this day,” Page, […]

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 […]