Faith-themed movies hit big screen this spring

A quartet of Christian-themed motion pictures debuting this season offers moviegoers everything from a controversial big-budget retelling of Noah and the Great Flood to a spinoff of last year’s popular TV miniseries, “The Bible.” Dominating the online chatter has been the uproar over Paramount Studios’ $125-million production of “Noah,” starring Russell Crowe in the title […]

Golden Gate Seminary sells campus, initiates relocation

Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary has reached a sale agreement for all its campus property in Mill Valley, Calif., and has initiated relocation of its primary campus to Southern California. In a special gathering of faculty, students and staff, President Jeff Iorg announced the agreement with North Coast Land Holdings. The seminary’s board of trustees […]

Missions at work: Professionals explore calling in marketplace

Work gets intense for emergency room doctor Chris Andershock — so intense that he occasionally thinks about making a break for it to escape the pressure. Andershock, 46, who lives and works in Memphis, Tenn., said “emergency medicine can be extremely raw and very emotional.” “Dealing with life-and-death issues all the time, seeing the best […]

End-of-life ethics examined by panel

A Baptist seminary leader joined a special panel at Loyola University New Orleans to discuss end-of-life cases that have sparked national debate. Steve Lemke, provost of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and bioethicist, was among the panelists for the discussion titled “Who Lives? Who Dies? Who Decides?” The group covered the cases of Jahi McMath, […]

Bible Drill now on smartphones, tablets

The Georgia Baptist Convention has brought the digital age to Bible Drill, developing an app to help students and leaders study the Bible on smartphones and tablets. Developed as a discipleship tool for children, students, adults and families, the app allows drillers to review the Bible through different activity and study options, Maria Brannen, a […]

Chaplains share Christ where local church can’t

From foreign battlefields to American corporate board rooms to hospital bedsides to the front seats of police cars and more, Southern Baptists minister through their chaplains in some of the most hard-to-reach locations of North America. Southern Baptists continue to see the need to send chaplains to places where the church may not have access, […]

Baylor hits Sweet 16 at 26-11 … and 5 baptisms

Nothing changed in how Baylor men’s basketball coach Scott Drew went about his work this year. Nothing, that is, except the results — especially the results off the court where five of his players, in professing faith in Christ, were baptized. “I’ve been with for 11 years, and the concentration has been the same every […]

Cremation gaining acceptance, study shows

Cremation may be the new American response to death, according to a survey by LifeWay Research. The study, which surveyed 1,036 Americans, shows that about 4 in 10 (41 percent) say they plan to be cremated. Six in ten (58 percent) say being cremated won’t keep you from being resurrected to live in heaven. And […]

Volunteer’s wife gives back to disaster relief

Christina Kiser has supported and prayed for her husband Dean, who has served for 12 years as a dedicated disaster relief volunteer. Dean Kiser first volunteered with disaster relief in June 1992. His first assignment with an Oklahoma Baptist disaster relief team came after Hurricane Andrew struck the Gulf Coast in August that year. Following […]

‘Why?’ Disaster relief volunteers ready with answers of hope

Camille. Hugo. Andrew. 9-11. Katrina. Haiti. Tuscaloosa. Joplin. Sandy. Oklahoma City. Those words often bring to mind disasters; they trigger emotions and memories difficult and poignant. Southern Baptists have had a common response to all of them: Help. Disaster relief has captured the hearts of volunteers from all backgrounds. Regardless of race, age, gender or […]