New bill defends faith-based adoption agencies

Legislation introduced in Congress earlier this month would prohibit government discrimination against faith-based adoption and foster care organizations that are not willing to place children with same-sex couples. The Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, sponsored by Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., was re-introduced on March 4. Enzi and Kelly submitted the […]

‘Lord Sterling’ extols virtues of trust, obedience

In “Lord Sterling” (CrossBooks, 356 pages), Robert Blackwell’s adventure novel, readers follow Sterling and his companions on a quest. The Great Light’s power becomes more and more evident as the group of travelers gets involved in physical battles as well as battles for the souls of men. The more they trust and obey, the more […]

Churches feed hungry, share love of Christ

EDITOR’S NOTE: See additional story on how to start a hunger ministry below. Southern Baptist churches of various sizes and in various settings are feeding the hungry in the U.S. And a sizable number of Americans remain in need of such help. Nearly 50 million Americans, or nearly one in six, live in “food insecure […]

Church plants: 5% gain in 2014

Southern Baptists planted 985 new churches in 2014 — a 5 percent increase over 2013 church starts. This is very good news as we work toward diminishing the church-to-population deficit that steadily grew larger over the last century in the United States and Canada. It is also good because new churches, on average, reach people […]

Bringing Soldiers to God, and God to Soldiers

Lt. Col. Derrick Riggs’s life is not boring. Today he is serving in Afghanistan as command chaplain for NATO Special Operations and the Special Forces Joint Task Force. Riggs’s parents, retired Col. Dwight Riggs and his wife, Kathy, reside in Columbia and are members of First Baptist Church, where their son was actively involved before […]

Survey: Evangelicals ready for immigration reform

When it comes to immigration reform, American evangelicals appear to have high expectations, a LifeWay Research study shows. Nine out of 10 (86 percent) want more border security. Six in 10 (61 percent) support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. More than two-thirds (68 percent) favor both. And they want Congress to take action […]

Selma provoked GGBTS to demand ‘equal justice’

“Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Ala., 50 years ago provoked Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary students to put segregationists and civil rights leaders alike on notice that many Southern Baptists supported equal rights for all Americans regardless of race. After law enforcement officials in Selma beat and tear gassed demonstrators advocating voting rights for blacks, injuring […]

Singing accountant’s dreams turn to Delaware

Mark Lashey had zero desire to live in Delaware. From his perspective, there was no sweet tea, no biscuits. Children there didn’t say sir and ma’am. The Northeast seemed both cold in terms of relationships and climate. Yes, he understood his wife Tammy wanting to raise their children close to her parents, but the state […]

‘Whatever It Takes’

Gabriel Revilla recalls a “Nike moment” when his college pastor in Miami approached him with a question. “What do you think about recruiting an actual team of students and allowing them to come to Miami to reach lostness here?” Gus Hernandez, collegiate pastor at Christ Fellowship Church, asked Revilla. The question was neither small nor […]

CSU’s Rick Brewer to lead Louisiana College

Rick Brewer, who has served in several administrative capacities at Charleston Southern University over the past 28 years, has been elected president of Louisiana College in Pineville, La. Louisiana College trustees unanimously elected Brewer as the school’s 11th president on March 5, according to a news release. The college is affiliated with the Louisiana Baptist Convention. Brewer takes office […]