5 Upstate churches partner in launch of Boston church plant

During First Baptist North Spartanburg’s Global Impact Celebration on Sept. 4, five Upstate pastors signed a partnership agreement with a new church plant — Encounter Church, located south of Boston. Their churches have already committed $75,000 to the project and plan to send teams throughout the year to help the church get established. Pictured from left are […]

Freddie Gage, 6 decades an evangelist, dies

Freddie Gage, a Southern Baptist evangelist for more than 60 years whose fervency for souls extended to the SBC’s Conservative Resurgence, died Friday (Sept. 12) in a Houston hospital after an extended illness. He was 81. Gage — a teen gang leader who came to Christ after hearing the Gospel preached in 1951 in Houston […]

SEBTS fall convocation speech honors S.C. missionary Bertha Smith

Students and faculty joined together at a crowded fall convocation chapel service at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary on August 19 in Binkley Chapel. Daniel Akin, president of Southeastern, addressed students representing a student body of 3,218 students in spring 2014 with expected growth this fall. He chose to begin the semester by focusing on the […]

Court signals hope for housing allowance

Supporters of the ministerial housing allowance should be hopeful about a federal appeals court’s anticipated ruling on the 60-year-old provision, a religious liberty lawyer said after oral arguments in the case. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago appeared Tuesday (Sept. 9) to lean toward either dismissing the case because the allowance’s challengers lack […]

God calls ‘all kinds of people’ to missions

Editor’s note: For security reasons, last names of missionaries in this story are omitted. In 1999, Jeff and Cyndi were raising their family in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Jeff had worked for 20 years in corporate banking, and they were content. Then God called.  “I was working as a vice president at a local […]

Hellams named VP, president’s chief of staff at Southern Seminary

South Carolina native Tom Hellams has been named vice president for denominational relations and chief of staff, Office of the President, at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, president R. Albert Mohler Jr. announced Aug. 19. “I’m very pleased that Tom Hellams is re-joining the Southern Seminary executive team,” Mohler said. “He is a man of rare […]

Housing allowance weighed by appeals court

The fate of the ministerial housing allowance rests for now with a federal appeals court. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago heard oral arguments Tuesday (Sept. 9) regarding the portion of a 1954 law that allows clergy to exclude for federal income tax purposes a portion or all of their gross income as […]

Truett Cathy, faith-rooted business entrepreneur, dies

S. Truett Cathy, founder of the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain famous for closing on Sundays, died Sept. 8. He was 93. “I was not so committed to financial success that I was willing to abandon my principles and priorities,” Cathy once said. “Our decision to close on Sunday was our way of honoring God and of […]

Fruitland to offer online associate degree

Students enrolling at Fruitland Baptist Bible College in the fall of 2014 have the option of completing an associate degree in Christian ministry and worldview entirely online. President David Horton said the program will enable students to pursue a degree who are unable to attend the main campus in Hendersonville, N.C. The online curriculum consists […]

Platt shares IMB calling with church family

David Platt was in Nepal on the last day of a mission trip in February when he awoke to an email that would change his life: IMB’s president, Tom Elliff, was retiring. Platt’s head fell back onto his pillow as the possibilities swirled. Four years ago, IMB had approached him about leading Southern Baptists’ international […]