Houston mayor to drop subpoenas of ministers

The subpoenas will be withdrawn, Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced today (Oct. 29). The word “subpoenas” grabbed national attention after it became known that five Houston ministers were being subpoenaed for sermons and other private correspondence regarding their opposition to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. “I don’t want to have a national debate about freedom […]

Former homosexuals: Gospel approach needed

Evangelical Christians need to change their approach to the hot-button issues of homosexuality and marriage, thinking with a Gospel focus and practicing Gospel community, participants in a national conference were told Tuesday (Oct. 28). Southern Baptist leaders, former practicing homosexuals and others provided guidance to a crowd of about 1,300 registrants on the second day […]

Charleston Southern University recognized for volunteer service

For the fourth consecutive year, Charleston Southern University has been recognized by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the U.S. Department of Education and Corporation for National and Community Service as a university committed to volunteer service.   Charleston Southern is one of 98 colleges and universities honored for leadership in developing […]

Worldview: Quarantine Fear

There’s a disease on the move that’s even deadlier than Ebola. It is invisible and highly contagious. It spreads with lightning speed and paralyzes its victims. It turns people, communities and nations against each other. The disease is fear. Anxiety and dread seem to permeate our nation — and many of our churches — at […]

Former missionary pleads guilty to wire fraud

Former Southern Baptist missionary Brady Nurse pleaded guilty Oct. 21 in a federal court to fraudulently obtaining approximately $300,000 in mission funds over a period of five years while working as a logistics and business coordinator for the International Mission Board in Portugal. Nurse, 37, who resigned as a missionary in January, could face up […]

Americans Believe in Heaven, Hell, and a Little Bit of Heresy

Most Americans believe in heaven, hell, and a few old-fashioned heresies. Americans disagree about mixing religion and politics and about the Bible. And few pay much heed to their pastor’s sermons or see themselves as sinners. Those are among the findings of a new study of American views about Christian theology from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. […]

Marriage, homosexuality focus of conference

The Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity convened a national conference Monday afternoon in Nashville with the goal of helping a capacity crowd of more than 1,300 people bolster marriage within the church and protect marriage outside it. “This conference resonates with people because marriage challenges are not an abstract issue.” — Phillip Bethancourt The Ethics […]

Spurgeon legacy flourishes at 2 seminaries

His sermons are still circulated around the world through books, pamphlets and the Internet. He is quoted by thousands of pastors each Sunday. His books are read and re-read. Church historians often say Charles Haddon Spurgeon was the prince of preachers; perhaps he still is. Spurgeon’s influence also is felt in a broad swath of […]

New My Hope DVD ‘Heaven’ to debut Nov. 7

Small churches in particular can benefit from the free evangelism outreach My Hope 2014 with Billy Graham, releasing the new DVD “Heaven” in advance of Graham’s 96th birthday Nov. 7, said Southern Baptist church planter Terry Dorsett. “All churches are struggling with evangelism. How do we get our friends and neighbors to listen to us […]

SBC not ‘third way’ on divorce

It is not inconsistent for a church to accept divorced and remarried members with “mercy and grace” but require homosexuals to leave their gay lifestyle before joining the congregation, Southern Baptists’ lead ethicist said in response to arguments posed by the pastor of a church that was disfellowshipped from the Southern Baptist Convention because of […]