Influential young pastor David Platt named president of IMB

David Platt was elected president of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board Aug. 27 by board trustees, meeting at the IMB’s International Learning Center in Rockville, Va. Platt, 36, pastor of The Church at Brook Hills, a Southern Baptist congregation in Birmingham, Ala., will take office effective immediately as president of the 169-year-old organization, the […]

Driscoll takes break from pastorate

Embattled pastor Mark Driscoll is taking a break from the pastorate of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, has suspended publication of his next book, and is receiving personal counsel from a group of mature Christians, he told his congregation Aug. 24. Driscoll apologized for any harm he has done the church, announced the temporary suspension […]

Ice Bucket Challenge hits stem cell snag

Participants in the popular Ice Bucket Challenge, which has raised more than $50 million to combat ALS, may be unwittingly supporting embryonic stem cell research, pro-life advocates have warned. The ALS Association, the principal charity benefitting from the challenge, said in a statement that it currently sponsors one study using embryonic stem cells, though donors […]

‘Awakening’ occurring on racial disparity, ERLC’s Moore says

Evangelical Christians are becoming aware of the racial disparity in American culture, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell D. Moore said in the wake of unrest over the police killing of an African American teenager in suburban St. Louis. The funeral for Michael Brown, 18, was held Monday (Aug. 25) at St. Louis’ Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist […]

Viewpoint: Adam’s sin endures in Ferguson

On Aug. 9, Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African American, was shot six times by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson, Mo., police officer. His family has called for justice in his shooting while urging residents of Ferguson to abstain from violence, but many African Americans and some whites have taken their anger to the city’s […]

Acts 29 removes Driscoll, Mars Hill

Church-planting network Acts 29 has removed Mars Hill Church and its controversial pastor, Mark Driscoll, from its membership. Driscoll, who started the Seattle church in 1996 and helped found Acts 29, has long been a polarizing figure due to his direct leadership style and his often crude speaking and writing manner. He has come under […]

Famine in South Sudan ‘worst in the world’

An escalating civil war is preventing humanitarian aid from reaching those most affected by famine in South Sudan, says a senior International Mission Board strategy leader for sub-Saharan Africa. “Pray for doors to open in good time,” IMB’s Tim Cearley said. The United Nations Security Council expressed “grave concern” over the ever-worsening food situation. They […]

World War I remembered as ‘stand for liberty’ 100 years later

Though Southern Baptists didn’t want America to enter World War I when it broke out, they came to see it as a necessary fight to preserve liberty and morality, historians have noted at the war’s 100th anniversary. One scholar added that America’s victory may have helped inspire the Cooperative Program. “Prior to America’s entry into […]

Bank robbery leads to answered prayer

One pastor learned the answer to prayer sometimes comes in the least likely of ways — even a bank robbery. This unexpected answer to prayer came while Calvary Baptist Church in Southgate, Mich., was trying to sell its building to move to a larger location. The facility had been on the market for more than […]

Following wife’s death, pastor practices what he preaches

For 17 years pastor Breonus Mitchell has preached to his congregation at Greater Grace Temple Community Church that they need to rely on faith in God to get them through the pain and suffering of life. Now, the Baptist pastor is choosing to put into practice what he has preached for so long. On June […]