‘Kept here for His glory,’ Abedini writes

As Christians in the United States and 32 foreign countries hold vigils to pray for pastor Saeed Abedini and other persecuted believers, Abedini’s wife Naghmeh has released a letter he wrote just two weeks ago from prison in Iran. “Jesus allows me to be kept here for His glory,” he wrote to 8-year-old daughter Rebekka […]

Pastor Appreciation Month sparks opportunity

With two jobs, a pastorate and a full slate of courses at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, pastor Toby Brogden was feeling overwhelmed and exhausted when he showed up for a class last month. “Look, I am stretched, just as tight as a rubber band,” Brogden, who pastors Grace Church in New Orleans, told classmates. […]

Replanted church grows from 13 to 1,300

If Eric Suddith would have looked at Emmanuel Baptist Mission Church as only a business proposition in 2004 when he first encountered it, the Wharton-trained businessman-turned-pastor might have given it up for dead. Just over a decade old at the time, the church had dwindled to eight members. It had no plan to move forward […]

Viewpoint: Urgency

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is adapted from SBC president Ronnie Floyd’s message to the Executive Committee, “What time is it in the Southern Baptist Convention?” on Sept. 22 in Nashville. Floyd is pastor of the multi-campus Cross Church in northwest Arkansas. NASHVILLE (BP) — When you compare today’s church to the church of Acts, one […]

Hall of Faith moves to Nashville

The Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists’ Hall of Faith – honoring 36 evangelists who “fought the fight” and “kept the faith” — has relocated to Nashville. The Hall of Faith, which had been located at the North American Mission Board near Atlanta, is now on the third floor of the Southern Baptist Convention building. The […]

Ethnic involvement gets added SBC attention

The SBC Executive Committee has moved to update and expand its report on ethnic participation in Southern Baptist life, adopted at the 2011 SBC annual meeting in Phoenix. The expanded report was initiated during the EC’s Sept. 22-23 meeting in response to a motion at the 2014 annual meeting in Baltimore asking the SBC president […]

Pastor salaries not keeping up with inflation

Compensation for full-time Southern Baptist pastors has not kept pace with inflation over the past two years, while salaries for other full-time ministers and office staff increased at a rate higher than national inflation. These findings are part of the 2014 Southern Baptist Convention Compensation Study, an in-depth survey of 12,907 staff members in Southern […]

Page: CP rebounding despite challenges

The average Cooperative Program gift from churches has rebounded from a low of 5.41 percent of undesignated receipts, and there are indications that Southern Baptists feel renewed interest in cooperative ministry endeavors, Frank S. Page said in his report to the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee Sept. 22. “The good news is I think we’ve […]

A.T. Robertson & His ‘Monumental Achievement’

On the afternoon of Sept. 24, 1934, A.T. Robertson pondered over a difficult text in his Greek New Testament. Leaving a mark on Matthew 6:11, Robertson walked out of his office in Norton Hall at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to teach his Greek class. He would never return. As students recited their translations of New Testament […]