SBC’s Frank Page to serve as Simpsonville interim pastor

Frank Page, president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, will begin serving as interim pastor of Simpsonville First Baptist Church on July 27. Page is a former SBC president and served as pastor of Taylors First Baptist Church from 2001-2009. He most recently served as interim pastor at North Augusta First Baptist […]

‘A fine day to become an American’

The scene unfolded in the seventh-floor courtroom of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia — dark-paneled, solemn and a little intimidating. But the mood was anything but solemn on a beautiful spring day as 72 immigrants crowded into the chamber to take the oath of U.S. citizenship, accompanied by throngs of family members, […]

Church-planting vision tour targets Halifax

Nestled halfway up the eastern coast of Nova Scotia is the booming city of Halifax. Famous for its natural harbor, one of the largest in the world, Halifax is known as the cultural center of Atlantic Canada. With more than 400,000 people living in Nova Scotia’s capital, the need for evangelical churches is great. Yet […]

Celebration, challenge mark WMU report

Celebrating historic milestones and the highest offering ever for international missions was the focus of national WMU’s report to the Southern Baptist Convention. Wanda Lee, WMU’s executive director-treasurer, and Debby Akerman of South Carolina, national president, said WMU wrapped up a yearlong celebration of their 125th anniversary at this year’s missions celebration, June 8-9. WMU […]

SBC elects Floyd, prays for revival and restoration

Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Baltimore elected Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd as president and heard repeated calls for prayer and revival. Messengers also gave the first of two required approvals to an amendment of the SBC constitution, requested information about a Muslim student who was admitted to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, […]

Has a teacher changed your life?

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Supreme Court finds in favor of Hobby Lobby

The Supreme Court on Monday (June 30) struck down a key mandate of the Affordable Care Act, ruling for the first time “closely held” companies may exercise their religious opinions and conscientiously object to providing abortion-inducing contraceptives to employees through their health insurance plans. Writing for the majority in Burwell (Sebelius) v. Hobby Lobby, Justice […]

From S.C.’s Camp LaVida to the Edge of the Sahara

Richard Kelly serves as an International Mission Board (IMB) Mandinka team leader in the country of Senegal — a position he never dreamed of when he began his work as a maintenance manager at Camp LaVida, just outside of Winnsboro. “South Carolina is very special to me. God worked through the Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) […]