Church planting in Boston highlights need

In a meeting room at Boston’s Fenway Park, Southern Baptist church planter and Boston Red Sox chaplain Bland Mason explained how much members of his church, City On A Hill church, long for community. “This is their family. This is who they pray with, worship with, grow with and do life with,” Mason, whose church […]

Driscoll resignation ‘saddening’ & ‘sobering’

Controversial author and speaker Mark Driscoll has resigned from the pastorate of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, stating in a resignation letter that he has not disqualified himself from ministry but that aspects of his personality and leadership style have proven “divisive.” Dale Braswell, a Southern Baptist church planter in the Seattle area, told Baptist […]

More churches using background checks

An estimated 1-in-5 background checks processed through LifeWay Christian Resources’ program with backgroundchecks.com reveals a conviction of a felony or other serious offense. This may be part of the reason why a growing number of churches use background checks as a way to better protect children and others involved in ministry. After a six-year partnership […]

Baptist leaders decry Houston’s sermon subpoenas

The city of Houston has “no business” in issuing subpoenas for the sermons of pastors who oppose a new homosexual-transgender rights ordinance, says Southern Baptist Convention’s lead ethicist Russell D. Moore. F.N. Williams Sr., pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Houston, addresses a rally earlier this year opposing the city’s push for a gay […]

Catholics’ initial report ‘not in line with Scripture’

A new Vatican report that marks “a major turning point” regarding moral issues such as homosexuality is consistent with Roman Catholic theology but not with the gospel, the church or the Bible, a Southern Baptist seminary president said Tuesday (Oct. 14). R. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said the interim report from […]

‘Theology of marriage’ needed, Moore says

Christians must hold fast to both conviction and kindness as they share the Gospel in a culture that is increasingly supportive of same-sex marriage, Russell D. Moore said during a luncheon at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary on the church, homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty […]

Help Ebola victims, Baptist pastor urges

Southern Baptists should respond to the Ebola crisis in West Africa with the same urgency expended during natural disasters at home and abroad, James Graham, pastor of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Herndon, Va., told Baptist Press. Southern Baptists have been known for years for our “ability to respond to disasters, whether it’s a hurricane […]

Church’s wedding vote stirs KBC opposition

A Kentucky Baptist Convention committee has voted to recommend severing ties with a Louisville congregation that voted to ordain people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and to perform same-sex marriages. The KBC’s Committee on Credentials took the action Oct. 9 in regard to Crescent Hill Baptist Church. “We’re grieved by Crescent Hill’s […]

NAMB trustees: ‘Sending’ churches needed

Kevin Ezell issued a call to Southern Baptist churches to come alongside church planters in North America in a way that will encourage, strengthen and provide accountability as they seek to take the Gospel to under-reached areas. “Every church regardless of size can be a sending church. It has everything to do with engagement, not […]

Church’s white crosses stir hunger awareness

EDITOR’S NOTE: For information on Global Hunger Relief, which uses 100 percent of each gift to meet hunger needs, visit globalhungerrelief.com. Crosses made of paint stir sticks — 19,000 of them — have become a reminder of starving children worldwide to people in southwest Colorado. Each cross of 12-inch paint stir sticks stapled together and painted white […]