Kenneth Ridings, former Fruitland president, passes away

Kenneth Ridings, retired president of Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute (now College) in Hendersonville, N.C., died Thursday, March 5, following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Ridings, a South Carolina native, joined the faculty at Fruitland as professor of homiletics in 1968 and was named president of the school in 1997. He retired in 2008. His hometown was […]

Viewpoint: They called me pastor

EDITOR’S NOTE: Jim Burton says he never set out to be a Korean church planter, but God orchestrated the opportunity with a multi-generation congregation in metro Atlanta. Burton shares his story of leading the church to plant new churches. Also see “ALS gripped him with life’s ‘big questions’” published Nov. 26. The question came early in my […]

SBC presidents send open letter to Obama

In an open letter, Southern Baptist Convention president Ronnie Floyd, along with the support and signatures of 16 former SBC presidents, called on President Obama to “take the necessary actions now” against ISIS terrorists. “Since ISIS is a continuing threat to world peace in a way unknown to us since the Nazis of World War […]

Boston Marathon bomb amputee: ‘Blessed’

Rebekah DiMartino was at the Boston Marathon in April 2013, standing just three feet from where a bomb exploded at the finish line. “Here was me,” she said, pointing to a spot on the floor at a Kentucky church where she was speaking. “Right here was a bomb!” she exclaimed. “Three [feet]! And I’m alive, […]

Christian media’s reach surveyed by LifeWay Research

Christian broadcasters have a devoted following, with about two-thirds of weekly churchgoers and evangelicals saying they tune in to Christian radio and television on a regular basis. Christian books have a reach among churchgoers and evangelicals, and Christian movies remain popular, with about four in 10 Americans having seen one in the last year. But […]

Influences outside North America will shape future worship, scholar says

Influences outside North America will have a large impact on how Christians will worship in the future, a prolific author and seminary president said at the John A. Hamrick Lectureship held Jan. 18-19 at First Baptist Church of Charleston. David Dockery, president of Trinity International University in Chicago and former president of Union University in […]

Viewpoint: Small is the ‘new big’

Writer: Chuck Kelley EDITOR’S NOTE: Chuck Kelley is president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. This may seem like a silly question, but do you know who Southern Baptists are? When asked that question, many people will think in terms of our theology and doctrine. We believe in the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture. We […]

Frank Page, at NOBTS, addresses suicide epidemic

“I’ve never preached on this subject at a seminary before,” Frank Page said. “I’ve spoken on it in churches a few times, but not often.” “For you see, five years and two months ago, my daughter left her family behind when she committed suicide. That ‘left behind’ feeling still affects us to this day,” Page, […]

Appalachian students receive 30,000 school backpacks

Weeks after the holidays, backpacks filled with school supplies given by Southern Baptist churches continue to bless students in Appalachia. Teams from Appalachian Regional Ministry (ARM) traveled all along the East Coast in December to deliver Christmas backpacks to 30,461 students in all grade levels. After receiving a backpack, the students had the opportunity to […]