Retired teacher plants church, baptizes 60 in 2 years

Mike Alexander never attended seminary. He had never pastored a church. He says he didn’t even know what a church planter did. That is, until he became one. Now, about two years after arriving in Aurora, Colo., and about 23 months after he began learning what church planters actually do, the church Alexander started has […]

Sanctity of Life: Family blessed through adoption

EDITOR’S NOTE: Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, on the Southern Baptist Convention calendar Jan. 18, commemorates 42 years of legal abortion in the United States. Those who know Haylee Kirtley would probably describe her as a talkative, sweet 6-year-old with a big heart. She is good at school, enjoys playing soccer and, like so many […]

Andraé Crouch kindled ‘new dimension’ of worship

Legendary gospel songwriter and performer Andraé Crouch has died at the age of 72. Crouch’s songs — among them: “My Tribute,” “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power,” “Soon and Very Soon,” “Bless the Lord” and “Through It All” — have become standards and are included in the hymnals of both African American and Anglo […]

WMU leader Carolyn Weatherford Crumpler dies at 84

Carolyn Weatherford Crumpler’s desire to dedicate herself to Christian service is one that lasted until the day of her death on Jan. 2. Her joyful spirit and cheerful attitude will be sorely missed by those who knew her. She served as executive director of national WMU from 1974 to 1989. Mattie Carolyn Weatherford was born […]

Mental health advisory group seeks input from Southern Baptist churches

“I was depressed and felt all alone, even though I was surrounded by people.” “When I was diagnosed with depression, I felt as though I finally understood why I felt alone,” said one man after seeking help through his doctor. “However,” he continued, “I still was afraid of telling anyone in my church about my […]

Abortion rate at lowest level since Roe v. Wade

The abortion rate in the United States has declined to its lowest point since abortion’s legalization in 1973, according to an annual report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reported by WORLD News Service Dec. 8. Forty-seven states reported 730,322 abortions in 2011 to the CDC (California, Maryland, and New Hampshire […]

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Goal: $175 Million

As David Platt was explaining his decision to become the new president of the International Mission Board, he recalled a flight returning home from Nepal. On that flight, he said, God burned into his heart that “it is not tolerable that a couple of billion people have little to no access to the gospel.” Last […]

New Courier Publishing website is active

A new website is up and running for Courier Publishing ( and offers resources for both writers and readers of books. The website serves as an online bookstore for Courier Publishing titles and features a secure online ordering process. The site also provides information for any writer interested in having his or her book professionally […]

‘Exodus’ movie posts lackluster earnings

Though it finished atop the box office its opening weekend, Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” posted lackluster earnings and garnered mixed reviews from Christian critics. Released Dec. 12 by Twentieth Century Fox, “Exodus” grossed $24.5 million this weekend, toppling “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1″ from the number one spot in gross ticket […]

U.S. religious freedom post filled

The United States has a new State Department advocate for religious liberty overseas. The U.S. Senate confirmed David Saperstein as ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom in a 62-35 roll-call vote Dec. 12. Saperstein, a long-time proponent of global religious liberty, has been director and counsel of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism for more […]