IMB’s Platt reflects on listening, learning

A gathering of Southern Baptist missionaries grappling with what’s working in missions — and what isn’t — welcomed a new colleague to the strategic discussion: IMB president David Platt. The long-planned conference, held earlier this fall in Asia, came at an ideal time for Platt, 36. The influential pastor, mission mobilizer and “Radical” author was […]

Comebacks: Kansas City Royals & a local church

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Kansas City Royals are in the World Series, the first time the team has been in the series — or post-season play — since 1985. Kansas City church planter Mark Clifton draws parallels between the Royals’ resurgence and the re-launch of the Kansas City church he has led. Most of us who call […]

Floyd: Stand up for Houston pastors

Baptists must let their voices be heard, said Southern Baptist Convention president Ronnie Floyd. Floyd is one of several speakers from across the nation slated to speak Nov. 2 at the “I Stand Sunday” simulcast hosted by Family Research Council and other partners. The event is being held in response to five Houston ministers being […]

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 […]