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 (BaptistCourier.com/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 […]

Floyd calls Baptists to racially reconcile

Southern Baptist pastor Terry Turner has a newspaper clipping from the early 1900s telling of a family member taken from jail by a mob of southern whites and lynched, never tried or convicted of a crime. Turner’s memory of growing up as an African American under Jim Crow segregation laws in Guthrie, Okla., partly fuels […]

Cancer survivor from S.C. completes marathon, returns overseas

Gena Wilson can personally attest to the power of prayer. Last year, Wilson was featured for her ministry in Glasgow, Scotland, in the 2013 Week of Prayer for International Missions stories released by the International Mission Board. The story shared she was recovering in South Carolina from her second journey with cancer, a recurrence of […]

Famous marriages ‘breathe life’ for couples

In 1523, Martin Luther found himself the matchmaker for 12 nuns who had escaped in pickle barrels from a Roman Catholic nunnery near Wittenberg, Germany. He secured husbands for 11, but the 12th, Katharina von Bora, rebuffed two potential husbands. Her heart was set on the great Reformer. Finally Luther married her in 1525 for […]

‘Batmom’ at biker rally unleashes her faith

As soon as Alisa Copeland arrived at the Lone Star Rally anxious about sharing her faith among throngs of bikers, she texted her 12-year-old daughter Alexis. “I’m so nervous,” Copeland wrote to her evangelistically inclined daughter. “You’ve got this, Mom,” Alexis replied. “You’ll do great!” Copeland was one of 44 Southern Baptists who together led […]

Mental illness headlines stir pastors to help

Evangelical leaders are increasingly speaking out about mental health issues. Many have begun to open up about their own bouts with depression or a family member’s illness. Last month, The New York Times ran a front page story about pastors breaking the longtime silence around mental illness. The Times story led with the account of […]