Wife tells missionary’s story in ‘Trophy of Grace’

Retired missionary Jean Phillips of Laurens has written “Trophy of Grace,” a book about her late husband, Gene Phillips, who served with her for more than 40 years as a Southern Baptist missionary in Zimbabwe. After retirement from the mission field, the couple moved to Camden and were active members of First Baptist Church. They […]

South Carolina church is Southern Baptist Convention’s largest

A South Carolina church with multiple campuses tops the list of the largest SBC churches in the nation, according to Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. NewSpring Church, based in Anderson, has more than 27,000 people in attendance each Sunday at its 10 South Carolina campuses. […]

Strength and weakness in Gospel community

As followers of the crucified Messiah, our eternal hope is bound up in strength displayed through weakness (2 Corinthians 13:4), and followers of the risen Jesus are commanded to take up their cross and follow Him (Matthew 16:24). Consequently, Gospel community is formed by and nourished by strength through weakness. The church of the Lord […]

‘Best Night Ever’ fetes special needs guests

Teens and adults with special needs had the “Best Night Ever” at North Jacksonville Baptist Church. “We learned from parents that the younger the children are, the more activities there are for them. But after they get older and get out of the school system, the opportunities for them are limited,” said Josh Reavis, associate […]

Special needs families receive ‘buddy’ care at Penn. church

Special needs children and their families have a cadre of buddies at Stewartstown Baptist Church. To share God’s love with special needs families, the Pennsylvania congregation offers respite nights as an outreach to the community. Special needs children and their siblings come to the church for a fun night every other month while the parents […]

Church prays and fasts for spiritual awakening

Steve Griffith, senior pastor of Osborne Baptist Church in Eden, N.C., received a phone call last October that helped launch a movement of prayer and fasting in the church. The call came from Terry Daniel, a church member and local family physician. He described his concern for the spiritual growth of men in the church […]

LeBron’s homecoming — will it be enough?

It has been four years since LeBron James broke the hearts of northeast Ohio sports fans. The “King” pursued his desire for basketball championships by joining the Miami Heat. In many ways, James got everything he was looking for. The question I asked then and the question I ask now is, What win or honor […]

Spurgeon’s lost sermons slated for release

Charles Spurgeon, 19th-century legendary London pastor, was a publishing and preaching juggernaut. He preached to more than 10 million people and baptized more than 14,000 believers. More than 50 million copies of his sermons were sold. Spurgeon’s fans nicknamed him “the Prince of Preachers.” More than 3,500 Spurgeon sermons were eventually published, but none date […]

At border, Baptist leaders see hope among child detainees

Southern Baptist leaders recognized something when they toured federal government facilities for children who have fled to the United States without their parents — hope. Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Russell D. Moore, the SBC’s lead ethicist, joined others in tours Tuesday (July 22) of two centers established to address the […]