IMB’s Platt initiates sexual abuse investigations

Two “thorough, outside, independent” investigations have been initiated by International Mission Board president David Platt into the IMB’s handling of any past sexual abuse allegations and into its policies of zero tolerance for such abuse. Platt also stated a public apology to Anne Marie Miller, who has alleged sexual abuse by an individual who subsequently […]

Jimmy Draper named Executive Committee ambassador

Jimmy Draper, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention and president emeritus of LifeWay Christian Resources, has been named “EC Ambassador” by D. August Boto, interim president of the SBC Executive Committee. Draper, who has maintained an active speaking schedule since retiring from LifeWay in 2006, is “someone for whom no introduction or explanation need […]

EC’s Frank Page resigns over ‘personal failing’

Frank S. Page has resigned as president and chief executive officer of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, effective today (March 27) over what is described as “a morally inappropriate relationship in the recent past.” Florida pastor Stephen Rummage, chairman of the Executive Committee, released a 300-word statement Tuesday afternoon (March 27) in behalf of […]

Billy Graham’s impact praised by Baptist leaders

Few men could spark the outpouring of respect and gratitude as Billy Graham upon his death Feb. 21 at age 99. Among Southern Baptists — among whom Graham counted himself — a range of leaders underscored the broad scope of the famed evangelist’s influence. Steve Gaines, president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of […]

Moore, ERLC trustees issue ‘Seeking Unity’ statement

An extended statement, “Seeking Unity in the Southern Baptist Convention,” has been issued by Russell Moore and the executive committee of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Moore, in a 1,691-word portion of the March 20 statement, clarified criticism he had leveled at Christians who supported Donald Trump for president in the November 2016 election. […]

Alcohol use reignites issue among Baptists

Alcohol consumption has jumped back into Baptist discussions, this time stirred by the termination of a high-profile pastor. Perry Noble’s removal as senior pastor of the multi-campus NewSpring Church in South Carolina was communicated to members and attendees during Sunday worship services, July 10. “Perry’s posture towards his marriage, increased reliance on alcohol and other […]

Thom Tapp, ‘Covered Dish’ cartoonist, dies

Thomas “Thom” Tapp, one of Baptist Press’ featured cartoonists for 15 years, died June 11 in Kingston, Tenn. Tapp, a pastor who drew and penned the “Church of the Covered Dish,” died of liver cancer at age 65. His Church of the Covered Dish led by pastor “Eli Chortlesnort” first appeared in 1997 in the […]

Guest Viewpoint: A $4 CD

A $4 thrift store purchase is affecting my life. It’s not as life-changing as the name of Jesus, but it is nudging my soul in a positive direction. This purchase — a beginner’s CD for learning Spanish — is teaching me more than an alphabet, basic grammar and Spanish words for everyday nouns and verbs. […]

Children’s pastor arrested for sex trafficking felony

A sex trafficking felony charge against a children’s minister has left a 4,000-member church reeling. Jason Kennedy, 46, who joined Grace Baptist Church’s staff two and a half years ago, was arrested May 19 in Knoxville — one of 30-plus individuals charged in a four-day undercover sting operation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and […]

Ed Stetzer to join Wheaton College faculty

Ed Stetzer, executive director of LifeWay Research and executive editor of The Gospel Project curriculum published by LifeWay, has been named to the faculty of Wheaton College and as executive director of Wheaton’s Billy Graham Center for Evangelism. Stetzer, 49, will begin his new roles at Wheaton July 1, which also will include publisher of […]