Baltimore violence shows need for ‘a better way’

Racial turmoil in Baltimore commanded the nation’s attention April 27-28. “While we watch on the screen and read what is happening in Baltimore,” Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd said, “we need to pray for our pastors and churches in Baltimore as they rise up together, calling Baltimore to a better way to live personally […]

Houston mayor to drop subpoenas of ministers

The subpoenas will be withdrawn, Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced today (Oct. 29). The word “subpoenas” grabbed national attention after it became known that five Houston ministers were being subpoenaed for sermons and other private correspondence regarding their opposition to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. “I don’t want to have a national debate about freedom […]

Freddie Gage, 6 decades an evangelist, dies

Freddie Gage, a Southern Baptist evangelist for more than 60 years whose fervency for souls extended to the SBC’s Conservative Resurgence, died Friday (Sept. 12) in a Houston hospital after an extended illness. He was 81. Gage — a teen gang leader who came to Christ after hearing the Gospel preached in 1951 in Houston […]

Truett Cathy, faith-rooted business entrepreneur, dies

S. Truett Cathy, founder of the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain famous for closing on Sundays, died Sept. 8. He was 93. “I was not so committed to financial success that I was willing to abandon my principles and priorities,” Cathy once said. “Our decision to close on Sunday was our way of honoring God and of […]

Ronnie Floyd to be SBC president nominee

Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention at the SBC annual meeting this June, seminary president R. Albert Mohler Jr. announced  Feb. 20. Floyd has “unparalleled experience as a leader among us, an unquestioned commitment to the Great Commission, and he has demonstrated an unstinting urgency to unite […]

Rick and Kay Warren grieve son’s suicide

The suicide of Matthew Warren continues to reverberate not only in Christian circles but the culture which his parents, Rick and Kay Warren, have sought to impact since the founding of Saddleback Church in 1980. Matthew Warren, 27, died on the morning of April 5 at his home in Mission Viejo, Calif.