SBC elects Litton, takes control of EC investigation

From the moment the gavel dropped – or actually, with the gavel that dropped – calling them to order, it was clear that messengers to the 2021 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 15-16 in Nashville were ready to make changes and challenge traditions in the name of advancing the gospel. SBC President J.D. Greear […]

Task force assesses ERLC’s effect on CP giving

By Scott Barkley and George Schroeder A task force studying the effectiveness of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission issued its report in February, acknowledging both support within the Southern Baptist Convention for the entity and that some see it as “a source of significant distraction from the Great Commission work of Southern Baptists.” Commissioned […]

ERLC-focused task force releases report

A task force studying the effectiveness of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission issued its report Feb. 1, acknowledging both support within the Southern Baptist Convention for the entity, and that some see it as “a source of significant distraction from the Great Commission work of Southern Baptists.” Commissioned in February 2020 by the SBC […]

Top Southern Baptist news stories of 2020

As days stretched into weeks stretched into months, COVID-19 seemed to spread everywhere — and into almost everything. Here’s a look at the top SBC stories of 2020 as selected by Baptist Press: COVID-19: A global pandemic arrives 2020 was the year of COVID-19, with virtually nothing in life left untouched — and much of […]

NFL’s Watson donates ultrasound to center in South Carolina

Former NFL tight end Benjamin Watson and his family, through an ongoing partnership with the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s Psalm 139 Project, donated an ultrasound machine to the Palmetto Women’s Center in Rock Hill, S.C., and gave Christmas gifts to 10 families affiliated with the center. Watson and his wife, Kirsten, are passionate about […]

Southern Baptists have not always embraced Christmas

Written by: Stephen Douglas Wilson Baptists of the South and the faith community of Southern Baptists after 1845 originally did not attach much significance to Christmas. The holiday is not recognized as a special day of worship in any of the historic Baptist confessions, allusions to it are rare in Baptist history volumes before the […]

IMB issues statement regarding Aderholt investigation

The International Mission Board has issued a statement which it says clarifies and corrects previous statements made by the IMB that appeared in articles published in July 2018 in Baptist Press. The articles, published July 16, 2018, and July 18, 2018, concerned sexual crimes committed by former IMB missionary Mark Aderholt against a teenager in […]

SBC continues decline, Ronnie Floyd calls for rethinking ACP

For the 13th consecutive year, the Southern Baptist Convention reported a drop in its membership. Total membership in the Southern Baptist Convention fell almost 2 percent, to 14,525,579, from 2018 to 2019. The decline of 287,655 members is the largest single-year drop in more than 100 years. While the statistical decline is concerning for the […]

Southern Baptist leaders issue joint statement on the death of George Floyd

Southern Baptist leaders have published a statement grieving the recent death of George Floyd and calling for the end of “racial inequity in the distribution of justice in our country.” The statement, co-authored by SBC president J.D. Greear and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary president Jamie Dew was unanimously signed by all SBC officers, entity […]