Gaines addresses Patterson, racial diversity, SBC

Responding to questions about his committee appointments and controversy involving a Southern Baptist seminary leader, SBC president Steve Gaines released a statement May 11 to Baptist Press. Gaines, pastor of Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., specifically addresses the controversy involving past statements by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary president Paige Patterson on women, divorce […]

Q&A: Greear responds to Baptist editors’ questions

North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear, one of two candidates to be nominated for Southern Baptist Convention president in June, responded to six questions from Baptist Press and Baptist state editors. Florida pastor Ken Whitten announced Greear’s nomination for SBC president Jan. 29. During the 16 years Greear has pastored The Summit, worship attendance has grown […]

Q&A: Hemphill responds to Baptist editors’ questions

University administrator and former seminary president Ken Hemphill, one of two candidates to be nominated for Southern Baptist Convention president in June, responded to six questions from Baptist Press and Baptist state editors. A coalition of Southern Baptists announced the nomination Feb. 1 via a Baptist state paper. (See related Baptist Press report.) Hemphill was […]

Pastor: School shooting incident defused by God’s intervention

First Baptist Church was on the front line, ministering to students, faculty and staff after a gunman opened fire at nearby Forest High School in Ocala, Fla. One student was injured in the April 20 incident, which lasted only minutes. But the church’s connection to the shooting goes beyond providing crisis ministry to students and […]

Billy Graham, 99, now in ‘the presence of God’

Legendary evangelist Billy Graham — whose preaching may have been heard by more people than anyone in Christian history — died Feb. 21. He was 99. During 80 years of ministry, Graham’s down-to-earth, homespun sermons filled stadiums across the world, leading to the salvation of untold millions. Ordained a Southern Baptist minister, he was a […]

State papers celebrate milestones, consider future

Milestone anniversaries of two Baptist state newspapers have occasioned reflection on the present ministry of state papers and their future role among Southern Baptists.   The Alabama Baptist celebrated 175 years of continuous publication Feb. 6 with a birthday party in Marion, Ala., site of the paper’s founding. North Carolina’s Biblical Recorder marked 185 years […]

Reformed theologian, pastor R.C. Sproul dies

Written by: WORLD News Service and Baptist Press Robert Charles “R.C.” Sproul, the Reformed theologian, pastor, teacher, and lecturer who founded and chaired Ligonier Ministries and authored close to 100 books, including “The Holiness of God,” died Dec. 14, 2017. He was 78. Sproul was known for delivering uncompromising messages on the holiness and sovereignty […]

‘God sent them,’ flooded homeowner says of Baptists

Paul Matlock, 73, was sitting in his yard, staring into the distance, overwhelmed, when Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers arrived. Floodwater from Hurricane Harvey had climbed more than six feet inside his home; it was chest high when he managed to escape with his wife Diana, 63, and their toy fox terrier. They had […]

Guest Viewpoint: An appeal to rightly apply 2 Chronicles 7:14

Author: Steve Gaines EDITOR’S NOTE: Steve Gaines is president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church. As we approach July 4th, many pastors preach about Christians in America repenting of sin and turning back to the Lord so that He will bless His churches. One text they often use is […]

EC receives CP report, frames building sale process

The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee heard a report today (June 12) that “escrowing, withholding [and] reducing” gifts through the Cooperative Program is “not as widespread” as thought in February when the EC’s CP Committee created a special committee to study the issue. The EC also voted to ask the SBC for authorization to sell […]