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 […]

$3.1M Cooperative Program gift featured in EC report

Flanked by more than two dozen Florida pastors, Tommy Green of the Florida Baptist Convention presented a gift of $3,136,500 to the Southern Baptist Convention during the Executive Committee report June 13 in Phoenix. The CP gift, from the sale of the Florida convention’s former building, was among numerous facets of the Executive Committee’s report […]

As Matthew looms, South Carolinians join Baptist units on standby

Writers:¬†Barbara Denman and¬†Art Toalston Florida Baptist disaster relief volunteers are on standby for the potential impact of Hurricane Matthew along Florida’s Atlantic Coast. Baptist DR leaders in Georgia and South Carolina, meanwhile, also are monitoring the hurricane’s path and will post updates of volunteer needs at their respective websites and Facebook pages. Forecasters expect the […]

Bronze Star, Purple Heart restored by Baptist DR

A charred Bronze Star and Purple Heart were somewhere in the ashes after a wildfire destroyed Bill Cronkrite’s house and outbuildings — medals awarded to his son who was killed in Iraq in 2004. When a California Southern Baptist assessment team visited the site after this summer’s 7,609-acre Border Fire, the medals of the late […]

‘We need You, Lord’: Baptists plead for national revival

At times they raised their hands. At times they gathered together in groups of two to three. And at times thousands of messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention knelt at their chairs on Tuesday night (June 14) as they pleaded with God to bring national revival and spiritual awakening to America. In one of his […]

Greear withdraws from race, Gaines wins SBC presidency

Following a runoff vote that didn’t produce a majority winner on Tuesday (June 14), North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear announced Wednesday he would withdraw from the race for president of the Southern Baptist Convention during the SBC’s annual meeting in St. Louis. Greear’s decision — in an effort to help bring unity following a close […]