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 […]

Charleston pastor at SBC: ‘Walk toward racial unity by building bridges’

A June 14 panel discussion at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, titled “A National Conversation on Racial Unity in America,” featured Marshall Blalock, pastor of Charleston First Baptist Church, along with president Jerry Young of the National Baptist Convention USA and Southern Baptist leaders from a variety of racial and ethnic groups. Blalock delivered […]

Women’s roles in SBC focus of advisory council

A diverse group of 18 women is studying the perspectives and strategies women in Southern Baptist churches bring to the God-given task of fulfilling the Great Commission. They comprise the Women’s Ministry Advisory Council appointed by Frank S. Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. The council joins a list of advisory councils […]

Week of Prayer: Training Christian leaders amid ‘ocean of idolatry’

EDITOR’S NOTE: Nov. 29-Dec. 6 is this year’s Week of Prayer for International Missions in the Southern Baptist Convention for workers such as the couple in this story in South Asia. The Week of Prayer, with the theme “Because of Who He Is” from Psalm 96:3 (HCSB), undergirds the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. […]

Cyclists, father-son tell CP value to Ariz. Baptists

EDITOR’S NOTE: See additional story following this article with additional comments from a cycling team who rode to the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in support of the Cooperative Program. At an annual meeting bookended by missions activities, Arizona Southern Baptists heard Cooperative Program testimonies, adopted the first Cooperative Program budget increase in five […]

Iwo Jima beach landing: Horace Lee’s faith endured

Horace Lee was 12 when he “gave my heart to the Lord” at a Baptist church in Alabama; 17 when he entered the Marine Corps in 1940; and 21 when he was wounded in Iwo Jima as the U.S. wrested the strategic island from the Japanese. “God taught me a great deal” in the military, […]

Parliamentarian Barry McCarty now a Baptist

Writer: J. Gerald Harris If Southern Baptist Convention annual meetings were tallied like college or NBA basketball games, Barry McCarty would be the leader in minutes played. In the course of 29 annual meetings, no one has accumulated more platform time in the SBC’s annual sessions than the well-known chief parliamentarian. The Atlanta native — […]

Craig James: Fox Sports not ‘above the law’

College football analyst Craig James has filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against Fox Sports alleging he was fired from a broadcasting position because of his Christian belief that homosexuality is sinful. “This case is much bigger than me,” James said according to a press release from Liberty Institute, the Christian legal organization representing him. “It […]

NAMB fund to assist burned black churches

The North American Mission Board has established a fund to help African-American churches that have been damaged or destroyed by fire in the past two weeks. Fires at seven black churches have fueled discussions of racial hatred, as the first occurred within a week of the June 17 massacre of nine black Christians by a […]

Former SBC presidents take marriage stance

The current and 16 former Southern Baptist Convention presidents released a statement on biblical marriage and the national implications of same-sex marriage in a June 17 news conference prior to the concluding sessions of the SBC annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio. SBC president Ronnie Floyd moderated the news conference, attended by eight of the former […]