IVF resolution is SBC’s ‘first step’ in reproductive technology discussion

SBC messengers spoke to in vitro fertilization (IVF) for the first time June 12, adopting a resolution on the topic after a sometimes-emotional floor discussion that featured messengers sharing their personal experiences with reproductive technologies. Over a series of Resolutions Committee reports spanning two days at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, messengers also adopted […]

FBC Alexandria ‘no longer in friendly cooperation’ with SBC

The SBC voted June 11 to discontinue its cooperative relationship with a Virginia church that has a female associate pastor. The church has ordained at least three women as pastors over more than four decades and told the SBC Credentials Committee it would consider a female as senior pastor. Messengers voted to declare First Baptist […]

2023 SBC: ARITF granted additional year to fight sexual abuse

The SBC’s Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force will work for another year and report to next year’s SBC annual meeting in Indianapolis. In its report to SBC messengers in New Orleans, the task force unveiled a toolbox to help churches combat sexual abuse and was granted another year of existence to fulfill the mandates set […]

SBC business plan change rejected, constitution amended

Messengers resoundingly defeated a change to the Southern Baptist Convention business and financial plan proposed by the convention’s Executive Committee. Critics said the proposal would have granted the EC too much authority and left the six SBC seminaries in trouble with accreditors. The defeat was part of messengers’ mixed reception to a series of recommendations […]

LifeWay, Rainer settle contract dispute

LifeWay Christian Resources and Thom Rainer have agreed to settlement terms in a breach of contract lawsuit between the Southern Baptist Convention entity and its former CEO. The statement indicates the agreement was reached Monday (Oct. 5), a day after Rainer had tweeted his intent to accept LifeWay’s terms to end the lawsuit. According to […]

Adoptions ‘ironic blessing’ focus of seminary professor’s book

When Todd Chipman and his wife, Julie, finalized their adoption of two grade-school-aged sisters, the courtroom was packed with excited members of the Kansas City, Kan., congregation that he pastors. Members of The Master’s Community Church even arranged for the judge to give American Girl dolls to the sisters from the bench. So overwhelming was […]

Warren Wiersbe, ‘one of evangelicalism’s giants,’ dies

Warren Wiersbe, an author and pastor credited with influencing thousands of preachers toward biblical exposition, died May 2. He was 89. “I first heard Dr. Wiersbe at a Bible conference” in Chattanooga, Tenn., in the early 1960s, said Jerry Vines, a former Southern Baptist Convention president and longtime friend of Wiersbe’s. “What I heard him […]

Greenway named SWBTS president

Adam Greenway says he wants to continue Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s legacy as the “big-tent seminary of the SBC,” where Southern Baptists who differ on secondary theological issues can unite behind rigorous scholarship, missions and evangelism. Greenway laid out his vision at a Feb. 27 press conference following his election as Southwestern’s ninth president. He […]