Hark! Skipping Christmas carol verses discouraged

As worship pastor Andrew Lucius selects songs for Christmas worship, he is considering specific needs in the Georgia congregation he serves. Among his conclusions: Singing only the first verse of familiar carols could leave worshipers spiritually malnourished. The widow “who’s going through the Christmas season the first time this year without her husband … needs […]

Protestant unity is new confession’s focus

EDITOR’S NOTE: This year, Baptist Press is publishing a series of stories leading up to the 500th anniversary of when Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses to the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany, Oct. 31, 1517. A confession of faith aimed at expressing “interdenominational unity” among Protestants on the 500th anniversary of the […]

Eugene Peterson’s homosexuality views draw Baptists’ focus

Bestselling Christian author Eugene Peterson, known for “The Message” paraphrase of Scripture, reportedly said in an interview with Religion News Service he does not believe homosexuality is sinful and that he would perform a same-sex wedding if asked. LifeWay Christian Resources told Baptist Press it will stop selling all works by Peterson if he confirms […]

SBC Peace Committee’s legacy discussed 30 years later

Thirty years after the Southern Baptist Convention Peace Committee delivered its major report to the convention, Baptists hold a range of views on the committee’s significance. Some claim it played a positive role in advancing the SBC’s Conservative Resurgence. Others say it helped calm the denominational conflict. Still others have called it a public relations […]

SWBTS apologizes for Twitter photo

EDITOR’S NOTE: The full text of a statement by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary president Paige Patterson appears below this article. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has “deeply” apologized for a photograph posted by faculty members on social media featuring some of the seminary’s preaching professors dressed as hip hop artists. Among responses to the photo on […]

Prestonwood to resume CP giving ‘without designation’

Prestonwood Baptist Church has announced it will resume giving through the Cooperative Program after two months of evaluating its support of Southern Baptist missions and ministries. “After a time of prayerful evaluation, Prestonwood is renewing our commitment to Southern Baptist missions by giving to the Cooperative Program without designation,” Prestonwood executive pastor Mike Buster told […]

ERLC ‘unity’ statement praised by Gaines, Graham

An extended statement by Russell Moore and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission executive committee, “Seeking Unity in the Southern Baptist Convention,” has drawn praise from SBC president Steve Gaines and former SBC president Jack Graham among others. Meanwhile, Christian worldview analyst John Stonestreet said in a radio interview that controversy surrounding Moore, the ERLC’s […]

Page & Moore: ‘We fully support one another’

Despite a Washington Post article suggesting Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank S. Page could ask Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore to resign amid ongoing controversy, the two SBC entity leaders reported a collegial meeting March 13 and said they “fully support one another.” Earlier in the day, amid a social […]

Black history & the SBC: Need for more study noted

EDITOR’S NOTE: February is Black History Month. Black History Month gives Americans a yearly spotlight on such key figures in U.S. history as Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King Jr. Few Southern Baptists, however, have considered key African-American figures in SBC history like Garland Offutt, Emmanuel McCall and Fred Luter — the first […]

EC WRAP-UP: CP escrowing by churches draws study

Amid continuing discussion of churches’ escrowing or withholding Cooperative Program funds, the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee launched two efforts to study the issue at its Feb. 20-21 meeting in Nashville. The EC also authorized its officers to study the feasibility of selling the SBC Building in downtown Nashville. The EC declined to recommend amending […]