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 […]

Prestonwood escrows CP funds, cites ERLC actions

A Dallas-area megachurch has decided to escrow Cooperative Program funds temporarily in order to evaluate future support of Southern Baptist Convention causes. At issue are what the congregation calls “various significant positions taken by the leadership of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission that do not reflect the beliefs and values of many in the […]

Music & worship draw focus of Baptist theologians

A biblical argument for congregational singing, insights for planning worship and a case for multigenerational worship services are among the music-related topics being discussed by Southern Baptist theologians. Such topics were featured in at least eight presentations on biblical worship at the most recent meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. At least five of those […]

D.C. church’s lesbian co-pastors spark ‘concern’

A Washington, D.C., church’s decision to call a legally-married lesbian couple as co-pastors has led a fellow District of Columbia Baptist Convention pastor to call for “prayerful dialog” between convention leadership and the church. A Southern Baptist Convention seminary president suggested the DCBC should disfellowship the congregation. Meanwhile, DCBC executive director Robert Cochran told Baptist […]

Gatlinburg man grieves loss, forgives suspects

A Gatlinburg, Tenn., man who lost his wife and two daughters in the wildfires that swept through the area has extended forgiveness publicly to two juveniles suspected of starting the blaze. Michael Reed — whose wife Constance, 34, and daughters Chloe, 12, and Lily, 9, died at their home Nov. 28 — wrote about the […]