Apology, $300K payout in church sex abuse settlement at Columbia FBC

An apology, admission of liability and a $300,000 payout are among the terms First Baptist Church of Columbia, S.C., reached to settle a case involving a child who was reportedly sexually abused by a former church volunteer. Confessing “a broken and contrite heart,” the church apologized and read an explanatory statement including the full terms […]

Awana co-founder Art Rorheim dies at 99

Children’s ministry pioneer and Awana co-founder Arthur Reynold Rorheim died Jan. 5, 2018, in Oregon, Ill., at age 99. Rorheim co-founded the Awana Youth Association, originally an acronym for Approved Workers Are Not Ashamed, in 1950 while youth director of North Side Gospel Center near Chicago. Lance “Doc” Latham, his pastor at the time, was […]

Remembering MLK: A Q&A with Key Southern Baptists

Pastor James Dixon calls it “otherness,” loving others enough to die for their benefit. That’s what he credits to the late Martin Luther King Jr. nearly 50 years the civil rights leader’s death. “He allowed his life to enter into the lives of others and not leave them the way he found them,” Dixon told […]

Lifelong singleness not an issue for missionary surgeon

Editor’s note: Rebekah Naylor spent part of her childhood living in South Carolina. Her father, Robert Naylor, was pastor of First Baptist Church of Columbia from 1947-52. Decorated surgeon and missionary Rebekah Naylor, who heard God’s call to medical missions at age 13, never longed for marriage and motherhood. She simply left the details of […]

Pew: Christmas celebrations, beliefs less religious

Most Americans believe society is increasingly abandoning the religious aspects of Christmas, according to new Pew Research Center findings, but most Americans are not troubled by the trend. Only 32 percent of Americans find the trend troubling, Pew found in the study released Dec. 12. While 56 percent of U.S. adults identified such a trend, […]

LifeWay nears move; Draper Tower set for implosion

The new owner of LifeWay Christian Resources’ Nashville corporate headquarters has slated demolition of the Draper Tower for early December, just weeks after the entity moves to its new home blocks away. Plans to demolish the tower by implosion are scheduled for Dec. 2, followed by the demolition of the Sullivan Tower in early 2018. […]

Best Ways to Give in Times of Crisis

Mickey Caison has seen it many times in his disaster relief career. Well-meaning folks collect a truckload of food and clothing, drive perhaps hundreds of miles to a disaster zone, but can find no place to deliver the goods. Deciding “let’s put a trailer on the lot and fill it up with goods to take […]

‘Miracle man’ Stewart continues ministry after accident

A two-hour “Holy Ghost revival” was in progress in Jimmy Stewart’s office not long after he returned to work at the Alaska Baptist Convention earlier this year. Longtime Southern Baptist leader Paul Kim and his wife, Rebekah, from Boston were visiting the director of evangelism and church development. A small group of ministers and friends […]

Disney’s ‘gay moment’ sours many Christians

A gay plot twist in Disney’s upcoming live-action “Beauty and the Beast” continues to stir discontent among Christians, with an online poll at Faith Driven Consumer (FDC) among the latest to voice displeasure. The poll reports 95 percent of 6,700 consumers said they are less likely to see the film because of an intimate attraction […]

‘The Shack’ film stirs debate as did preceding book

A fictional and emotionally destroyed Mack Phillips answers a mysterious invitation to a remote, isolated cabin. There he finds a trinity of fatherly love in a woman named “Papa” whose cohorts teach Phillips forgiveness and the faith to run on water — literally. It’s the synopsis of the movie “The Shack,” based on William Paul […]