Now debt free, church doubles CP giving to 10 percent

Pastor Scott Linginfelter had just preached the opening night of a tent revival on a farm field in rural Greenback, Tenn., when he told Baptist Press of his commitment to the Southern Baptist Convention’s Cooperative Program. “Somebody found treasure in a field,” he said of his sermon based on Matthew 13:44. “To find treasure, it […]

Most state conventions redesign or cancel annual meetings

Most Southern Baptist state conventions are either redesigning or canceling their 2020 annual meeting to prevent spread of COVID-19. As of Sept. 10, only 12 — including the South Carolina Baptist Convention — intended to proceed with in-person gatherings. In Mississippi, where COVID-19 test results show a 14.51 percent positivity rate, the Mississippi Baptist Convention […]

Most state conventions redesign or cancel annual meetings during COVID-19

Most Southern Baptist state conventions are either redesigning or canceling their 2020 annual meeting to prevent spread of COVID-19. As of Sept. 1, only 13 — including the South Carolina Baptist Convention — intend to proceed with in-person gatherings. In Mississippi, where COVID-19 test results show a 14.51 percent positivity rate, the Mississippi Baptist Convention […]

Pastor leads peaceful protests in Minneapolis

Pastor W. Seth Martin sat on guard in his front room until 3 a.m. on May 29 in case rioters approached his home, which is located just a block from where George Floyd was detained by police and died. “I would, prayerfully, if it was outside, I would petition and seek the peace for my […]

Mississippi Baptists ask Legislature to remove Confederate symbol from state flag

Offering a “voice of healing in the name of Jesus Christ,” Mississippi Baptists asked the Legislature June 23 to replace the state flag with a design that does not include the Confederate flag. National racial tension and discussions regarding the flag in recent days prompted the move, Mississippi Baptist Convention Board Executive Director and Treasurer […]

Racial healing, Great Commission, Cooperative Program headline SBC Advance

Amid unprecedented challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as racial unrest and tumult after the recent death of an African-American man in police custody, the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee offered a healing balm June 2 with SBC Advance. The two-hour online event was not intended to replace the 2020 SBC Annual Meeting […]

‘Grassroots’ network launched to address concerns about SBC

A group described as “grassroots” Southern Baptists has announced the formation of the Conservative Baptist Network. Group spokesperson Brad Jurkovich, pastor of First Baptist Church of Bossier City, La., told Baptist Press the group was launched to address concerns about the direction of the SBC. “There’s lots of people involved with the network, and that’s […]