Congress remains largely Christian despite societal trends

Congress remains a largely Christian institution, bucking two societal trends of declining Christianity and waning religious affiliation, Pew Research said Jan. 3. More than a fifth of Congressional Protestants are Baptists. At least 88 percent of Congress – 469 of the 534 members – identified as Christian in the poll of the current 118th legislative […]

Oldest known map of stars obtained by Museum of the Bible

The Museum of the Bible has detailed the provenance and acquisition of the oldest known map of the constellations, a previously lost writing based on the notes from second century B.C. Greek astronomer Hipparchus’ “Star Catalogue.” The notes had been written in the fifth century on vellum leaves that were recycled perhaps five or six […]

Amid sorrow of queen’s death, Southern Baptist in London shares gospel

She was crowned “defender of the faith and supreme governor of the church of England,” but Queen Elizabeth II’s public ownership of her faith extended beyond the official descriptor. Ashlyn Portero, director of groups and partnerships at Redeemer Queen’s Park church about 10 miles from Buckingham Palace, appreciates the late queen’s public witness and legacy. […]

‘DAVID -Live’ global streaming debuts Sept. 2; Courier Tours to see performance onstage at Sight & Sound Theater

Shane Litchfield, the lead in Light & Sound’s “DAVID-Live,” describes the role as universally relatable. But King David especially resonates with Litchfield, himself a songwriter, composer and vocalist. “What really attracted me to (the role) is that he was just a musician and he was an artist, that he expressed himself with the Lord through […]

Litton, Luter, Evans to lead grassroots racial unity work

Outgoing Southern Baptist Convention President Ed Litton, former SBC president Fred Luter and noted author and pastor Tony Evans announced an initiative (the Unify Project) to build racial unity nationwide, conducted by the local church. “Southern Baptist Convention, what we hope to do,” Litton said, “is to start a grassroots movement, a local church initiative […]

Alex Sands to be nominated for SBC second vice president

South Carolina pastor Alex Sands will be nominated for Southern Baptist Convention second vice president at the 2022 SBC annual meeting in Anaheim, Calif., in June. Josh Powell, lead pastor of Taylors First Baptist in Taylors, S.C., told Baptist Press of his intent to nominate Sands. “Alex represents the best of who we are as […]

Special needs center’s namesake ‘brings a lot of joy’

Little 4-year-old Rowen Glenn doesn’t allow social boundaries to stand in the way of a good laugh. Her extremely rare Sotos syndrome birth defect erases such cognition. “She has no understanding of social barriers” is how Rowen’s grandfather pastor Mike Glenn puts it. “And if she wants to talk to you, or find out about […]

Texas six-week abortion ban remains active after court appeals

A Texas law banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected — around six weeks of pregnancy — remains in effect after a New Orleans appeals court tossed it back to the state. The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Jan. 17 that the Texas State Supreme Court should decide whether the appeal by […]

Prayer guide equips Christians to pray for persecuted believers

Prayer is the first thing persecuted Christians request when Voice of the Martyrs spokesman Todd Nettleton encounters them in countries where it’s difficult to practice their faith. Whether the woman he encountered on a recent trip to the Middle East who has planted 30 house churches since accepting Christ two years ago, or the man […]

Black church influence gauged decades after King’s death

The late Martin Luther King Jr. called the church the “conscience of the state” during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. “The church must be the critic and guide of the state, and never its tool,” he said. “I’m grateful to God that, through the Negro church, the dimension of nonviolence entered our struggle.” […]