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 […]

Pastors remain faithful as Tennessee tornadoes kill at least 22

Pastors shared hope and faith in the midst of death and destruction early Tuesday (March 3) just after a series of tornadoes tore through middle Tennessee, killing at least 22 and heavily damaging businesses, homes and at least two Southern Baptist churches. An elderly couple who were longtime members of First Baptist Church of Mount […]

IMB forms coronavirus task force as global threat rises

As the global coronavirus crisis nears pandemic status, the International Mission Board announced Feb. 28 a coronavirus task force to address implications for IMB personnel and partners, including church volunteer mission teams. “We recognize the concern that coronavirus is causing, and we are grateful for individuals and churches who are praying for IMB personnel and […]

Floyd to propose SBC EC mission, ministry changes

Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Ronnie Floyd will propose at the February EC meeting revisions to the EC mission and ministries statement including a new prayer ministry, he announced Thursday, Jan. 30. “Updating the language of the SBC Executive Committee’s ministry assignments and the explanation of them is important as we seek to better […]

Charleston pastor part of SBC panel on racism

Sociology professor, researcher and author George Yancey always steps back when he knocks on a door. A 6-foot-3-inch African-American, he says his appearance strikes societal fear. Seminary assistant dean and director Missie Branch says she also encounters difficulties because she is an African-American woman. She says she’s either overlooked or viewed through stereotypes, “which results […]

‘Go see the movie,’ Emanuel massacre survivor urges

Let someone walk into Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church with a backpack and Polly Sheppard relives June 17, 2015. That’s when white supremacist Dylann Roof walked in. “Only in that church. Other churches I can sit and be calm,” Sheppard told Baptist Press in advance of the documentary film “Emanuel.” “But when I go to […]