At least 70 Louisiana churches damaged by Hurricane Ida

More than 70 Southern Baptist churches in South Louisiana recently suffered structural damage from Hurricane Ida. “We have churches ranging from desperate to recovering, and the desperate ones need help. They’re below I-10. Insurance rates are out of this world. It’s going to be tough for them,” Louisiana Baptist Convention Director of Missions John Hebert […]

Opioid overdose deaths reach record high during pandemic

Drug overdose deaths reached an all-time high in the United States in 2020, rising nearly 30 percent to more than 93,000, according to the latest provisional numbers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among factors impacting the rising deaths are the isolation and loneliness suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed […]

Messengers call for ‘abolishing abortion immediately’

A day after overruling the Resolutions Committee, messengers to the 2021 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting adopted a resolution June 16 calling for “abolishing abortion immediately, without exception or compromise.” The Resolutions Committee had declined the resolution, reasoning that while “messengers would agree with some aspects of this resolution,” the issue of abortion was addressed in […]

EC to elect new vice chair after failed attempt to retain Tucker

South Carolina pastor Tom Tucker’s reelection June 14 as vice chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee became moot June 16, when messengers to the 2021 SBC annual meeting rejected a motion to nominate him to a second term on the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee elected Tucker to a second term as vice […]

Gospel hymn DVD outreach takes church to dementia patients

Gospel singer Gerald Wolfe was visiting his father, who was suffering from Parkinson’s disease dementia at a care facility, when a guitarist playing “In the Sweet By and By” struck a chord of memory among patients there. “Within just minutes, most of the people in the room started to sing, and they knew the song,” […]

Alabama DR helping homeowners after Fultondale tornado

“Shock” and “resilience” came to Walker’s Chapel Baptist Church Pastor Ricky Thacker’s mind after a late-night tornado killed at least one person, injured 30 and destroyed homes and businesses in Fultondale, Ala., Jan. 25. First Baptist Church of Fultondale Pastor Mark Gainey posted 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 on Facebook, noting the town’s predicament. “There is that […]

Florida Baptist catalyst addresses growing hunger crisis

Rising food insecurity in the United States amid the COVID-19 pandemic is no surprise to Jeffery Singletary. On his latest Feeding the Five Thousand Crusade to the Caribbean, the Florida Baptist leader sensed that the hunger he’s fought there since 2017 was headed to the U.S. “The Lord had just laid on my heart about […]

Abortion providers buckling under COVID-19 economic strains

Independent abortion clinics that combine to provide nearly 60 percent of abortions in the U.S. are struggling to remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report from an abortion advocacy group. The development should be celebrated, according to a Southern Baptist ethicist. But Elizabeth Graham, vice president of operations and life initiatives […]