Southern Baptists encourage prayer Nov. 5 for global persecuted church

For the family of 80-year-old Washima Erukaa, a Nigerian Christian and government official, the 5-million-naira ransom his kidnappers demanded was out of reach. Unable to pay what amounts to about $6,400, Erukaa’s family members learned Oct. 29 of his murder. His death was reported among the murders of at least 16 members of the Universal […]

100-year-old time capsule showcases Greer church’s history of faith

Individual communion cups were touted as “the sanitary” way to serve the Lord’s Supper. “Training in Stewardship” by Frank H. Leavell was listed as one of the best contemporary books on stewardship. Price? $1. It was Sept. 28, 1923. First Baptist Church of Greer, S.C., was building a new sanctuary. The miscellaneous tidbits are among […]

South Carolina pastor, SBC leaders promote African missions

The power, energy and conviction of the Swahili prayers of the African women remain in the memory of Southern Baptist executive Charles Grant months after he joined South Carolina pastors on a mission vision tour to three African hubs. The women prayed aloud, needing no prompting. “I couldn’t understand the language, but obviously they prayed […]

South Carolina Supreme Court OKs heartbeat abortion ban, reversing course

South Carolina’s Supreme Court upheld the state’s latest fetal heartbeat abortion ban Aug. 23, although the court in January struck down a previous and nearly identical version of the ban. Both bills limit abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat with exceptions, including to save the mother’s life and in cases of rape, incest […]

Addressing global hunger requires multifaceted approach

Editor’s note: Sunday, Aug. 27, is Global Hunger Sunday in the Southern Baptist Convent For the 5-year-old Burmese refugee, the small bag of rice evoked a living thing. “It’s baby rice,” she proclaimed, hugging it to her chest. Terry Dale Hudgins, director of the Nashville World Outreach Partnership based at Tusculum Hills Baptist Church in […]

Gallup: Belief in God, Satan, angels, heaven, hell at 23-year low

Belief in God, Satan, angels, heaven and hell is at a 23-year low in America, Gallup Poll said in its latest update. But most Americans still believe in the spiritual entities. Gallup found: — 74 percent believe in God compared to 90 percent in 2001, the greatest decline in the study; — 69 percent believe […]

Minister Relying on God More While Planting Churches in Ukraine

Michael Domke had spent nearly 15 years planting churches in Ukraine when Russia’s war forced him out. Today, he typically drives 1,700 miles to several cities in Ukraine from Budapest, Hungary, continuing his work. The International Mission Board worker is learning to live one day at a time. “It’s easy to say we live by […]

South Carolina Baptists celebrate six-week abortion ban

The South Carolina Legislature passed a six-week abortion ban May 23, allowing limited exceptions based on the mother’s health, fetal abnormalities, rape and incest. South Carolina Baptists applauded the bill as the culmination of prayer and advocacy, but said the legislation falls short of their goals. “Ultimately, we are praying and working toward the day […]