SBC defies downward trend in donor trust in religious charities

Religious organizations including churches are no longer the most trusted charities among American adults, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) said in its 2023 Give.org Study. Rather, donors hold the highest trust for veterans’ groups and not-for-profit hospitals, pushing out religious organizations from the top spot for the first time since the study’s 2017 launch, BBB […]

141 baptisms at First Simpsonville after ‘overwhelming’ response

Multi-site Upstate Church in Simpsonville baptized 141 new believers Dec. 3 after a one-month evangelistic teaching series on church ordinances. For Senior Pastor Wayne Bray, it was clear the Holy Spirit was at work. “We have never seen anything like this in our church,” Bray told Baptist Press Dec. 4. “To think that 141 people […]

Online worshippers lead in Bible reading frequency

Bible users who worship God online are most likely to read the Bible at least weekly apart from church service, the American Bible Society (ABS) said in its latest 2023 State of the Bible release. Among online worshippers, 74 percent read the Bible at least weekly, whether they worship solely online or online and in […]

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 […]