If Alaska is on your mind to serve as a pastor …

Alaska is “in dire need of committed pastors to serve Christ,” said Rob Scott, who never lived outside North Carolina before attending Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky. Scott, who has been in a remote area of Alaska since 2009 as pastor of Dillingham Bible Fellowship, moved to the state because “it’s a place that […]

Unknown entrepreneur from South Carolina coast was missions pioneer

The modern missions movement owes much to an unknown entrepreneur, Hephzibah Jenkins Townsend, who overcame social constrictions in the antebellum South to rally women toward missions giving. Her journey unfolds in the form of a novel, “Her Way: The Remarkable Story of Hephzibah Jenkins Townsend” by Rosalie Hall Hunt of Guntersville, Ala., who also has […]

Tennessee pastor Steve Gaines recounts presidential decision

Steve Gaines, elected president by acclamation at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis, recounted in a press conference afterward how God led the candidates to that “special moment” of unity. After a runoff didn’t produce a majority winner between Gaines, pastor of the Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., […]

Fanny Crosby’s lost lyrics now expanding her legacy

Fanny Crosby’s hymns have impacted lives for Christ worldwide for generations, but until recently 2,700 of them were overlooked in an archive, unsung and unpublished. Now on the album “Blessed Assurance: The New Hymns of Fanny Crosby,” some of those forgotten lyrics have come to life through today’s worship writers and singers, introducing a new […]

Pastors’ wives need outside support

Pastors’ wives overall are happy with their roles, but it’s imperative that they build a support network outside the church for seasons of conflict, a study of pastors’ wives found. Amy Stumpf, professor of religion and society at California Baptist University in Riverside, Calif., and a pastor’s wife herself, was stirred to study Southern Baptist […]

ALS gripped him with life’s ‘big questions’

Jim Burton had no idea some odd footsteps were the first sign of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). “Normally when you walk, you have a heel to toe cadence. It’s no big deal,” said Burton, who has spent his career in Baptist work. “But I was walking like a horse. My right foot was hitting the […]

Deaf Theological Center launches for missions task

An estimated 35 million people in the world are Deaf, and each day 750 of them die without knowing Jesus. With no Deaf-centric theological education available, some Deaf Southern Baptists called to reach those who share their heart language have been unable to meet IMB requirements for career missionary status. The launch of a Deaf […]

Criswell’s preaching honored by seminaries

W.A. Criswell’s noted expository preaching is being honored in academic chairs at four Southern Baptist seminaries to model for new generations the verse-by-verse teaching that led thousands to Christ during his lifetime. The W.A. Criswell chair for expository preaching was installed at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in January and was established at Southern Baptist Theological […]

Mandisa wary of Grammys’ ‘allure of pleasure’

Mandisa, winner of this year’s Grammy for best contemporary Christian music album, explained on Facebook why she chose not to attend the event that was replete with expressions of immorality. Mandisa, honored for her “Overcomer” release, cited “the allure of pleasure, the passion to have things and the pompous sense of superiority,” words from a […]

Golfer Hunter Mahan puts family first

Golfer Hunter Mahan made headlines for demonstrating what a new generation of fathers has made increasingly common: prioritizing family over career. As noted by columnist Jason Gay of The Wall Street Journal, no one really remembers who won the Canadian Open this year. They just remember the player who didn’t even finish because he flew […]