Greear: Put Gospel proclamation before preferences

Southern Baptists are at a crossroads — not regarding their doctrine or mission, but regarding “what kind of Gospel witnesses we will be in an age like ours,” said J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention. During his president’s address Tuesday morning, June 11, in Birmingham, Ala., Greear gave three defining values he believes […]

Va. Beach tragedy: Baptist church mourns loss 

A Virginia Baptist church is mourning the loss of one of its own in the wake of a mass shooting that left 12 dead in a Virginia Beach office building on Friday, May 31. Former London Bridge Baptist Church member Herbert “Bert” Snelling was shot and killed as DeWayne Craddock made his way through Building […]

Church membership drop, anxiety spotlight Gospel need 

As recent polls put U.S. church membership at an all-time low and anxiety at an all-time high, some Southern Baptist leaders say the numbers are a wake-up call to Christians’ deep need to take the Great Commission personally. A Gallup Poll published in mid-April found that around 50 percent of Americans self-reported as members of […]

Church imparts a heart for missions to its young

After Myra Middlebrook’s mother died in 2010, she found some money her mom had tucked away — and she knew exactly what it was.   “I knew it was her Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for that year,” Middlebrook said. “She put money away all year for missions. She always had.” For the years that her […]

Russia remains formidable challenge for evangelism

Thirteen photos — a wide palette of Russian faces — hang on the walls of Marc Ira Hooks’ office.   One is an elderly man in Sochi, the Russian city that hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics. Another is a young boy more than 5,700 miles away in eastern Siberia, face wrapped in fur. And there […]

Released inmates receive help with ‘new start’

Imagine what it’s like to go decades having someone else make all your decisions for you from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to bed. Then imagine — overnight — having to start making thousands of decisions a day. That’s the reality of inmates released from Alabama’s prisons every year and […]

‘America’s Got Talent’ showcased his smile

It was meteoric, the way Sean Panikkar’s summer unfolded. One minute he was teaching a biblical worldview class for the youth at his church, Fellowship Baptist in Saline, Mich., and the next he was competing in the finals of the hit TV show “America’s Got Talent.” The tenor opera trio Forte — of Panikkar, Josh […]