ARITF meets with state abuse reform leaders

As the SBC’s Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force prepares to give its report and recommendations to messengers at the 2024 SBC Annual Meeting in June, members met with state leaders to preview that report and to strengthen the partnership among Southern Baptists for preventing and dealing with sexual abuse in churches. The group met in […]

Scientist uses resurrection to lead hundreds to Christ

In an unassuming office on the campus of Rice University, you can often find professor James Tour on a Zoom call. Is he chatting with other scientists around the world about his groundbreaking research in nanotechnology? Maybe. But more often than not, he’s talking with a stranger about the resurrection of Christ. Whenever he has […]

ARITF to unveil sexual abuse prevention, response curriculum

In an update to members of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee Feb. 19, the SBC’s Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force introduced a new curriculum designed to help churches navigate steps for the prevention of sexual abuse as well as the response when it happens. “Our churches need help but don’t know where to turn,” […]

Most significant Baptist stories of 2022

The year 2022 saw the most troop activity in Europe since World War II as well as a major victory for pro-life warriors in the U.S. A year of historic giving in the SBC was also a year of major natural disasters and the ongoing challenge of confronting sexual abuse. Here’s what we saw as […]

Daniel Dickard to be nominated for SBC Pastors Conference president

Daniel Dickard, pastor of Friendly Avenue Baptist Church in Greensboro, N.C., will be nominated for president of the 2023 SBC Pastors Conference. Jordan Easley, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Cleveland, Tenn., announced his intention to nominate Dickard in a video shared on social media Wednesday, March 16, saying his primary reason for the […]

Baptist Press: Most Significant Stories of 2021

After a tumultuous 2020, many were hoping for a calmer 2021. But this past year was anything but calm. We had some great news: numerous baptisms and record giving. And we had bad news, like major disasters and an ongoing pandemic. All of it made for some big, and sometimes unexpected, news. Here are some […]

Church music landscape rearranged as big publishers close

When it announced last month that it was shutting down, Brentwood Benson became the latest in a line of major church music publishers closing their doors. Last year saw the bankruptcy of Lorenz Corp., which had purchased choral giant Word Music in 2017. Then a few months ago, Lifeway released its last box of new […]

For Ricky Skaggs, God’s plan is personal, perfect

In the fall of 2017, Ricky Skaggs found himself in Texas with nothing to do for a day, after a church canceled his scheduled Saturday night appearance. He remembered a friend of a friend who lived in the area — someone Skaggs wanted to meet after the man had sent words of encouragement for Skaggs […]

Andraé Crouch kindled ‘new dimension’ of worship

Legendary gospel songwriter and performer Andraé Crouch has died at the age of 72. Crouch’s songs — among them: “My Tribute,” “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power,” “Soon and Very Soon,” “Bless the Lord” and “Through It All” — have become standards and are included in the hymnals of both African American and Anglo […]