Tenn. Baptists oppose Critical Race Theory, intersectionality

Tennessee Baptists overwhelmingly adopted a resolution denouncing Critical Race Theory (CRT) and intersectionality during their 145th annual meeting. The resolution defined CRT as “a secular worldview used by some in social sciences to analyze marginalized populations by categorizing differences among peoples, especially race and gender.” The resolution noted that intersectionality “arises from dialogue regarding CRT […]

Letter: Tenn. editor sends congratulations

As a native of South Carolina, I can remember The Baptist Courier coming into our home. I didn’t realize the significance then, but as I grew older and became a journalist myself, I realized the importance of the state paper. God called me into Christian journalism and I worked at both North Greenville College (which […]

After the laughs & giggles, they learn God’s Word

The youth of Roaring Fork Baptist Church are not unlike countless other teenagers participating in Youth Bible Drill, preparing for associational and state competitions later this spring. What sets the Roaring Fork youth apart from other groups is where they practice — one of the bathrooms and showers at Camp Smoky, owned and operated by […]

Tennessee pastor resigns as IMB trustee

A Tennessee Baptist pastor has resigned as a trustee of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board in response to an action taken by IMB leadership last summer. He had another year to serve on his present term. Dean Haun, pastor of First Baptist Church, Morristown, told the Baptist and Reflector his resignation was in response to […]

Former atheist shares how she became a pastor’s wife

EDITOR’S NOTE: See five tips for witnessing to atheists below this article. Pardon Tiffany Bowen for laughing when the following question was posed to her and a room full of other ministers’ wives: “Did you think you would ever marry a minister?” During The Good Cup event for ministers’ wives, held during the Tennessee Baptist […]

Bullet in head relates to ‘everything I preach’

Just looking at Ternae “T.J.” Jordan Jr., one would never suspect he once was in a hospital with a bullet in his head, fighting for his life. Jordan still has the bullet in his head more than 23 years later but has no visible scars at its entry point. He now serves as assistant pastor […]

Guest Viewpoint: IMB — More Questions Than Answers

Earlier this year when the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board announced that it needed to eliminate 600-800 positions, Southern Baptists were shocked and saddened. IMB leaders have allowed the idea to propagate among Southern Baptists that there is a financial shortfall. The cutbacks did not occur because Southern Baptists didn’t give. Cooperative Program giving […]

Rural church sees God-sized ministry unfold

The premise behind the Journey of Hope Ministry Center is simple. “There are as many hungry people in rural America as there are in urban America,” said Doug Mitchell, pastor of Midland Baptist Church in Bell Buckle, Tenn., which operates the center. And, he said, people need to hear about Jesus. The ministry center actually […]

Following wife’s death, pastor practices what he preaches

For 17 years pastor Breonus Mitchell has preached to his congregation at Greater Grace Temple Community Church that they need to rely on faith in God to get them through the pain and suffering of life. Now, the Baptist pastor is choosing to put into practice what he has preached for so long. On June […]