Independence Day a special reminder of freedom for minister, battlefield actor

The Battle of Cowpens is considered a hinge moment in the American Revolution. A string of British victories at Savannah, Charleston and Camden had swung momentum. Continue the winning streak, the thinking went, and more Loyalists would join the cause. A Redcoat wave would proceed northward and ultimately snuff out the rebellion. But things changed […]

Law Amendment falls short in Indy

Southern Baptist messengers voted down the required second two-thirds approval for what has become known as the Law Amendment on Wednesday morning. With 8,298 messengers voting, the 5,099 ballots to pass the amendment reflected 61.45 percent approval, falling short of the required two-thirds vote required for adoption. The amendment would have defined a cooperating church […]

GCR Evaluation Task Force recommendations approved

Messengers adopted the six recommendations proposed by the Great Commission Resurgence Evaluation Task Force with one slight amendment during the SBC Annual Meeting’s Tuesday evening session June 11. Recommendation 2, which called for simplifying the Annual Church Profile, added another point clarifying the request for a church to provide its total amount of Cooperative Program […]

SBC’s Cooperation Group Releases Four Recommendations

Group was tasked to study what makes a church “in friendly cooperation of faith and practice” in the SBC By Scott Barkley Four recommendations released today are designed to “prioritize and emphasize the authority of messengers in defining the boundaries of our cooperation while clarifying and refining our structure,” said a statement from the SBC’s […]

GCR Evaluation Task Force recommendations include shelving of ‘Great Commission Giving,’ simplified ACP

Final recommendations brought by the Great Commission Resurgence Evaluation Task Force address areas of statistical reporting to and from Southern Baptist churches as well as calls to fulfill a financial pledge to the International Mission Board. Furthermore, the group urges the start of preparations for next year’s release of audio from GCR Task Force meetings held […]

GCR Did Not Achieve Goal, Evaluation Task Force Concludes

Did the Great Commission Resurgence accomplish its goal of reversing the decline of baptisms in the Southern Baptist Convention? According to the final report from a task force commissioned to answer that question, “the answer is a clear and decisive, No.” Where the blame lies is complicated, but there is plenty to go around, the […]

Disaster Relief on site following deadly Memorial Day weekend

Disaster Relief personnel from several states are responding to weekend storms and tornadoes that left at least 22 dead. Eight fatalities were reported in Arkansas, primarily in areas around Rogers and Bentonville, state Disaster Relief director Randy Garrett told Baptist Press. Two command centers have been set up. One at Elmdale Baptist Church in Springdale […]

SBC’s Cooperation Group releases recommendations

Four recommendations released May 1 are designed to “prioritize and emphasize the authority of messengers in defining the boundaries of our cooperation while clarifying and refining our structure,” said a statement from the SBC’s Cooperation Group. The group was tasked at last summer’s annual meeting to study the issue of what makes a church “to […]

SBC presidential candidates share positions in online discussion

The four men who have announced their willingness to be nominated for Southern Baptist Convention president in June addressed issues such as sexual abuse reforms in the SBC, a constitutional amendment calling for only males to serve as pastors of any kind, what is “friendly cooperation” in the SBC and transparency among entities. Tom Ascol, […]