Churches: How to file for ERC tax refund

The Employee Retention Credit is a tax refund that is available to churches who kept employees on the payroll during the pandemic of 2020-2021. Initially, eligible employers had to choose between the Paycheck Protection Program or the Employee Retention Credit. Then in 2021, Congress allowed eligible employers to apply for both. So the two programs […]

McRaney v. NAMB: Released materials appear to show intent to harm

Recently released materials filed and referenced by attorneys for Will McRaney in his lawsuit against the North American Mission Board, which is alleged to have illegally interfered in McRaney’s employment as executive director of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware and other potential work opportunities, appear to show that leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention’s domestic […]

Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio expose SBC rift caused by ERLC’s Moore

In a surprise development, two prominent national news outlets have investigated the turmoil created by a Southern Baptist leader because of his relentless attacks against fellow evangelicals who chose to support Donald Trump during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. The Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio published separate election post-mortem investigations into the 45-year-old […]

Homosexual activist group targets Baptist schools

The homosexual activist group Human Rights Campaign has targeted 23 institutions of higher learning with Southern Baptist ties in a report that also names 35 other colleges and universities with distinct Christian identities. Released just before the 2015 Christmas season, the report, “Hidden Discrimination: Title IX Religious Exemptions Putting LGBT Students at Risk,” asks Obama […]

As designated receipts top CP gifts, the SBC ship is in peril

For the first time in Southern Baptist Convention history, dating back to 1929 when a unified budget was first proposed, designated receipts topped Cooperative Program gifts. What was a historical precedent in 2013 was repeated in 2014 and 2015, making it the third time for this phenomenon to occur since the Great Commission Resurgence reforms […]

After 5 years, is there a Great Commission Resurgence?

Editor’s note: What follows is an abbreviated version of a much lengthier analysis of the “Great Commission Resurgence” document adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention five years ago. To read the full article, which addresses each major component of the GCR document, visit When the gavel dropped to end the Southern Baptist Convention’s 2015 […]