Prestonwood escrows CP funds, cites ERLC actions

A Dallas-area megachurch has decided to escrow Cooperative Program funds temporarily in order to evaluate future support of Southern Baptist Convention causes. At issue are what the congregation calls “various significant positions taken by the leadership of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission that do not reflect the beliefs and values of many in the […]

Reformers urged learning of biblical languages

EDITOR’S NOTE: During the coming months, Baptist Press will periodically publish stories observing the 500th anniversary of when Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses to the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany, Oct. 31, 1517. See other related story posted today. Discussions among Southern Baptist seminary professors about the importance of the biblical languages is nothing […]

Church response to domestic violence focus of study

When it comes to domestic violence, Protestant pastors want to be helpful but often don’t know where to start, a new study shows. Most say their church would be a safe haven for victims of domestic violence. But many don’t know if anyone in their church has been a victim of domestic violence. And only […]

‘Grace-filled’ Warner selected to Hall of Fame

After coming up short in his first two years of eligibility, Kurt Warner is finally a Pro Football Hall of Famer. The former NFL quarterback, often known for being outspoken about his Christian faith, was picked for the honor on Saturday by the 48-member selection committee. He was selected along with LaDainian Tomlinson, Terrell Davis, […]

Whatever Happened to Sunday School?

From the mid-1940s to the mid-1950s, Southern Baptists lived on the cutting edge of church growth, primarily by growing strong and evangelistic Sunday schools. Today we are viewed as a denomination in decline, with decreases in baptisms, worship attendance, church membership and Sunday school attendance spanning at least eight years. If Sunday school was the […]

South Carolina students earn seminary degrees

Students with ties to South Carolina graduated from Southern, Southeastern, and New Orleans Baptist theological seminaries in December. Southern Seminary Gregory Scott Redd of Gilbert, Jared Andrew Skinner of Moore, and Adam Traylor Work of Marion (master of divinity); Jeffrey Scott Mitchell of Blythewood (master of theology); Jennifer Lynn Mitchell of Blythewood (master of arts […]

ERLC deploys online effort for PPFA defunding

The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission unveiled just prior to the second Evangelicals for Life conference a groundbreaking initiative in the attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. The ERLC announced Tuesday (Jan. 24) an online advertising campaign to rally support for the congressional drive to cut federal dollars for the country’s No. 1 abortion […]

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 […]

Baptists mobilize after weekend storms in Southeast

Southern Baptists throughout the Southeast have started responding to a deadly storm system that reportedly claimed the lives of at least 19 people from Georgia to Mississippi over a two-day period this past weekend. Severe weather, which lasted through Sunday night (Jan. 22) in the region, extended into South Carolina and north Florida. According to […]