Target transgender policy: Protests escalate

With nearly three-quarters of a million people signing on to boycott Target over the retailer’s transgender restroom policy, evangelical leaders are discussing whether consumer boycotts are an effective means of cultural engagement. Many conservative evangelicals apparently disagree with Target’s policy of allowing customers to use whichever restroom or fitting room corresponds to their perceived “gender […]

End times, rapture & Antichrist focus of new study

Most Protestant pastors believe Jesus will return in the future. But few agree about the details of the apocalypse, a new study shows. A third of America’s Protestant pastors expect Christians to be raptured — or taken up in the sky to meet Jesus — as the end times begin. About half think a false […]

National preaching conference set for May 17-19 in D.C.

Some of the nation’s most well-known preachers will gather in suburban Washington, D.C., May 17-19 for the 25th annual session of the National Conference on Preaching, sponsored by the College of Christian Studies at Anderson University and Preaching magazine. The theme of the 2016 conference is “Preaching and the Public Square.” Featured speakers at the […]

Fatal shooting leaves Pa. church ‘grieved’

Investigators are seeking to determine whether a fatal shooting April 24 during a worship service at a Philadelphia-area Southern Baptist church was “justified under the law,” according to media reports. Keystone Fellowship Church, a congregation with four campuses in the Philadelphia area, confirmed on Facebook that “one man was shot and another is being questioned […]

New York Yankees call Ken Whitten ‘mentor’

Ken Whitten used to dream of playing professional baseball. But even though God closed that door following Whitten’s college pitching career nearly 40 years ago at Eastern Illinois University, He reopens another door into baseball for Whitten each spring as Major League players and coaches — especially New York Yankees — descend on the Tampa-area […]

Women’s roles in SBC focus of advisory council

A diverse group of 18 women is studying the perspectives and strategies women in Southern Baptist churches bring to the God-given task of fulfilling the Great Commission. They comprise the Women’s Ministry Advisory Council appointed by Frank S. Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. The council joins a list of advisory councils […]

Pastor of Set Free Daytona reaches biker community

At first glance Jim “Cochise” Powell looks like one of the hundreds of bikers from the Daytona Beach, Fla., area. His white mustache and beard, long hair pulled back into a ponytail, tattooed arms and boots certainly seem to identify him as a biker. But those who know him personally know him as Pastor Cochise […]

Sale of Fla.’s Baptist Building announced

A sacrificial investment made by Florida Baptists decades ago could make a far-reaching global missions impact this year as the State Board of Missions approved a multi-million dollar contract to sell the Baptist Building property in Jacksonville. Fifty-one percent of the proceeds of the Baptist Building property sale will be directed to the Southern Baptist […]

State leaders discuss church revitalization

Church growth is a “supernatural event, and therefore church revitalization is more of a spiritual issue than a mechanical one,” said Ken Hemphill, director for North Greenville University’s Center for Church Planting and Revitalization, during a meeting of leaders from 14 Baptist state conventions. Hemphill was a guest speaker at the March 21-22 meeting in […]

Replant brings children back to dying church

Nancy Elliott found herself crying alone in the nursery. She had attended Calvary Church in Englewood, Colo., since she was 14. Now, for the first time, they had no children at church on a Sunday morning. “Not one child,” Elliot said. “I went into the nursery and started crying and praying to God to bring […]