EC members grieved by recent meeting, optimistic about possible solution

A collective of SBC Executive Committee members have released a statement in response to Tuesday’s (Sept. 21) approval of a motion that, while funding a task force-approved investigation into allegations of the mishandling of sexual abuse claims, stopped short of waiving attorney-client privilege. SBC EC member Jared Wellman, who helped draft the statement, presented his […]

Annie Armstrong Offering surpasses cumulative $2 billion

Southern Baptist sacrifice and generosity has pushed cumulative giving to the annual Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions past the $2 billion mark. The milestone was announced by North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell as he shared a report with members of the SBC Executive Committee Sept. 20. “What an amazing testimony […]

Churches, pastors seek help in recovery from Hurricane Ida

Louisiana Baptist Convention leaders are asking their larger Southern Baptist family to pray for and partner with congregations who have been devastated by Hurricane Ida. The storm wreaked havoc in New Orleans, but also caused severe damage in Houma, Thibodaux, Cut Off, South Lafourche, Larose, Laplace and many more small communities. Just among Louisiana Baptists, […]

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief left legacy at Ground Zero

Twenty years after spending weeks in what could only be called a war zone, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are reflecting on their experience working in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 and how it affected their lives. Sam Porter is the national director for Southern Baptist Disaster Relief for Send Relief with the North American […]

In new book, author shares prayer-poems from cancer experience

A cancer diagnosis in March 2018 prompted Douglas Wyant to write the prayer-poems collected in “A Pilgrim’s Prayers.” His short, sincere prayers were written in response to the Scripture he read during his recuperation from surgery and chemotherapy. Here is a sample prayer request: Rescue Me O Lord, I cry out to you from the […]

Ida relief cooperation among states ‘a partnership in the gospel’

With more than 423,000 south Louisianians still in the dark nine days after Hurricane Ida’s landfall, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams were working hard to repair homes, serve food and share Christ’s love in the region. Through Sept. 6, 14 sites were hosting teams from 13 states. They had prepared 147,517 meals, served 4,790 meals, […]

Pastor pens 7 keys to John’s Gospel

The number seven is significant to John, the beloved disciple, in helping structure his gospel, Nashville pastor Ken Clayton details in his new book, “7/7: The Key to Understanding the Gospel of John.” Tennessee Baptist editor Lonnie Wilkey describes Clayton’s new book as “must-reading for all Christians, but especially new believers.” “For nearly 25 years […]

At least 70 Louisiana churches damaged by Hurricane Ida

More than 70 Southern Baptist churches in South Louisiana recently suffered structural damage from Hurricane Ida. “We have churches ranging from desperate to recovering, and the desperate ones need help. They’re below I-10. Insurance rates are out of this world. It’s going to be tough for them,” Louisiana Baptist Convention Director of Missions John Hebert […]

Churches encouraged to #FillTheTank on Sept. 12

The annual Southern Baptist emphasis on baptism is coming up Sept. 12, and the North American Mission Board is encouraging churches to celebrate by baptizing new believers who have recently made professions of faith. “Our theme for Baptism Sunday is ‘Fill the Tank,’” said Johnny Hunt, NAMB’s senior vice president for evangelism and leadership. “We […]