Memorial Day: In Their Own Words

For many Americans, Memorial Day is simply an extra day of rest. But for millions of others, it’s a day of memories and reflections on the friends and family who sacrificed everything in the defense of freedom. These are three stories of ordinary Christians — in their own words — who have faced extraordinary situations […]

Inmates complete 1st seminary prison program in Texas

EDITOR’S NOTE: Please see additional story featuring inmate’s testimony below this article. Robed in caps and gowns over their white prison uniforms, 33 inmates in Texas’ maximum security Darrington Prison Unit made history May 9 as they received bachelor’s degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, becoming the inaugural graduating class of the state’s first seminary […]

Lecrae’s ‘Unashamed’ to be published by B&H

Grammy Award winning hip-hop artist Lecrae has signed a book deal with B&H Publishing Group of LifeWay Christian Resources. Releasing in May 2016, the book will be titled “Unashamed” and will discuss details of his difficult past, including childhood abuse, struggles with drugs and alcoholism, bouts of depression, and a suicide attempt. The book will […]

Payday loans targeted by ERLC, others in coalition

The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has helped launch a religious coalition seeking an end to the predatory loan industry. The ERLC joined with other religious organizations Thursday (May 14) to announce the Faith for Just Lending Coalition at a Capitol Hill news conference. The diverse alliance that includes Baptists, other evangelical Christians […]

IMB to align missionary requirements with BF&M

The International Mission Board’s new policy on missionary qualifications — replacing previous restrictions related to baptism, speaking in tongues and divorce among other matters — represents an effort to keep basic requirements from going beyond the Baptist Faith and Message, IMB president David Platt told reporters May 14. “We want it to be simple and […]

Pew: Christians decline while ‘nones’ increase

The number of Christians in America has dropped nearly 8 percentage points since 2007 while the number of religiously unaffiliated adults has increased by nearly 7 percentage points during the same period. That’s the finding of the Pew Research Center’s 200-page study of “America’s Changing Religious Landscape” released today (May 12). The survey of some […]

Not Since the Days of Noah …

Something is happening that you may not have noticed. If you have noticed it, you may not fully appreciate its significance. It will affect you. It will affect your church. It will affect the whole nation. What’s happening is a senior adult revolution. Some call it the graying of America, but that is too gentle […]

When Boomer Pastors Retire, What Next?

On Jan. 1, 2011, the first baby boomer turned 65. In fact, on that day, 10,000 of them turned 65. And that pace of aging will continue until 2030, when every boomer is 65 or older. The implications for churches are staggering. This generation is not of the mindset of previous aging generations. According to […]

More millennials are living with aging parents

Three in 10 millennials — young adults ages 18-34 — are still living with their parents, according to a new study of U.S. Census data. The report is called “Young Adults: Then and Now.” It pulls together census numbers showing that, since 1980, the slice of the population in this age group who still lived […]