Southern Seminary student wins $34K on ‘Jeopardy!’

Years of watching “Jeopardy!” and playing trivia games paid off for Jacqueline Hawkins, a student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, when she won $34,101 over two days on the popular game show, which aired March 25-26. “From being a lifelong ‘Jeopardy!’ fan, I always wanted to be on the show,” said Hawkins, who has […]

The Islamic State

ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) or ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine and Jordan) is a terrorist movement that has taken territory in Iraq, Syria and Libya. Most of the world has felt dread and disgust at their tactics. Why does something like this even exist on […]

Lives being changed one sandwich at a time

The restaurant walls are covered with Scripture verses. A Bible and calendar with daily devotions sit on each table. The sign outside the building says Barry’s Cheese Steaks — a restaurant in Louisville, Ky. — but the employees and managers leaving their stations to pray with customers indicate that people find more than a steaming […]

Diversity still needed, SBC leaders say

The Southern Baptist Convention’s progress in racial reconciliation will fall short of what is needed if it is measured by the one-time election of an African-American president, speakers said at a leadership summit. A panel of Southern Baptist leaders commented on the status of race relations in the convention during a March 27 discussion at […]

RLI: A Blueprint for Discipleship and Multiplying Leaders

The South Carolina Baptist Convention is partnering with The Church at Cherrydale in Greenville in support of an original discipleship model that is designed to develop and multiply church leadership. The Renewal Leadership Institute process begins with identifying existing leaders from within the church, provides intentional discipleship under the leadership of mentors, and integrates these […]

Survey: Americans see value in church attendance

The overwhelming majority of Americans say they find value in attending church, a new LifeWay Research study shows. Two-thirds of Americans think attendance is admirable; only 11 percent consider church useless. Even among nonreligious people, 80 percent believe church attendance is acceptable, and 43 percent label it admirable. Just 29 percent call it useless. But […]

Culture Shift: Questions for Pastors and Churches

In August 2013, same-sex marriage was legal in 13 states and the District of Columbia. By February of this year, Alabama had become the 37th state in which same-sex marriage was declared lawful despite a state constitutional amendment to the contrary that had been adopted by 81 percent of its citizens. During this 18-month period, […]

LifeWay pulls ‘heaven visitation resources’

LifeWay Christian Resources has stopped selling all “experiential testimonies about heaven” following consideration of a 2014 Southern Baptist Convention resolution on “the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife.” LifeWay told Baptist Press about its decision to halt sales of heaven visitation resources March 24 in response to an inquiry about the book “90 Minutes in […]

New research: Americans believe church is good but dying

Although most Americans believe church is on the decline, the overwhelming majority say they find value in attending. A new survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research reveals an upbeat attitude toward churchgoing. Two-thirds of Americans think attendance is admirable, and nearly 9 in 10 call it acceptable. Only 11 percent consider church useless. Even nonreligious people […]