World Changers moves headquarters to Florida church

David Flatt was working as a student minister in the early 1990s when his senior pastor brought him a World Changers brochure, which he promptly discarded. “The brochure had a picture of youth up on a roof. It looked hot. It looked like hard work. So, I tossed it aside,” said Flatt, associate pastor for […]

Beth Moore announces departure from SBC, LifeWay

Longtime Bible study leader Beth Moore has publicly announced that she is ending her affiliation with the Southern Baptist Convention and LifeWay Christian Resources, relationships stretching back more than three decades. Moore made the announcement through an interview with Religion News Service on March 9. “I am still a Baptist, but I can no longer […]

Luis Palau, Hispanic evangelist, dies at 86

Luis Palau, 86, a Christian evangelist described by some as “the Latino Billy Graham,” died March 11 at his Portland, Ore., home. In January 2018, he was diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer. Over the past half century, the Luis Palau Association, based in Beaverton, Ore., estimates that it has reached 30 million people in 75 […]

Tennessee Baptists preparing for high-impact Crossover

Tennessee Baptists are preparing for Crossover, an annual evangelistic event that takes place in the city where the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting is held. This year’s meeting will be June 13-16 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Conference Center. Though churches in the Nashville Baptist Association are the primary focus, the area is being […]

An Egg-Laying Rabbit?

Every Easter, in front yards, churchyards and parks across America, children scurry about, searching for brightly colored eggs. But, stop and think for a moment. Where did the notion of an egg-laying, egg-painting bunny actually come from — and, more to the point, how did it become associated with Christianity? According to, the Easter […]

Resurrection Day: What Day Was Jesus Crucified?

Most Baptists were taught in Sunday school from an early age that the Lord’s Supper and Judas’ betrayal took place on Thursday, the crucifixion occurred on Friday, and Jesus arose early on Sunday morning. Though all agree with these events culminating on Resurrection Day, the exact timing of the crucifixion evidently has been a matter […]

Bill to grant legal status to Dreamers introduced

Members of Congress are again seeking to enable undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children to earn permanent legal status and, ultimately, citizenship by meeting certain requirements. Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., introduced the Dream Act Feb. 4, with Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina as the lead Republican sponsor. Durbin first […]

LifeWay building under contract, transitions to new work environment

LifeWay Christian Resources has entered into a contract for the sale of its building in downtown Nashville. Contract terms, including the sale price, have not been disclosed. LifeWay President and CEO Ben Mandrell said he is excited about LifeWay’s future workplace and the prospects of settling into a new work environment. “LifeWay is moving forward, […]

SWBTS, Baylor win court settlement

A settlement in a lawsuit filed by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Baylor University returns control of the Harold E. Riley Foundation to the schools. The Riley Foundation was founded by the late Harold E. Riley after his death in 2017. Assets included more than 1 million shares of Citizens, the insurance company he created. […]

Conspiracy theories prevalent in churches, new study finds

While Americans have been caught in a whirlwind of conspiracy theories the last several months, many pastors say they hear such unfounded claims from their church members. A new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research finds 49 percent of U.S. Protestant pastors say they frequently hear members of their congregation repeating conspiracy theories they have heard […]