Americans sure of religious freedom but unsure Muslims are welcome

Americans believe firmly in religious freedom but think atheists are more welcome than Muslims in the United States, Nashville-based LifeWay Research finds. More than 90 percent say people should be free to choose and practice religious beliefs. Nearly 7 in 10 call America a nation of many religions. Yet Americans acknowledge the nation embraces Christians […]

More than 13,000 registered for Send Conference

The 22 students from The Church at Lifepark had no idea they would be the first of thousands. Student minister Paul Coleman registered his Mount Pleasant, S.C., group for the 2015 Send North America Conference when online reservations opened last year. More than 13,000 people have followed their lead. The conference, to be hosted at […]

Basketball gives entrée to inner-city’s young men

Curiosity was mounting on a sweltering late afternoon at the basketball courts at Gilmore Homes in Baltimore’s Sandtown neighborhood. As young men played hoops, a tall African American man strolled onto the scene along with members from several Baltimore-area churches. The young men didn’t know the visitor was Ray Sydnor. A former Philadelphia Eagles player, […]

Professor, students capture SBC story

For Bob Carey, coming to the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting each year provides an opportunity to see old friends and offer an educational opportunity to his students. “We enjoy covering assignments and fellowship together for the week,” said Carey, chairman of Gardner-Webb University’s (GWU) department of communication and new media, who brings students to […]

NASCAR church answer to pastor’s prayers

You don’t have to like NASCAR to be part of Mission City Church. But for now, it appears to help. That’s because the new church plant meets in the famous Joe Gibbs Racing shop in Huntersville, N.C., just north of Charlotte. Enter the front door and you’re in a multimillion-dollar showroom of race cars that […]

Video highlights Southern Baptists in Columbus

“Were you able to join us at the 2015 Southern Baptist Convention in Columbus, Ohio?” SBC president Ronnie Floyd asked on his blog July 20. “If not, these are some things you missed” during the June 16-17 gathering in Columbus, Floyd wrote. To those who were in Columbus and those who weren’t, he added, “We […]

Jeannie Elliff dies at 69 of cancer

Jeannie Elliff, wife of former IMB president Tom Elliff, died July 20 at her home in Oklahoma City following a long struggle with cancer. She was 69. “The entire IMB family and I praise God for Jeannie Elliff,” said IMB president David Platt. “To use Paul’s words from 2 Corinthians 6:10, we are filled with sorrowful […]

Duggars’ show cancelled, family helps documentary

TLC has officially canceled the Duggar reality show ’19 Kids and Counting’ nearly two months after news broke that the oldest Duggar son Josh had molested five girls including four of his sisters when he was a teenager. “After thoughtful consideration, TLC and the Duggar family have decided to not move forward with 19 Kids […]

Ruling leads to $26M settlement in NAMB case involving Spartanburg man

A Montana judge’s summary judgement ruling has led to a $26 million insurance settlement in a quadriplegic man’s lawsuit against the North American Mission Board stemming from a 2009 auto accident. Jeremy Vangsnes, who was 21 at the time of the July 2009 accident, was traveling with two of his brothers, Dan, then 24, and […]

Church places Marine flag at serviceman’s seat

A single Marine flag stood in place at the orchestra chair where Skip Wells had played the clarinet for many years at First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga. Members of the Atlanta-area church took time to pray Sunday (July 19) for the families of Lance Cpl. Skip Wells, 21, and four other servicemen killed by […]