Young Believers Need Role Models

Do those who “inherit” their faith from a strong Christian family as children have stronger faith practices when they become adults? And how do their faith practices compare with those who came to faith later in life? A recent Barna report, Households of Faith, studied the link between one’s faith heritage and one’s faith practice […]

‘Walking with Giants’ recounts lives of strong Asian Christians

Over the course of more than three decades as Southern Baptist missionaries in South and Southeast Asia, Harry and Barbara Bush encountered scores of courageous people of that region who, fully and without hesitation, lifted up the banner of Jesus Christ in their homelands. Now, in his new book, “Walking with Giants: The New Testament […]

Mandrell to lead LifeWay Christian Resources

LifeWay Christian Resources’ trustees unanimously elected Ben Mandrell as the organization’s 10th president during a special-called meeting June 28 in Atlanta. “I am grateful for the opportunity to lead in such an important season for LifeWay,” Mandrell told trustees. “My first priority is to get our family to Nashville and begin loving the people at […]

Aderholt pleads guilty in Texas sexual assault case

A former Southern Baptist missionary and South Carolina Baptist Convention employee has pled guilty to misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury, according to the Houston Chronicle. Mark Aderholt, former associate director and chief strategist for the SCBC, was arrested last July on charges in Tarrant County, Texas, of sexually assaulting a child under age 17 more […]

NGU honors Hemphills for denominational service

Two long-time Southern Baptist laborers, Ken and Paula Hemphill, were honored at North Greenville University’s alumni and friends event at the Birmingham Zoo’s Kiwanis Giraffe Encounter in June. They received the inaugural Paula and Ken Hemphill Award for Denominational Service, recognizing their servant leadership in empowering kingdom growth among Southern Baptists. In presenting the award, […]

Three from state among NOBTS graduates

Three students from South Carolina participated in commencement exercises at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Leavell College on May 18. The South Carolina graduates, their degrees and their hometowns were: Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry — Daniel Mark Collins, Florence. Master of Theological Studies — Evans J. Newell, Fort Mill. Master of Arts […]

Ben Mandrell nominated as LifeWay president

Colorado pastor Ben Mandrell has been unanimously recommended as the next president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources by the trustees’ presidential search committee. Mandrell, 42, is the lead pastor of Storyline Fellowship in Arvada, Colo. Trustees will vote on the recommendation during a special called session Friday, June 28, in Atlanta. If elected, Mandrell […]

Abuse aftercare resource available to churches

As more stories of sexual abuse involving evangelical churches and pastors — including the Southern Baptist Convention — come to light, SBC leaders have recognized the need to be responsive and educated in caring for those within their ministries who disclose abuse experiences. LifeWay Christian Resources, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and those working […]

‘Caring Well Challenge’ on abuse launched

The Southern Baptist effort to address sexual abuse in churches took another step with the launch of the “Caring Well Challenge,” a joint call for congregations to become equipped to prevent predatory behavior and to care for survivors. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and the Sexual Abuse Advisory Study have issued an invitation to […]