In cowboy country, pastor accepts shepherd role

Cowboys roam in middle-of-nowhere West Texas. Not the city-slicking “rhinestone” kind in Dallas, but cowboys riding on horseback and corralling cattle into a pen. In these small towns, community life is a picture of a bygone era in American culture, where pastors are well-respected and everyone’s life is on public display. When John Powell left […]

Women distrust church on abortion

Many women with unplanned pregnancies go silently from the church pew to the abortion clinic, convinced the church would gossip rather than help, a new study by LifeWay Research shows. More than 4 in 10 women who have had an abortion were churchgoers when they ended a pregnancy, researchers found in a survey sponsored by Care […]

NAE, LifeWay Research define ‘evangelical’

The National Association of Evangelicals and LifeWay Research released an evangelical beliefs research definition Nov. 19 for accurate and consistent use among researchers. NAE initiated development of the research definition more than two years ago. In partnership with LifeWay Research, the definition was crafted, reviewed and tested for validity. Numerous surveys seek to capture the […]

Study: Thankfulness still priority at Thanksgiving

For Americans, Thanksgiving is about faith and family, and not much else, a new study shows. More than half (56 percent) tell LifeWay Research the most important part of the annual holiday is “being thankful to God for my blessings.” Nearly 4 in 10 (39 percent) say “time with family and friends” tops their Thanksgiving […]

Iwo Jima beach landing: Horace Lee’s faith endured

Horace Lee was 12 when he “gave my heart to the Lord” at a Baptist church in Alabama; 17 when he entered the Marine Corps in 1940; and 21 when he was wounded in Iwo Jima as the U.S. wrested the strategic island from the Japanese. “God taught me a great deal” in the military, […]

Augusta Heights Baptist Church dismissed from Greenville Association after pastor performs same-sex marriage

Updated Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m. Editor’s note: Messengers to the 2015 annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention Nov. 10 approved a motion from the SCBC Executive Board that Augusta Heights Baptist Church “be disaffiliated from the South Carolina Baptist Convention.” Greenville Baptist Association messengers voted unanimously Oct. 22 to dismiss Augusta Heights Baptist […]

Study spotlights divorce among churchgoers

Before a divorce, churchgoers in troubled marriages look a lot like their happily married counterparts at church –participating, serving and leading at similar rates, a new study shows. After a divorce, the differences can be stark. Twenty percent have dropped out of church entirely. In many cases, their children have stopped attending too. A third […]

Hearts on Fire transforms thousands over 3 decades

When Scott Carter started the Hearts on Fire Youth Conference with about 150 students in 1986, he never imagined what it would become. Last year alone, more than 11,000 students and their leaders filled the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge for a dynamic weekend of worship. This year’s lineup includes groups like Mercy Me, Finding […]

As designated receipts top CP gifts, the SBC ship is in peril

For the first time in Southern Baptist Convention history, dating back to 1929 when a unified budget was first proposed, designated receipts topped Cooperative Program gifts. What was a historical precedent in 2013 was repeated in 2014 and 2015, making it the third time for this phenomenon to occur since the Great Commission Resurgence reforms […]

Mission news pioneer Bob Stanley, 86, dies

Robert L. (Bob) Stanley, missionary and newspaperman, thought the stories of Southern Baptist missions should be reported with compelling detail, accuracy and professionalism. So he set out to make it happen. Stanley, 86, who died Oct. 21 in Fort Smith, Ark., after an extended illness, was a veteran news reporter — editor for the Dallas […]