Widow’s trust in the Lord shown in Mission:Dignity

Sandra McGill never dreamed she’d be a pastor’s wife. When she and Joe married in 1954, he hadn’t told her about his call to preach while operating a plow on his family’s farm. His revelation several years later would be the beginning of more than three decades cultivating fields of a different kind. Joe and […]

Historic election, flag resolution mark 2016 SBC annual meeting

The third-ballot election of Steve Gaines as president and a historic repudiation of the Confederate battle flag were among the highlights of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 14-15 in St. Louis. The convention’s resolution on the Confederate battle flag capped an emphasis on racial reconciliation throughout the meeting that included the election of […]

S.C. college presidents oppose Calif. bill that would threaten religious freedom on campus

Two Baptist university presidents in South Carolina were among scores of college and seminary presidents and religious leaders who signed a letter opposing a California bill that would undercut religious liberty at faith-based colleges. Evans Whitaker, president of Anderson University, and Jairy Hunter, president of Charleston Southern University, signed the letter, which was written by Russell […]

Olympics: U.S. diver abandons chase of fame, pursues Christ

Diver David Boudia had accomplished his life’s dream when he captured a gold medal in the men’s 10-meter platform competition at the 2012 Olympics in London. U.S. men’s diver David Boudia, who won gold in the 10-meter platform competition in London, is looking to add to his medal count in Rio de Janeiro in both […]

Olympics: ‘Thy will be done’ is shooter’s prayer

In Sarah Scherer’s competitions, the slightest movement — even an errant breath — can be the difference between winning and losing. It’s understandable that such circumstances can cause times of nervousness and tension during a shooting competition. That’s why the Olympic shooter a few months ago decided to start reciting the Lord’s Prayer to herself […]

Team USA flag bearer Phelps’ rehab ‘Purpose-Driven’

Michael Phelps, Team USA flag bearer at the Olympics opening ceremony Aug. 5 in Rio De Janeiro, was heavily influenced by Rick Warren’s “The Purpose-Driven Life” during rehab after his second arrest on a drunken driving charge. “It’s turned me into believing that there is a power greater than myself, and there is a purpose […]

Racism alleged as part of pastor’s termination

A former Alabama pastor and the rural congregation that terminated him July 31 have offered varying reports to media outlets regarding the role racism played in the 31-0 vote to dismiss him. Mt. Sterling Baptist Church in Butler, Ala., was the subject of news stories by WTOK television in nearby Meridian, Miss., the AL.com news […]

Strengthening churches from an RV

In recent days, Randy and Adele Millwood have been on a permanent road trip — one designed to better understand the needs of churches throughout Maryland and Delaware. About five years ago, the couple strategically started to make changes in order to live a more simplified lifestyle, based on Ecclesiastes 7:29. Using the Good News Bible, […]

Highway crash kills young missionary family of 5

A young missionary family of five from Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis is being mourned after a highway crash in western Nebraska took their lives July 31. Jamison and Kathryne Pals, both 29, and their three children — Ezra, Violet and Calvin, ages 4 years to 2 months — died when their minivan was rear-ended […]

Wisdom-Martin elected executive director of WMU

Sandra Wisdom-Martin was unanimously elected executive director/treasurer of national Woman’s Missionary Union by its executive board during a special called meeting, July 29-30, in Birmingham, Ala. Wisdom-Martin, who has served as executive director of WMU of Texas, succeeds Wanda Lee. Lee has served as executive director of the 128-year-old missions organization for the past 16 […]