Reaching the World Through Theological Education

Fewer than 10 years ago, the Baptist seminary in Guatemala City was on the verge of closing its doors. Its library bookshelves were nearly bare; its only technological resources were decades-old computers; and its roof had decayed to the point that classes could not be held when it rained lest students become drenched by the […]

Music & worship draw focus of Baptist theologians

A biblical argument for congregational singing, insights for planning worship and a case for multigenerational worship services are among the music-related topics being discussed by Southern Baptist theologians. Such topics were featured in at least eight presentations on biblical worship at the most recent meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. At least five of those […]

40 years, 4 continents: IMB’s Harthcock dies at 97

“I’ll retire when the devil retires.” Gary Harthcock faithfully lived out his famous words on four continents and in multiple avenues of service. Friends recalled Harthcock’s watchword upon his death Jan. 5 at age 97 of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. “That quote was taped to his desk, and he told me he read it every […]

D.C. church’s lesbian co-pastors spark ‘concern’

A Washington, D.C., church’s decision to call a legally-married lesbian couple as co-pastors has led a fellow District of Columbia Baptist Convention pastor to call for “prayerful dialog” between convention leadership and the church. A Southern Baptist Convention seminary president suggested the DCBC should disfellowship the congregation. Meanwhile, DCBC executive director Robert Cochran told Baptist […]

Child finds victory physically, spiritually

Just two years ago, little Hayden Heaberlin was facing the fight of his life, one that no 4-year-old should have to face — a battle with cancer. But family and friends affirm those days of darkness were pierced by the light of God’s mercy and provision. There was the time when 50 people from his […]

Gatlinburg man grieves loss, forgives suspects

A Gatlinburg, Tenn., man who lost his wife and two daughters in the wildfires that swept through the area has extended forgiveness publicly to two juveniles suspected of starting the blaze. Michael Reed — whose wife Constance, 34, and daughters Chloe, 12, and Lily, 9, died at their home Nov. 28 — wrote about the […]

Former atheist shares how she became a pastor’s wife

EDITOR’S NOTE: See five tips for witnessing to atheists below this article. Pardon Tiffany Bowen for laughing when the following question was posed to her and a room full of other ministers’ wives: “Did you think you would ever marry a minister?” During The Good Cup event for ministers’ wives, held during the Tennessee Baptist […]

Upstate man tells story of missionary work in Thailand

Courier Publishing is pleased to announce the release of “Worth It All,” by Jack Mahaffey, missionary to Thailand. When Mahaffey preached his final sermon at Hat Yai Baptist Church in Southern Thailand, a man from the church asked him if the three decades he had spent as a missionary had been worth it. “Yes, it […]

Church’s ESL ministry reaches Midlands refugees

The English-as-a-second-language program at Kilbourne Park Baptist Church in Columbia offers basic assistance to a new segment of the Midlands’ population: refugees. The church organized the ministry last year after about a dozen volunteers were trained by South Carolina Baptist Convention consultant Dot Whitmire. “We have thousands, maybe millions, of people coming into this country […]

Study: Most churches open for worship on Christmas

More than half of Americans plan to go to church at Christmastime. And most Protestant pastors will keep the doors open for them, a new study shows. Nearly 9 out of 10 Protestant senior pastors say their churches plan to hold services on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, as both fall on a Sunday, […]