Pastors’ approach to race issues studied

Most Protestant senior pastors say their church is open to hearing about racial reconciliation, a study released March 30 suggests. And pastors seem to prefer personal relationships and prayer when it comes to addressing matters of race.   Those are among the findings of a study about pastors, churches and racial reconciliation from LifeWay Research. […]

T-shirt quilt: ‘Flood of wonderful memories’

When ministers move to other positions, they never forget where they’ve been and the relationships built. Even without tangible items to hold and touch, those experiences stay with them. But the students at First Baptist Church in Jackson, Ga., didn’t want to take any chances with now-former student minister Daniel Peavy. So they presented a […]

Frank Gillespie remembered by Clemson’s Dabo Swinney

Frank Irvin Gillespie’s last year playing football at Clemson was 1949 — 20 years before Dabo Swinney, coach of the university’s national championship football team, was born. However, Coach Swinney called Gillespie’s son Frank the day after his dad died to offer his condolences — a call evidencing that Frank Irvin Gillespie’s influence at Clemson […]

Moore, ERLC trustees issue ‘Seeking Unity’ statement

An extended statement, “Seeking Unity in the Southern Baptist Convention,” has been issued by Russell Moore and the executive committee of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Moore, in a 1,691-word portion of the March 20 statement, clarified criticism he had leveled at Christians who supported Donald Trump for president in the November 2016 election. […]

ERLC ‘unity’ statement praised by Gaines, Graham

An extended statement by Russell Moore and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission executive committee, “Seeking Unity in the Southern Baptist Convention,” has drawn praise from SBC president Steve Gaines and former SBC president Jack Graham among others. Meanwhile, Christian worldview analyst John Stonestreet said in a radio interview that controversy surrounding Moore, the ERLC’s […]

NAMB’s ‘Pray for Planters’ seeks 10,000 churches

Eight months ago, New Orleans church planting missionary Justin Haynes had no idea what Feb. 12-18, 2017, would have in store for him and his family. As far as he knew, the week he would be featured on the North American Mission Board’s prayer calendar would be an ordinary week of sharing Christ, preparing sermons […]

‘March Mildness?’ Americans share views on sports

Thanks to wild buzzer beaters and unbelievable upsets, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament has become known as March Madness. For most Americans, however, their attitude toward sports is more mild than mad. A study released from LifeWay Research today (March 14) found 52 percent of Americans describe their philosophy of sports by saying, “It’s not […]

Page & Moore: ‘We fully support one another’

Despite a Washington Post article suggesting Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank S. Page could ask Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore to resign amid ongoing controversy, the two SBC entity leaders reported a collegial meeting March 13 and said they “fully support one another.” Earlier in the day, amid a social […]

Disney’s ‘gay moment’ sours many Christians

A gay plot twist in Disney’s upcoming live-action “Beauty and the Beast” continues to stir discontent among Christians, with an online poll at Faith Driven Consumer (FDC) among the latest to voice displeasure. The poll reports 95 percent of 6,700 consumers said they are less likely to see the film because of an intimate attraction […]