President’s Perspective: We Must Send the Gospel

Once again, the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention has come and gone. There was a lot of hype leading up to the convention regarding the Law Amendment, the future of sexual abuse reform, the Credentials Committee’s recommendations about certain churches, the financial viability of the SBC, and on and on. Many of us […]

Striking the Waters: Reflections on the SBC 2024

On Monday, June 10, 2024, about 350 SCBaptists gathered in an Indiana hotel conference room to fellowship, encourage one another, and be reminded of why we do what we do. The SCBaptist spirit of cooperation was rich and powerful. That was my favorite moment of the entire week. In the aftermath, as always, news headlines […]

Disaster Relief volunteers preparing for active hurricane season

Hurricane Beryl made landfall early Monday morning (July 8) near Matagorda as a Category 1 hurricane with 80 mph winds after wreaking havoc in the Caribbean as a Category 5 storm where it claimed the lives of at least 12 people. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) and Send Relief are already helping survivors. “Send Relief […]

Making the Most of Your Summer Missions Experience

Summer is here. The weather is heating up. Our church ministry schedules take on a new pace and emphasis. Short-term mission trips are one summer ministry that are becoming more of a standard in many churches. Even though these trips have become more mainstream, it’s important to remember they are relatively new in missionary history. […]

Independence Day,  Let Religious Freedom Ring

I remember those incomprehensible words on Dec. 12, 1985 like yesterday. The highly respected, battle-hardened commander stepped up to the microphone and softly addressed the packed field house full of anxious family members and soldiers awaiting the return of their loved ones. “You’ve all heard the rumors regarding a plane crash. I regret to inform […]

How Baptists became champions of religious liberty

Throughout the world, many Christians face imprisonment or even death for expressing dissenting religious beliefs. Today, such persecution often comes at the hands of other religions such as Islam and Hindu nationalism. But in early modern Europe, religious conformity was often enforced by state power and by the hands of believers in Christ. Against this […]

Pressler, disgraced Conservative Resurgence strategist, dies

Paul Pressler, the Texas judge whose grassroots strategy redirected the Southern Baptist Convention, died June 7, 2024, in Houston, Texas, three days after his 94th birthday and less than six months after the settlement of a lawsuit alleging decades-long sexual assault by Pressler against multiple victims. For decades in the SBC, Pressler was venerated as […]

Outside the Walls: You Are Not Forgotten

William’s life changed as he watched two planes fly into the World Trade Center with his fellow cadets at the Citadel. Soon he would join his friends to defend freedom and fight against terrorism. He was commissioned into the U.S. Army and became an officer in the elite special forces unit of the Green Berets […]

31 Percent of Churchgoers Say Their Church Supports Pregnancy Care Centers

Two years ago, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and the nationwide right to an abortion. In the aftermath, many churchgoers say they’ve seen their congregations involved in supporting local pregnancy resource centers. On June 24, 2022, in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Supreme Court opened the door for states to pass […]

Is the public perception of Christians declining?

Most churchgoers believe Christians have a good reputation with Americans in general, but they worry those feelings are starting to sour. A Lifeway Research study finds 53 percent of U.S. Protestant churchgoers say most Americans have a positive perception of Christians. Two in 5 (40 percent) disagree, and 8 percent aren’t sure. More consensus exists on […]