Winds of awakening blowing in the Land of the Rising Sun

In Japan, statistics show that 99 percent of the population does not have a relationship with Christ. Those statistics represent people — living, breathing image-bearers of God whom Jesus Christ died to save. While the task of reaching them with the gospel seems daunting, God is stirring the church in Japan to reach the nation. […]

Baptist Friendship House marking 75 years as beacon of hope

Baptist Friendship House has stood as a beacon of hope in the heart of New Orleans for 75 years. For the past 20-plus years, Kay Bennett has played a key role in sharing that hope with area residents in need. “What keeps me motivated is the fulfillment of watching God work miracles in people’s lives,” […]

Rural ministry more rewarding than expected, pastor says

Rural ministry was not what pastor Matt Henslee envisioned for himself when he was growing up in the DFW Metroplex, but it’s where God led him, and now he loves it. He’s urging other pastors to consider that God does some of His best work in rural settings. As pastor of Mayhill Baptist Church in […]

Half of pastors see opioid abuse in their own congregations

Like most U.S. pastors, Robby Gallaty knows someone who has been affected by opioid abuse. But unlike most pastors, he has personally suffered with addiction. Twenty years ago, Gallaty endured a near-fatal car accident. When he left the hospital, the club-bouncer-turned-church-leader took with him several prescriptions for painkillers. “My descent into full-scale drug abuse was […]

Floyd to propose SBC EC mission, ministry changes

Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Ronnie Floyd will propose at the February EC meeting revisions to the EC mission and ministries statement including a new prayer ministry, he announced Thursday, Jan. 30. “Updating the language of the SBC Executive Committee’s ministry assignments and the explanation of them is important as we seek to better […]

Planned Parenthood reports increased number of abortions

Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s (PPFA) 2018-2019 annual report showed that the organization performed 345,672 abortion procedures in 2018. Abortions made up 4 percent of the organization’s total medical services for the year. The total number of the procedures increased by 13,000 from the previous year. PPFA is responsible for approximately 40 percent of reported […]

Are rural churches attracting more people?

The Southern Baptist Convention has been called a convention of small churches. Scattered across the SBC landscape are many rural churches. The good news is that, while rural areas and churches were once declining in numbers, that trend began to reverse itself in 2011. Hannah Anderson, author of “Humble Roots,” writes that rural churches feel […]

Key Priorities: Faith, Family, and Football

Jeff Scott is the new head football coach at the University of South Florida — and while this is his first head coaching job, he enters it with three strong priorities that have been firmly developed throughout his life: faith, family, and football. This priority arrangement came from football mentors in his life: His dad, […]

Sex abuse response, entity transitions top Baptist stories in 2019

As Southern Baptists headed into 2020, they closed the books on a year of transitions at several national entities, along with decisive action across the national convention to help churches care well for those affected by sexual abuse and harassment. With increased giving to both national missions offerings and the Cooperative Program, Southern Baptists are […]

Feinstein to be nominated for SBC 2nd vice president

Chris Bolt, pastor of Elkton Baptist Church in Elkton, Tenn., has announced his intention to nominate Stephen Feinstein, pastor of Sovereign Way Christian Church in Hesperia, Calif., for second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention at the SBC annual meeting in June 2020 in Orlando. Bolt announced Feinstein’s intended nomination Dec. 31, 2019. Bolt […]