Charleston, A Year Later

On June 17, 2015, a 21-year-old white man sat for an hour with 14 African-American worshipers in a Wednesday-night Bible study at Charleston’s historic Emanuel AME Church. Suddenly, he pulled out a .45 caliber semi-automatic weapon and began firing. Only five people survived the brutal massacre. The forgiveness that flowed from many of the families’ […]

‘We need You, Lord’: Baptists plead for national revival

At times they raised their hands. At times they gathered together in groups of two to three. And at times thousands of messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention knelt at their chairs on Tuesday night (June 14) as they pleaded with God to bring national revival and spiritual awakening to America. In one of his […]

‘Horrified & heartbroken,’ Orlando mourns

Pain pulsing through Orlando this week touches many more than the families of the 49 murdered and the 53 wounded by a single gunman’s terrorism on the Lord’s Day at a gay nightclub; it touches the entire community, pastors holding prayer services told Baptist Press. Prayer services continue today (June 15) at 6:30 p.m. at […]

SBC resolutions address culture, ministry concerns

Messengers to the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention, in addition to repudiating the display of the Confederate battle flag, approved 11 other resolutions on a variety of culture and ministry concerns. Messengers voted on the proposals over both days of the annual meeting, adopting resolutions that expressed compassion for those devastated by the Orlando mass shooting, […]

Tennessee pastor Steve Gaines recounts presidential decision

Steve Gaines, elected president by acclamation at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis, recounted in a press conference afterward how God led the candidates to that “special moment” of unity. After a runoff didn’t produce a majority winner between Gaines, pastor of the Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., […]

Greear withdraws from race, Gaines wins SBC presidency

Following a runoff vote that didn’t produce a majority winner on Tuesday (June 14), North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear announced Wednesday he would withdraw from the race for president of the Southern Baptist Convention during the SBC’s annual meeting in St. Louis. Greear’s decision — in an effort to help bring unity following a close […]

Southern Baptist Convention repudiates display of Confederate flag

Messengers to the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention renounced display of the Confederate battle flag in a historic, overwhelming vote Tuesday (June 14). The convention adopted late in its afternoon session a resolution that urged “brothers and sisters in Christ to discontinue the display of the Confederate battle flag as a sign of solidarity of the whole […]

Charleston pastor at SBC: ‘Walk toward racial unity by building bridges’

A June 14 panel discussion at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, titled “A National Conversation on Racial Unity in America,” featured Marshall Blalock, pastor of Charleston First Baptist Church, along with president Jerry Young of the National Baptist Convention USA and Southern Baptist leaders from a variety of racial and ethnic groups. Blalock delivered […]

Watch live: Southern Baptists converge in St. Louis for annual meeting

Messengers have gathered in St. Louis, Mo., for the 2016 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention. Click here to watch a live stream of the two-day proceedings. In the days preceding the annual meeting, Southern Baptist volunteers reported more than 350 professions of faith in Jesus Christ during Crossover events throughout metro St. Louis this year. […]