Charlottesville violence: SBC leaders urge prayer

Southern Baptist pastors and leaders denounced racism and called for prayer in the wake of white nationalist protests that turned into violence and death in Charlottesville, Va. The “Unite the Right” rally — linking various movements among white supremacists — never took place Aug. 12 after fights broke out between white protesters and counter-protesters shortly […]

iPad apps used to ’round out’ worship team

For churches with worship bands, finding and keeping enough trained musicians to play all the instruments can be a struggle, said Darryl Ferrington, a music professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. But he’s found the use of iPads and apps to be a way to fill in the gaps. Ferrington spent the past year […]

Is Harvest Christian Fellowship a good fit for the SBC?

Soon after the close of the 2017 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix, various voices were signaling either concern or delight. The chatter was not so much about the annual meeting, but instead about the entrance into the SBC family of one of the nation’s largest churches, Harvest Christian Fellowship of Riverside, […]

Study: The Church, Money and Embezzlement

With churches and other faith groups collecting tens of billions of donations each year, some of the money unfortunately goes missing. About 1 in 10 Protestant churches has had someone embezzle funds, according to a survey released Aug. 3 of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors from LifeWay Research. The group conducted the survey Aug. 22-Sept. 16, […]

Survey weighs value of Baptist associations

Most church leaders believe their financial contributions to local Baptist associations are “a good kingdom investment” while others are struggling to see their relevancy, according to findings from a national survey released July 31. “When asked to describe the most exciting aspect of their local Baptist association, the most popular answer among church leaders was […]

Pastor compensation studied by financial planner

It happens often in Southern Baptist life: A church offers a prospective pastor a salary it thinks is reasonable, and the pastor — not wanting to appear greedy — begrudgingly accepts. But down the road, when tax season arrives or when retirement approaches, the pastor realizes he should have spoken up. It is a financial […]

Eugene Peterson’s homosexuality views draw Baptists’ focus

Bestselling Christian author Eugene Peterson, known for “The Message” paraphrase of Scripture, reportedly said in an interview with Religion News Service he does not believe homosexuality is sinful and that he would perform a same-sex wedding if asked. LifeWay Christian Resources told Baptist Press it will stop selling all works by Peterson if he confirms […]

Samford to withdraw from state conv. funding channel

Samford University in Birmingham — described by many as Alabama Baptists’ “crown jewel” — will no longer receive annual budget allocations from the Alabama Baptist State Convention (ABSC) after 2017. As of Jan. 1, 2018, the $3-plus million Cooperative Program allotment for Samford will be reduced from Alabama’s CP budget, assuming the request to eliminate […]

Guest Viewpoint: An appeal to rightly apply 2 Chronicles 7:14

Author: Steve Gaines EDITOR’S NOTE: Steve Gaines is president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church. As we approach July 4th, many pastors preach about Christians in America repenting of sin and turning back to the Lord so that He will bless His churches. One text they often use is […]

Americans’ views on sex, religion studied

From cohabitation and same-sex marriage to birth control and bathrooms, Americans can’t seem to agree about what is right and wrong regarding sex. Their views are often rooted in faith, according to a study released today (June 27).   Those disputes can end up in court, in highly divisive and controversial cases. This week, the […]