IMB to reduce staff by up to 800 in order to balance budget

EDITOR’S NOTE: For additional information related to this story, see FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) released by the International Mission Board, which is included in full after this story. International Mission Board leaders have outlined a plan to address IMB’s revenue shortfalls and complete a reset of the organization in order to move forward into the […]

What happens to children who die in infancy?

In response to the release of a series of videos showing Planned Parenthood employees reportedly discussing the sale of baby parts obtained through abortion, evangelicals have expressed a range of views on the eternal destiny of children who die in infancy. Among Southern Baptists, most agree Scripture suggests aborted babies — along with others dying […]

Children give to help those in need

Through giving their pennies, nickels and dimes and more, kids at Circle Drive Baptist Church are seeking to help others through Baptist Global Response. “Children can make a difference right now by giving and by praying,” Circle Drive children’s ministry director Kathy Routt in Colorado Springs, Colo., said. “But, they’re also future givers and … […]

Baptist leaders respond to Ashley Madison news

With the potential affairs of millions exposed by a hack of the adultery-facilitating Ashley Madison website, Southern Baptist leaders have offered counsel to affected families, churches and individuals. “We are already hearing stories of families torn apart, of children terrified about what is happening to their dad, and of the tragedy of suicide,” LifeWay Christian […]

Attorney to present ‘God’s Courtroom’ at White Oak Conference Center

“You will one day stand trial in God’s courtroom. Are you prepared?” Attorney Bruce Kugler will be speaking on that topic at the Southeast Arabic Christian Conference at White Oak Conference Center near Winnsboro, S.C., Sept. 4-7. The conference is expected to draw people from South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia and Florida. As […]

Parliamentarian Barry McCarty now a Baptist

Writer: J. Gerald Harris If Southern Baptist Convention annual meetings were tallied like college or NBA basketball games, Barry McCarty would be the leader in minutes played. In the course of 29 annual meetings, no one has accumulated more platform time in the SBC’s annual sessions than the well-known chief parliamentarian. The Atlanta native — […]

LifeWay Research: Views on divorce divide Americans

Pastors believe not all divorces are created equal, but for many Americans any reason is as good as another according to new research from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. “Pastors make a distinction about the rightness of a divorce based on the reasons behind it,” says Scott McConnell, LifeWay Research vice president. “They want to account for […]

Hiroshima & Nagasaki remembered by Baptists

Following atomic bombings that leveled the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 70 years ago this month, Southern Baptists found themselves thinking about just warfare, possible nuclear annihilation and the providence of God. But a longtime missionary to Japan says they missed an evangelistic opportunity. “We have all heard stories of the great open doors […]

WWII veteran turned to God in Burma Road crash

Like many of his generation, Master Sgt. Thomas Musselwhite Jr. doesn’t see his World War II military intelligence work as heroic. But two Hollywood-produced movies have told a much different story of how a reconnaissance team — Musselwhite was one of its three members — derailed Japanese advancements while behind enemy lines. And Musselwhite’s two […]

GCR after 5 years: ‘Satisfied’ but still challenges

Five years after the Southern Baptist Convention’s Great Commission Task Force called for a “Great Commission Resurgence,” Baptist leaders say the GCTF’s recommendations have contributed to a renewed focus on missions and the reversal of a 30-year decline in Cooperative Program giving as a percentage of churches’ undesignated receipts. Still, the total dollar amount given […]