Frank Gillespie remembered by Clemson’s Dabo Swinney

Frank Irvin Gillespie’s last year playing football at Clemson was 1949 — 20 years before Dabo Swinney, coach of the university’s national championship football team, was born. However, Coach Swinney called Gillespie’s son Frank the day after his dad died to offer his condolences — a call evidencing that Frank Irvin Gillespie’s influence at Clemson […]

Moore, ERLC trustees issue ‘Seeking Unity’ statement

An extended statement, “Seeking Unity in the Southern Baptist Convention,” has been issued by Russell Moore and the executive committee of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Moore, in a 1,691-word portion of the March 20 statement, clarified criticism he had leveled at Christians who supported Donald Trump for president in the November 2016 election. […]

ERLC ‘unity’ statement praised by Gaines, Graham

An extended statement by Russell Moore and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission executive committee, “Seeking Unity in the Southern Baptist Convention,” has drawn praise from SBC president Steve Gaines and former SBC president Jack Graham among others. Meanwhile, Christian worldview analyst John Stonestreet said in a radio interview that controversy surrounding Moore, the ERLC’s […]

NAMB’s ‘Pray for Planters’ seeks 10,000 churches

Eight months ago, New Orleans church planting missionary Justin Haynes had no idea what Feb. 12-18, 2017, would have in store for him and his family. As far as he knew, the week he would be featured on the North American Mission Board’s prayer calendar would be an ordinary week of sharing Christ, preparing sermons […]

Disney’s ‘gay moment’ sours many Christians

A gay plot twist in Disney’s upcoming live-action “Beauty and the Beast” continues to stir discontent among Christians, with an online poll at Faith Driven Consumer (FDC) among the latest to voice displeasure. The poll reports 95 percent of 6,700 consumers said they are less likely to see the film because of an intimate attraction […]

‘Bubbling’ strategy sees five Christians grow to 10,000

Dan serves in an area of Southeast Asia where “nobody had been and nobody wanted to go.” And the mission group he worked with didn’t want him to go there, either. “During appointment week, I learned I was not allowed to go to that location,” the Gateway Seminary alumnus said, “so I went to language […]

‘March Mildness?’ Americans share views on sports

Thanks to wild buzzer beaters and unbelievable upsets, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament has become known as March Madness. For most Americans, however, their attitude toward sports is more mild than mad. A study released from LifeWay Research today (March 14) found 52 percent of Americans describe their philosophy of sports by saying, “It’s not […]

Page & Moore: ‘We fully support one another’

Despite a Washington Post article suggesting Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank S. Page could ask Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore to resign amid ongoing controversy, the two SBC entity leaders reported a collegial meeting March 13 and said they “fully support one another.” Earlier in the day, amid a social […]

Needed: Strong Existing Churches and Healthy Church Plants

Finding accurate and up-to-date statistics regarding church planting in America can be both frustrating and challenging. However, the statistics do exist, and the big picture is clear. New churches are needed if we hope to keep pace with the increasing population. Existing churches must experience revival or revitalization — or whatever term we choose to […]

SCBC president invites pastors on trips to study church planting, missions

South Carolina Baptists might think of Boston as the home of the Red Sox or the Revolutionary War — or baked beans and chowder. But there’s something else to know about Boston: It has a population of 650,000 people living in 24 distinct neighborhoods, and only six of those neighborhoods have a gospel-centered church. That’s […]