Billy Graham statue finds new home at Ridgecrest

A larger-than-life statue of evangelist Billy Graham has been installed at its new location at Ridgecrest Conference Center in the North Carolina mountains. The sale of LifeWay Christian Resources’ 14-acre downtown Nashville campus prompted the move from middle Tennessee to LifeWay’s conference center near Asheville, N.C. The statue was removed from LifeWay earlier this summer […]

Journey to pastorate included jail time for Fla. pastor

It’s not the conventional road to the pastorate. “I wouldn’t wish [my] story on anyone, but I wouldn’t change anything about it, either,” said Adam Wiggins, campus pastor of The Creek, a new campus of First Baptist Church of Orange Park, Fla., which is just outside of Jacksonville. Wiggins’ path to the pulpit has been […]

Missionaries with a ‘Macedonian Call’

“God’s will in the matter couldn’t have been more certain,” says Kevin Peacock. “It really was a ‘Macedonian Call.’ ” Twenty years after that call, the professor at the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, continues to serve God in a nation where as many as 93 percent of the population is lost. He […]

The First Thanksgiving: Myth and Reality

Writers:  Lindsay Blanken & Stephen Douglas Wilson When Americans think about the first Thanksgiving in the fall of 1621, they tend to reflect back to images of smiling Pilgrims and Native Americans huddled around a large table filled with copious amounts of food. In addition, there is the image of a Pilgrim elder offering an extended […]

Cliff Barrows, stalwart of Billy Graham crusades, dies at 93

Clifford Burton “Cliff” Barrows, who served as music director of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association for more than 60 years, died Nov. 15 in Pineville, N.C., after a brief illness. He was 93. The Marvin, N.C., resident had traveled the world with Billy Graham since the noted evangelist’s first crusade in 1947 in Grand Rapids, […]

Missions ideas flow from Diana Davis & Autumn Wall

Long before most people were aware of Diana Davis’ “fresh ideas,” her daughter witnessed her mom’s imagination and creative spark. “Her creativity is what has always made life in our family so much fun!” Autumn Wall said, recalling how her mother was always starting something new or turning an ordinary day into something adventuresome. “For […]

Rare hymnals get new life in NOBTS digital scanning

The musty smell of antiquity fills the air as music professor Ed Steele positions an old leather-bound book on an odd-looking scanner. With the press of a button the scanner comes to life, a light passes over the page, and before long a scanned page appears on Steele’s computer screen. Steele, a faculty member at […]

NewSpring among largest, fastest-growing churches in U.S

Two other Palmetto State churches included on top-100 list Twenty Southern Baptist congregations are among the 2016 top 100 fastest growing and largest participating churches in the U.S., with NewSpring Church in Anderson, S.C., ranking highest in both categories among Southern Baptists. In the lists compiled annually in collaboration between Outreach Magazine and LifeWay Christian Resources, […]

DR volunteers serving Matthew survivors in 5 states

While Matthew was still churning up the U.S. eastern seaboard as a Category 4 hurricane, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers were already preparing hot meals for storm evacuees in Florida. Meal preparation is expected to number in the thousands as multiple teams and kitchens from other states began operations Oct. 10. Meanwhile, SBDR assessors are working […]

Disney film true tale of Christian faith, triumph

A girl living in poverty in the Katwe slums of Kampala, Uganda, becomes a national chess champion and enriches her life with Christ in Disney’s “Queen of Katwe,” based on a true story of struggle and triumph.   Disney maintains faith elements in telling the story of a young Phiona Mutesi who learned chess through […]