American views of shame, guilt studied

Many Americans are more worried about their reputation than their conscience, a new study released May 23 shows. They worry less about guilt and fear and more about avoiding shame, according to the study from LifeWay Research that was conducted Sept. 27-Oct. 1, 2016.   Shame has become particularly powerful in American culture in the […]

‘Miracle man’ Stewart continues ministry after accident

A two-hour “Holy Ghost revival” was in progress in Jimmy Stewart’s office not long after he returned to work at the Alaska Baptist Convention earlier this year. Longtime Southern Baptist leader Paul Kim and his wife, Rebekah, from Boston were visiting the director of evangelism and church development. A small group of ministers and friends […]

‘One Less Orphan’: Church acts on biblical command

Adopting and fostering children is a journey. First Baptist Church in Arnold, Mo., has a ministry, “One Less Orphan,” to make that journey easier by providing support for parents and children. “We started this ministry to encourage couples interested in adopting or going through the process,” Lisa Jackson, a member of FBC Arnold, said. “Tim […]

Adopting and fostering podcast shares joys and challenges

Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber shared many joys, frustrations, challenges and triumphs over the last 15 years as their families have journeyed through the process of adopting children. Now, they are sharing that experience and knowledge with others. Hosting the North American Mission Board’s “Adopting and Fostering Home” podcast, the two friends seek to encourage […]

SWBTS apologizes for Twitter photo

EDITOR’S NOTE: The full text of a statement by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary president Paige Patterson appears below this article. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has “deeply” apologized for a photograph posted by faculty members on social media featuring some of the seminary’s preaching professors dressed as hip hop artists. Among responses to the photo on […]

Prestonwood to resume CP giving ‘without designation’

Prestonwood Baptist Church has announced it will resume giving through the Cooperative Program after two months of evaluating its support of Southern Baptist missions and ministries. “After a time of prayerful evaluation, Prestonwood is renewing our commitment to Southern Baptist missions by giving to the Cooperative Program without designation,” Prestonwood executive pastor Mike Buster told […]

Pastors’ approach to race issues studied

Most Protestant senior pastors say their church is open to hearing about racial reconciliation, a study released March 30 suggests. And pastors seem to prefer personal relationships and prayer when it comes to addressing matters of race.   Those are among the findings of a study about pastors, churches and racial reconciliation from LifeWay Research. […]

T-shirt quilt: ‘Flood of wonderful memories’

When ministers move to other positions, they never forget where they’ve been and the relationships built. Even without tangible items to hold and touch, those experiences stay with them. But the students at First Baptist Church in Jackson, Ga., didn’t want to take any chances with now-former student minister Daniel Peavy. So they presented a […]

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 […]