Nov. 5 is Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Nov. 5 has been designated International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, and Jesse French wants Christians in America to take notice and to pray. A member of Simpsonville First Baptist Church, French founded Operation Orange Ribbon in May 2015 as a way to raise awareness for the plight of persecuted Christians around the […]

LifeWay nears move; Draper Tower set for implosion

The new owner of LifeWay Christian Resources’ Nashville corporate headquarters has slated demolition of the Draper Tower for early December, just weeks after the entity moves to its new home blocks away. Plans to demolish the tower by implosion are scheduled for Dec. 2, followed by the demolition of the Sullivan Tower in early 2018. […]

Amid drug crisis, sheriff lets faith guide him

For Bobby Jack Woods, a 37-year veteran lawman, it isn’t easy being the sheriff in drug-ravaged Kentucky, where 1,404 people died from overdoses in 2016. But his faith in God helps him handle the heart-wrenching plague of drug abuse he encounters on a daily basis. In recent years, more Kentuckians have been dying from drug […]

Housing allowance defense joined by ERLC & GuideStone

The Southern Baptist Convention’s religious freedom entity will maintain its effort to preserve the ministerial housing allowance because pastors are crucial “for flourishing, vibrant communities,” Russell Moore said Oct. 10. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) stands alongside GuideStone Financial Resources — the SBC’s health and financial benefits entity — in opposing an Oct. […]

Pastor’s near-death experience intensifies Gospel focus

After surviving a fiery explosion that nearly killed him, Kentucky megachurch pastor Steve Ayers said he’s a changed man, having come out of the ordeal laser-focused on Jesus and telling others about the Gospel before it’s too late. “I was committed to evangelism before the accident,” said Ayers, senior pastor of the 16,000-member Hillvue Heights […]

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 […]

Newbell helps children put diversity in Gospel focus

Trillia Newbell required only one experience from teaching a Sunday school class to be convinced she should write a children’s book about God’s view of diversity. She had taught a children’s class on “the image of God and racial harmony” about a year before, Newbell told Baptist Press in an email interview Sept. 26. “It […]

Russia remains formidable challenge for evangelism

Thirteen photos — a wide palette of Russian faces — hang on the walls of Marc Ira Hooks’ office.   One is an elderly man in Sochi, the Russian city that hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics. Another is a young boy more than 5,700 miles away in eastern Siberia, face wrapped in fur. And there […]

96-year-old DR volunteer is a ‘woman on mission’

When 95-year-old Mary Katie Riddle of Wimberley, Texas, spied stacks of soiled Cambro containers, she did not hesitate. The containers needed washing before they could be refilled with food prepared by the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention Disaster Relief mass feeding team at First Baptist Church in Pflugerville. Riddle, who turned 96 on Sept. 22, […]

UPDATE: SBDR reports on Puerto Rico response

EDITOR’S NOTE: Story updated Sept. 25. Over the weekend (Sept. 23-24), Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) workers learned the situation has changed in Puerto Rico. The extent of the damage has made the situation extremely volatile and has temporarily complicated SBDR’s ability to get in to Puerto Rico. SBDR reported it will be doing everything […]