D.C. church’s lesbian co-pastors spark ‘concern’

A Washington, D.C., church’s decision to call a legally-married lesbian couple as co-pastors has led a fellow District of Columbia Baptist Convention pastor to call for “prayerful dialog” between convention leadership and the church. A Southern Baptist Convention seminary president suggested the DCBC should disfellowship the congregation. Meanwhile, DCBC executive director Robert Cochran told Baptist […]

Child finds victory physically, spiritually

Just two years ago, little Hayden Heaberlin was facing the fight of his life, one that no 4-year-old should have to face — a battle with cancer. But family and friends affirm those days of darkness were pierced by the light of God’s mercy and provision. There was the time when 50 people from his […]

Gatlinburg man grieves loss, forgives suspects

A Gatlinburg, Tenn., man who lost his wife and two daughters in the wildfires that swept through the area has extended forgiveness publicly to two juveniles suspected of starting the blaze. Michael Reed — whose wife Constance, 34, and daughters Chloe, 12, and Lily, 9, died at their home Nov. 28 — wrote about the […]

Former atheist shares how she became a pastor’s wife

EDITOR’S NOTE: See five tips for witnessing to atheists below this article. Pardon Tiffany Bowen for laughing when the following question was posed to her and a room full of other ministers’ wives: “Did you think you would ever marry a minister?” During The Good Cup event for ministers’ wives, held during the Tennessee Baptist […]

Upstate man tells story of missionary work in Thailand

Courier Publishing is pleased to announce the release of “Worth It All,” by Jack Mahaffey, missionary to Thailand. When Mahaffey preached his final sermon at Hat Yai Baptist Church in Southern Thailand, a man from the church asked him if the three decades he had spent as a missionary had been worth it. “Yes, it […]

Church’s ESL ministry reaches Midlands refugees

The English-as-a-second-language program at Kilbourne Park Baptist Church in Columbia offers basic assistance to a new segment of the Midlands’ population: refugees. The church organized the ministry last year after about a dozen volunteers were trained by South Carolina Baptist Convention consultant Dot Whitmire. “We have thousands, maybe millions, of people coming into this country […]

Study: Most churches open for worship on Christmas

More than half of Americans plan to go to church at Christmastime. And most Protestant pastors will keep the doors open for them, a new study shows. Nearly 9 out of 10 Protestant senior pastors say their churches plan to hold services on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, as both fall on a Sunday, […]

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 […]