Greenwood congregation embraces Boston church planters

Few churches can say they have helped renovate the oldest building in one of the most historic parts of Boston. During the 1775 Revolutionary War battle of Bunker Hill in Charlestown, Mass., the VFW building now used as a church meeting place was a private residence. “We believe we saved Celebration Church about $250,000 in […]

Reject uncritical approach to technology, Mitchell says at Southern Seminary’s Norton Lectures

Theological reflection on technological advancements in communication and science must counteract an uncritical approach to technology that threatens human existence, said bioethicist C. Ben Mitchell during the Norton Lectures at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, March 1-2. “We have to reject uncritical consumeristic adoption of digital technologies,” said Mitchell, provost, vice president for academic affairs, and […]

After the laughs & giggles, they learn God’s Word

The youth of Roaring Fork Baptist Church are not unlike countless other teenagers participating in Youth Bible Drill, preparing for associational and state competitions later this spring. What sets the Roaring Fork youth apart from other groups is where they practice — one of the bathrooms and showers at Camp Smoky, owned and operated by […]

Young leader initiative announced by EC & NAMB

The SBC Executive Committee and North American Mission Board are launching a young leader initiative to better engage pastors between the ages of 25-45. The network’s goal will be to provide a sense of brotherhood for those already participating in Southern Baptist life and find ways to engage those who are disconnected or minimally involved. […]

Black history & the SBC: Need for more study noted

EDITOR’S NOTE: February is Black History Month. Black History Month gives Americans a yearly spotlight on such key figures in U.S. history as Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King Jr. Few Southern Baptists, however, have considered key African-American figures in SBC history like Garland Offutt, Emmanuel McCall and Fred Luter — the first […]

‘The Shack’ film stirs debate as did preceding book

A fictional and emotionally destroyed Mack Phillips answers a mysterious invitation to a remote, isolated cabin. There he finds a trinity of fatherly love in a woman named “Papa” whose cohorts teach Phillips forgiveness and the faith to run on water — literally. It’s the synopsis of the movie “The Shack,” based on William Paul […]

Frank Page’s witness fruitful after 35 years

Engaging in door-to-door evangelism earlier this year, two seminary students came across a house they almost overlooked because of its obscurity. When they knocked on the door, Jackie, a man with a unique connection to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, answered the door. When master of divinity students Sharon Ngai and Christian Stringer told Jackie they […]

EC WRAP-UP: CP escrowing by churches draws study

Amid continuing discussion of churches’ escrowing or withholding Cooperative Program funds, the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee launched two efforts to study the issue at its Feb. 20-21 meeting in Nashville. The EC also authorized its officers to study the feasibility of selling the SBC Building in downtown Nashville. The EC declined to recommend amending […]

Prestonwood escrows CP funds, cites ERLC actions

A Dallas-area megachurch has decided to escrow Cooperative Program funds temporarily in order to evaluate future support of Southern Baptist Convention causes. At issue are what the congregation calls “various significant positions taken by the leadership of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission that do not reflect the beliefs and values of many in the […]

Reformers urged learning of biblical languages

EDITOR’S NOTE: During the coming months, Baptist Press will periodically publish stories observing the 500th anniversary of when Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses to the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany, Oct. 31, 1517. See other related story posted today. Discussions among Southern Baptist seminary professors about the importance of the biblical languages is nothing […]