Is sports gambling moral? You bet, Americans say

Wagering on sports isn’t morally wrong, most Americans say — but nearly half think it should be illegal anyway. And as millions nationwide manage their fantasy sports rosters, Americans straddle the fence on whether heavily advertised daily games by companies such as FanDuel Inc. and DraftKings Inc. should be banned. A new study from Nashville-based […]

Citing abuse, Naghmeh Abedini explains ‘legal action’ against husband

Naghmeh Abedini has taken legal action against her husband Saeed Abedini to make sure their children remain in Idaho while the couple works to save their marriage, and revealed on Facebook today (Jan. 27) scant details of alleged spousal abuse she called “a growing cancer.” Naghmeh Panahi (her maiden name) vs. Saeed Abedini was filed […]

IMB to close Richmond communications office

The International Mission Board has announced the closure of its Richmond Communications Center effective April 29 and the accompanying layoff of 30 stateside staff members, according to a Jan. 14 IMB news release. Ten additional communications staff members are being transitioned to other positions. The layoffs were the result of “reevaluating systems and structures across […]

Study: Monthly porn exposure the norm for teens

Half of teenagers and nearly three-quarters of young adults come across pornography at least monthly, and both groups on average consider viewing pornographic images less immoral than failing to recycle. Those are among the findings of a survey of 2,700 Americans released Monday (Jan. 19) by Josh McDowell Ministry and the Barna Group. McDowell Ministry […]

Saeed Abedini released from Iranian prison

American pastor Saeed Abedini and three other prisoners have been released from prison in Iran, according to news reports. Abedini was detained in 2012 for organizing house churches and later sentenced to eight years in prison. The release reportedly comes as part of a prisoner swap coinciding with the Jan. 16 implementation of a nuclear deal […]

Martin Luther King Jr.’s advice to pastors called key to revival

Sixty years ago, the Montgomery Bus Boycott famously catapulted Martin Luther King Jr. to national leadership of the civil rights movement and led to the end of segregated public transportation in Alabama. Less commonly known is that the boycott occasioned advice to pastors by King that some Southern Baptists say they still take to heart. […]

Call to serve in South Carolina was clear, say Hollingsworths

Gwen Hollingsworth was watering flowers last September during a moment of quiet time with the Lord. She knew a South Carolina Baptist Convention search team had approached her husband about his possible candidacy for the state’s open executive director-treasurer position. A few months earlier, Rick Lance, executive director of the State Board of Missions and […]

New exec hopes to bring ‘clarity and focus’ to convention’s role in serving churches

Gary Hollingsworth, newly elected executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, says he embraces the state denomination’s pillars of evangelism, missions, church planting and church revitalization, and he plans to sharpen the SCBC’s focus on serving churches. “Denominations only exist to serve churches, especially on the state level,” he said. “A state convention can’t […]

Gary Hollingsworth to lead South Carolina Baptist Convention as new state executive

Gary Hollingsworth, a long-serving pastor and denominational leader with a record of church planting and international missions support, has been elected executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. He received the unanimous support of SCBC messengers who convened Jan. 14 for a special called meeting of the state convention at Shandon Baptist Church in […]

Pastor’s new bride a ’12-cow kind of girl’

A Kentucky Baptist church got involved in an unusual fundraiser just before its pastor Daniel Lowry married his wife. The congregation ended up paying more than $1,500 for him to be able to say “I do” in October. For the previous two years, Lowry’s wife — the former Kristen Sayres — had served overseas as […]