Do Southern Baptists Really Tithe?

Do Southern Baptists tithe (give 10 percent of their income to the local church and other ministries)? The Baptist Faith and Message 2000 does not specifically refer to a tithe or 10 percent. It does say, “Christians should contribute by their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer’s cause […]

Levinson Teaching ‘In the Beginning, God Created’ Matters

Steve Levinson believes everything begins with God and creation. For churchgoers, that statement seems obvious. But many scientists and science teachers — and maybe even some sitting in the pews on Sundays — hold a different view. Levinson has been in ministry since 1986, having served as a pastor, youth pastor and children’s pastor. Around […]

Dorian skirts Carolinas; Baptists move to respond

Hurricane Dorian made landfall Sept. 6 in northeast North Carolina as a Category 1 storm at Cape Hatteras as first responders in the Bahamas worked to reach survivors after the storm’s devastating visit to those islands. Southern Baptists are serving on both fronts. As the storm traveled up the east coast, flash flooding occurred in […]

Denying self is key to serving Christ, most churchgoers say

A majority of Protestant churchgoers believe making sacrificial decisions to serve Christ is essential to their faith, and most try to avoid situations that might lead to immoral thoughts or actions, according to a new study. The 2019 Discipleship Pathway Assessment study from LifeWay Research found two-thirds (66 percent) of Protestant churchgoers agree with the […]

‘Repurposed’ Credentials Committee elects Bramlett as chair

The Credentials Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention has elected Stacy Bramlett of Tennessee as its chair. The nine-member Credentials Committee was repurposed during the SBC’s 2019 annual meeting into a standing committee to make inquiries and recommendations for action regarding instances of sexual abuse, racism or other issues that call a church’s relationship with […]

Gray named executive director of Kentucky convention

Todd Gray has been named the new executive director-treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention. Gray, a Kentucky native, was confirmed by the KBC Mission Board to the position in a special called meeting on July 25 in Louisville. Gray called the appointment a great honor. “While I did not aspire to the position, I couldn’t […]

Liberty University opens Michael W. Smith Music Center

School of Music students at Liberty University will be introduced this fall to the new Michael W. Smith Center for Commercial Music. Elijah Chau, a senior worship leadership major at Liberty, said he began listening to Smith’s worship music as well as interviews featuring Smith in high school and believes hands-on experience with a veteran […]

Disaster Relief Preparing for Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is here, and South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief teams from across the state are preparing to respond when and if they are needed. “Near the end of each summer, we gather as many of our unit leaders (blue hats) as possible for a day of training, debriefing, and discussion of what we may […]

Former Columbia minister called as pastor of Johnson Ferry

Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Marietta, Ga., unanimously approved North Carolina pastor Clay Smith Aug. 4 to occupy the pulpit previously filled by former Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright. Smith currently serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Matthews, N.C. He previously was minister of adults at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia, from […]

Home Works: Assignments Students (and Adults) Actually Want to Do

Most teenagers likely prefer not having homework. These students, however, actually volunteered to do it during the summer — and they liked it!  Many even said they’d do it again, particularly if the assignment was for Home Works, a nonprofit, Christ-centered construction ministry based in Columbia, that provides free home repairs for elderly, disabled, and […]