Page & Moore: ‘We fully support one another’

Despite a Washington Post article suggesting Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank S. Page could ask Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore to resign amid ongoing controversy, the two SBC entity leaders reported a collegial meeting March 13 and said they “fully support one another.” Earlier in the day, amid a social […]

Needed: Strong Existing Churches and Healthy Church Plants

Finding accurate and up-to-date statistics regarding church planting in America can be both frustrating and challenging. However, the statistics do exist, and the big picture is clear. New churches are needed if we hope to keep pace with the increasing population. Existing churches must experience revival or revitalization — or whatever term we choose to […]

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 […]

SCBC president invites pastors on trips to study church planting, missions

South Carolina Baptists might think of Boston as the home of the Red Sox or the Revolutionary War — or baked beans and chowder. But there’s something else to know about Boston: It has a population of 650,000 people living in 24 distinct neighborhoods, and only six of those neighborhoods have a gospel-centered church. That’s […]

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 […]