Culture Shift: Questions for Pastors and Churches

In August 2013, same-sex marriage was legal in 13 states and the District of Columbia. By February of this year, Alabama had become the 37th state in which same-sex marriage was declared lawful despite a state constitutional amendment to the contrary that had been adopted by 81 percent of its citizens. During this 18-month period, […]

LifeWay pulls ‘heaven visitation resources’

LifeWay Christian Resources has stopped selling all “experiential testimonies about heaven” following consideration of a 2014 Southern Baptist Convention resolution on “the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife.” LifeWay told Baptist Press about its decision to halt sales of heaven visitation resources March 24 in response to an inquiry about the book “90 Minutes in […]

New research: Americans believe church is good but dying

Although most Americans believe church is on the decline, the overwhelming majority say they find value in attending. A new survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research reveals an upbeat attitude toward churchgoing. Two-thirds of Americans think attendance is admirable, and nearly 9 in 10 call it acceptable. Only 11 percent consider church useless. Even nonreligious people […]

Key Baptist leaders to speak at MBTS symposium

A collection of key Southern Baptist leaders that includes Frank S. Page, Ronnie Floyd, Paige Patterson, Thom S. Rainer, R. Albert Mohler Jr. and David Dockery is slated to speak at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Sept. 28-29 symposium, “The SBC and the 21st Century: Reflection, Renewal & Recommitment.” Midwestern Seminary president Jason Allen, who will […]

Family takes ‘insane’ step to plant church

Rob Burgess couldn’t help but laugh. His wife’s suggestion seemed preposterous — move their family of five, including a junior in high school, from Orlando, Fla., to Denver for a year to help start a new church. “You’re insane,” Rob told Amy with a laugh. Amy’s response? So were the disciples. “If the disciples had […]

New bill defends faith-based adoption agencies

Legislation introduced in Congress earlier this month would prohibit government discrimination against faith-based adoption and foster care organizations that are not willing to place children with same-sex couples. The Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, sponsored by Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., was re-introduced on March 4. Enzi and Kelly submitted the […]

Page offers mental health hope at Gardner-Webb

After Gardner-Webb University alumnus Frank S. Page lost his daughter to suicide, he discovered a calling to help others battling mental health illnesses. Page, now president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, visited GWU March 17 to encourage students, local ministers and community members who are dealing with their own mental health challenges and […]

‘Lord Sterling’ extols virtues of trust, obedience

In “Lord Sterling” (CrossBooks, 356 pages), Robert Blackwell’s adventure novel, readers follow Sterling and his companions on a quest. The Great Light’s power becomes more and more evident as the group of travelers gets involved in physical battles as well as battles for the souls of men. The more they trust and obey, the more […]

Churches feed hungry, share love of Christ

EDITOR’S NOTE: See additional story on how to start a hunger ministry below. Southern Baptist churches of various sizes and in various settings are feeding the hungry in the U.S. And a sizable number of Americans remain in need of such help. Nearly 50 million Americans, or nearly one in six, live in “food insecure […]

Church plants: 5% gain in 2014

Southern Baptists planted 985 new churches in 2014 — a 5 percent increase over 2013 church starts. This is very good news as we work toward diminishing the church-to-population deficit that steadily grew larger over the last century in the United States and Canada. It is also good because new churches, on average, reach people […]