Ruling leads to $26M settlement in NAMB case involving Spartanburg man

A Montana judge’s summary judgement ruling has led to a $26 million insurance settlement in a quadriplegic man’s lawsuit against the North American Mission Board stemming from a 2009 auto accident. Jeremy Vangsnes, who was 21 at the time of the July 2009 accident, was traveling with two of his brothers, Dan, then 24, and […]

Church places Marine flag at serviceman’s seat

A single Marine flag stood in place at the orchestra chair where Skip Wells had played the clarinet for many years at First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga. Members of the Atlanta-area church took time to pray Sunday (July 19) for the families of Lance Cpl. Skip Wells, 21, and four other servicemen killed by […]

Baptists not shocked by latest Scout vote

The Boy Scouts Executive Committee’s approval of gay and bisexual adult leaders disappointed but did not shock Southern Baptist spokesmen — and prompted one to predict an even greater exodus by Baptist churches from the organization. The Boy Scouts of America announced Monday (July 13) the unanimous vote by its Executive Committee to rescind the […]

Sturgis volunteers ready for more miracles of faith

Amid thousands of bikers, often with debauchery nearby, Southern Baptist volunteers will share their redemption in Jesus during the 75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Aug. 3-8 in South Dakota. Sturgis, population 6,000 for 358 days a year, will swell to hundreds of thousands for the milestone, drawing every kind of person, from the unique to […]

PPFA accused of selling aborted fetal parts

A woman identified as a Planned Parenthood executive is shown in an undercover video released July 14 negotiating the sale of baby parts gained through partial birth abortions performed at Planned Parenthood facilities. The nonprofit medical watchdog group Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released the video showing a woman identified as Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood […]

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals rules against GuideStone in HHS mandate litigation

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled on July 14 that GuideStone Financial Resources and the ministries it serves in its health plans must comply with the government’s HHS mandate, which forces religious ministries to violate their faith or pay crippling IRS penalties. Churches and their integrated auxiliaries are exempt from the mandate as religious […]

LifeWay Research, Billy Graham center to release study

LifeWay Research and The Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., have partnered to “facilitate the advancement of biblically faithful evangelism.” Ed Stetzer, executive director of Nashville-based LifeWay Research, will serve as senior fellow for the evangelism center. During the year-long partnership, Stetzer will consult and lead the center’s Wheaton-based staff […]

Backyards come alive akin to the church in Acts

I’m proud to say that I grew up in a church that did Vacation Bible School and did it BIG! We started rehearsing for the VBS drama right after Easter and decorating began before school even let out for summer break. Every wing of the church building was transformed in rain forests, mountain peaks, outer […]

Cowboy church ropes hearts with rodeo, worship

Triad Cowboy Church attracts people from its community and beyond by hosting a professional rodeo each year. Roping calves and riding bulls aren’t generally associated with most congregations, but this church places a high priority on offering a free event to the cowboy community. “It’s just a good, clean, multi-hour event that a family can […]

Bonnaroo’s ‘Jesus Tent’ draws 13,000-plus

Among 80,000 people at Bonnaroo — an annual camping and music festival in Tennessee — quite a few trekked to “The Jesus Tent.” An estimated 13,000-17,000 Bonnaroovians visited The Jesus Tent for its 24/7 offer of shade cooled by fans, snacks, water, smartphone charging stations, WiFi and conversation — a peaceful oasis at a festival […]