World’s unreached people groups can be found right here in South Carolina

An event designed to identify and engage unreached people groups in South Carolina was held March 26-28 in Columbia. Jeff Dunson, of the International Mission Board’s American peoples affinity group, coached 53 participants to understand and identify unreached people groups living in the United States and then led teams to encounter various people groups living […]

God’s throne not shaken in Nepal, IMB worker says

As the world watched the escalating devastation in Nepal, more than 40 International Mission Board workers from South Asia gathered April 26-28 at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, for a conference encouraging 140 churches to make commitments to reach the nations. Conference attendees prayed for those impacted by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal […]

How a Dying Church Can Glorify God

Two truths: A dying church robs God of His glory. Yet it doesn’t have to. Each year about a thousand churches disappear from the Southern Baptist database, the majority of them closing. God gets no glory when that happens. Three-fourths of those churches are in metro areas. That means in the areas where we as […]

Viewpoint: Who irritates you?

Some people really get on my nerves. People who disagree with me, for instance, because I’m always right. People who agree with me all the time are even more aggravating. How boring is that? People who have no opinion one way or the other are the worst. Yep, I like to argue, debate, raise objections. […]

Missionary retirees embark on new phase of service

Most of the 56 missionaries the International Mission Board honored May 2 upon their retirement from full-time overseas service to emeritus status in the U.S. didn’t start out as pastors or ministers on church staffs. Most were church members from diverse career fields who felt called to spread the Gospel around the world: an accounting […]

From Africa to Alaska: reaching indigenous people

When Alan and Babs Dial arrived in Alaska, they were embarking on an extraordinary change in their ministry to native peoples in Africa where they had served with the International Mission Board. In Alaska, Alan would serve as the native church planter catalyst for the state Baptist convention; in the southern African country of Lesotho, […]

1975: Vietnam orphans’ ‘miracle’ journey

Pastor Nguyen Xuan Ha relayed the message to the children and workers of the Cam Ranh City Orphanage that the South Vietnamese army could not stop the communist juggernaut. The last Americans had been evacuated from Saigon, and North Vietnamese tanks had crashed the gates of the presidential palace. The iron curtain had descended over […]

Baltimore violence shows need for ‘a better way’

Racial turmoil in Baltimore commanded the nation’s attention April 27-28. “While we watch on the screen and read what is happening in Baltimore,” Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd said, “we need to pray for our pastors and churches in Baltimore as they rise up together, calling Baltimore to a better way to live personally […]