Mohler defends ‘Nashville Statement’ in Washington Post op-ed

R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, writing in a Sept. 3 “Perspective” piece in the Washington Post, addressed “the vitriol” in response to the Aug. 29 Nashville Statement signed by a group of evangelical Christians and reaffirming traditional Christian values on sexuality. “One of the most intense lines of criticism was […]

‘God sent them,’ flooded homeowner says of Baptists

Paul Matlock, 73, was sitting in his yard, staring into the distance, overwhelmed, when Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers arrived. Floodwater from Hurricane Harvey had climbed more than six feet inside his home; it was chest high when he managed to escape with his wife Diana, 63, and their toy fox terrier. They had […]

For Clemson’s clutch receiver Hunter Renfrow, ‘God comes first’

In the skies far from Arizona, Hunter Renfrow made a phone call that somewhat doubled life’s pleasure and responsibility. With his Clemson teammates on the way to play Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Renfrow called a breeder in Asheville, N.C., to reserve a golden retriever puppy. “This dog has been keeping me […]

S.C. Baptists serving hurricane evacuees at Dallas convention center

Two South Carolina Baptist women are on the ground in Texas, providing assistance to families affected by last week’s widespread flooding. Sue Harmon of the South Carolina Baptist Convention’s Disaster Relief Group and Jennifer McJunkin, a member of Marietta First Baptist Church, are providing disaster relief childcare assistance for Hurricane Harvey evacuees at the Kay […]

How to Help Flood Victims in Texas

Want to help the victims of the Texas floods? Instead of sending water or clothing, director of South Carolina Baptist Convention Disaster Relief Randy Creamer is encouraging churches and individuals in South Carolina to give money or gift cards through the South Carolina Baptist Convention. “Victims would much rather have a gift card, because it […]

16 flood survivors nestle in church staffer’s home

All’s good, Nicole Richert kept saying as she and her husband were “hanging out” and “relaxing” with 16 strangers and six dogs in their Houston-area home days after Hurricane Harvey’s deluge and flooding. “We were just headed to the gas station when my aunt called, and she was looking for a lady named Judy who […]

Charlottesville violence: SBC leaders urge prayer

Southern Baptist pastors and leaders denounced racism and called for prayer in the wake of white nationalist protests that turned into violence and death in Charlottesville, Va. The “Unite the Right” rally — linking various movements among white supremacists — never took place Aug. 12 after fights broke out between white protesters and counter-protesters shortly […]

iPad apps used to ’round out’ worship team

For churches with worship bands, finding and keeping enough trained musicians to play all the instruments can be a struggle, said Darryl Ferrington, a music professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. But he’s found the use of iPads and apps to be a way to fill in the gaps. Ferrington spent the past year […]

Is Harvest Christian Fellowship a good fit for the SBC?

Soon after the close of the 2017 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix, various voices were signaling either concern or delight. The chatter was not so much about the annual meeting, but instead about the entrance into the SBC family of one of the nation’s largest churches, Harvest Christian Fellowship of Riverside, […]