SBC president Ronnie Floyd: ‘Rise up’ in a ‘dangerous, hopeless world’

Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd called for pastoral leadership in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination to seize a “Bonhoeffer moment” by refusing to be silent in the face of persecution, to hold on to the Word of God, take heart and be encouraged. “The lostness has never been greater in our dangerous and hopeless […]

SBC resolutions on key issues pull broad consensus

EDITOR’S NOTE: The full text of the resolutions adopted during the 2015 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting follows this story. COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) — Messengers to the 2015 Southern Baptist Convention adopted nine resolutions — some on culturally divisive issues — with almost no opposition. All the resolutions offered in the Tuesday afternoon session (June […]

SBC presidents unite, declare stand on marriage

The living former Southern Baptist Convention presidents elected since 1980 issued a joint statement Wednesday declaring they will stand on the biblical truths concerning marriage despite anticipated legal and civil changes to the definition. Pastor Jack Graham called it “the most critical issue of our times — religious freedom and the very definition of marriage […]

Southern Baptist Convention messengers pray in Columbus ‘as one family’

Thousands of messengers at the 2015 Southern Baptist Convention knelt in prayer and raised their hands to heaven June 16 as they prayed for revival in the church and a great awakening across the United States. Spiritual leaders from America’s churches — including Hispanic, Korean, Native American and African American pastors — prayed for an end […]

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Duggars: Media hurt girls more than Josh

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar installed safety nets to protect their young girls after their son Josh confessed to improperly touching them 12 years ago, and sent him away for treatment when it was clear they couldn’t solve the problem alone, the couple said June 3 on FOX News. But their girls have been victimized […]

Students’ road trip takes Gospel to 50 states

Senior Drew Ballesteros had a lofty goal for the University of Mobile — to share the Gospel in all 50 states during one academic year. It would be dubbed the “Great American Road Trip.” “We believed that if we stepped up our game, our university could somehow make history,” said Ballesteros, who graduated from the […]

Gallup: Pro-lifers at lowest number since 2008

Abortion pro-choicers significantly outnumber pro-lifers in the U.S. for the first time in seven years, according to the Gallup 2015 Values and Beliefs poll. Half of Americans identified themselves as pro-choice in the poll that has since 2001 tracked Americans’ views on abortion. The last time pro-choicers accounted for such a large chunk of the […]

Prison reform bill draws ERLC support

The Southern Baptist Convention’s lead ethicist has joined a coalition that includes leaders of conservative and criminal justice organizations in urging passage of federal legislation designed to reduce the prison population and heighten public safety. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), signed onto a June 2 letter with 18 others […]

‘Captive’ highlights God’s grace, Page says

Frank S. Page recalls the moment 10 years ago when he learned the single mother held captive in her Atlanta-area home by an accused murderer and rapist was the same Ashley Smith he had baptized when she was 12 years old. National attention focused on news reports of the manhunt for Brian Nichols, who killed […]