IMB data breach prompts ‘comprehensive response’

A data breach occurred at the International Mission Board that may have exposed personal information of current and former employees, volunteers and applicants. The Southern Baptist entity began a “comprehensive response” immediately upon discovering the cyber security incident and promptly notified law enforcement officials, according to a statement released to Baptist Press today (July 16), […]

Southern Baptists tackle gender, ethnicity issues at 2018 meeting

Southern Baptists elected a new convention president, turned back a motion to dismiss a portion of a seminary’s board of trustees, adopted resolutions affirming women and denouncing abuse, and heard a message from vice president Mike Pence at the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, June 12-13. North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear […]

Three seminary faculty members resign positions

Three Southern Baptist seminary faculty members have recently resigned their positions. The resignations of Alvin Reid at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Christian George at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and David Sills at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary were reported by Baptist Press and the North Carolina Biblical Recorder. Reid, 59, SEBTS senior professor of evangelism and […]

‘Through It All’ tells of grief followed by blessing

Donna McElveen of Lake City has published “Through It All: The Miracle Mural,” a heartfelt recollection of her husband and her son fighting for their lives and dying within three months of each other. Her son felt an urgency to paint a mural of the miracles of the Bible with his children a few months […]

Spartanburg youth director publishes Genesis study

Ashley Jones, youth director at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Spartanburg, has published a book, “A Glimpse at HisStory: An Investigative Look Into Ancient History and God’s Word.” The 141-page book, an in-depth look at Genesis 1-12, includes charts, maps and diagrams along with evidence from ancient history to point to the truth of God’s […]

Paige Patterson out at Southwestern

The firing of legendary Southern Baptist conservative icon Paige Patterson as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary on May 30 created a whirlwind of opinions, controversies and speculations leading up to this year’s annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas. Charges asserting that Patterson failed to deal forthrightly with an alleged rape of […]

Dulcimers become widow’s instrument for ministry

Margaret and Jerry Wright trekked to the Arkansas Ozarks town of Mountain View in July 1994 to explore Blanchard Springs Caverns, a nearby cave. Or so they thought. Checking in at a campsite, they learned that folk music “jam sessions” took place each evening at the Ozark Folk Center and in front of the Stone […]

SBC LIFE launches ‘web-first’ design

SBC LIFE has transitioned to a “web-first publication,” the journal of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee reported in its summer 2018 edition. SBC LIFE — online at — had been a print-first publication throughout its 26-year history, succeeding the Executive Committee’s former Baptist Program magazine. SBC LIFE’s purpose of “Encouraging Cooperation … for […]

Guest Viewpoint: Humility & Hope for the SBC

Recently the Holy Spirit has been drawing me back to Matthew 16:13-20 again and again. After Peter confesses Jesus to be the Messiah, Jesus responds, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I also say to you that you […]

Churchgoers sticking around for theology, not music

Most churchgoers will put up with a change in music style or a different preacher, according to a LifeWay Research study released June 26. But don’t mess with a church’s beliefs or there may be an exodus. The study of Protestant churchgoers found most are committed to staying at their church over the long haul. […]