Former S.C. pastor Mickey Caison retires from SBC’s ‘greatest job’

Think back among the most harrowing disasters in recent U.S. history: 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Midwest floods of 1993, the Northridge earthquake and Hurricanes Andrew, Harvey and Irma. Mickey Caison has represented Southern Baptists at each of them. As national director of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief for most of the past […]

Church imparts a heart for missions to its young

After Myra Middlebrook’s mother died in 2010, she found some money her mom had tucked away — and she knew exactly what it was.   “I knew it was her Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for that year,” Middlebrook said. “She put money away all year for missions. She always had.” For the years that her […]

Survey: Evangelical Label, Beliefs Often at Odds

About one in four Americans say they are evangelical Christians. Most of them are white, live in the South and identify as Republican. Many go to church every week.   But they’re not always sure what they believe. Fewer than half of those who identify as evangelicals (45 percent) strongly agree with core evangelical beliefs, […]

Hark! Skipping Christmas carol verses discouraged

As worship pastor Andrew Lucius selects songs for Christmas worship, he is considering specific needs in the Georgia congregation he serves. Among his conclusions: Singing only the first verse of familiar carols could leave worshipers spiritually malnourished. The widow “who’s going through the Christmas season the first time this year without her husband … needs […]

LifeWay Research: Billy Graham has a far-reaching legacy

In the fall of 1949, a little-known Baptist preacher launched a series of revival meetings at a “canvas cathedral” at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Hill Street in Los Angeles. The meetings were supposed to last three weeks. Instead they continued for eight weeks, drawing more than 300,000 people and making Billy Graham a […]

Nov. 5 is Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Nov. 5 has been designated International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, and Jesse French wants Christians in America to take notice and to pray. A member of Simpsonville First Baptist Church, French founded Operation Orange Ribbon in May 2015 as a way to raise awareness for the plight of persecuted Christians around the […]

LifeWay nears move; Draper Tower set for implosion

The new owner of LifeWay Christian Resources’ Nashville corporate headquarters has slated demolition of the Draper Tower for early December, just weeks after the entity moves to its new home blocks away. Plans to demolish the tower by implosion are scheduled for Dec. 2, followed by the demolition of the Sullivan Tower in early 2018. […]

Amid drug crisis, sheriff lets faith guide him

For Bobby Jack Woods, a 37-year veteran lawman, it isn’t easy being the sheriff in drug-ravaged Kentucky, where 1,404 people died from overdoses in 2016. But his faith in God helps him handle the heart-wrenching plague of drug abuse he encounters on a daily basis. In recent years, more Kentuckians have been dying from drug […]

Housing allowance defense joined by ERLC & GuideStone

The Southern Baptist Convention’s religious freedom entity will maintain its effort to preserve the ministerial housing allowance because pastors are crucial “for flourishing, vibrant communities,” Russell Moore said Oct. 10. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) stands alongside GuideStone Financial Resources — the SBC’s health and financial benefits entity — in opposing an Oct. […]