High court’s order on Nevada church draws dissent

Religious freedom advocates and four justices expressed strong disagreement with the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to grant relief to a church seeking equal treatment under Nevada’s coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions. On July 24, the high court denied a request from Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley (Nev.) to block enforcement of Gov. Steve Sisolak’s order that limits religious […]

Most churches cautiously holding services again

Churches are gathering again, but services and programs remain drastically different from the beginning of the year. At the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to previous surveys from LifeWay Research, Protestant churches across the U.S. stopped gathering in-person in a matter of weeks.  The latest LifeWay Research survey of Protestant pastors found congregations have […]

Pastor leads peaceful protests in Minneapolis

Pastor W. Seth Martin sat on guard in his front room until 3 a.m. on May 29 in case rioters approached his home, which is located just a block from where George Floyd was detained by police and died. “I would, prayerfully, if it was outside, I would petition and seek the peace for my […]

SBC continues decline, Ronnie Floyd calls for rethinking ACP

For the 13th consecutive year, the Southern Baptist Convention reported a drop in its membership. Total membership in the Southern Baptist Convention fell almost 2 percent, to 14,525,579, from 2018 to 2019. The decline of 287,655 members is the largest single-year drop in more than 100 years. While the statistical decline is concerning for the […]

Supreme Court rules in favor of gay, transgender rights

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a watershed decision on gay and transgender rights June 15 by finding that longstanding, non-discrimination protections in federal workplace law cover “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” The justices ruled in a 6-3 opinion that the category “sex” in Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act applies to homosexual and […]

Unrest in America Creating Dangerous Climate

There is unrest in America as three distinct experiences intersect, creating a dangerous climate for many people. The unjust killing of a black man, George Floyd, at the hands of a white police officer in Minnesota lit a fuse of anger that resulted in protests and lawlessness as the nation continued to navigate life during […]

Churches with PPP loans should benefit from law fix

President Donald Trump signed legislation June 5 to make it easier for businesses or churches struggling during the coronavirus pandemic to take advantage of a payroll subsidy program that’s been a critical part of Washington’s response to the economic crisis. The legislation gives employers more flexibility to use taxpayer subsidies for other costs and extends […]

Southern Baptists virtually celebrate sending 61 missionaries

The International Mission Board commissioned 61 missionaries in a virtual Sending Celebration on June 9. The missionaries represent churches in 15 states and will be serving in all nine of the IMB’s affinities. Sending Celebrations provide a forum for Southern Baptists to commission new missionaries and hear their call to missions. IMB trustees voted on […]