Sonia Barfield, who works for the Wilkinson County News, was asleep at home in the early morning hours of Feb. 28 when she heard some rather startling news on her scanner. The scanner was sounding the alarm that McIntyre Baptist Church, Barfield’s very own, was engulfed in flames.
A diverse group of evangelical pastors and laity, including several Southern Baptists, have announced the formation of a new Antioch Network of Churches to cooperate in fulfilling the Great Commission without requiring conformity on “secondary” doctrinal matters.
One year after the movie “Amazing Grace” reintroduced America to William Wilberforce, a new documentary about the famous Christian abolitionist seeks to shed more light on the British man whose fight against slavery inspired Abraham Lincoln and countless other people of faith throughout the world.
Fred Hewett’s background stretches from the corporate world to cleaning cobwebs out of the baptistery in revitalizing an urban Atlanta church. Now his resume includes being named executive director for the Montana Southern Baptist Convention.
More than one in every 100 American adults are in jail or prison, according to a recent study by the Pew Center for the States, which also found that about half of released inmates return to jail or prison within three years.
At a Wyoming truck stop, Louisiana trucker Charles Worcester was 1,600 miles from home when crisis struck: He had emergency colon cancer surgery. After nearly dying of complications from the surgery, he was transferred to Salt Lake City. Such was the long-distance, three-month ordeal for Worcester and, back in Louisiana, his wife Charlene.
If one out of eight of Southern Baptists’ 43,000-plus churches would “adopt” a North American Mission Board missionary, all 5,000 of NAMB’s missionaries in the United States and Canada would receive much more prayer, encouragement, and support.
He is the only American in a remote mountain outpost in Afghanistan. He may go without a shower for a month. He hikes and fights everyday. But a simple piece of mail – a LifeBox – lifted the tired warrior’s spirit beyond measure.
When Dewey and Kathie Aiken survey the landscape of Vermont, they see much more than the beautiful red and yellow leaves of autumn, the traditional maple syrup-making in March, and 150-year-old churches with white steeples piercing the blue skies of summer.
Like many religious institutions, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) has commissioned countless works of art to educate believers and non-believers about its history and doctrines.
Students and peers joined others at the LifeWay Christian Bookstore in Buford near the Mall of Georgia Jan. 26 to observe the recently-published works of Christian Studies professors John Tarwater and Larry McDonald.
At the Academy Awards Feb. 24, the nominees for Best Picture portrayed some complex moral dilemmas: A pregnant teen figuring out what to do; a lawyer in an ethical crisis; a Western saga overwhelmed by evil; a romance doomed by lies; a clash between an oil man and a greedy evangelist.
Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page called for Southern Baptist churches to give generously to Union University as the campus seeks to recover from more than $40 million in damages sustained in a Feb. 5 tornado.
Cleveland Indians right-hander Jake Westbrook has a menacing sinkerball that has earned him a spot in the pitching rotation of the Cleveland Indians, the baseball team with perhaps the best starting pitching in the American League.
Congress is again considering a bill to protect religious expression in the workplace, but the bill, which has been bandied about for a decade or more, continues to draw steep opposition from business interests.
Lee County has joined three other South Georgia seats of government where an historical display – including the Ten Commandments – has taken up residence in the county courthouse. At least nine other displays are now posted statewide in courthouses or related government buildings.
For Chris Barnes and wife Susan, the Feb. 24 North American Mission Board missionary commissioning service at Taylors First Baptist Church in South Carolina held very special meaning. Taylors, pastored by Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page, is the Barnes’ home church and Chris served as an associational church planter in nearby Greenville.
The mayor of this small city in western Michigan said the City Commission will continue to “strive to serve God,” despite an atheist group’s demand that the phrase be removed from the city’s mission statement.
Nearly 1,000 African-American men, women, and youth, both gay and straight-identified, are expected to gather in Baltimore April 24-26 for a three-day event geared towards bridging the gap between the black gay and black straight communities.
Life was pretty good for Paul Matson. He was a senior in high school, a good student who was eligible for the HOPE scholarship, making plans to attend nearby Augusta State University. Then, sometime around the Christmas holidays, his mother told him she was moving.
C.S. Lewis in “The Problem of Pain” says that God often uses the experiences of suffering as a megaphone to awaken us. Suffering and pain, Lewis said, are often the essential means by which God brings about dependence, fortitude, patience, and forgiveness in His children, while also arousing acts of mercy and compassion.
The value of denominations in America is being scrutinized, analyzed, and evaluated today. Many denominational churches are in trouble due to a loss of influence, declining offerings, an aging church membership, and a failure to attract younger people.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published March 13, 2008
For me, the most glorious day of worship in the year is Easter. On this very special Lord’s Day we remember with joy that the Lord Jesus did not remain in the grave. He came out alive demonstrating His power over sin and death.
Disney World has been a place of family fun for over 35 years. Our family has enjoyed many vacations there and now my husband and I have the joy of taking our grandchildren and their parents. We stand in line with people of diverse cultures, religions, economics, and languages.