With Southern Baptists no longer being a part of the Baptist World Alliance, Bobby Welch, former Southern Baptist Convention president and former pastor (for 32 years) of First Baptist Church of Daytona Beach, Fla., has helped the denomination write a new chapter in international relations.
During the 2009 SBC State Conventions' Summit, held Dec. 8-11 in Nashville, Tenn., LifeWay outlined its "Transformational Church" initiative, a multi-year project set to launch in mid-2010 with the release of "Transformational Church," a B&H Publishing Group book co-written by Ed Stetzer, director of LifeWay Research, and Thom Rainer, LifeWay's president and CEO.
Schoolchildren in China's Sichuan province - which was devastated by a massive earthquake 19 months ago - have new opportunities to experience full lives, thanks in part to a long-term development project assisted by Southern Baptists.
Despite turbulent financial markets in 2008 and early 2009, steady investing and an improving market have yielded significant gains to average account balances in GuideStone Financial Resrouces' 403(b) retirement plans from the markets' lows in March until the end of November, GuideStone Chief Operating Officer John R. Jones has noted.
Southern Baptist churches that have Royal Ambassadors (RAs) and Girls in Action (GAs) have a significantly higher child baptism rate than churches that do not, according to an analysis by the North American Mission Board.
When a catastrophic flood inundated half of Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou, in early September, Baptist congregations in the city seized the opportunity to live out the love of Christ with their neighbors.
The United Arab Emirates, a tiny, tradition-laced state in the Persian Gulf, will become the third Islamic country to appoint female muftis, religious scholars who have the power to issue fatwas and other religious decisions.
Four hundred years after their spiritual ancestors took part in the decimation and dislocation of Native Americans in New York, one of the nation's first Protestant churches held a "healing ceremony" to apologize.
John Bryan was five years old when his father, 49, had a sudden heart attack and died at home. The youngest of five children, Bryan didn't grow up with a father who sat at the dinner table every evening or tossed a ball in the backyard.
We live in unprecedented times, with Christian and moral foundations rapidly crumbling before our very eyes. Meanwhile, many Christian churches, which should be a mighty force ready to spread salt and light in this dark world, are unprepared.
Evangelism Ministries of the Georgia Baptist Convention is asking these questions: "What if every Georgia Baptist church prayed and partnered together to saturate Georgia's communities with the seed of the Gospel using their unique gifts and resources? What if the sowing occurred simultaneously to maximize the possibility that every member of their communities would hear the Gospel?"
Compromise By J. Gerald Harris, Editor Published December 31, 2009
As a pastor I would occasionally have to compromise in order to keep my job or push forward my agenda.