Southern Baptists reported a 2.2 percent increase in baptisms in 2009, stemming a four-year decline, but membership in the denomination fell and the sagging economy led to a drop in missions giving, according to the Annual Church Profile (ACP) compiled by LifeWay Christian Resources in conjunction with Baptist state conventions.
The need for physical recovery may be most obvious in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, but Ricky Thrasher says emotional stability is just as needed among residents still reeling from a catastrophic Jan. 12 earthquake.
Some of the stories of redemption and new beginnings seemed to have the kernel of a Hollywood movie script when 71 missionaries and 17 chaplains were commissioned by the North American Mission Board at Lenexa (Kan.) Baptist Church on Sunday, May 16.
Delivering the devotional to trustees of the North American Mission Board at their May 19 meeting in Kansas City, Mo., Great Commission Resurgence Task Force (GCRTF) chairman Ronnie Floyd said he's "never had a greater passion than I do today to see that North America and the world have a Gospel witness for Jesus Christ."
The May 20 issue of The Index included a guest commentary by Bob Terry, editor of The Alabama Baptist, which stated that Johnson Ferry Baptist Church had "lowered their CP giving to 2.5 percent of undesignated receipts for 2010."
Janet McDowell remembers children suffering from malnutrition becoming well enough to run through the pediatric ward at a mission hospital in Mbeya, Tanzania, where she served for part of her 28 years as a medical missionary in Africa.
As the North American Mission Board goes, so goes the Southern Baptist Convention, Carlisle Driggers said in recounting the history of the mission board and its impact on the development of a national convention.
Acknowledging that many Southern Baptists have mixed feelings about the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force's recommendations, the task force chairman said May 20 he hopes people will approach the matter with an "open heart" when they travel to Orlando to vote on it.
A local pastor and one of Brewton-Parker College's graduating seniors traveled halfway around the world to Odessa, Ukraine, over Spring Break to minister and disciple the people of that area as part of BPC's learning and missions coursework opportunities through the college's Division of Religion and Philosophy.
Two years ago this month, Georgia Baptist pastor Johnny Hunt was elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Early in his term he championed the need for a Great Commission Resurgence in the denomination.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has apologized to a Southern Baptist congregation and the Salvation Army after a FEMA photographer asked a couple of volunteers to change their T-shirts for an interview.
The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that the legislature violated the state constitution when it appropriated $10 million in taxpayer funds to build a pharmacy school at a university affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
Year-to-date contributions through the Southern Baptist Convention's Cooperative Program are 0.14 percent below the same time frame last year, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Morris H. Chapman.
In an April 30, 2009 telephone interview with the Florida Baptist Witness, Southeastern Seminary president Danny Akin stated that he and SBC president Johnny Hunt had "spent a great deal of time together since Hunt's election talking about what could be done "to reverse stagnation within the SBC."
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director GBC Published June 3, 2010
In the last edition of The Index, I began a focus upon the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force report that will be presented at the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Orlando.
You people who wrote criticizing Dr. Harris' editorial should yourselves be ashamed. Dr. Harris is simply stating a biblical truth and it is written in plain language so that even a fool and a wayfaring person can understand! We only have God's Word to go by.