The number of baptisms in the Southern Baptist Convention in 2010 fell by nearly 5 percent, according to the Annual Church Profile (ACP) compiled by LifeWay Christian Resources in cooperation with Baptist state conventions.
The economic recession is presenting challenges for many churches and Christian denominations, but other circumstances may also contribute to the decline in giving.
Done with crying Carnival at First Baptist Trenton helps recovery from April storms By Scott Barkley, Production Editor Published June 16, 2011
Lisa Rice gave the little boy a boost into the inflatable bounce house, making sure he could climb to the top before careening down the adjoining slide. There, again, she helped him get safely down to the ground and back to his mother.
As if Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams haven't faced enough challenges because of a spate of deadly tornadoes in the South and Midwest over the past months, June 1 marked the official start of the 2011 North Atlantic hurricane season.
With a convention rich in history and heritage, many Georgia Baptists are unaware of the items that tell their story - a Bible filled with notes, an old pew, a piece of flooring. George Houston has dedicated himself to collecting them.
Working in a cluster of offices above a LifeWay Christian Bookstore, Bible scholars are buried in a 20-year project to codify the thousands of changes, verse by verse, word by word - even letter by letter - that crept into the early New Testament during hundreds of years of laborious hand-copying.
A Christian rap artist earned a master of divinity degree, two students received the first master of missiology degrees, and the seminary's 7,500th graduate were among 253 students graduating during commencement ceremonies at Golden Gate Seminary's five campuses in May.
It's still possible to visit 1,000 Quebec communities and never see an evangelical church - a staggering fact that Canadian church planting leaders face as they gather momentum for the Send Montreal church planting effort.
On June 3 Raymond Zack, age 52, died in the waters off Crown Memorial Beach in Alameda County, CA while first responders watched. Zack, who was suicidal, walked into 54-degree water that was neck deep and died of hypothermia after being in the water for one hour.
Ezekiel 33:1-9. Verse 6 - But if the watchmen see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.
Abilene's decision By Michael Godfrey, youth pastor, First Baptist Church, Waynesboro Published June 16, 2011