The task force appointed to study the possibility of changing the Southern Baptist Convention's name has reached a decision that they believe "will please the Father and greatly strengthen our ability to reach more people with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ."
The majority of Americans have a favorable impression of Southern Baptists, according to a recent LifeWay Research study. However, 40 percent of respondents have an unfavorable view of the denomination; more than a third strongly assume an SBC church is not for them; and the negativity is higher among the unchurched.
For the sake of his three young sons and the daughter he and his wife will soon adopt from Africa, Pastor Nathan Lorick says he has drawn a line in the dirt of his East Texas community in defiance of an atheist group's demand that a nativity scene be removed from the lawn of the Henderson County Courthouse.
The site: the Atlanta Motor Speedway – with a grandstand seating capacity of 125,000 and the home of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. That was the location for the first celebration Dec. 1 of Johnny (and Janet) Hunt's 25th anniversary at the helm of First Baptist Church in Woodstock. The second celebration occurred at the Woodstock church the following Sunday, Dec. 4.
Debbie Wohler is a legend in Southern Baptist life. She has served her denomination for more than 30 years through the Home Mission and North American Mission boards as a church facilitator, resort minister, Bible teacher, soul winner, mentor to college students who serve as summer and semester missionaries, day care director, etc, ad infinitum.
Unless aging churches start engaging the types of people who visit only at the holidays, they will have virtually no one in them in 30 years, according to Scott Thumma, a sociologist of religion at Hartford Seminary.
Jeff Crook, pastor of Blackshear Place Baptist Church in Flowery Branch, is passionate about preaching and reaching the lost. Scott Crook, Jeff's brother and associate pastor, shares his fervor for evangelism.
It was recently reported that a Louisiana library banned a local church youth group from performing a Living Nativity scene on its property because of its religious overtones.
Jerry and me By Joe Westbury, Managing Editor Published December 15, 2011
The year 1968 serves as a foundational time in my ministry because of a conversation in a church parking lot in Orlando, FL.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director GBC Published December 15, 2011
The year 1879 was a great year in the history of our nation and the world. That was the year that Thomas A. Edison successfully produced a new concept. It was a high resistance lamp in a very high vacuum, which would burn for hundreds of hours.
We are excited to report that the Boy Scouts of America, an organization dedicated to instilling in young people the positive values of faith, citizenship, and integrity, is initiating a new move to launch more Scout units in faith-based organizations, called the "Faith Based Initiative."