While the number of Southern Baptist churches in 2006 increased by 524 and reported more than $11.3 billion in total receipts, LifeWay Christian Resources President Thom S. Rainer reported April 17 that total baptisms in the Southern Baptist Convention fell for the second consecutive year.
Generally, adults who change churches for reasons other than moving are more likely fleeing their previous church rather than being drawn to another, according to a study listing the top 10 reasons for switching churches.
Much is being done and more can be done to protect children from sexual predators within Southern Baptist churches, but an ABC News 20/20 segment on the issue April 13 amounted to “yellow journalism,” SBC President Frank Page says.
Zach Johnson’s two-shot victory at the 2007 Masters Tournament on Easter Sunday surprised those inside and out of the golf world – but as no surprise to those who know him, Johnson boldly used the occasion to proclaim his love and faith in Jesus Christ.
More than 700 Georgia Baptist women, representing 137 churches in 63 associations, gathered for the 124th annual WMU Missions Encounter at First Baptist Church in Lilburn. Focusing on the theme, “Future Footprints,” participants were challenged to pass the missions “baton” to younger generations.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s support for a federal ban on partial-birth abortion marks a limited, though important, victory in the campaign to provide legal protection for unborn children, pro-life lawyers said after the ruling’s release April 18.
An earthquake registering 10 points on the Richter scale could not have shaken Virginia Tech more than the horrific tragedy experienced on the Blacksburg campus on April 16. A 23-year-old South Korean student massacred 32 people in a shooting frenzy and then ended the bloodbath by committing suicide. The reverberations from this deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history have emanated from this university town in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains to every corner of the nation.
Nearly 1,000 Royal Ambassadors and Challengers from across the state gathered at Camp Kaleo for Camporee 2007 April 20-21. This year’s two days under the stars included recognition of next year’s 100th anniversary of the missions education program.
Students, faculty, and their families gathered on the campus of Virginia Tech University to mourn the day after a gunman killed 32 students, including three involved in the school’s Baptist Collegiate Ministry. It was the bloodiest mass shooting in U.S. history.
The theme for this year’s Baptist Children’s Home Offering, scheduled for May 13, is “We believe.” Let me just mention what “I believe” concerning the ministry of our Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries, Inc.
Although he lost Mexico’s presidential runoff in July, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador continues to campaign for attention after declaring himself – not winner Felipe Calderon – to be the country’s legitimate leader. But a Southern Baptist missionary says God is using the country’s problems to draw the people of Mexico to himself.
“Are we there yet?” one of my teenagers asked just as we were turning off the highway onto a secondary road. Our family was en route to an Indian reservation to help one of our churches in North Dakota with its Sunday afternoon children’s ministry.
A public safety drill at a New Jersey school has caught the ire of several conservative Christian groups and pastors around the country who are charging local police and school officials with anti-Christian bias.
Sgt. Yoon Jang-ho, a former student at Southern Seminary, became the first South Korean soldier since the Vietnam War to die in a foreign conflict when he was killed in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb Feb. 27.
Trustees of Southwestern Seminary approved the new position of dean of women’s programs, expanded the academic administration in the provost’s office, elected 10 faculty members, and approved a new master’s-level program in archaeology during their April 3 meeting in Fort Worth, Texas.
VBS Tools Online has been enhanced for 2007 to enable churches conducting Vacation Bible Schools to customize their registration forms and for VBS directors to allow multiple users access to the system.
A former law student in Cairo has been sentenced to four years in prison for using his website to “insult” Islam and Egypt’s president. Lawyers for Abdel Kareem Nabil said the sentence was being appealed.
Though Iraqi Christians make up only 5 percent of their country’s population, they account for almost 40 percent of the refugees fleeing the country, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Of Baghdad’s 80 Christian churches, 10 have closed their doors, and more than half the Christians in Baghdad have left the country.
As I emphasized last year, the 1 million emphasis on baptisms by churches in the Southern Baptist Convention was to be the target that would challenge everyone to do their very best. Like the bar for high jumpers, the goal of 1 million baptisms was and is to draw the very best effort from us as the “jumpers.”
Diane Reasoner was my mentor. I had the great privilege of working alongside her as the Public Relations Intern for the Georgia Baptist Convention in the summer of 2005. It’s hard to express everything that I learned from her, not only professionally but also in life.