Oct 20, 2014
NASHVILLE (BP)—Baptists must let their voices be heard, said Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd.
Floyd is one of several speakers from across the nation slated to speak Nov. 2 at the "I Stand Sunday" simulcast hosted by Family Research Council and other partners. The event is being held in response to five Houston ministers being issued subpoenas by the city's attorney to turn over sermons and other pastoral communications.
Oct 16, 2014
HOUSTON (BP)—Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott called on Houston city attorney Dave Feldman Oct. 16 to withdraw subpoenas requiring five pastors to submit their sermons to his office in regard to litigation against a new Houston Equal Rights Ordinance's protections based on sexual orientation.
The pastors are part of a petition effort to repeal the ordinance, known as HERO among its supporters.
Oct 9, 2014
NASHVILLE (BP)—Hillsong United, a worship band at Australia's Hillsong Church, was the big winner at the Gospel Music Association's 45th annual Dove Awards Oct. 7.
The band was named Artist of the Year and their song "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" received awards for Song of the Year, Contemporary Christian Performance of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year and Worship Song of the Year. The song has been at or near the top of the Christian charts for more than a year.
Oct 6, 2014
WASHINGTON (BP)—Same-sex marriage is on the verge of becoming a legal reality in 60 percent of America's states.
The U.S. Supreme Court paved the way Monday (Oct. 6) for marriages between people of the same sex to be legally recognized in 11 additional states. When that seemingly assured expansion takes effect, gay marriage will be legal in 30 states and the District of Columbia.
Oct 4, 2014
NASHVILLE (BP)—October is “Cooperative Program Emphasis Month” on the Southern Baptist Convention’s calendar. Churches are challenged to study the Cooperative Program—to learn about it, see what it does and pray about their part.
The “1% CP Challenge” “is a succinct way to do something more—an understandable way to say, ‘Yeah, we can do that’ ” said Frank S. Page, SBC Executive Committee president. “It is understandable, is easily acted upon and can be done without shifting major sections of a church’s finances.”
Sep 8, 2014
S. Truett Cathy, founder of the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain famous for closing on Sundays, died Sept. 8. He was 93.
Aug 27, 2014
David Platt was elected president of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board Aug. 27 by board trustees. Platt, 36, pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala., will take office effective immediately as president of the 169-year-old organization, the largest denominational missionary-sending body among American evangelicals. He succeeds Tom Elliff, 70, who has served as IMB president since March 2011. Elliff asked the agency’s trustees earlier this year to begin an active search for his successor.
Jul 2, 2014
BALTIMORE (BP)—Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention adopted a resolution on transgender identity for the first time while returning to such issues as civil rights, gambling and world hunger for further statements.
Jul 1, 2014
The Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting drew 5,294 messengers to Baltimore from the nation’s 45,000 Southern Baptist churches.
Jun 30, 2014
BALTIMORE (BP)—Dante Carter wanted Crossover Baltimore to communicate compassion to the hurting people he often encounters in the city.
“There’s a lot of hurt and pain ...,” said Carter, youth pastor at Northeast Baptist Church in the heart of the Armistead Gardens community.