• Boy Scouts should allow gay leaders, BSA pres. says

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, May 21, 2015 (12 hours ago)

    ATLANTA (BP) -- The Boy Scouts of America should end its ban on gay adult leaders, BSA President Robert Gates said today (May 21), lending credence to the concern expressed in a 2013 Southern Baptist Convention resolution that opening the group's membership to homosexual youth was "merely the first step toward future approval of homosexual adult leaders in the Scouts." Read More

  • 'Royal' treatment helps family share true King

    by Kate Gregory, posted Thursday, May 21, 2015 (16 hours ago)

    Photo by Thomas Graham/IMB
    AMAZON REGION (BP) -- Most girls dream of becoming royalty, but few have the opportunity to realize that dream. For Naomi and Hannah Jansen,* teenage daughters of Southern Baptist missionaries among an unreached tribe in South America, it wasn't quite like the fairy tale of wearing bedazzled ball gowns and living in spacious castles.

    Their skin and hair, not their dresses, were what was decorated when they were inducted by the tribe to be ceremonial queens of the village, tribal peacemakers who hold positions of honor and reflect a high level of respect given to their parents. Read More

  • Ohio Baptists praying outside 88 county seats

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, May 21, 2015 (12 hours ago)

    Submitted photo
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- Ohio Southern Baptists are praying publicly outside all 88 county headquarters across the state through May 29, proclaiming Scripture, praising Jesus and pleading for county officials, businesses and community concerns, organizer Cathy Pound told Baptist Press.

    "Most of the counties have specific concerns," said Pound, Women's Missions and Ministries Resource Group leader with the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio. "Maybe it's single moms, maybe it's drug addiction, maybe it's sex trafficking; whatever their specific concerns are, we've been lifting those concerns up." Read More

  • Redeeming your building to reach community

    by Mark Clifton, posted Thursday, May 21, 2015 (14 hours ago)

    Photo courtesy Community Baptist Church
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Legacy church planting isn't limited to churches

    at the very end of their lives. Many churches find themselves with buildings far larger than they need even as they struggle to impact their immediate community in a meaningful way.

    They love Jesus and the Gospel. They love lost people, but they can't seem to crack the missional code of the people who live around them. They aren't ready emotionally to turn over their ministry to another entity. Read More

  • 'God is with you wherever you go,' Akin tells grads

    by Staff/SEBTS communications, posted Thursday, May 21, 2015 (14 hours ago)

    Photo by Bailey Shoemaker
    WAKE FOREST, N.C. -- "Our God is a global God. He is always with those who are on mission with him," Daniel Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, said to the seminary's spring 2015 graduates.

    Southeastern's 61st graduating class included 274 graduates receiving 44 undergraduate, 197 graduate and 38 doctoral degrees. Read More

  • Jindal signs executive order for religious liberty

    by Philip Timothy & Brian Blackwell/Baptist Message, posted Wednesday, May 20, 2015 (yesterday)

    BATON ROUGE, La. (BP) -- Hours after a religious freedom bill was struck down in committee Tuesday (May 20), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal quickly signed an executive order that afternoon which appeared to capture the intent and much of the language of the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act. Read More

  • Pastors' wives need outside support

    by Erin Roach, posted Wednesday, May 20, 2015 (yesterday)

    BP file photo by Adam Covington
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Pastors' wives overall are happy with their roles, but it's imperative that they build a support network outside the church for seasons of conflict, a study of pastors' wives found.

    Amy Stumpf, professor of religion and society at California Baptist University in Riverside, Calif., and a pastor's wife herself, was stirred to study Southern Baptist pastors' wives after she read a Time magazine article lamenting the unique struggles of being married to a pastor. Read More