• Black history & the SBC: Need for more study noted

    by David Roach, posted Friday, February 24, 2017 (20 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Black History Month gives Americans a yearly spotlight on such key figures in U.S. history as Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King Jr.

    Few Southern Baptists, however, have considered key African American figures in SBC history like Garland Offutt, Emmanuel McCall and Fred Luter -- the first African Americans respectively to attend a Southern Baptist Convention seminary, serve on an SBC entity staff and be elected SBC president. Read More

  • Young leader initiative announced by EC & NAMB

    by Mike Ebert, posted Friday, February 24, 2017 (22 hours ago)

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- The SBC Executive Committee and North American Mission Board are launching a young leader initiative to better engage pastors between the ages of 25-45.

    The network's goal will be to provide a sense of brotherhood for those already participating in Southern Baptist life and find ways to engage those who are disconnected or minimally involved. Read More

  • Gene Fant elected as North Greenville's president

    by Butch Blume/South Carolina Baptist Courier, posted Friday, February 24, 2017 (yesterday)

    TIGERVILLE, S.C. (BP) -- Gene C. Fant Jr. has been named the eighth president of North Greenville University in Tigerville, S.C.

    Fant, 53, has served as provost and chief academic officer since 2014 at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was introduced as "God's man" for North Greenville by trustee chairman Bill Tyler at a Feb. 23 news conference at the NGU campus following a unanimous trustee vote. Read More

  • Post-flood ministry yields church's wave of baptisms

    by Brian Blackwell/Louisiana Baptist Message, posted Friday, February 24, 2017 (yesterday)

    WELSH, La. (BP) -- The waters may have receded several months ago but the excitement at First Baptist Church hasn't subsided.

    First came the rain to Welsh, La. -- nearly 24 inches in a 24-hour period during widespread flooding in the southern part of the state.

    Soon after, the congregation began ministering to those hurting in its own area, paving the way for a spiritual harvest. Not only have they seen 13 baptisms since the flood of August 2016 but attendance has not waned, reaching 100 on an average Sunday morning for worship. Read More

  • After the laughs & giggles, they learn God's Word

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Baptist and Reflector, posted Friday, February 24, 2017 (yesterday)

    GATLINBURG, Tenn. (BP) -- The youth of Roaring Fork Baptist Church are not unlike countless other teenagers participating in Youth Bible Drill, preparing for associational and state competitions later this spring.

    What sets the Roaring Fork youth apart from other groups is where they practice -- one of the bathrooms and showers at Camp Smoky, owned and operated by the Sevier County Association of Baptists in Tennessee. Read More

  • Planets' discovery said to incite misplaced hope

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, February 23, 2017 (yesterday)

    Rendering from NASA
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- At least some of scientists' enthusiasm over discovery of seven potentially habitable planets seems to reflect the misplaced hopes of a secular worldview.

    That is the assessment of a Union University physicist and a Gateway Seminary Old Testament professor following NASA's Feb. 22 announcement that astronomers have detected the first known system of seven Earth-sized planets rotating around a single star. Read More