SBC evangelism task force holds first meeting

How to increase Southern Baptists' passion for personal evangelism and encourage preachers to include evangelistic invitations in every sermon were among the topics discussed Aug. 14-15 at the first meeting of the SBC's task force on soul winning.

Tillerson's religious liberty stand draws praise

Southern Baptist and other religious freedom advocates praised Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's defense of religious freedom upon the release of an annual report Tuesday (Aug. 15).

Amid Charlottesville turmoil, Baptists active in outreach

As alternative-right white supremacists and others flooded Charlottesville, Va., to protest the removal of a confederate statue, Southern Baptists were already actively promoting racial harmony in the small community.
  • Market volatility: GuideStone offers tips, new fund

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017 (15 hours ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- As the U.S. stock market continues to eclipse all-time highs -- the S&P 500 Index has recorded 43 new all-time highs between November 8 and August 11 -- analysts with GuideStone Financial Resources caution that the markets may be set for a period of extended volatility.

    GuideStone also announced Tuesday (Aug. 15) they have launched a new fund that offers diversification aiming to address increased market volatility. Read More

  • Adoptee's first act of love: aiding his homeland

    by Lily Jameson, posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017 (15 hours ago)

    Photo by Micah Fries
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (BP) -- People huddled in blankets near Ha Tsolosa, Lesotho. The January rain drizzled around them, a sign the recent drought was ending. The lack of rain had lasted two years and had devastated crops so badly many villagers had run out of food.

    Soon, aid workers -- both foreign and local -- started unloading relief items including bags of mealie (corn meal), oil and beans from trucks.

    But one worker looked a little different to the crowd. Read More

  • Survey spotlights American views on sin

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, August 15, 2017 (yesterday)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- According to a study released today (Aug. 15), two-thirds of Americans (67 percent) say they are sinners. And most people apparently aren't too happy about it -- only 5 percent say they have no desire to mend their ways.

    As America becomes more secular, the idea of sin still rings true, said Scott McConnell, executive director of Nashville-based LifeWay Research.

    "Almost nobody wants to be a sinner," he said. Read More

  • Transgender debate focus of new book

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, August 15, 2017 (yesterday)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The transgender debate isn't really about a debate but about people, a Southern Baptist ethicist says in his new book on the controversial issue.

    The debate is about "precious people made in the image of God who are hurting, who are confused, who are angry, who are scared, who may have been told by their family that they are unwelcome," Andrew Walker writes in "God and the Transgender Debate."

    "It's about some people who are delighted with how culture has shifted when it comes to gender identity, and other people who are concerned about how culture has shifted." Read More