• Okla. Baptist DR helps tornado victims

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, March 27, 2015 (9 hours ago)

    Photo by Bob Nigh
    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (BP) -- Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers began preparing meals, clearing debris and repairing damaged homes today (March 27) after tornadoes swept across central and northeastern Oklahoma just two days earlier, killing at least one person. Read More

  • ERLC summit: Reconciliation is Gospel imperative

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, March 27, 2015 (8 hours ago)

    Photo by Alli Rader
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Gospel of Jesus is the solution to America's racial divisions, speakers said on the opening day of a Southern Baptist-sponsored leadership summit.

    Black, white and Hispanic pastors and leaders addressed the issue of racial reconciliation Thursday (March 26) at the event conducted by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) in Nashville. The summit -– titled "The Gospel and Racial Reconciliation" –- will conclude Friday night. Read More

  • Measuring church planting success

    by Kevin Ezell, posted Friday, March 27, 2015 (12 hours ago)

    NAMB photo
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Recently the North American Mission Board shared good news that Southern Baptist church plants were up 5 percent in 2014. We still have a lot of catching up to do because our church planting efforts lost pace with population growth decades ago, but hopefully last year's increase will begin a new trend.

    In addition to starting more churches, we must pay close attention to the health of these new congregations. Do they have staying power? Are they reaching people for Christ? Do they give to missions causes? In short, are they having an impact? We cannot and will not sacrifice quality for the sake of quantity. Read More

  • ERLC announces 'Gospel for Life' book series

    by Staff, posted Friday, March 27, 2015 (8 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission announced Thursday (March 26) in a news release its plan to publish the "Gospel for Life" book series through a partnership with B&H Publishing Group. Read More

  • 'Right in the middle of the store ...'

    by Patricia James, posted Friday, March 27, 2015 (8 hours ago)

    FORT WORTH, TEXAS (BP) -- While straightening the shelves at our LifeWay Christian Store in Fort Worth one day during the winter, I looked up and saw a lady in the Bible section who looked completely lost. I went over to her and asked if I could help.

    Asking some additional questions, I learned she wanted a Bible but had never read one before or even been to church. She was starting from square one. Read More