• Clerk loses, resists high court on marriage licenses

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, September 01, 2015 (7 hours ago)

    "This case is just another step along the sad road where erotic liberty trumps religious liberty.” -- Paul Chitwood
    MOREHEAD, Ky. (BP) -- A Kentucky county clerk not only lost at the U.S. Supreme Court Monday evening (Aug. 31) but now faces a likely contempt of court ruling for again refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

    Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis and her deputies turned away gay couples seeking marriage licenses Tuesday morning (Sept. 1) at their office in the eastern Kentucky town of Morehead. Their refusal came after the high court denied Davis’ request to ... Read More

  • Stress & ministry focus of new study

    by Lisa Cannon Green, posted Tuesday, September 01, 2015 (14 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Though pastors are stressed about money and overwhelming ministry demands, only one percent abandon the pulpit each year, LifeWay Research finds.

    LifeWay Research surveyed 1,500 pastors of evangelical and historically black churches and found an estimated 13 percent of senior pastors in 2005 had left the pastorate 10 years later for reasons other than death or retirement. The study, released today (Sept. 1), was gathered from a survey conducted March 5-18. Read More

  • Pastor appreciation opportunities available

    by Joe Conway, posted Tuesday, September 01, 2015 (15 hours ago)

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Imagine if pastors received the same support and accolades reserved for college football coaches. While many churches encourage their pastors well -- and some do an exemplary job -- many pastors feel closer to last year's fired head coach then the man with the post-game TV show.

    Enter pastor appreciation month in October. Pastors need demonstrated love and support, perhaps as much as any other vocation. The stresses of accepting spiritual responsibility for congregations are well-documented in Scripture by Paul and today ... Read More

  • Pioneer missionary doctor Wana Ann Fort dies

    by Laura Fielding , posted Tuesday, September 01, 2015 (16 hours ago)

    Photo courtesy of the Fort family
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Missionary doctor Wana Ann Gibson Fort, 91, died Aug. 31 in Baton Rouge, La.

    Fort and her husband, the late Milton "Giles" Fort Jr., served with the then-called Foreign Mission Board as pioneer missionary doctors at Sanyati Baptist Hospital in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). At this hospital, Fort and her husband helped launch a spiritual awakening through medical missions. Read More

  • NGU states expectations of administration, faculty

    by Baptist Courier Staff, posted Tuesday, September 01, 2015 (12 hours ago)

    TIGERVILLE, S.C. (BP) -- The chairperson of North Greenville University's board of trustees has issued a statement that school leaders "are expected to lead Christ-centered lives" and that current administrative staff and faculty members reflect the Baptist university's "legal, moral and ethical expectations" and are held to "the highest of standards."

    The written statement, which the university sent to The Baptist Courier by email Aug. 27, apparently was in response to a recently uploaded YouTube video titled "Epting ... Read More

  • 'War Room' 1st at box office opening night

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, August 31, 2015 (yesterday)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Kendrick Brothers' "War Room" opened in first place in box office sales on the single night of Aug. 28, but finished second to "Straight Outta Compton" over the entire opening weekend ending Aug. 30, Box Office Mojo reported.

    War Room, promoting the power of a disciplined prayer life, grossed $4.045 million on Aug. 28, averaging $3,564 on each of 1,135 screens. Straight Outta Compton, ... Read More