• S.C. Baptists prepare for 'marathon' of work

    by Butch Blume/The Baptist Courier , posted Monday, October 05, 2015 (19 hours ago)

    GREENVILLE, S.C. (BP) -- A South Carolina Baptist disaster relief official is predicting it will take years for the state to recover from the extensive flooding of the past two days.

    "This is much bigger than [the recovery from] Hurricane Hugo," said Randy Creamer, disaster relief coordinator for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Creamer said the flooding that has prompted 10 counties or municipalities to declare states of ... Read More

  • Floyd makes multi-language appeal to SBC St. Louis

    by Art Toalston, posted Monday, October 05, 2015 (22 hours ago)

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. (BP) -- Ronnie Floyd, in just over 3 and a half minutes, speaks volumes about ethnic inclusiveness within the Southern Baptist Convention.

    Floyd speaks in English and, through a translator's voice, in Spanish and Korean in a new video to invite Southern Baptists to the SBC annual meeting next June in St. Louis. Read More

  • Carolina floods draw Southern Bapt. response

    by Joe Conway, posted Monday, October 05, 2015 (21 hours ago)

    CNN screen grab
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Millennial floodwaters from Hurricane Joaquin covered much of Columbia, Charleston and other parts of South Carolina Oct. 3-4, killing as many as nine people, shutting down interstates and spurring scores of evacuations. With more rain and flash flooding expected today (Oct. 5), Southern Baptists are preparing to help.

    Up to four more inches of rain were forecast across the Carolinas, ... Read More

  • LGBT protestors spark news conf. at SBTS

    by S. Craig Sanders, posted Monday, October 05, 2015 (20 hours ago)

    SBTS photo by Emil Handke
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Reparative therapy is a "superficial" response to homosexual and transgender change and Christian ministers must instead call all people to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, said leaders of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors in Monday (Oct. 5) news conference. Read More

  • Faith-based schools face LGBT dilemmas

    by Wayne Stender/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, October 05, 2015 (21 hours ago)

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- In the months since the Supreme Court decided same-sex marriage should be legal throughout the United States, faith-based high schools have entered a new frontier. While some Christian schools are fighting to teach biblical views on sexuality, others have changed to fit in.

    More than a week ago, Lance Sanderson was sent home from his all-boys high school in Tennessee. He asked the administration ... Read More

  • Unchurched adults reached through VBS

    by Karen Pearce, posted Monday, October 05, 2015 (23 hours ago)

    Photo courtesy of United Baptist Church.
    RIVERTON, Wyo. (BP) -- Eighty-three kids coming to Vacation Bible School at United Baptist Church this year was not the highlight -- the pastor noted the real victory was the 42 adults that came on family night, 28 of whom had never been to a church before.

    "Our VBS doesn't focus on children or youth, but on family ministry," Dean Whitaker, pastor of United Baptist in Riverton, ... Read More