Transgender debate focus of new book

The transgender debate isn't really about a debate but about people, a Southern Baptist ethicist says in his new book -- "God and the Transgender Debate" -- on the controversial issue.

Special ops good prep for bivocational pastor

Retired Army Maj. Tim Morgan spent 24 years as a soldier serving his country. Now he's focused on serving others as a bivocational pastor.

SBC staffers serve on World Changers mission team

A group of Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee staff members participated in 2017 World Changers youth mission projects that combined Gospel conversations with service projects at 712 sites nationwide.
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    Market volatility: GuideStone offers tips, new fund

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017 (an hour 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

  • At Annapolis, he pastors military & civilian staff

    by Tyler Sanders, posted Tuesday, August 15, 2017 (yesterday)

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (BP) -- Bart Physioc, the new civilian pastor of the U.S. Naval Academy chapel, is filling the gap for busy Navy chaplains who need help ministering to an entire congregation.

    Physioc fills a unique position in a congregation that encompasses active duty and retired military, civilians and staff. Because Navy chaplains have responsibilities that limit their ability to pastor the whole church, Physioc helps cover visitations and ministers to and disciples the members. Physioc is a 1983 and 1988 alumnus of Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention. Read More

  • Survey spotlights American views on sin

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, August 15, 2017 (22 hours ago)

    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

  • When white supremacists come to town

    by Christine Hoover, posted Monday, August 14, 2017 (yesterday)

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    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (BP) -- I live in Charlottesville, Va. You may have heard of it.

    You may have seen my city on the news or on your Twitter feed after several white nationalist and white supremacist groups converged on our downtown park to protest the potential removal of a Robert E. Lee statue.

    You likely have seen the images of confederate flags and swastikas, protesters and counter-protesters, fist fights and arrests, and videos of carnage. I have watched ... Read More