The Southern Baptist Convention, hoping for both a dramatic and unifying agent for change, announced Wednesday the election of 36-year-old pastor and Radical ministry founder David Platt as president of its International Mission Board.
"I believe Southern Baptists want to come together for the spread of the Gospel," said Platt, who leads a movement called Radical that is devoted to platforming and disseminating disciple-making resources, so that the Gospel "might be made known to the ends of the earth."
"I'm living and leading for the day when the IMB is needed no more because there are no more unreached people groups," Platt. senior pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama, said during a telephone conference for the press on Wednesday. "I want to trumpet the Great Commission, disciples made, God glorified here, and God glorified among unreached people around the world. I am exhilarated about the possibilities ahead." more >>
Christian couples should marry sooner, an ethicist and a pastor with the largest Protestant denomination in the United States argue.
Andrew Walker, director of policy studies for the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and Jon Akin, senior pastor of Fairview Church in Lebanon, Tennessee, made the argument in a column for the Baptist Press earlier this week. While not advocating a specific age for marriage and noting the diverse situations for people, young people should still look toward marriage sooner, they said.
"We do not advocate a specific age; rather, we believe that young people should make themselves 'marry-able' younger," wrote Walker and Akin. more >>
Dr. Willie Parker is a Harvard educated ex-medical director for Planned Parenthood who insists that he performs abortions because he is a Christian. Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, however, finds his theology of ending a life in the name of Jesus "disturbing."
Parker, a Washington, D.C.-based late-term abortionist is one of just two doctors who conducts abortions at the Jackson Women's Health Organization in Mississippi. It is the last remaining abortion clinic in the state and Parker has recently become the face of a fight to keep it open.
Last month he testified in support of a bill called the Women's Health Protection Act, introduced by Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The legislation would make it more difficult for states to regulate abortion clinics. During his testimony, Parker said he believes that Mississippi is on the frontline of a war against abortion in the United States. more >>
Braxton Caner, the 15-year-old son of apologist and Baptist college President Ergun Caner, has apparently committed suicide.
News of the tragedy spread Tuesday evening via Twitter and other social media outlets.
Caner is the president of Brewton-Parker College, an Evangelical college affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention in Mount Vernon, Georgia. He previously served as president of Arlington Baptist College in Texas and dean of the Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. more >>
A new documentary, "When God Left the Building," slated for release in August, will examine the decline of the American church and the overall deteriorating spiritual condition of the United States.
Thom Schultz, director and president of Group Publishing, set out to examine the fall of several churches and found that in addition to internal issues, external cultural factors are playing a part in the decay of the church.
"The American church as we know it is dying," said Schultz in a statement. "What was once the heart and soul of the community is going away. The majority of churches across the country are either stuck or in a state of decline …" more >>
A congregation in Alabama has recently hosted a "Spa Day" for the homeless men in their neighborhood.
Government Street Baptist Church of Mobile held a luncheon for the men that included special treatment such as haircuts and showers last Saturday. The Inaugural Spa Day was organized by the Men's Ministry at Government Street Baptist and garnered local media attention.
"We want to let them know that we love them and that God loves them, and our city is a city that wants to care for people like this," said Government Street Baptist Senior Pastor Charles Brown. more >>