Of the six billion people who are living in the world today, fewer than 20 percent know Jesus Christ as their savior, according to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), which is motivating its member churches to take on the 1% Challenge to increase giving to the Cooperative Program.
Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, first initiated the SBC's 1% Challenge to its 45,000 member churches two years ago.
Since that time, 15 percent of Southern Baptist churches either have adopted the program, or are seriously considering adopting the 1 percent-of-budget increase in Cooperative Program giving. more >>
The Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention has passed a resolution urging the Boy Scouts of America's leadership to not change their policy banning openly gay members.
SBC leadership unanimously approved the resolution Tuesday as the BSA continues to mull over the possibility of changing its controversial national policy.
"… we call on and urge the representatives of the approximately 1,400 voting members of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America courageously to stand strong on their moral convictions and vote to reject the proposed resolution from the national Scouting leaders, retaining the current policy of moral rectitude that has marked the Boy Scouts of America for more than one hundred years," reads the resolution. more >>
Pastors and church leaders have to deal with ethical issues every day, but what is Christian ethics, and how can they sharpen their sense of ethics? Theologian Russell D. Moore offers answers to these frequently asked questions in an interview.
Most people have a limited understanding of ethics, as they think it either involves personal, moral choices alone or has to do with politics, said Moore, dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice President for Academic Administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, during an interview with David Mathis of Desiring God ministry.
These two things are included in ethics in Christian understanding, but that's not the entirety of it, said Moore in the video interview posted on the ministry's website. more >>
Churches across the nation are preparing for Scout Sunday celebrations as they await the Boy Scouts of America's decision on whether or not it will allow openly gay members and leaders.
"Scout Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate the anniversary of the beginning of the Scouting program and for the Scouting family to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting," Deron Smith, BSA's Director of Public Relations, told The Christian Post in an emailed statement on Friday. "We encourage our chartered organizations and members to commemorate this date and Scouting's commitment to 'Duty to God.'"
The BSA's National Executive Board is scheduled to meet Monday, Feb. 4, through Wednesday, Feb. 6, and will likely vote on whether or not to allow gay members and leaders into the organization at that time. BSA officials told CP earlier this week that the ban on gay members will likely be overturned. more >>
As the Boy Scouts of America mull over changing their national policy regarding sexual orientation in leadership, some are looking toward a different youth volunteer group as an alternative.
Royal Ambassadors, a Southern Baptist missions organization for boys in grades 1-6 founded in 1908 by the Women's Missionary Union, may be where some parents decide to put their sons should BSA change its policy banning openly gay troop leaders.
Julie Walters, corporate communications team leader for WMU, told The Christian Post about the fundamental goals of the Royal Ambassadors. "Royal Ambassadors is a Southern Baptist missions organization for boys. As such, RA leaders are members of Southern Baptist churches who are committed to providing a godly example and are expected to work in cooperation with other ministry leaders of the church," said Walters. more >>
The Southern Baptist Convention expressed extreme disappointment Monday to news that the Boy Scouts of America will likely approve admission of professed homosexuals as scout leaders, with officials close to the SBC predicting a mass exodus out of Scouting by Baptist churches.
A vote on the matter by BSA is planned during an executive meeting in Irving, Texas, the first week of February.
"This is a catastrophic decision for the Boy Scouts of America. In order to placate their East and West Coast appendages, they are tearing out the heart of their Midwest and Southern support. This decision will lead to a mass exodus of traditional, orthodox Christianity from the Boy Scouts, including thousands of Catholic, Baptist and other traditional faith congregations," Dr. Richard Land, speaking in his role as head of SBC's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, told The Christian Post. more >>