As families across the nation prepare their Thanksgiving Day dinners, victims of Hurricane Sandy can be thankful for the more than 1.2 million meals that have been served to them by Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers since the storm hit.
In all, over 1,200 SBDR volunteers from 34 states and Canada have responded to provide disaster relief following the superstorm that ravaged the East Coast, the North American Mission Board (NAMB) reports in a disaster relief update on its website. These volunteers have also reported that 56 people have made professions of faith in Jesus Christ as a result of the organization's work.
But victims of the storm aren't the only ones who are glad the SBDR team is lending a helping hand. more >>
One of the most frequently asked questions in the church is whether babies and small children who die go to heaven. Some leading Southern Baptist theologians confidently believe they do.
Drs. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., and Daniel Akin wrote an article over a decade ago addressing the question of an infant's salvation. That article has been reposted several times since, including Tuesday, due to its popularity and the continuing debate.
The dominant view of the Church today, they say, is that babies and small children who die will be with God in heaven. more >>
On Monday, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention began accepting candidate nominations for its new commission president as it prepares for the retirement of long-time president Richard Land next fall.
Land has served as the president of the organization for several decades, but in July he announced his plans to retire on Oct. 23, 2013 – his 25th anniversary with the ERLC. Within a month of the announcement the organization had assembled a committee, led by chairman Barry Creamer, to find Land's replacement.
"He has been widely recognized as one of the leading public voices among evangelicals during his presidency. While there is no other Dr. Richard Land, there will be a next president of the ERLC, and needless to say, the expectations for that person are extremely high," said Creamer, who serves as the vice president of academic affairs at Criswell College in Dallas, Texas, on the ERLC website. more >>
Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family and Family Talk, was honored with the Board of Trustees Distinguished Service Award from the Baptist-affiliated Louisiana College.
Dobson was given the College's highest award, as well as an honorary doctorate of letters, in a ceremony held on Thursday as part of the College's Founder's Day.
Dr. Joe W. Aguillard, president of Louisiana College, told The Christian Post that Dobson received such honors because he is a "true national treasure." more >>
A city in Georgia has told a local church to remove a couple banners, saying that the use of such displays is in violation of an ordinance regarding signs.
The City of Oakwood informed West Hall Baptist Church that the banners placed on its property that gave the church's name and times for worship were not in compliance with the Code of Ordinances.
Dr. Mike Reynolds, pastor at West Hall Baptist, told The Christian Post that the banners were put on display last year, well before the recent complaints were made by Oakwood officials. more >>
Evangelical Christians have launched a civil debate on their opposing views on evolution and its compatibility with Scripture. Rather than a "tit-for-tat" exchange, they sought to start something more "charitable" and "respectful" in the science and faith discussion.
The online debate – or what The BioLogos Foundation is calling a "charitable dialogue" – began earlier this year when Southern Baptist scholars were given the opportunity to express some of their concerns to BioLogos regarding the organization's approach to Scripture, interpretation of the first book of Genesis and the status of Adam, among other things.
Seven professors from Southern Baptist seminaries are outlining their concerns with theistic evolution or evolutionary creationism. more >>