A Southern Baptist congregation within walking distance to the gay nightclub where at least 49 people were killed early Sunday morning is among many in the community helping victims and their families.
Delaney Baptist Church Pastor Troy Peeples, who lives in a mission house about two blocks from the Pulse nightclub, told The Christian Post "I heard the helicopters flying over the house about 5 a.m. Sunday. At first, I thought it was the medical helicopter flying over from Orlando Regional, but soon learned the details through the local news coverage."
The shooter, 29-year-old Omar Mateen, entered the Pulse nightclub around 2 a.m. Sunday and killed 49 people and wounded over 50 others before being shot dead by police. more >>
A nominee for the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention who is not expected to be elected has stated that he is in the race because its "the right thing to do."
David Crosby, pastor of First Baptist Church of New Orleans, was nominated by former SBC President Fred Luter back in March.
The other two nominees are Pastor Steve Gaines of the Memphis, Tennessee-based Bellevue Baptist Church and J.D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina. more >>
Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention wrote a rebuttal to a Baptist editor's claim that Muslim Americans do not have religious liberty.
A recent editorial from a Georgia-based Christian publication claimed that Islam did not qualify for religious freedom, arguing that it is not a religion as much as it is an extremist political movement.
In a blog entry published Wednesday, Moore countered that standing up for the religious freedom of non-Christians was in perfect harmony with sound Christian theology. more >>
LifeWay Christian Resources announced Wednesday that the removal of a large bronze statue of the Rev. Billy Graham from its Tennessee headquarters to its new home at Ridgecrest Baptist Conference Center in North Carolina has been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances.
In an "editor's note" on LifeWay's newsroom page, the organization explained: "LifeWay has delayed the removal of the Billy Graham statue because it was attached to the ground differently than expected. A new date has not yet been set," read the note.
In April 2006, the Graham statue was unveiled at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina. more >>
The United States' largest Protestant denomination lost approximately 204,000 members in 2015, according to recently released statistics.
LifeWay Christian Resources released the Annual Church Profile statistics Tuesday, which tracked among other things the SBC's total membership, worship attendance, and number of congregations.
Total membership in the SBC in 2015 was approximately 15.294 million, which is a decrease from the approximately 15.499 million reported in 2014. This represents a 1.32 percent decrease. more >>
A repentant Baylor University administration signaled an intention to refocus on the school's Christian identity among other things Thursday when they announced the demotion of rock star president, Ken Starr, amid the fallout from an explosive rape scandal at the world's largest Baptist university.
"The role of training, education and engagement of the entire Baylor community is vital to the successful transformation of our campus culture. A renewed emphasis on our faith commitment will permeate the work we do in this area over the coming months and years," Baylor's Board of Regents said in a statement.
"Additional focus will be given to establishing expectations for student organizations and interest groups as well as greater community engagement within campus residence halls….The University will evaluate the climate on campus and undertake a more concerted effort to openly discuss prevention of and response to interpersonal violence," the board further noted. more >>