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The Secret’s Out #2: Churches Mum About LGBTQ Affirmation

By Merianna Harrelson | July 19, 2019

Even churches on the progressive end of the Baptist spectrum, who are open to the LGBTQ community being members, still prefer that their welcoming stance and support of same-sex marriage aren’t too widely broadcast.

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Dimitrina (Didi) Oprenova, minister of Sofia Baptist Church in Bulgaria and vice president of the Baptist World Alliance, is interviewed by executive director Mitch Randall about living out Galatians 3:28.

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Judgment and Hell Houses

By Sarah Griffith | October 10, 2000

Judgment Houses and Hell Houses are considered by some churches to be “evangelistic tools” combating traditional Halloween haunted houses. “[Hell] is the ultimate haunted house, which is where [visitors] will spend eternity if they do not accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior,” read the Calvary Baptist Church Web site in Clearwater, Fla. “Judgement House […]

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Assets of SBC Mission Boards and Seminaries Exceed $1 Billion Mark

By Staff | October 3, 2000

The Southern Baptist Convention’s two mission boards and six seminaries have over $1 billion dollars in investments, cash, property and equipment. The assets of the International Mission Board (IMB), North American Mission Board (NAMB) and six seminaries total over $1,016,000,000, according to the Baptist Center for Ethics’ conservative calculation of the figures reported in the […]

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International Mission Board’s Investments Almost $400 Million

By Staff | October 3, 2000

The International Mission Board had investments approaching the $400 million mark in 1998, not including most real estate holdings and equipment. A two-page document entitled “Financial Reserves” disclosed that the IMB held investments of $382 million as of December 31,1998. “The IMB’s balance sheet shows total cash and investments of $382,488,000,” the document read. IMB’s […]

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Baptist Faith and Message Becomes Litmus Test for Leadership and Employment in Southern Baptist Life

By Robert Parham | October 2, 2000

The new Baptist Faith and Message statement is fast becoming a litmus test for leadership and employment in Southern Baptist life. John Sullivan, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, said, “If you’re going to participate in the trustee life of the Florida Baptist Convention, it [the BF&M] is the framework of 2000,” according to […]

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Lieberman Gives 3 Percent to Charity; Other Candidates Give Less

By Robert Parham | September 27, 2000

Democratic vice-presidential nominee Joseph Lieberman donated 3 percent of his income to charity on average over a ten-year period, according to articles in the Washington Post and New York Times. In 1990, the senator and his wife, Hadassah, reported an income of $103,492 and gave $2,932 (less than 3 percent) to charity.  In 1999, they […]

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