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While many individuals are held in high esteem in our denomination, Southern Baptists have only one saint and her name is Lottie Moon. Of course, we don’t refer to her as “Saint Lottie,” but the legend that has arisen around her life story qualifies Lottie Moon for the highest regard in Baptist life. After all, […] Read More

The Crystal Cathedral is pulling its 40-year “Hour of Power” program from eight of its 45 domestic markets in an attempt to avoid financial collapse. From 2008 to 2009, the church saw a 27 percent drop in revenue, which amounts to about $8 million, church spokesman Mike Nason told The Associated Press.   Church leaders are […] Read More

The Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board has censured a trustee for writing about trustee business in a Web log that board leaders said reflected poorly on fellow board members and violated a policy requiring trustees to speak only in “positive and supportive” terms about actions of the board. A motion passed in executive session […] Read More

The Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board has censured a trustee for writing about trustee business in a Web log that board leaders said reflected poorly on fellow board members and violated a policy requiring trustees to speak only in “positive and supportive” terms about actions of the board. A motion passed in executive session […] Read More

Years after interfaith leaders criticized the Southern Baptist Convention for producing prayer guides targeting adherents of other religions for conversion, the denomination’s International Mission Board continues to produce on-line resources capitalizing on what missionaries view as errors in other faiths. A “Praying for Muslims” guide entreats God to “reveal yourself and your Son, Jesus Christ, […] Read More

The Southern Baptist Convention on Tuesday previewed new fault lines developing between factions for exclusivity and accommodation in America’s largest Protestant religious body. Tuesday night messengers in San Antonio, Texas, debated whether to allow trustee boards to adjudicate doctrines left unsettled by the 2000 Baptist Faith & Message. “If the Baptist Faith & Message is […] Read More

Half of Southern Baptist pastors believe God gifts some people with a “private prayer language,” according to poll results released Friday by LifeWay Christian Resources, fueling a minor controversy ongoing on Baptist blogs for a year and a half. The Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board approved a policy in November 2005 to no longer […] Read More

The Southern Baptist Convention Tuesday evening turned down a request by an International Mission Board trustee for an outside investigation to determine sources of controversy dividing IMB trustees. Wade Burleson, a trustee from <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Oklahoma elected last year to the IMB, made a motion during the convention’s opening session to […] Read More

GREENSBORO, N.C.–A Texas pastor has offered to produce evidence of efforts to collect information on political enemies if the Southern Baptist Convention decides this week to investigate causes of controversy that has beset the International Mission Board. Benjamin S. Cole, pastor of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />ParkviewBaptistChurch in Arlington, Texas, said Thursday […] Read More

A trustee accused of sowing discord by blogging about disagreement with new International Mission Board policies on baptism and private prayer language and caucusing by fellow trustees opposed to the agency’s president is calling for an outside investigation into the conflict. Wade Burleson, pastor of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />EmmanuelBaptistChurch in Enid, […] Read More