Month: March 2022

SBC DIGEST: Pastors urged to participate in compensation study; Mission:Dignity bonuses in Alabama, Florida

Pastors encouraged to participate in biennial church compensation survey By GuideStone Staff DALLAS (BP) – GuideStone, Lifeway Research and Baptist state conventions have again teamed up for the SBC Church Compensation Survey. Normally a biennial survey, the 2020 survey was canceled due to the pandemic; it was last conducted in 2018. Pastors and church employees…

Southern Baptist leaders welcome anti-lynching law

Southern Baptist leaders welcome anti-lynching law

WASHINGTON (BP) – Southern Baptist leaders commended the enactment of an anti-lynching law that required more than 120 years of legislative efforts before succeeding. In a ceremony March 29 at the White House, President Biden signed the Emmett Till Anti-lynching Act, which classifies lynching as a federal hate crime. Under the measure, a person found…

FIRST-PERSON: The importance of the first African American leading an SBC entity

FIRST-PERSON: The importance of the first African American leading an SBC entity

NASHVILLE (BP) – The people of God should delight in the different colors that make up the human race. Each shade is a reflection of the Creator’s beauty and creativity. Shamefully, we have often turned a point of celebration into one of contention. The Southern Baptist Convention is no exception. As we reckon with the…

2021’s most popular worship songs, sermon topics revealed

2021’s most popular worship songs, sermon topics revealed

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (BP) – “Build My Life,” Pat Barrett’s passionate proclamation of holiness and righteousness, was the top worship song of 2021, church technology company Faithlife said in its annual report March 30. Concurrently, sermons focused mostly on God, Jesus, love, power, faith and glory, while the top trending Bible passage was Ephesians 3:14-21, exploring…

Bible Study: Set apart in a world of sin

NASHVILLE (BP) – This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with Lifeway Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, Lifeway publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups. This week’s Bible study is adapted from The Gospel Project curriculum. Bible Passage:…

Inside-out: when college students and a country church defy the odds

Inside-out: when college students and a country church defy the odds

ATHENS, Ga. (BP) – Try to make a judgement on Cleveland Road Baptist Church from its exterior. Look at its brick façade from 30-plus years ago and tall, classic steeple. Drive around from the road that bears its name and see the parsonage in back, all of it surrounded by a forest of pine, magnolia,…

Nathan Finn, provost at North Greenville, to be nominated for SBC recording secretary

Nathan Finn, provost at North Greenville, to be nominated for SBC recording secretary

FARMERSVILLE, Texas (BP) – Texas pastor Bart Barber announced Wednesday (Mar. 30) he will nominate Nathan Finn, current provost at North Greenville University, for the position of SBC recording secretary at the upcoming 2022 SBC Annual Meeting in Anaheim, Calif. Finn is the second announced candidate, along with Javier Chavez, for the opening created last…

Libyan Church Seeks to Appeal Court Eviction Notice

03/31/2022 Libya (International Christian Concern) – After a February 15 court hearing, the Union Church in Tripoli received official court orders to vacate and be evicted from their place of worship. For 51 years, the Union Church and three other Protestant multi-national churches have utilized the building for worship gatherings, according to Middle East Concern. The…

Exclusive—Michael Savage Turns 80: Radio Legend Reflects on Career, Family, and Achieving the American Dream

Conservative radio talk show legend and #1 New York Times best-selling author Michael Savage reflects on his over two-decade media career and opens up about what it’s like to have achieved the American dream—from being the son of a Russian immigrant to becoming one of America’s most influential political voices.

Troops Kill Abu Sayyaf Leader in Southern Philippines

03/31/2022 Philippines (International Christian Concern) – Filipino military forces killed a top-ranking Abu Sayyaf Group leader during a gunfight on March 25. The leader, named Radzmill Jannatul, was killed in a clash with members of the elite Scout Rangers in the village of Baiwas on the southern island of Basilan.    Brig. Gen. Domingo Gobway told…