Still teaching at 95, Jimmy Carter draws devotees to church

U.S. 11/11/19, 01:16

The pilgrims arrive early and from all over, gathering hours before daybreak in an old pecan grove that surrounds a country church. They come, they say, for a dose of simple decency and devotion wrapped up in a Bible lesson. The teacher is the 39th president of the United States, Jimmy ...

Southern Baptists see 12th year of declining membership

U.S. 05/23/19, 15:54

The nation's largest Protestant denomination reported its twelfth year of declining membership in an annual report released Thursday.The Southern Baptist Convention said it had 14.8 million members in 2018, down about 192,000 from the previous year. Baptisms also declined by about 7,600 to 246,442. That's an important measure for a ...

Windows honoring Baptist leader in Texas removed from chapel

Texas 05/15/19, 14:04

Stained-glass windows honoring some religious leaders who helped shift the Southern Baptist Convention to a more conservative stance have been removed from a North Texas chapel.The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Wednesday that the windows featured dismissed Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson . He was fired last May amid ...

Donations for burned black churches up after Notre Dame fire

Europe 04/16/19, 18:58

A crowdfunding campaign for three African American churches in Louisiana recently gutted by arson was climbing Tuesday after social media posts urging the public not to forget the plight of the small houses of worship as the eyes of the world were on the fire-ravaged Notre Dame cathedral in Paris."As ...

Update: Suspect in church fires identified as white man

U.S. 04/11/19, 10:07

The Latest on fires at black churches in Louisiana. (all times local):10:05 a.m.The suspect arrested in a string of fires at historically black churches in southern Louisiana has been identified as a 21-year-old white man.FILE - In this April 4, 2019 file photo, firefighters and fire investigators respond to a ...

Suspect arrested in ‘suspicious’ fires at black churches

U.S. 04/11/19, 09:23

Each church catered to an African American congregation. Each graced a rustic, country setting. Each fronted a small cemetery. And each is now a charred disaster scene, the result of three conflagrations that brought echoes of civil rights-era violence to Opelousas, a city of about 16,000 people in rural St. ...

Arkansas pastor to lead Southern Baptist executive committee

U.S. 04/02/19, 21:49

Arkansas Pastor Ronnie Floyd has been elected president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention's executive committee after the man previously in the role resigned due to an inappropriate relationship. The committee elected Floyd at a meeting Tuesday in Dallas. His previous SBC leadership roles include being SBC president from 2014 ...

Town ravaged by tornado prays at church that sheltered many

U.S. 03/10/19, 15:23

The pastor of a church that became a center for shelter, help and grieving when a tornado killed 23 people in eastern Alabama said in his first Sunday service after the storm that the Lord has reached out his hand to the community. Imperfect things like tornadoes and other tragedies happen ...

23 tornado deaths ‘gut wrenching’ in tiny Alabama community

U.S. 03/07/19, 06:38

With nearly two dozen people killed in a tornado outbreak that shattered a rural community in east Alabama, notifying the families of the dead was a huge, gut-wrenching task, done in the privacy of a country church. Pastor Rusty Sowell, with the county coroner behind him, would put his hand on ...

Southern Baptist group clears churches of mishandling abuse

U.S. 02/26/19, 16:09

Southern Baptist officials have cleared seven churches accused of covering up sexual abuse just days after a top leader called for greater scrutiny following a joint newspaper investigation that revealed allegations of rampant sexual misconduct within the largest coalition of Baptist churches in the country.Only three churches should be at ...

Southern Baptist president calls for action on sexual abuse

U.S. 02/18/19, 22:58

The president of the Southern Baptist Convention says the denomination must act to fight sexual abuse. Pastor J.D. Greear was speaking to the denomination's governing body on Monday to report on the progress of an advisory group on sexual abuse. The comments also come a week after two Texas newspapers published ...

Southern Baptist leader sorry he supported accused pastor

U.S. 02/15/19, 18:35

A prominent leader in the Southern Baptist Convention said he was wrong to support a Kentucky pastor accused of covering up sex abuse.The Rev. Albert Mohler first addressed the issue Thursday in an interview with the Houston Chronicle . Earlier this week, that paper and the San Antonio Express-News published ...

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