Bad statistics

Sermon illustrations often rely on bad stats

People like statistics that reinforce their beliefs. But using bad statistics in a sermon can undermine a leader’s credibility.

True Love Waits

LifeWay relaunches sexual purity program

Twenty years after launching the first virginity-pledge program, LifeWay Christian Resources is retooling its famous True Love Waits sexual abstinence commitment with a video-driven Bible study on sexual purity.

2013: The year in Baptist news

2013: The year in Baptist news

A changing of the guard both in moderate Baptist life and the Southern Baptist Convention’s public policy agency, challenges to Obamacare and the 200th anniversary of Baptist missions in the U.S. topped Baptist newsmakers in 2013.

Baptist Briefs

Baptist Briefs: William Hull dies at 83

New Testament scholar and theologian William Hull died Dec. 10 following a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He was 83. 

Stay in Glorieta suit

Court has jurisdiction, papers filed in Glorieta suit assert

UPDATED: An Arkansas couple suing Southern Baptist Convention officials in federal court claim secular courts have jurisdiction over the internal workings of a church when it involves property disputes or misuse of its articles of incorporation.

Baptist Briefs

Baptist Briefs: Mercer prof to rebuild Liberian seminary

Mercer University professor Richard Wilson will lead the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary in 2014, a position that will require him to rebuild the infrastructure, faculty and image of the war-torn institution. 

Online volunteer map

Online map shows mission needs to volunteers

A new online volunteer map by the SBC's North American Mission Board is designed to help meet needs in areas where the majority of churches are small and pastored by bivocational leaders.

Stephenville crusade extended

Stephenville crusade extended as Spirit continued to move

When a recent evangelistic crusade at First Baptist Church in Stephenville approached its scheduled conclusion, church leaders had no desire to let the calendar overrule what they saw as “a mighty work of the Holy Spirit.”

Advocacy can unite Baptists

Reeves: Advocacy can unite Baptists

Baptists of different stripes can multiply their influence and foster reconciliation through advocacy in the public square, the former public policy director for the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission told the recent New Baptist Covenant Summit in Atlanta.


Aid, human rights advocacy bolster Baptist witness

Aid and advocacy create a positive witness for Baptists globally, leaders of the Baptist World Alliance noted.

Orphan rethink

Orphan study transforms implementers

Participants in the Journeys of Faith project are learning to rethink their beliefs about orphan care, especially in far-flung lands where orphanages have been the go-to solution.

Glorieta hearing

Hearing held in Glorieta lawsuit

At the plaintiff's request, a federal judge in New Mexico removed 113 individual trustees and employees of LifeWay Christian Resources and the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee from a lawsuit challenging the recent sale of Glorieta Conference Center.

global minorities

Bible Belt Baptists can learn from Baptist minorities overseas

Baptists in places like the United States’ Bible Belt, where Christianity is the norm, can learn lessons from Baptist minorities in other parts of the world, Baptist World Alliance leaders insist.

New Baptist Covenant

New Baptist Covenant enters work phase

The New Baptist Covenant is exploring ways to cross boundaries of identity, doctrine and ethnicity to collaborate in community service.

Baptist Briefs

Baptist Briefs: Immigration reform

SBC agency chief meets with Obama; BWA leader advocates Christian unity.

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