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Black Pastor Candidate Withdraws After Controversial Vote at SBC Megachurch
First Baptist Church of Naples, Florida, continues to investigate whether Marcus Hayes’s rejection was the result of racial prejudice or preexisting turmoil following its previous pastor’s departure.
Christian Giving Rebounds to Pre-Pandemic Levels
Most evangelical churches and ministries tightened budgets yet saw steady donations this spring.
Deadliest Winter Tornado in Decades Crumbles Baptist Campus
The twister destroyed four university buildings, damaged dozens of others, and injured seven students.
Why Southern Baptists’ Social Justice Spat Is Actually About the Sufficiency of Scripture
The Founders documentary trailer uncovers a larger disagreement over how to approach secular theories around race and gender.
Gen Z Evangelicals Still Express Their Faith at School, But Few Others Pay Attention
Teenage “nones” are less likely to notice Bible-reading, prayer, or evangelistic outreach in public schools.
The Next Mission Field Is a Game
Esports opens new opportunities for evangelism, even during a pandemic.
Fewer Southern Baptists Call Themselves ‘Southern Baptist’
SBC president J. D. Greear explains the uptick in an alternative name: Great Commission Baptists.
Two Years After Church Shooting, Sutherland Springs Pastor Runs for Office
The Texas Republican believes addressing the root causes of violence—like a disregard for life—will do more than gun control.
Religious Freedom Watchdog Concerned About Looming Oversight
Kristina Arriaga’s surprising resignation from the USCIRF reveals some broader disagreement about who has a voice in US efforts to address persecution abroad.
Southern Baptists Have Only 13 African American Career Missionaries. What Will It Take to Mobilize More?
The International Mission Board launches new efforts to address historic shortage.
Coronavirus Searches Lead Millions to Hear About Jesus
Tens of thousands have clicked to pray for salvation since the outbreak. Is the increase temporary or a harbinger of greater gospel witness online?
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Myanmar Christians Split Over Canadian Pastor Arrested for Violating COVID-19 Restrictions
With a disproportionate number of the majority-Buddhist nation's outbreaks linked to church gatherings, is it religious persecution to punish leaders of the minority faith?
Most US Pastors Speak Out in Response to George Floyd’s Death
Survey finds many still worry discussing race is “too political.”
Bible Reading Drops During Social Distancing
Daily engagement had already been declining, but worsened during the pandemic, according to the annual State of the Bible report.
Despite Racial Tensions, Black Southern Baptist Churches Still on the Rise
Recruitment efforts draw African American pastors to SBC missions efforts, though growth is slowing.
Jesus, Take the Control Wheel: Southwest Pilot Saw Flying as Ministry
Fellow Texas Baptists cheer on Tammie Jo Shults, who heroically landed Flight 1390 after engine failure.
Southwestern Distances Itself from Paige Patterson in Sex Abuse Lawsuit
He was the face of Southern Baptist seminary. Now the school keeps taking steps to separate from his legacy.
Southern Baptists Disfellowship Church Over Abuse for the First Time
But victim advocates say the denomination hasn’t gone far enough.
Controversy and Coronavirus Keep Church Plants Out of Schools
Church of the Highlands’s expulsion in Birmingham has some pastors worried about growing scrutiny.
What Pastors See as the ‘New Normal’ for Preaching After the Pandemic
COVID-19’s ministry disruptions are generating lasting insights.

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The Most Diverse Small Town in America Mourns Refugee Cuts
The Most Diverse Small Town in America Mourns Refugee Cuts
The election could determine the future of resettlement ministries in Clarkston, Georgia.

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