RICHMOND (LBM)—The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee has released data showing relatively stable Cooperative Program giving but a flagging Lottie Moon Christmas Offering that is trending toward a record single-year fall.
Comparing receipts from Oct. 2016 through March 2017 with totals for the same period a year ago, gifts through the Cooperative Program, Southern Baptists’ primary channel for funding all national causes, are down less than one percent, or about $967,597 below last year. Continue reading
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There are times in life we need to get things in order. Just as this is true about life personally, it can be true about our family of Southern Baptist churches. I am reminded of the words found in Titus 1:5, “This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order.”
There are times we need to get things in order in our churches. But there are also times we need to get things in order where it really counts – in our own relationship with God. At times, we come to realize that we are not living by the grace of God as He wills; therefore, we must get things back in order. There is always a tendency to have a poor attitude or negative behavior. Neither are beneficial to us personally, each other, or to God. We must get things in order. Continue reading
Editor’s Note:This article originally appeared at the Capstone Report and is used by permission.
The denominational swamp of the Southern Baptist Convention is as messy as anything in Washington, DC. Ken Barbic, the chairman of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention, is a lobbyist with an organization promoting comprehensive immigration reform. It sparks the question: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who watches the watchers? Continue reading