• BP's top stories of 2014

    by Staff, posted Monday, December 22, 2014 (7 hours ago)

    Photo by Victor Miller
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Racial tension, Ebola, ISIS terrorists, Houston pastors subpoenaed, midterm elections and Ice Bucket Challenge are just a few of the topics that may come to mind while reflecting back on 2014. In addition to those, the announcement of pastor David Platt as president of the International Mission Board was among the top stories of the year on Baptist Press' website. Read More

  • WRAP-UP: 23 states strengthen global missions

    by Tammi Reed Ledbetter, posted Monday, December 22, 2014 (12 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Twenty-three state conventions have increased the portion of Cooperative Program receipts forwarded to Southern Baptist Convention missions and ministries in moving toward the goal of a 50/50 allocation between in-state and SBC causes, continuing an upward trend spanning several years. Read More

  • States embrace religious liberty, spiritual awakening

    by Tammi Reed Ledbetter, posted Monday, December 22, 2014 (13 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Still alarmed by subpoenas of sermons and correspondence for pastors who opposed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, resolutions on religious liberty and free speech were passed in more than a dozen state Baptist convention meetings this fall. Read More

  • AT THE MOVIES: 'Unbroken' misses story

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Monday, December 22, 2014 (8 hours ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP) -- Many of the top films of 2014 did their best to promote secular significance while avoiding a spiritual component found in the greatest films of years past.

    Successes including "It's a Wonderful Life," "Dead Man Walking," "Schindler's List," "Places in the Heart," and "Tender Mercies" are works of art, both nurturing and entertaining. There were some good films this year, but no enduring classics. Read More

  • J.T. Elliff, 'consumate mentor,' dies at 97

    by Art Toalston, posted Monday, December 22, 2014 (6 hours ago)

    MOORE, Okla. (BP) -- J.T. Elliff, father of Southern Baptist leaders Tom, Bill and Jim Elliff and Sandy Smith who is married to evangelist Bailey Smith, died Dec. 12 in Moore, Okla. He was 97.

    Tom Elliff, immediate past president of the International Mission Board, recounted in a blog that day, "Just before my father's bodily tent was unstaked from the bed and transported out of the room, we sang his favorite hymn, 'My Jesus I Love Thee.' Read More