By Tom StrodeWashington Bureau Chief, Baptist Press WASHINGTON – Southern Baptist leaders and other religious liberty advocates applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s latest decision supporting the free exercise of religion in the face of government restrictions related to COVID-19. In a ruling issued late April 9, the high court granted an injunction blocking enforcement of […]
It was just over one year ago when the pandemic became such a serious concern that businesses, schools, and churches closed down in-person experiences. At worst, people were operating from fear and at best from an abundance of caution. I don’t judge anyone regarding decision making given the unprecedented circumstances in which leaders found themselves. […]
ATLANTA – Yesterday in a press release, Governor Brian Kemp loosened coronavirus restrictions statewide. The new Emergency Order revision includes things such as removing limits on gatherings and reducing distance requirements on businesses like restaurants and entertainment venues. According to the AJC, “Georgia will join more than a dozen other states that have eased restrictions implemented a […]
By Aaron EarlsSenior Writer/Editor, Lifeway Research Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, churches responded to serve churchgoers in a variety of ways, and churchgoers are overwhelmingly proud of how their church handled the crisis. According to Nashville-based Lifeway Research, almost 9 in 10 Protestant churchgoers (86%) say they are proud of how their church has responded during […]
Keith Fordham is one of Southern Baptists most notable vocational evangelist having conducted over 1,500 revivals and many crusades both in the United States and in India. He wants to see Georgia Baptists rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic by scheduling One-Day Revivals. COURTESY/Keith Fordham FAYETTEVILLE – After a year of pandemic restrictions, Pastor Ray Henry, like most […]
By Aaron EarlsSenior Writer/Editor, LifewayResearch.com NASHVILLE – Churchgoers aren’t attending yet at pre-pandemic levels, but most say they value gathering with their congregation and are anxious to do so when the threat of COVID-19 ends. A study of 1,000 Protestant churchgoers in the U.S. from Nashville-based Lifeway Research found, when COVID-19 is no longer an active threat […]
By Tom StrodeWashington Bureau Chief, Baptist Press WASHINGTON – Pro-life advocates decried a COVID-19 relief bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives that fails to include safeguards against abortion funding that were included in previous measures to address the pandemic. The Democratic-controlled House voted 219-212 for the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, HR. […]
The virus is no respecter of persons and has invaded our Baptist churches with an unrelenting fury. Pastors and church staff members have not been immune to this raging illness.
By Tom Strode WASHINGTON (BP) — New COVID-19 relief legislation that maintains encouragement for charitable giving and funding for a small loan program that includes churches gained President Trump’s signature on Dec. 27. In a sudden reversal, the president signed into law a combined legislative package that provides $900 billion for COVID-19 relief and $1.4 […]
“God has done so many things this year and He is preparing each of us for even greater things in the year to come.”
Willard died early in the morning on Thanksgiving Day. Wilma Gail followed hours later. The couple had celebrated their 50th anniversary in September.