Responding to Flooding in Louisiana

What should the first response be to a natural disaster like the floods in Louisiana this month? For many Americans, the answer may be charitable giving, support of government intervention, or sharing messages of concern on social media. For Christians, there is no doubt about our proper role as first responders: We should pray. I […]

Joint Statement Against the Lottery and Expansion of Legalized Gambling

Alabama Baptist State Convention President Travis Coleman, Jr., senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Prattville, and State Missionary Rick Lance, executive director of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions, have issued the following joint statement regarding proposals for a statewide lottery and any other expansion of legalized gambling: Alabama Baptists and Southern Baptists have […]

Exchange of keys proposed between State Board and Baptist Health

Trustees of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM) have voted unanimously to recommend a proposal for what is being called an “exchange of keys” with Baptist Health. If approved in November by messengers to the Alabama Baptist State Convention, the SBOM ministry offices and staff would complete relocation by January 1, 2018 – […]

Praying for Healing and Reconciliation

The overwhelming majority of Alabama Baptist and Southern Baptist churches receive people of all races. They recognize that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is for “whosoever will may come.” In addition, during the past couple of decades, numerous local Baptist associations in Alabama and across the Southern Baptist Convention have increasingly received predominantly African-American congregations […]

The Lottery, Again?

Here we go again. Apparently, the Alabama legislature will consider a proposal to call for a popular vote on a state-run lottery. Some observers believe, depending upon how the referendum legislation is worded, that this proposal could include casino-style gambling. Like a sequel to a really bad movie, we have seen this script before. In […]