Assembly 2015

Everything I Know About the Church and the Way of Jesus I learned from Watching ‘The Exorcist’

By Linley McCord When people think of the 1973 blockbuster, “The Exorcist,” they don’t often associate it with the Gospel. However, Bert Montgomery, pastor of University Baptist Church in Starkville, Miss., finds worship in what has been called America’s scariest movie of all time. “It’s easy to think about a little girl with a spinning … Continue reading

Cooperative Baptists challenged to build bridge over “gaping wound of racism” to conclude 2015 Assembly
Assembly 2015 / Newsroom

Cooperative Baptists challenged to build bridge over “gaping wound of racism” to conclude 2015 Assembly

June 19, 2015 By Aaron Weaver and Carrie McGuffin DALLAS — “Salvation is about healing and wholeness. Now our broken world could use some of that,” said Jim Somerville, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Richmond, Va., as he addressed the topic of salvation in light of the tragic shooting at Emmanuel AME Church … Continue reading

Assembly 2015 / Newsroom

Cooperative Baptists lead workshop on Christian advocacy in congregations

June 19, 2015 By Elizabeth Starr DALLAS – The 2015 Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly continued Friday with an afternoon full of a diverse workshops, including one on Christian advocacy in congregations led by Stephen Reeves, CBF’s associate coordinator of partnerships and advocacy and Katie Ferguson Murray, who serves as Christian advocacy specialist for Wilshire … Continue reading

Assembly 2015 / Newsroom

Baptist scholar proposes response to decreasing Protestant privilege

June 19, 2015 By Jenny Lee DALLAS – In response to recent studies revealing a decrease in Christians among the United States population, Baptist historian Bill Leonard reports that there is “more good news than bad” in his Friday at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly. Leonard is the Dunn Professor of Baptist Studies and Church History … Continue reading

CBF of South Carolina offers lament for victims in Charleston church shooting
Assembly 2015 / Newsroom

CBF of South Carolina offers lament for victims in Charleston church shooting

June 19, 2015 From Boo Sheppard, Moderator of CBFSC and Jay Kieve, Coordinator for CBFSC While we are attending the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s General Assembly, whose theme is “Building Bridges,” our hearts are broken that a Bible study and prayer service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church ended with murder at the hand of a gunman. We … Continue reading

Let Justice Roll Down — Racism in America and #GoAndMakeChange
Assembly 2015 / Racial Reconciliation

Let Justice Roll Down — Racism in America and #GoAndMakeChange

By Mallory Monroe  According to Kathryn Freeman, co-host of the Friday workshop at the 2015 CBF General Assembly on the topic of racial justice, her first awakening to the issue of justice was born out of an assignment in a high school history course that required students to interview a family member from another generation … Continue reading