Baptists Today was an autonomous national journal that provided news and information to Baptist church members and Baptist institutions. Originally named SBC Today, the Macon-based news journal was born amid the struggle between moderates and conservatives for control of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the country’s largest non-Catholic Christian denomination.

In April 1983 a group of Baptists who felt the conservative leaders of the SBC were restricting access to information about the struggle founded the publication, which initially operated in office space donated by Oakhurst Baptist Church in Decatur. The publishers’ intention was to provide news and information about Southern Baptist life independent of the official denominational news services. As conservatives solidified control of the SBC, the moderate faction began new semi-denominational organizations, such as the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Alliance of Baptists. In 1991, in response to the rise of these new organizations, the board of directors of SBC Today changed the name of the journal to Baptists Today.

The list of editors of Baptists Today includes journalists who formerly held positions in Southern Baptist life. Walker Knight (founding editor, 1983-88; publisher, 1989-93; interim editor, 1997-98) served as a longtime journalist for the SBC Home Mission Board. Jack Harwell (editor, 1988-97) formerly edited The Christian Index, the Georgia Baptist Convention’s newspaper. Robert C. Ballance (editor, 1998-99) held pastorates in several SBC churches. John Pierce (editor since 2000) previously served as the managing editor of The Christian Index.

In 2016 the monthly Baptists Today was transformed into a bimonthly publication called Nurturing Faith Journal. In 2020 the nonprofit parent company Baptists Today Inc. merged with the Baptist Center of Ethics to become Good Faith Media. Although some staff remained in Georgia, administrators moved the organization’s new headquarters to Norman, OK.

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