Iceland is an exotic island nation that specializes in extremes where tourists can ski snowfields, raft glacial rivers, ride five-gaited horses, view hot springs, geysers, and active volcanoes, or hike among waddling puffins, sometimes known as the parrots of the sea.
A new study from LifeWay Research reveals that more than two-thirds of young adults who attend a Protestant church for at least a year in high school will stop attending church regularly for at least a year between the ages of 18 and 22.
D. James Kennedy, the Presbyterian pastor whose Coral Ridge Ministry television and radio programs were broadcast worldwide and whose Evangelism Explosion lay-witnessing method led to the salvation of millions, died Sept. 5. He was 76.
Crown Financial Ministries announced Sept. 5 that Chuck Bentley has taken over as CEO for Howard Dayton, who will continue to host the ministry’s “Money Matters” radio program and also to write on financial concerns for Christians.
Those who believe “gay marriage” would have no impact on religious freedoms may want to take a look at New Jersey, where the state is investigating a United Methodist retreat center – similar to those of LifeWay – that prohibited a lesbian couple from using one of its facilities for a civil union ceremony.
A Texas court has struck down a state requirement that religious higher education institutions must meet specific standards before they can call themselves a “seminary” or use certain terminology to describe their degrees.
The percentage of Americans who consider children “very important” to a successful marriage has dropped sharply in the past 15 years, according to Pew Research Center. By a margin of nearly 3 to 1, Americans say the main purpose of marriage is the “mutual happiness and fulfillment” of adults rather than the “bearing and raising of children.”
Head bowed, Drew Neely* expected ridicule as he approached a crowd of approximately 500 Bangladeshis. After a sixth day of waiting in offices and pleading with official letters, Neely still was unable to receive final permission to distribute food assembled for the crowd.
Sunlight and shade along Seminary Place, along with red brick and green grass, make it seem as if nothing was ever out of place on the main artery through New Orleans Seminary. Faculty members tend to their yards. Down the road, the children of students slide and swing on the playground.
Two prominent Southern Baptists recently expressed thankfulness that the Taliban released 19 South Korean Christian hostages but dismay that as part of the deal the South Korean government has pledged to ban Christian missionary work in Afghanistan.
A small Chicago-area Southern Baptist church knowingly allowed a convicted sex offender to preach and serve in high-level leadership in the past few years, although the director of missions for that area says he did everything in his power to stop it.
Napoleon, Confucius, Hammurabi, and more than a dozen other historical figures have joined Jesus Christ on the wall at a courthouse to reassure visitors that the court wanted nothing more than to showcase people who helped to create the laws of civilized nations.
With a high participation level in disaster relief, it only seems fitting that a group from First Baptist here was the last to prepare meals for workers housed in New Orleans’ World Trade Center building.
A nation’s future is tied to its generational diversity. The long-discussed graying of America is having a financial impact on the nation’s healthcare system, just as the aging Baby Boomers are worrying about collecting Social Security payments from a smaller generation – known as the Baby Busters – that is paying into the system. A look at those generational differences and their acceptance or rejection of the gospel message also sheds light on the future of Christianity.
Ten years after her death, a new book of Mother Teresa’s personal letters illustrates a profound and private spiritual struggle – much of it unknown to the world that would come to embrace her as a living saint.
The 2008 state convention annual meeting has been shifted from College Park to Jonesboro. The move is part of an ongoing realignment of meeting sites that reflect demand for smaller and more cost effective venues.
Lists of ordained ministers who are not serving in the pastorate at the present time and full-time evangelists in fellowship with a church in cooperation with the Georgia Baptist Convention will be published in the 2007 Georgia Baptist Convention Minutes.
Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, are scheduled to square off in a debate Oct. 19 as part of a second-annual Washington D.C. summit for values voters.
File folders, printer paper, writing pens, staplers – as necessary as these items are for running a church office, they can seem like superfluous expenses in light of funds needed for evangelistic and discipleship purposes.
William L. “Bill” Wagner, a former Southern Baptist missionary and seminary professor and current president of Olivet University International in San Francisco, says he will allow his name to be placed in nomination for Southern Baptist Convention president when messengers meet in Indianapolis next year.
A mob of Hindu extremists beat a pastor and tried to set him on fire before parading him naked in the suburbs of Bangalore, India, on June 8. Laxmi Narayan Gowda was beaten in his home, in front of his wife and two small children, by men allegedly associated with the Bajrang Dal, the youth wing of the extremist World Hindu Council.
Several of our ten grandchildren enjoy playing the game of Monopoly. Once we have completed the game and all participants have sufficiently demonstrated their greed and avarice I insist on being the one to put all of the components of the game back in the box.
On the third floor of the World Trade Center in downtown New Orleans, more than 16,000 Southern Baptists have gathered for meals, devotions, and fellowship during the last 17 months. Each has left their mark on the city in so many ways.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published September 13, 2007
Our State Missions Season of Prayer and Offering theme this year is “Sow, Reap, Rejoice … Together.” The theme Scripture is found in John 4:35b: “Listen to what I’m telling you; Open your eyes and look at the fields, for they are ready for harvest.”
I have just finished reading the Aug. 30th “Open Door” column by J. Robert White for the second time. At first I want to praise Jesus for the harvest of souls at Sturgis but then I am at a loss as to the details in the article.