David Suddath is used to seeing churches slip behind the times as communities grow and expand - or transition and die. He's also noticed surprising similarities in the life cycle of shopping malls, and that's what he tries to impress on congregations as he helps them keep in tune with those in their communities.
TEMPLE, Texas (BP) Warm walls, wood floor and generous lighting set the stage for simply framed photographs spaced precisely about the room. People, plates of finger food in hand, circle the exhibit while a string ensemble and keyboard play beneath the murmur of quiet conversation.
WASHINGTON (BP) - Widespread immorality in the United States could be a key reason for Islamic terrorists' acts of violence against Americans, according to a government commission, a scholar and a Southern Baptist pastor.
(RNS) - State governments have discovered they can raise millions of dollars in revenue by offering license plate logos and slogans - such as "Friends of the Smoky Mountains" and "Scouting teaches values" - while drivers have learned they can communicate their passions on their vehicles.
The Christian Index recently interviewed Keith Fordham of Fayetteville, who is serving as president of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists (COSBE). The national organization provides networking between churches and evangelists across the denomination.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Jonathan Pettigrew doesn't remember anything about his 100-foot fall down a Colorado mountain in December 2002.
Lost in Georgia Demographics don't lie; there are more residents today but fewer have a relationship with Christ By Joe Westbury, Managing Editor Published February 17, 2005
When tourists in coastal Georgia glance out of their car windows, they see moss-draped trees reminiscent of tales of the Old South. As real estate developers study the growth patterns of surrounding counties that stand ready to explode with new employment opportunities, they see dollar signs.
ATLANTA - Georgia's governor, Sonny Perdue, shared with The Christian Index his views on the proposed Senate resolution to give the state new legal authority to contract with faith-based organizations in providing services to the poor and needy.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - Church leaders can find information online about a series of intensive ministry training seminars to be conducted in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in June.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - New Orleans Seminary has released a document approved by the executive committee of the seminary board expressing its reservations about adopting sole membership. Southern Baptist Convention attorneys say the concerns are unfounded.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - God created men to be leaders in their homes. Pastors and churches have a responsibility to teach them how to accomplish this mandate. LifeWay Christian Resources has teamed up with Pastor Robert Lewis to offer churches "Men's Fraternity" to show them how.
Rudy Hernández, a past Southern Baptist Convention second vice president and former president of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, died Jan. 28 at his Grand Prairie, Texas, home after battling cancer. He was 77.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - LifeWay Christian Resources' trustees immediately will begin the search for a new president following the Feb. 7 announcement by James T. Draper Jr. that he plans to retire from the position effective Feb. 1, 2006.
BAGHDAD (BP) - Violence fueled by those who oppose the march of democracy in Iraq causes many citizens to seek refuge inside their homes, where they enjoy a privilege not afforded to them under Saddam Hussein - satellite television.
PARIS (RNS) - French President Jacques Chirac warned against anti-Semitism in France as he paid homage to a new wall bearing the names of some 76,000 Jews deported from France to Nazi concentration camps.
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (RNS) - A New Mexico scientist said the Shroud of Turin - the linen cloth that many believe was used for Jesus' burial - could be 1,300 to 3,000 years old, which puts it in the same time frame as Christ's death.
Can God make anything meaningful out of the mess I have made of my life? When life crumbles, can God restore structure and hope? As our culture drifts further away from God's design and moves toward godlessness, people find it more and more difficult to overcome the struggles they face.
More Than a Prophet By Tony Romans, Senior Pastor, North Peachtree Baptist Church, Atlanta Published February 17, 2005
My Dad used to tell me, "What you don't know can hurt you." Dad dabbled with electrical appliances and small electrical jobs. Dad was not formally trained and knew enough to respect the dangers involved in what he was doing. In this week's lesson the Apostle Peter saw first hand how "What you don't know can hurt you."
Catherine Zeta Jones, one of Hollywood's most celebrated stars, is often seen wearing a cross of gold and diamonds. Jennifer Anniston, the darling of the television series Friends and estranged wife of Brad Pitt, wears a cross of platinum and diamonds. Fashion model Naomi Campbell is reported to have a collection of enormous, jewel-studded crosses. Italian fashion stylist Giuliana Cella has more than four hundred of them.
NEW YORK - They are patriotic, hard-working, mostly Democratic and mainly from immigrant families. They are also born-again Christians. Their faith is increasingly typical of this city. On Sunday mornings about 1.5 million out of 8 million New Yorkers now attend an evangelical, charismatic or Pentecostal church, according to a recent religious census.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published February 17, 2005
Churches can, and do, experience continued growth and development throughout the interim experience. Oftentimes when the pastor of the church announces his resignation there is a sense of impending doom that sweeps over the congregation. "What are we going to do now?" "How are we going to make it without our beloved pastor leading us forward?"