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BALANCING SPORTS AND FAITH

April 18, 2017

Baptist and Reflector BRENTWOOD — Mark Moore, executive pastor at Third Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, has coached travel teams in baseball and knows firsthand the challenges of playing sports while maintaining a commitment to God and church. He offers five tips on maintaining a healthy balance.

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BALANCE NEEDED BETWEEN SPORTS, CHURCH

April 18, 2017

By Lonnie Wilkey Editor, Baptist and Reflector BRENTWOOD — Little Johnny has a travel baseball game on Sunday morning, sister Becky has a soccer game in the early afternoon, and older brother Ben has an AAU basketball game at the same time. And, by the way, church starts at 9 and is over at noon. […]

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KEEP YOUTH SPORTS IN PROPER PERSPECTIVE

April 18, 2017

By Lonnie Wilkey Editor, Baptist and Reflector A few years ago I was umpiring a high school baseball game in Nashville. The home team’s catcher was really good — strong arm, could hit with power. He had the tools to play college baseball and perhaps even professionally. Between innings we engaged in a brief conversation […]

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SINGLE ADULT NUMBERS ARE SOARING. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR CONGREGATIONS?

March 20, 2017

By Jeff Brumley Baptist News Global Churches may want to take a hard look at what they’re offering young, single adults — and then boost it. “Many churches are built around a family model,” Roxanne Stone, editor and chief of the Barna Group, said in remarks published with a survey about romance and relationships. “They are […]

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DISNEY’S ‘GAY MOMENT’ SOURS MANY CHRISTIANS

March 17, 2017

By Diana Chandler Baptist Press NASHVILLE (BP) — A gay plot twist in Disney’s upcoming live-action “Beauty and the Beast” continues to stir discontent among Christians, with an online poll at Faith Driven Consumer (FDC) among the latest to voice displeasure. The poll reports 95 percent of 6,700 consumers said they are less likely to […]

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MARCH MILDNESS?: AMERICANS SHARE VIEWS ON SPORTS

March 15, 2017

By Aaron Earls LifeWay Christian Resources NASHVILLE (BP) — Thanks to wild buzzer beaters and unbelievable upsets, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament has become known as March Madness. For most Americans, however, their attitude toward sports is more mild than mad. A study released from LifeWay Research today (March 14) found 52 percent of Americans […]

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THE SHAKINESS OF ‘THE SHACK’

March 9, 2017

By Todd Brady Vice President for University Ministries, Union University Based on the wildly popular best-selling book, The Shack, the movie by the same title hits theaters March 3.  While all that glitters is not gold, The Shack proves that all that is spiritual is not trustworthy. Pastor Eugene Peterson outrageously claimed that the book […]

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AMERICAN PASTORS ARE OLDER, AND GETTING OLDER, THAN EVER

March 9, 2017

By Jeff Brumley Baptist News Global If you’re noticing a lot of gray in the pulpit at your church these days, you’re not alone. Pastors are getting older. “The aging of pastors represents a substantial crisis for Protestant churches,” David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group, said in remarks included with a report titled “The […]

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‘THE SHACK’ FILM STIRS DEBATE AS DID PRECEDING BOOK

February 28, 2017

By Diana Chandler Baptist Press NASHVILLE (BP) — A fictional and emotionally destroyed Mack Phillips answers a mysterious invitation to a remote, isolated cabin. There he finds a trinity of fatherly love in a woman named “Papa” whose cohorts teach Phillips forgiveness and the faith to run on water — literally. It’s the synopsis of […]

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IS FACEBOOK FROM THE PIT OF HELL?

February 10, 2017

By Chris Turner Director of Communications, TBMB I was recently talking with a pastor and the conversation migrated to social media. It didn’t take long to understand his perspective.  “Facebook is straight from the pit of hell,” he said. “All it does is cause problems.” He’s not the only person who feels that way, and […]

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AVOIDING THE PROLIFERATION OF FAKE NEWS

February 8, 2017

By Lonnie Wilkey Editor, Baptist and Reflector Fake news is a big deal today, but it is not “new.” Fake news has been around forever. Those of us who have been in Baptist journalism for decades can remember the countless news stories we have had to produce assuring Baptists that the Madalyn Murray O’Hair and […]

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WHITE CHRISTIAN AMERICA DECLINING, BUT STILL PACKS PUNCH

February 6, 2017

By Jeff Brumley Baptist News Global Conservative evangelicals have lost their cultural and political clout as their numbers and vitality wane, author Robert Jones argues in his book The End of White Christian America. The book was published in the summer of 2016 — just a few months before Donald Trump rode the support of fearful […]

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