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Research shows that the number of single Americans is increasing, while marriages remain flat. Experts say churches should respond with more ministries geared to young singles. (Photo/Tammy McGary/Creative Commons)

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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ARE WE REALLY SURPRISED?

February 1, 2017

By Lonnie Wilkey Editor, Baptist and Reflector The Boy Scouts of America announced Jan. 30 that the organization would begin accepting transgender members. In other words, what’s on the birth certificate doesn’t matter anymore. The BSA stated: “Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the […]

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FAKE NEWS HARD TO AVOID, EVEN HARDER TO ERADICATE

January 31, 2017

By Jeff Brumley Baptist News Global Fake news is big news these days, and many want to know how not to be duped by it. On one level, the solutions are a matter of common sense. “First, you look for verification,” said James Black, assistant director of the Center for Collaborative Journalism and professor of […]

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MOST CHURCHES HOLD SUNDAY SERVICES, SUPER BOWL OR NOT

January 26, 2017

Baptist Press NASHVILLE, Tenn.— For churches that have Sunday night activities, most pastors say it’s still “game on” despite the big game next weekend. According to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research, 68 percent of Protestant pastors say their church typically has some activity on Sunday night. And among those pastors, almost 6 in […]

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