MOST CHURCHES TO OPEN CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR’S DAY

By Bob Smietana
Lifeway News Office

161222lifeway-churchNASHVILLE — More than half of Americans plan to go to church at Christmastime. And most Protestant pastors will keep the doors open for them.

Nearly nine out of 10 Protestant senior pastors say their churches plan to hold services on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, as both fall on a Sunday, according to research from Nashville-based LifeWay Christian Research.

More than 7 in 10 Protestant senior pastors say their churches plan to hold Christmas Eve services. And more than a few will be open on New Year’s Eve. [Read more…]

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WHAT TO DO WHEN CHRISTMAS IS NOT “MERRY”

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

depressed-man-christmas-windowBRENTWOOD — Let’s face reality. Circumstances sometimes leave people depressed during the Christmas season — a time of hope created by the birth of a baby boy in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago.

That baby boy would grow up to be Jesus Christ and He died on a cross 33 years later. His death and resurrection offers eternal life to all who confess their sins and profess belief in Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. [Read more…]

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SUMMIT’S OVER; HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

thanksgiving-turkey-mealThe 2016 Summit in Sevierville is over and by all accounts it was one of the best ever.

The number of registered messengers was low by East Tennessee standards — 1,211, but attendance at some sessions neared or topped 2,000 people. The decision to add a worship service to Summit on Sunday night proved to be a “home run.” Tennessee pastor and Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines delivered a powerful message. Combined with a testimony from University of Tennessee football great Todd Kelly Sr., and music by the Tennessee Men’s Chorale, those who attended left the sessions with their “cups full.” [Read more…]

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