Faith and Culture

When God takes you on a detour

March 16 2018 by Van Kicklighter

I learned to drive when finding your way around still involved maps – ones printed on paper with different size dots to represent populations and different width lines for what kind of road it was. To get from place to place, you would locate where you were and where you wanted to go and, most of the time, map out the shortest distance.

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Greeters and gifts: How churches welcome guests

March 15 2018 by Aaron Earls, LifeWay Christian Research

If the average pastor has anything to do with it, church guests can expect multiple greetings and may even leave with a gift, a new study released March 14 shows. A study from LifeWay Research, which was conducted Aug. 30-Sept. 18, asked 1,000 Protestant pastors what their churches do to welcome guests.

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Free church security training offered through May 1

March 15 2018 by Aaron Wilson, LifeWay Christian Resources

As public shootings continue to make headlines, many churches are evaluating where their facilities stand on security. LifeWay Christian Resources is helping churches make safety a priority by providing free security training through its Ministry Grid platform. “In light of current circumstances, we’ve offered this training to …

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Child marriage on chopping block in some U.S. states

March 15 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

An 11-year-old rape victim in Florida, a 14-year-old ninth-grader in Texas, a sexually abused 16-year-old in Kentucky. They are among thousands of girls forced to marry adult men in the past 50 years under laws permitting such unions in most U.S. states.

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Billy Graham legacy honored by historic pulpit at NOBTS

March 12 2018 by Gary D. Myers, NOBTS

The faded pulpit at the front of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s Leavell Chapel during the first week of March seemed out of place. Out of place unless one saw Billy Graham’s signature scrawled on its top. The time-worn, battered pulpit is the one used by Graham during his 1954 New Orleans crusade.

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Hope shining in East St. Louis

March 12 2018 by NAMB staff

A native of East St. Louis, Ill., Kempton Turner grew up on the streets where he now serves as a church planting missionary and pastor of City of Joy Fellowship. The church was launched with one mission: restoring hope to the city through Jesus Christ.

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Former gang member reaching Canada’s largest city

March 9 2018 by NAMB staff

“Everyone is welcome!” That is the motto of Fellowship Church Rogue Park located in Toronto’s East End. This multiethnic, multigenerational church plant rents space in a local Catholic school on Sunday mornings. Launched near an area known for gang violence, the ministry is led by a former gang member Kesavan Balasingham and his wife Viji.

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Carving a new path in the spiritual desert of Las Vegas

March 8 2018 by NAMB Communications

Las Vegas hosts more than 42 million visitors each year. The draw includes novelty resorts and casinos with enough lasers and neon lights to make it visible from space, earning NASA’s distinction for Brightest Spot on Earth. But spiritually, the statistics tell a different story.

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Donna Gaines fields questions on racism, ministry

March 8 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Loving your neighbor as yourself is a sure path to overcoming racial prejudice, Southern Baptist women’s minister Donna Gaines said in the March cover article of Today’s Christian Living magazine. Donna Gaines, wife of Southern Baptist Convention president Steve Gaines, was featured on the March cover of Today’s Christian Living magazine.

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‘Flywheel’ began Kendrick brothers’ filmmaking ascent

March 7 2018 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press

Evangelicals were introduced to a new level of faith-based filmmaking 15 years ago when brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick released “Flywheel,” a $20,000-budget film using church members as the cast and production crew to convey biblical truth. “We’re just amazed at what the Lord’s done with it,” Alex Kendrick said.

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