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Conventional Thinking: Wedding trends
Jul21

Conventional Thinking: Wedding trends

According to a new survey, the summer months of June and August remain among the most popular times of year to get married. Along with this, I looked at other statistics and trends related to weddings. In the United States, there are now more than 2 million couples that wed each year, and an increasing percentage of weddings are taking place, not in a church or religious institution, but in non-traditional wedding locations. Las Vegas...

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Bible Q&A: Luke the evangelist
Jul16

Bible Q&A: Luke the evangelist

The author of the third Gospel almost certainly composed the Book of Acts as well, meaning that this single individual, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote more of the New Testament than any other individual, roughly 28% of the words found in the Greek text (37, 933 of the 138, 020 words). Paul, by contrast, wrote approximately 23% (32,417 of the 138,020). This fact alone makes Luke one of the most important yet underappreciated...

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Conventional Thinking: Attitude check
Jul14

Conventional Thinking: Attitude check

A new survey from the Pew Research Center suggests that “young white evangelicals—both Millennials and Gen-Xers—born after 1964 are among societal groups increasingly approving of same-sex marriage.” As someone who disapproves of same-sex marriage based on biblical convictions, yet as someone who also fits within the age range of this study, allow me to comment on this dramatic and disastrous shift in attitude. To begin with, we must...

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Shine: A call to revitalize evangelism in our convention
Jul13

Shine: A call to revitalize evangelism in our convention

Recently, the North American Mission Board (NAMB) publicly announced that 29 percent of Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) churches reported no baptisms, and 47 percent reported two or less. In the SBC 2017 book of reports, NAMB reported that baptisms had fallen to 295,000 in 2016, which is the first time the convention reported less than 300,000 baptisms in decades.  These statistics and trends over the last two decades have raised...

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Why train Sunday School leaders?
Jul07

Why train Sunday School leaders?

“Why should we train our Sunday School teachers?” was the question raised at a recent meeting. According to 15 years of research by Tim Smith of the Georgia Sunday School/Open Group team, the training of a church’s Sunday School and small group leaders is one of the five most important actions that are conducive to a church’s growth and spiritual health. In most of those 15 years, it has been the top indicator of growth for a church...

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First person: Evangelism Tune-up
Jul05

First person: Evangelism Tune-up

Nearly everything we own needs a tune-up from time to time: computers, cars, equipment, children, youth and, yes, even adults. It is not that we are doing anything “wrong,” but it is preventive maintenance. It should not surprise us that in church and in our personal walk with Christ we would need a tune-up, as well. “Evangelism Tune-Up” is a program that is an emphasis spearheaded by the Evangelism Office of the Baptist General...

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