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VBS is ‘Worth It,’ shows new book based on study
Mar15

VBS is ‘Worth It,’ shows new book based on study

NASHVILLE (BP) — Many of today’s American adults have fond memories of Vacation Bible School (VBS). Memories range from Bible stories and fun songs to flower-shaped cookies and Kool-Aid in Dixie cups. “It’s Worth It” — a new release from LifeWay Kids in partnership with LifeWay Research — notes that nine in 10 American adults say they have overall positive memories of the summertime mainstay....

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Tuesdays are jail days for church’s volunteers
Mar12

Tuesdays are jail days for church’s volunteers

RUSK, Texas (BP) — Tuesdays mean going behind bars for volunteers with Freedom with Christ who meet with men and women in the Cherokee County Jail each week for Bible study and prayer. Freedom with Christ, a ministry of First Baptist Church in Rusk, Texas, also provides Bibles and study materials to prisoners in other correctional facilities in Texas and six surrounding states. FBC Rusk is continuing a work pioneered by Terry...

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Cliché sparks book on ‘lies’ vs. God’s truth
Mar03

Cliché sparks book on ‘lies’ vs. God’s truth

GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) — Unprecedented testing and trial confronted Shane and Kasi Pruitt in 2013. After years of dreaming about adopting a child who would one day run and play with their two daughters and maybe star on a Texas gridiron, God answered their prayers in a completely different way. God gave them Titus — a smiling, handsome boy who doctors said would never get out of a wheelchair or communicate the way other...

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Dogs: The evangelism tool you didn’t know you had
Feb05

Dogs: The evangelism tool you didn’t know you had

In her article, “How pets can be a catalyst for evangelism,” Rosaria Butterfield, who will be one of the keynote speakers at the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma Women’s Spring Retreat, points out four ways to engage in evangelistic conversations through the common ground of dogs. According to a study by the American Veterinary Medical Association from November 2018, “Pet ownership is on the rise in the United States, with dogs...

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3 lessons about mental illness for the sufferer and caregiver
Feb01

3 lessons about mental illness for the sufferer and caregiver

Mental health issues have been part of my family’s life, as well as my own life, for decades. As a public health professor, but also as someone with a diagnosed anxiety disorder, I have had to assume the role of caregiver and patient. I understand the many challenges associated with loving a family member with mental illness. It comes with serious pain and heartache, trepidation, frustration, and anger. Nevertheless, loving someone...

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Shine: The disappearing nominal Christian and the emerging Millennial
Jan25

Shine: The disappearing nominal Christian and the emerging Millennial

There is much talk today about the decline of Christianity and the lack of Millennials in our churches. It is true that there are fewer people who are self-identify as Christians, and many churches are not populated with Millennials. However, the reality may be more encouraging than these facts indicate. Ed Stetzer said on a Carey Nieuwhof podcast that what we are actually seeing is the disappearance of “Nominal Christians” and the...

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