• LifeWay completes sale of downtown Nashville campus

    by Art Toalston, posted Wednesday, November 25, 2015 (5 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay has completed the sale of its 14.5-acre campus in downtown Nashville.

    "Although this momentous event is cause for thanksgiving, it is also bittersweet," Thom S. Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, wrote in an email to the Southern Baptist entity's trustees and employees Nov. 24 after the sale was announced around 5 p.m. Read More

  • 'Thank You NYPD,' Staten Island church declares

    by Jim Burton, posted Wednesday, November 25, 2015 (5 days ago)

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    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (BP) -- Crossroads Church pastor Ray Parascando didn't like the unfolding narrative of those who were maligning police officers in New York City and across the nation in rallies, marches and even riots.

    The revolt against law enforcement was casting all officers as bad people.

    "It's one thing to have people boo you, another to have people chant 'death to cops,'" Parascando said. "Our culture is heading down a wrong road. I think we're ... Read More

  • Persecution fails to thwart Gospel inroads in Asia

    by Laura Fielding, posted Wednesday, November 25, 2015 (5 days ago)

    CENTRAL ASIA (BP) -- Christian aid worker Gary Warrior* was sitting on the floor in a Central Asian village with a congregation of about 20 people several years ago, getting ready to share about "the cost of discipleship."

    Someone made the suggestion to go around the room and share their testimonies. One woman simply said, "Oh, I'm just very blessed and I'm so thankful to be here." Read More

  • Family togetherness uplifts their work in Africa

    by Marie Curtis, posted Wednesday, November 25, 2015 (5 days ago)

    LESOTHO (BP) -- When Jim and Teresa Flora think about their ministry in the mountains of southern Africa, they quickly think of how their children are involved. While the Floras rely on the prayers and encouragement of their three grown sons and families in the U.S., daughters Gracie, 17, Anna, 16, and Rebekah, 11, are part of each day's work.

    "We view our ministry as a complete family job," says Teresa, who was called to missions as a child in Girls in Action. Read More

  • Prosecutor faces pastor's 'provocative question'

    by Luana Ehrlich, posted Wednesday, November 25, 2015 (5 days ago)

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    YUKON, Okla. (BP) -- As a prosecutor for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, attorney Travis White was familiar with asking probing questions and trying to ascertain the truth. However, White wasn't prepared for "a very provocative question" from Chris Smith, teaching pastor at Yukon Church in Yukon, Okla.

    Smith had come by White's home after the attorney attended Yukon Church the previous Sunday. At the end of the visit, Smith asked White about his relationship with the Lord. Read More

  • ANALYSIS: God in Thanksgiving proclamations

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, November 25, 2015 (5 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Each fall since 1863, the sitting U.S. president has issued a proclamation declaring a national day of Thanksgiving. Though perhaps viewed by some as merely a pro forma holiday ritual, these proclamations evidence the rich American tradition of government leaders' officially invoking God's guidance and care.

    Without violating the First Amendment's prohibition of establishing an official American religion, these proclamations highlight the validity of official and public ... Read More

  • Study: Thankfulness still priority at Thanksgiving

    by Aaron Earls, posted Wednesday, November 25, 2015 (5 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- For Americans, Thanksgiving is about faith and family, and not much else, a new study shows.

    More than half (56 percent) tell LifeWay Research the most important part of the annual holiday is "being thankful to God for my blessings." Nearly 4 in 10 (39 percent) say "time with family and friends" tops their Thanksgiving priorities.

    Times of prayer and thanking God for the harvest stretch back to the Protestant Reformation in Europe and continued as Pilgrims and Puritans settled in America. While Abraham Lincoln tried to establish a settled day for the holiday, Thanksgiving was not set as the fourth Thursday of October until 1941. Read More