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Teen internet addiction cited as growing concernNASHVILLE (BP) -- Gateway Seminary professor Paul Kelly had a friend who once became so addicted to online gaming that he would ignore his family and friends while also skipping meals so he could play more games on the internet. His desire became so severe that he began failing classes and stole from his family to support his habit.
Amid the emerging challenge of internet addiction, youth ministry experts are calling for churches to raise awareness of the topic and provide resources for parents and students. While pornography is perhaps the most publicized online addiction, internet-based activities that are less sinister in themselves can rise to a harmful level, according to a growing body of evidence. Read More
Send Relief: aiding churches in compassion ministry
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- For many pastors and churches, Send Relief is still a developing thought. Just a year ago, Send Relief became a key part of the North American Mission Board's strategy to equip our churches to engage their communities through compassionately serving those around them for the sake of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Sunday, July 23, is Send Relief Sunday in the Southern Baptist Convention. Read More
Church begun in 1794 holds 1st Vacation Bible SchoolSPARTA, Ga. (BP) -- Island Creek Baptist Church joined in for the first time since its founding in 1794.
The church had a Vacation Bible School.
Over time, folks from Atlanta-area communities had bought retirement homes on the shores of Lake Sinclair and found a church home at Island Creek near Sparta, Ga. Read More
Gallup: Non-denominational Protestants on the riseNASHVILLE (BP) -- Data pointing to a dwindling percentage of Americas who identify with a specific Protestant denomination has spurred calls for churches marked by God's "presence and power" and for reemphasis of biblical doctrine.
Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines said a strong denominational identity doesn't seem to hinder the church he pastors or the SBC. Still, the manifest work of God in a church is far more important than its denominational identity, he told Baptist Press. Read More
Survey: Good deeds by Christians often go unseenNASHVILLE (BP) -- Many Americans are unaware of various efforts by local Christians or churches to serve their neighbors, according to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.
In a survey of 1,000 Americans, LifeWay Research looked at 13 service programs conducted by churches -- from tutoring kids to teaching job skills. They asked Americans if they'd heard of churches or church members being involved in those activities in the past six months.
Six in 10 say they know churches feed the hungry. Half say they know churches give clothing to the poor. Read More
FROM THE SEMINARIES: Midwestern adds Barrett, Charles, Smith to faculty; Southwestern prof's witness yields salvationIn today's From the Seminaries: Midwestern adds Matthew Barrett, H.B. Charles Jr., Steven Smith to faculty; Southwestern prof Barry McCarty's brief witness and Gospel tract yield fast-food employee's salvation.
Matthew Barrett, H.B. Charles, Steven Smith to teach at MBTS Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Let them lead -- now
Terry Dorsett underscores the importance of giving young people opportunities for church leadership. "Churches that do not value young people as the church of today should not be surprised when young people are not around tomorrow," he writes. Read More