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Thursday, September 25, 2014

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  • Songwriters gain new perspective

    by Stephanie Lane, posted Thursday, September 25, 2014 (3 years ago)

    MBERENGWA, Zimbabwe (BP) -- A group of American songwriters, worship leaders and ministers gathered near a fire in Zimbabwe as children approached them, hearing the strum of guitars.

    The 16 volunteers welcomed the children into their circle located in the in the middle of an orphan care facility. They seized the opportunity to share English Gospel music with the Shona speakers, harmonizing to songs like "Everlasting God." Read More

  • See You at the Pole marks 24 years

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, September 25, 2014 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- An estimated 3 million or more elementary through college Christian students gathered at flagpoles on campuses across the United States and many foreign countries Wednesday (Sept. 24) to pray for moral and spiritual awakening for their schools and communities.

    "See You at the Pole" marked its 24th year. The global prayer meeting was held on campuses preferably at 7 a.m. local time. Last year event organizers added Global Week of Student Prayer to the event, set this year Sept. 21-27, to accommodate schools closed or engaged in other events on the 24th. Read More

  • 'The Song' updates King Solomon

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Thursday, September 25, 2014 (3 years ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP) -- Faith-based films are becoming more and more like real movies, not just cinematic sermonettes. Better still, many Hollywood actors looking for roles of substance are embracing film characters that depict the spiritual nature of mankind.

    Greg Kinnear brought a gravitas to the film "Heaven Is for Real." Reese Witherspoon took basically a supporting role in "The Good Lie" (opening on Oct. 3). Nicolas Cage is soon to be seen in the reboot of the "Left Behind" end-times saga. Still others are on their way to the same cinema screens that normally feature caped crusader actioneers and crude comedies starring guys named Seth. Read More

  • Urban church planting goes 'holistic'

    by Joni B. Hannigan, posted Thursday, September 25, 2014 (3 years ago)

    ATLANTA (BP) -- Discipleship needs to be "at the heart of church planting."

    Dhati Lewis "wasn't called as a pastor so I could preach. I was called as a pastor so I could make disciples."

    Lewis is director of the Send North America Rebuild, a North American Mission Board initiative helping urban leaders create a culture of discipleship in the local church. Read More

  • Replanted church grows from 13 to 1,300

    by Tobin Perry, posted Thursday, September 25, 2014 (3 years ago)

    CONYERS, Ga. (BP) -- If Eric Suddith would have looked at Emmanuel Baptist Mission Church as only a business proposition in 2004 when he first encountered it, the Wharton-trained businessman-turned-pastor might have given it up for dead. Just over a decade old at the time, the church had dwindled to eight members. It had no plan to move forward and impact its community.

    But Suddith knew that Emmanuel wasn't a business proposition. It was a spiritual one. Read More

  • Bible Study: September 28, 2014

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, September 25, 2014 (3 years ago)

    This week's Bible study is adapted from The Gospel Project curriculum. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Friends needed

    by Terry Sharp, posted Thursday, September 25, 2014 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- With another school year underway, let me encourage you to consider hosting an international student. Read More