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  • Bibles, joy visible in schools across U.S. Oct. 4

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, October 05, 2018 (9 days ago)

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP) -- Students rallied behind the Bible and the joy of Scripture in social media posts Oct. 4, as a projected half-million or more students participated in Bring Your Bible to School Day.

    Focus on the Family's (FOTF) fifth annual event drew smiles and encouragement from students and parents in a diversity of grade levels, schools and Christian communities on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, including public, private, parochial and trade schools as well as homeschool communities.

    -- "We shared goody bags with the class filled with bookmarks, Scripture and candy. So thankful for the freedom we have to share our faith! This was our 4th year participating in this ministry by sharing the love of Jesus," a member of First Baptist Church of Somerville, Tenn., said on Facebook of a local school. Read More

  • U.S. students urged to take Bibles to school Oct. 4

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, October 02, 2018 (12 days ago)

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP) -- The freedom to distribute Bibles in schools and discuss Scripture openly with fellow students is being celebrated nationwide Oct. 4 at the fifth annual Bring Your Bible to School Day.

    The Focus on the Family (FOTF) event founded in 2014 is on track for its largest participation to date, founder Candi Cushman told Baptist Press today (Oct. 2).

    "We'll definitely exceed half a million participants, but it's hard to measure and predict exact numbers because lots of kids wait until the last moment to sign up and join the movement," said Cushman, FOTF director of education issues. "In addition to public school students in every state in the nation, we also have involvement from many kids in private schools and homeschooling communities who choose to do special events or distribute Bibles in their communities as a way of showing support. We welcome all of them." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Reading the Bible, every year

    by Doug Munton, posted Monday, August 27, 2018 (one month ago)

    For Doug Munton, reading through the Bible each year helps him see "the big picture of God's story more clearly" and "stretches my understanding and deepens my faith." Read More

  • New Billy Graham tributes launched

    by Joy Allmond, posted Wednesday, August 08, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- On Aug. 20, the permanent Sirius XM channel dedicated exclusively to messages from "America's Pastor," who preached over the decades in hundreds of venues around the globe, will launch.

    The Billy Graham Channel began a series of limited runs last November, beginning with Graham's 99th birthday, and included a temporary tribute channel in conjunction with his passing earlier this year.

    Since his death, ministry supporters and Sirius XM subscribers have steadily contacted his ministry, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), as well as the broadcast company, to petition for more inspiring messages from the world-renowned evangelist. Read More

  • Bible website garners billions of views

    by Aaron Earls, posted Wednesday, August 01, 2018 (2 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Celebrating their 25th anniversary today (August 1), Bible Gateway announced their website has been viewed more than 14 billion times by people using more than 1 billion devices.

    "To give some perspective to that astronomical statistic, one million seconds equal 11.5 days, one billion seconds equal 31.75 years, and one trillion seconds equal 31,709.8 years," said Rachel Barach, general manager of Bible Gateway.

    "Our mission statement is 'To honor Christ by equipping people to read and understand the Bible wherever they are.' What an honor and privilege to be able to serve so many people around the world during the last quarter-century, doing just that." Read More

  • 2019 VBS takes kids 'In the Wild'

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Thursday, June 07, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Next summer, kids will seek animals in rainforests, grasslands, frozen tundra and even the Rocky Mountains with "In the Wild," the 2019 Vacation Bible School theme from LifeWay Christian Resources.

    In the Wild will have kids embark as photographers seeking to snap pictures in settings decorated to mimic animals' natural habitats. Along the way, kids will also learn about real-life encounters people had with Jesus and discover how biblical snapshots of the Savior provide an opportunity to respond to the Gospel.

    "This is going to be such a fun theme," said Melita Thomas, VBS specialist for LifeWay. "It's a photo scavenger hunt in the wild where it's possible to see absolutely anything." Read More

  • Bible Study: June 10, 2018

    by BP staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, June 07, 2018 (4 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups.

    This week's Bible study is adopted from the Bible Studies for Life curriculum.

    Bible Passage: Genesis 3:1-7, 14-19 Read More

  • Vacation Bible School: What stirs churches to do it?

    by Melita Thomas, posted Thursday, June 07, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Vacation Bible School is synonymous with summer in many churches -- perhaps because it's been around in one form or another since 1898.

    Under its current moniker among Southern Baptists, VBS has been an evangelistic strategy since the 1920s. In kid's ministry -- which is often marked by trendy short-lived fads -- VBS is a proven program with real staying power. Read More

  • Coffee, tweets or Jesus: Bible ranks low as daily must

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    PHILADELPHIA (BP) -- The Bible tops coffee, social media and sweets as a daily necessity for only 16 percent of the population, according to new research commissioned by the American Bible Society (ABS).

    The largest segment of Americans, 37 percent, see coffee as a top essential, the 2018 State of the Bible report said. Dessert topped the list for 28 percent, compared to 19 percent who chose social media.

    More than half of adults, or 58 percent, said they wished they read the Bible more often. Read More

  • GQ's slam of the Bible 'sadly laughable'

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, April 24, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- GQ's inclusion of the Bible in a list of 21 overrated classic books has drawn expressions of pity for the popular men's magazine.

    "Our response as believers should not be defensiveness or outrage," said Union University Bible professor George Guthrie, "but pity for those who have never glimpsed even the smallest ray of beauty, the song of hope found in the Bible's wonderfully cohesive story."

    Last week, GQ's editors published a list of "21 books you don't have to read and 21 you should read instead," complied by "a group of un-boring writers." At no. 12 on the list, novelist Jesse Ball recommended scrapping the Bible in favor of Agota Kristof's novel "The Notebook." Read More