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  • CHRISTMAS: The lead role

    by Sarah Dixon Young, posted Friday, December 21, 2018 (26 days ago)

    The Holy Spirit's presence is front and center in the Gospel accounts of Jesus' birth, Sarah Dixon Young writes. "His activity brings about the entire narrative." Read More

  • CHRISTMAS: Mary's extraordinary case of God's favor

    by J.D. Greear, posted Friday, December 21, 2018 (26 days ago)

    DURHAM, N.C. (BP) -- What do we mean when we talk about the "favor of God?"

    The house you've always wanted goes into foreclosure and you buy it for a steal. Your kids bring their report cards home and it's straight A's. You find out that a long lost relative left you a tidy sum of money.

    Many people may think that God's favor is something like that. When life seems to break your way, it's easy to think, "God is really smiling down on me now. He must really love me." Read More

  • At a rural Kansas barn, they hear the Christmas story

    by Sue Sprenkle, posted Friday, December 21, 2018 (26 days ago)

    Photo by Sue Sprenkle
    PRATT, Kan. (BP) -- The setting was simple -- a barn, some bales of hay and a few animals -- much like the story that hundreds in rural Kansas gathered to hear: Jesus was born to be your Savior.

    Steve Taylor opened his Bible and read the story of Jesus' birth. There were no actors portraying the scene or breaking out in song. Instead, a group of children sat at the pastor's feet captivated with the story from Matthew and Luke. Their older siblings, parents, grandparents and neighbors listened as they sat on hay bales. Read More

  • CHRISTMAS: Yearning to be home

    by David Jeremiah, posted Wednesday, December 19, 2018 (28 days ago)

    The Christmas classic "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and the movie "Home Alone" stir David Jeremiah to reflect on the yearning among people to be home during the holiday season -- and for eternity. Read More

  • Christmas, nativity spotlight Baptist racial unity

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, December 18, 2018 (29 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- One-month-old Luke Molette was the nativity centerpiece, an African American baby portraying Jesus in the arms of his mother as a white "Joseph" sat at their side, flocked by an interracial chorus.

    The 2018 Christmas parade float was the latest collaboration between Nashville First Baptist Church, a majority white congregation led by senior pastor Frank Lewis, and nearby First Baptist Church Capitol Hill, a majority black church led by senior pastor Kelly Miller Smith Jr. The longtime friends point to a shared church history predating the Civil War, when Nashville First established Capitol Hill as a mission congregation.

    At a college dinner announcing two scholarships in honor of their leadership in racial unity, the pastors explained the Christmas float's creation. Molette is Smith's grandson, born in November to Smith's daughter Valerie Hayes. Read More

  • CHRISTMAS: Beyond Hallmark's snow & mistletoe

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Tuesday, December 18, 2018 (29 days ago)

    Movie reviewer Phil Boatwright looks beyond the holiday fare of Hallmark and Lifetime to spotlight three films that explore the spiritual dimension of life through parable. Read More

  • Kids & Santa: Advice from Greear, LifeWay expert

    by David Roach, posted Monday, December 17, 2018 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Navigating the "surprisingly emotional subject" of what to tell kids about Santa requires grace toward others and a focus on Jesus, say Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear and LifeWay Christian Resources marriage and family strategist Joshua Straub.

    Greear discussed kids and Santa -- which he called "a surprisingly emotional subject for a lot of people" -- on the Dec. 10 episode of his podcast "Ask Me Anything." Straub wrote about it in a Nov. 30 post on the LifeWay Voices blog.

    Among the principles emphasized by both: Each family must follow their own convictions without judging or disparaging believers who differ. Read More

  • CHRISTMAS: Tell His story

    by Autumn Wall, posted Monday, December 17, 2018 (one month ago)

    Don't be distracted by the chaos that can surround the holiday season, Autumn Wall writes. Sharing Jesus with relatives, friends and others, she notes, is "the very thing we were put on earth to do." Read More

  • Survey: Americans want more Christ this Christmas

    by Aaron Earls, posted Tuesday, December 11, 2018 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Most Americans want more religious meaning to the Christmas season, and for some that includes the seasonal greetings we say to each other.

    A new study from LifeWay Research found two-thirds of Americans (65 percent) say, "Christmas should be more about Jesus."

    Those looking for more Christ in Christmas in 2018, however, are significantly fewer than four years ago. A 2014 LifeWay Research study found 79 percent of Americans at that time said Christmas should be more about Jesus.

    While similar numbers registered disagreement with the statement in 2014 and 2018 (18 and 19 percent respectively), the percentage who said they were unsure if Christmas should be more about Jesus jumped from 3 percent four years ago to 16 percent today. Read More