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Francis Scott Key was 'steadfast' Sunday School backerNASHVILLE (BP) -- Most Americans likely know of Francis Scott Key's passion for the United States, expressed in his writing of the national anthem. Far fewer know he also was a passionate advocate of Sunday School whose leadership in the Sunday School movement helped evangelize the West.
As the United States celebrates its 242nd birthday, Christian educators say Key's two passions went hand in hand. Sunday School could once again, they say, be a catalyst for spiritual and moral renewal in America. Read More
FOURTH OF JULY: My favorite holiday
Daryl C. Cornett enjoys all the "red, white and blue" of the Fourth of July while also seeing it as an "opportunity for important spiritual perspective and reflection." Read More
FOURTH OF JULY: They preserved our independence
During America's 243 years of independence, retired chaplain Doug Carver writes, "our veterans have always been there, faithfully answering the call to duty." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: A journey from Korea to the Army & beyond
"God has been faithful to guide me every step of the way," Paul Kim writes of a life transformed faith, influenced by the military and then spent in ministry. Read More
An appeal to rightly apply 2 Chronicles 7:14
Is it a misapplication of Scripture for pastors to use 2 Chronicles 7:14 to call American Christians to repent? No, writes Steve Gaines. Read More
INDEPENDENCE DAY: 'We face another challenging hour'Doug Carver recounts Southern Baptists' longstanding wartime ministry to members of the armed forces. And now, he points to another critical hour to remain "faithful stewards of the freedom we've been granted by the men and women who have, through their brave and sacrificial service, kept America the land of the free and the brave." Read More
Pastors favor patriotism for July Fourth servicesNASHVILLE (BP) -- Americans who attend a Protestant worship service the week of July Fourth are likely to get a good dose of God and country.
Six in 10 Protestant pastors (61 percent) say it's important for Fourth of July worship services to incorporate patriotic elements to celebrate America, according to a survey by LifeWay Research. And while they plan to celebrate the birth of the nation, more than half (53 percent) agree their congregation sometimes seems to love America more than God. Read More
'We the People' stirs state legislator's loyaltyBARDSTOWN, Ky. (BP) -- Only a few people recognized the words written more than 150 years ago when David Floyd read them at Bardstown Baptist Church during a God and Country emphasis.
Citing a call to "public humiliation, prayer, and fasting" to be observed by all Americans, the state representative and military veteran shared these words of proclamation to his church:
"Whereas it is fit and becoming in all people at all times to acknowledge and revere the supreme government of God, to bow in humble submission to His chastisements, to confess and deplore their sins and transgressions in the full conviction that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and to pray with all fervency and contrition for the pardon of their past offenses and for a blessing upon their present and prospective action." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Star-spangled opportunities
As our country celebrates the Fourth of July, how will you shine for Jesus?
Plan ahead to use one of these simple, fresh ideas as an individual, small group or church to show support for elected officials and those assigned to keep peace in your community:
-- Purchase a nice Bible for your town's mayor, signed with words of prayer and encouragement. Read More