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  • Atypical hours & location attract recovery attendees

    by Todd Deaton/Western Recorder, posted Thursday, December 06, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    ERLANGER, Ky. (BP) -- New Reality -- Southern Baptists' newest church plant in northern Kentucky -- meets on Friday nights, not Sundays.

    Even more atypical, New Reality is part of a Life Recovery Center in Erlanger providing Christ-centered answers to those struggling with addictions.

    The church plant has grown quickly -- from 20 people in May to about 95 in late October and was anticipating its first three baptisms in late November.

    Chris Hamilton, who leads New Reality, is a recovering alcoholic himself who has been sober for 10 years. After coming to Christ, he felt called to preach "the recovery gospel." Read More

  • Trump opioid declaration underscores ministry need

    by David Roach, posted Friday, October 27, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- President Trump's declaration that America's opioid crisis is a public health emergency came amid calls for churches to heighten their response to drug abuse as well.

    The opioid crisis is a "major problem," said Robby Gallaty, pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn., and a former drug addict whose testimony has encouraged others to seek freedom in Christ. The opioid epidemic, he noted, is an opportunity "to show people that the thing they're searching for and seeking is not found in a drug. It's found in a man, and His name is Jesus." Read More

  • Teen internet addiction cited as growing concern

    by Daniel Woodman , posted Friday, July 21, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (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

  • U-Turn for Christ battles men’s bondage to addiction

    by Sheila Allen/Northwest Baptist Witness, posted Monday, April 17, 2017 (one year ago)

    U-Turn for Christ, a restorative ministry in southern Oregon led by Kevin Darr, has been standing firm for nearly a decade against the ravages of life-controlling addictions. Read More

  • Opioid abuse gets congressional, Christian responses

    by Daniel Woodman, posted Friday, July 22, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In the wake of an opioid abuse prevention measure passed by Congress, Christians are finding new ways to combat the crisis alongside the new bill.

    Gary Robbins, pastor of East Williamson Baptist in West Virginia, described opioid abuse as a widespread problem that needs to be addressed.

    "Just about everywhere I have been it has been a problem. It has hit everywhere," Robbins said. Read More

  • Sexual addiction tragedy prompts seminary conference

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Tuesday, May 10, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- The suicide death of a beloved colleague after a sexual addiction came to light drove the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary community to their knees in prayer last August. They rose determined to help others caught in pornography and sexual addiction.

    "Recalibrate," a campus-wide conference with Greg Miller of Faithful & True, a ministry to those impacted by sexual addictions, came together as a response to the death of John Gibson, longtime professor at NOBTS' Leavell College on the opening day of classes on Aug. 24, 2015. Read More