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  • Grow a healthy worship ministry, avoid 'war'

    by Joy Allmond, posted Thursday, November 01, 2018 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When Mike Harland joined LifeWay Christian Resources President and CEO Thom S. Rainer a couple of years ago on the "Rainer on Leadership" podcast, he never imagined those conversations about music ministry would lead to writing a book.

    On Nov. 1, B&H Publishing released the fruit of those discussions, "Worship Essentials: Growing a Healthy Worship Ministry Without Starting a War!" by Harland, director of LifeWay Worship.

    "Dr. Rainer began having me pretty regularly as a guest," Harland said. "His audience is largely pastors. We began to talk about worship issues, and the podcast became a safe place to address those pastors' questions about worship ministry."

    The audience responded overwhelmingly to the dialogue. Read More

  • Survey sees mix of orthodox belief, shifting opinions

    by Carol Pipes, posted Tuesday, October 23, 2018 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Six in 10 Americans say religious belief is a matter of personal opinion. For 7 in 10 Americans, such religious beliefs include one true God existing in three persons -- Father, Son and Holy Spirit. But an increasing majority of Americans deny Jesus has always existed and many say the Holy Spirit is a force rather than a personal being.

    Those are among the findings of a new study of American views on Christian theology from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.

    "When the majority of Americans believe religious belief is more personal opinion than objective truth, then we expect to see contradictory beliefs [as well as] beliefs that change over time," said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Stories around the casket

    by Wendy Baker, posted Wednesday, June 06, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Visitors' fond remembrances at her father's funeral visitation help Wendy Baker see the value of Christians sharing their joys over ways God has blessed them. Read More

  • Where have all the organists gone?

    by Karen Allen/The Alabama Baptist, posted Tuesday, April 10, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Has playing the organ become a dying art?

    What has happened to the organists -- the ones who read three staffs of music, dance on the pedals, maneuver multiple manuals, pull organ stops, push pistons, manipulate swell and crescendo pedals and follow a director -- all at the same time? Is there no one else to sit on the bench where "Aunt Sally" sat for 40 years? Read More

  • SBC DIGEST: Point of Grace & LifeWay partner for new albums; conf. center leader Taylor caps 38 yrs. of service; Boyce College team treks to Houston flood zone

    by LifeWay, Alabama Baptist, SBTS & BP Staff, posted Wednesday, December 20, 2017 (one year ago)

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    Point of Grace partners with LifeWay for new albums; Alabama conference center leader Buster Taylor caps 38 years of service; team from Boyce College treks to Houston for hurricane recovery work.

    Point of Grace partners with LifeWay for new albums

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Grammy-nominated singing trio Point of Grace has partnered with LifeWay Worship to release a new album and will soon begin work on a second.

    "Sing Noël," Point of Grace's first album with LifeWay, features 10 new arrangements of beloved carols and Christmas favorites, including "Angels from the Realms of ... Read More

  • Hark! Skipping Christmas carol verses discouraged

    by David Roach, posted Monday, December 04, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- As worship pastor Andrew Lucius selects songs for Christmas worship, he is considering specific needs in the Georgia congregation he serves. Among his conclusions: singing only the first verse of familiar carols could leave worshipers spiritually malnourished.

    The widow "who's going through the Christmas season the first time this year without her husband ... needs more than the first verse of 'Joy to the World!'" said Lucius, associate pastor of music and worship at Bull Street Baptist Church in Savannah, Ga. "She needs to sing, 'No more let sin and sorrow grow, nor thorns infest the ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Sing with your spouse

    by Joshua Jenkins, posted Monday, November 27, 2017 (one year ago)

    To strengthen marital bonds, writes columnist Joshua Jenkins, Christians should sing hymns with their spouses. Such singing will "spite the devil," he writes. Read More

  • iPad apps used to 'round out' worship team

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Wednesday, August 09, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- For churches with worship bands, finding and keeping enough trained musicians to play all the instruments can be a struggle, said Darryl Ferrington, a music professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. But he's found the use of iPads and apps to be a way to fill in the gaps.

    Ferrington spent the past year studying the use of iPads as instruments for his sabbatical project. What he found should serve as an encouragement to churches that struggle to find musicians to lead corporate worship. ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: 'It's time to fly!'

    by Nate Adams, posted Tuesday, August 08, 2017 (one year ago)

    Nate Adams marvels at a flight attendant's cheerful demeanor, highlighted by her short exclamation spoken with childlike wonder and enthusiasm. Read More