The Missouri Baptist Convention realizes that most Christians in the St. Louis area missed a significant opportunity 20 years ago when many Bosnian refugees fled to their city. The refugee communities largely became closed off and self-dependent, and today they remain difficult to reach with the Gospel. In light of that, the convention is making
Pastor Jonathan Greer was voted out of his position by 31 people at Mt. Sterling Baptist Church, and the reasons are allegedly very different. While the church claims that he was fired over his failure to visit members of the congregation, Greer notes that he was fired because he had invited black people to the church’s VBS.
Williamstown, Kentucky has seen both the blessings and curses of the Ark Encounter attraction that is opening this summer through Ken Ham’s Answers in Genesis ministry. Ham promises jobs and revenue for the struggling region in northern Kentucky, and so far Williamstown has seen a boost in downtown business. However, the tax breaks and moral
Concerns over the economy were felt by nearly 80% of Americans in 2009 at the height of the recession, but now it has dropped close to 45%. As of 2015, only 28% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, which is an improvement from 40% the year before. In addition, 65% of Americans are secure
Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family may be one of the only people in America who can call Donald Trump a “baby” and not get attacked on Twitter. However, Dobson was referring to Trump’s faith, claiming that Trump had recently converted to Christianity, just in time to run for president. Trump did not
New York Pastor Tim Keller’s massive think tank, The Gospel Coalition was founded to help Christians in the post-modern era engage and understand culture. In reality it has become an organization that promotes criticism and shuns outsiders. On top of all that, there is a lack of accountability within the organization that refuses to respond
Thom Rainer writes that many churches will seek to hire a pastor of community evangelism in the future. Rainer writes that evangelism continues to be a struggle for many churches, and one person to lead local evangelism efforts will be key. Most churches are not evangelistic and they struggle to coordinate events, ministries, and social
Thomas S. Kidd and Barry Hankins, professors of history at Baylor University, write that the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is in decline because its members have, for the most part, lost their commitment to evangelism. SBC parents have also struggled to retain their children, while allowing their doctrine to become diluted by a kind of American deism
A recent service at Hillsong NYC featured a group of people on stage dressed as local celebrities, including a youth pastor who wore short shorts along with a guitar and a cowboy hat, resembling the popular “Naked Cowboy” who can be found in the city wearing nothing but briefs and a guitar. However, the real Naked
Writers at Charisma Magazine note that Rob Bell’s recent comments about his new book, How to Be Here, suggest that Bell has moved closer to humanism. The book focuses on being present rather than being at the mercy of technology and busy schedules. In an interview, Bell commented, “I think we’re way beyond one particular
Christian product distributor Send the Light Distribution (STL) has announced that it will begin to close down its business. The company which has served over 10,000 Christian retailers for 42 years has suffered from the challenges of Amazon and the decline of Christian bookstores. The bankruptcy of Family Christian Stores also hit the distribution company hard.