North American Mission Board trustees will vote Tuesday on naming Kentucky Pastor Kevin Ezell as its next president amid concerns about his church’s mission donation history.
Executives of the Louisiana and Arkansas state convention recently expressed opposition to Ezell’s nomination, pointing out that his church gave funding directly to mission instead of through the Southern Baptist Convention’s Cooperative Program.
In an open letter last week, David E. Hankins of the Louisiana Baptist Convention wrote that although local churches can do what they want, Southern Baptists who want to lead a denominational entity “ought to have a track record of supporting those entities.” more >>
We often hear about churches closing their doors in the U.S. But some may be surprised to hear that the total number of churches is not in decline anymore.
An important shift happened in recent years, according to researchers Ed Stetzer and Warren Bird. After decades of net decline, more U.S. churches are being started each year than are being closed.
The credit largely goes to the recent increase in enthusiasm for church planting. Stetzer, who leads LifeWay Research, says church planting has become the "it" thing right now and the new evangelism. more >>
About three out every five unchurched persons in America are self-described Christians, according to a new survey unveiled Monday.
Notably, however, a majority of these self-identified unchurched Christians hold a biblical view of God, reports The Barna Group, which conducted the survey.
According to Barna, 68 percent of unchurched, self-identified Christians believe that God is the all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the universe and that He still rules that universe today. more >>
Thousands of viewers and listeners tuned in to a webcast Tuesday evening to hear Christian apologists tackle the pervasive problem of youths leaving the church.
Guests on the American Family Association broadcast, “Church Dropout: Overcoming the Youth Exodus,” agreed that young people were quitting the faith because of intellectual skepticism.
"One of the major reasons is intellectually they don't know why Christianity is true," said apologist Frank Turek, founder of Crossexamined.org, "because we haven't told them why it's true." more >>
LifeWay Christian Resources, one of the world’s largest providers of Christian products and services, recently printed a modern translation of the New Testament in Chinese. It is reported to be the first time Scripture was directly translated from the original Greek version to Chinese.
Prior to the new LifeWay translation, called the Chinese Standard Bible, Chinese Christians depended on a translation known as the Chinese Union Version. This translation was done back in the 1920s and is based on an English copy of the Bible rather than the original Greek.
With this archaic translation, readers would express confusion over certain passages that were translated in a way where it would be read literally, such as when Jesus told his disciples to drink his blood and eat his flesh. more >>
LifeWay Christian Resources, one of the world’s largest providers of Christian products and services, has joined an effort to bring hope, encouragement and Bibles to U.S. soldiers who are serving overseas.
Operation Freedom Bell and Indelible Creative Group announced last week its exclusive partnership with the Nashville-based non-profit organization, which started selling solid-brass Freedom Bells on Friday as part of the effort to reach thousands of American soldiers.
“LifeWay Christian Stores is pleased to be a part of Operation Freedom Bell,” expressed Bill Nielsen, Merchandise VP at LifeWay Christian Stores, in a statement. more >>