More than 6,000 representatives of churches within the Southern Baptist Convention, known as messengers, are expected to address the major issues facing the nation's largest Protestant denomination, including reaching more people with the Gospel, during its two-day annual meeting in Baltimore beginning Tuesday.
SBC Executive Committee President Frank S. Page plans to issue a challenge to Southern Baptists to "do more" to reach the world with the Gospel, according to SBC Life, the executive committee's journal website. Page is scheduled to talk about the Great Commission Advance on the first day of the conference, C. Ashley Clayton, EC vice president for Cooperative Program and stewardship, told SBC Life.
"In its most condensed and basic form, Great Commission Advance calls for Southern Baptists to simply 'do more,'" Clayton said. Page is calling on members to participate more in missions at the local, state, national, and international levels. more >>
A growing number of Christians, especially among the younger generations, are in jeopardy of being swallowed up by today's cultural norms and secular thinking, only to become unaffiliated to any church or denomination, says the author of The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated.
"We are living in a decisively post-Christian culture and I think it's taking its toll on existing evangelicals and the church in a way that is creating more and more nominal Christians on the way to 'nones' who self-described themselves as evangelicals earlier," author and pastor James Emery White, of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, said in a recent interview with Ed Stetzer, host of The Exchange.
The "nones" are described as the fastest-growing "religious group" of our day – one in five Americans identify themselves as having no religious affiliation. During the interview, Stetzer quoted one survey that showed 3 in 10 college age students are "nones." more >>
Priscilla Shirer, a Bible teacher and bestselling author who hosts "The Chat" Web show, recently led a no-holds-barred discussion with five Christian men to get an inside perspective on what women need to know about the opposite sex when it comes to their ego, intimacy, and taking on certain roles in the relationship.
"The Chat with Priscilla" is broadcast monthly at http://thechatwithpriscilla.com and features Shirer hosting discussions with a variety of guests on issues related to relationships, faith and well-being. The show is tailored for a female audience.
In a recent two-part episode of "The Chat," Shirer hosted comedian Michael Jr., her brother and recording artist Anthony Evans, worship leader Carlos Whittaker, her husband Jerry Shirer and recording artist Michael Boggs in a discussion about "What Men Wished Women Knew." more >>
A recently released survey from LifeWay Research reveals that a majority of both lay Americans and pastors believe that religious liberty has waned in the United States.
In a September poll of 1,001 Americans, LifeWay found that 54 percent agreed that "religious liberty is on the decline in America." The number jumped 15 points when the same question was asked to Protestant senior Evangelical and Mainline pastors. Of the 1,007 surveyed from Sept. 4-19, 70 percent agreed.
Erik Stanley, the senior legal counsel with Alliance for Defending Freedom and director of the Church Project, told The Christian Post that the survey confirmed what the organization had already observed anecdotally. more >>
The True Love Waits movement, known for spreading the message of sexual purity among young adults, has launched a new resource featuring a video-driven Bible study designed to encourage teenagers to pursue God through abstinence.
The eight-session curriculum, "True Love Project," not only teaches the importance of purity but it also calls on the next generation of students to understand their sexuality in light of the Gospel.
"The ultimate goal in life should be more than simply being a virgin on your wedding day. It should be to belong to Jesus on Judgment Day," Clayton King, who wrote the program along with his wife, Sharie, told The Christian Post. more >>
Facing data that suggests that the overwhelming majority of unmarried Christian young adults do not practice celibacy, the Southern Baptist-based LifeWay Christian Resources has relaunched its youth abstinence program, True Love Waits (TLW).
"The True Love Project," a video-driven Bible study, was created by youth evangelist and pastor Clayton King and features appearances from pastors Steve Furtick, Derwin Gray and author Jefferson Bethke.
The program seeks to discuss issues like "pornography, lust and social media" in the larger context of faith and the Gospel, said Ben Trueblood, director of student ministry at LifeWay Christian Resources. more >>