Nashville, Tenn. – You could say that Dr. Thom Rainer is an accomplished “baby boomer.” The former banker, turned consultant, turned publishing executive, is the author of 22 books and is seen as a national leader in the Christian movement. He is now the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, an arm of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Jess Rainer is the youngest of his three sons, a “Millennial” child, and is now making his own mark as a pastor and church leader at Grace Church in Hendersonville, Tenn. The father-son duo has teamed up to help youth leaders figure out ways to reach teens and young adults with their book, The Millennials.
Both Rainers took the stage as the closing speakers at the LifeWay National Youth Workers Conference on Wednesday to share their research and ideas on how to bridge the gap between generations, with the intent on bringing more young people to Christ. more >>
NASHVILLE – Pete Wilson, the energetic and youthful senior pastor at Cross Point Church in Nashville, encouraged several hundred youth leaders on Monday to exercise the influence God has given them to impact the lives of teens and young students. It was a message he not only could talk about, but also had experienced.
Wilson, who entered the ministry at 18, is starting to be seen as one of the most dynamic and influential pastors in the southeast, maybe even the nation. Often compared to country music recording artist Keith Urban for his style and appearance, the 37-year-old keeps audiences engaged and on the edge of their seats with his genuine, down-to-earth nature.
He spoke at the LifeWay National Youth Workers Conference, where he echoed the conference’s theme of “influence.” more >>
An Illinois governor has signed a law that will mean members of fundamentalist group Westboro Baptist Church, known for its protests of military funerals, will have to stay away further from services.
Gov. Pat Quinn’s decree, signed Sunday at the Executive Mansion, pushes funeral protesters an additional 100 feet to 300 feet away, and bans them from the area entirely 30 minutes before and after funeral services.
The bill expands Quinn’s “Let Them Rest In Peace Act,” proposed in 2005, which former Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed in 2006. more >>
Southern Baptist leader Richard Land chided presidential candidate Herman Cain for disregarding the constitutional rights of U.S. Muslims during a Monday C-SPAN interview. He reminded Cain that as a Christian and an African American, he should have a special interest in the enforcement of the constitution in all communities, not just approving ones.
Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, addressed the businessman turned presidential candidate in a Monday broadcast saying, "Don't throw out the baby with the bath, Mr. Cain."
Last week, Cain told reporters that the plan to build the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro in Rutherford County, Tenn., is "an infringement and an abuse of our freedom of religion." He sided with community members who have protested the center saying the center is "another way to gradually sneak Sharia law into our laws." more >>
Prominent theologian R. Albert Mohler, Jr., laid out seven purposes for God giving mankind the law, arguing that counter to popular belief, the law is an expression of God’s love.
Without the law, humans cannot know what is sin and we would “celebrate it and wallow in it and dive into the deep end of the pool,” said Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., at the 2011 Resolved Conference on Monday evening.
The law shows that God loves mankind because the commandments tell us what is good for us. It also is proof that God has not abandoned humans because of our sinfulness, preached the Southern Baptist leader to some 3,200 college-aged students. more >>
A prominent conservative evangelical who was recently criticized for saying evangelicals need to repent of homophobia was extended an empathy card from an unlikely source this week.
Brian McLaren, who is considered an emergent pastor and whose teachings are rejected by evangelicals, released an open letter to Dr. Albert Mohler on Wednesday, lamenting the ridicule Mohler received from Christians.
"I wanted to express my sadness at the way your recent comments about repenting of homophobia were attacked and ridiculed by one of your fellow conservative Christians," McLaren wrote. more >>