Reformed theologian, pastor R.C. Sproul dies

Robert Charles "R.C." Sproul, the Reformed theologian, pastor, teacher, and lecturer who founded and chaired Ligonier Ministries and authored close to 100 books, including "The Holiness of God," died Thursday (Dec. 14). He was 78.

Christmas hospitality: How missions, parties collide

Planning to share Christ with your neighbors this Christmas season? Preston Fidler, a language trainer and church planter in Central Asia, shares how Christmas parties can have more of a Kingdom impact -- even if inviting people over is "as scary as Charles Dickens' Ghost of Christmas Future."

100 Christians killed in clashes with Nigerian herdsmen

More than 100 Christians have died in December clashes with Fulani herdsmen in northeastern Nigeria, and the military is suspected of aiding the attackers, Christian leaders there told World News.
  • Seminary's impact strengthens family's call to serve

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Friday, December 15, 2017 (22 hours ago)

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    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- As Lesley Hildreth walked across the stage with her daughter, Rachel Hildreth Breniser, at Binkley Chapel on Dec. 8 to receive their degrees, the moment represented not only personal accomplishments but also Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary's influence on the Hildreth family.

    "Southeastern is a key vehicle that has enabled us to serve the Lord better and serve the Lord together," said Scott Hildreth, director of the Center for Great Commission Studies at Southeastern, husband to Lesley and father to Rachel. Read More

  • Security tightens at small churches after TX shooting

    by David Roach, posted Friday, December 15, 2017 (17 hours ago)

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    EASTPOINTE, Mich. (BP) -- "Shell shocked." That's how Michigan pastor Mathew Vroman felt after learning of the Nov. 5 massacre at a small Sutherland Spring, Texas, church that left 26 worship attendees dead at the hands of a gunman.

    So Vroman, pastor of Eastside Community Church in Eastpointe, Mich., joined the expanding cadre of small- and medium-sized-church leaders who are developing security plans in an effort to prevent armed attacks and other threats at their churches. Read More

  • Cookie ministry provides comfort

    by Pam Horne, posted Wednesday, December 13, 2017 (2 days ago)

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    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- The simplicity of a single homemade cookie. Could it be a source of sustenance for those mourning the death of a loved one?

    Six and a half years and more than 50,000 cookies later, the answer is most definitely yes.

    When Evelyn Pearson first asked herself that question she was a longtime member of Oak Valley Baptist Church in Franklin, Tenn. She had experienced the deaths of her father-in-law and then her mother. Coping with the pain of loss led Pearson to attend a non-denominational ministry held at Oak Valley called GriefShare. Read More

  • Pew: Christmas celebrations, beliefs less religious

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, December 13, 2017 (2 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Most Americans believe society is increasingly abandoning the religious aspects of Christmas, according to new Pew Research Center findings, but most Americans are not troubled by the trend.

    Only 32 percent of Americans find the trend troubling, Pew found in the study released Dec. 12. While 56 percent of U.S. adults identified such a trend, a quarter of that group said the trend doesn't bother them.

    Concurrently, Pew said a religious appreciation of the season is declining among individuals themselves. Read More