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2021 VBS archaeology theme leads kids to unearth truth about Jesus

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Next summer, kids will roll up their sleeves and grab excavation gear as they head to archaeological sites of present-day Israel with "Destination Dig," the 2021 Vacation Bible School theme from LifeWay Christian Resources.

Women ‘dive into God’s Word’ during COVID-19

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Amanda Strauwald doesn't want things to go back to the way they were before COVID-19 -- at least, not when it comes to the new perspective she has on life. In studying the story of Gideon through an online Bible study, Strauwald said she's been reminded of how the Lord shows up in difficulties and uses weaknesses.

New resource helps parents of teens tackle ‘discipleship deficit’ at home

NASHVILLE (BP) -- As a former youth pastor of 15 years, Zac Workun believes most parents of teenagers want to take the lead in discipling their kids; they just don't always know how. "For many busy families, discipleship is either relegated to church on Sundays, or is too big of a task for parents to know where to begin," said Workun, LifeWay student ministry specialist. "We wanted to create something that would help student pastors partner with parents who need specific and accomplishable next steps."

Church honors local heroes on International Firefighters’ Day

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. (BP) -- More than 70 firefighters were doused with support last week as members of First Baptist Church of Winter Garden, Fla., found creative ways to celebrate their local heroes in the midst of a pandemic. On May 3, after watching a livestream worship service from home, church members drove by the two First Baptist Winter Garden campuses to drop off baked cookies and homemade cards illustrated by their children. Hanging outside one of the churches was a large banner that read, "First Baptist Loves Our Firefighters."

LifeWay begins new strategies to better serve customers

NASHVILLE (BP) -- The year LifeWay Christian Resources was formed, Thomas Edison filed a patent for a motion picture device, the game of basketball was invented and Arthur Conan Doyle penned his first Sherlock Holmes novel. That year was 1891, when LifeWay -- then called the Sunday School Board -- launched with the mission of creating Sunday School resources for churches.

Nik Ripken’s ‘dangerous’ book about sacrifice

NASHVILLE (BP) -- World missions veteran Nik Ripken wants the church to rethink sacrifice. "Sacrifice in the Western context is negative where it should be one of positive joy," said Ripken, a 30-year missionary and one of the world's leading experts on the persecuted church. "It expresses one's faith for today while building one's soul to serve more powerfully tomorrow." Ripken believes this kind of joy has a role to play not just for missionaries and those living in ...

ETCH: Helping kids, student ministries ‘Thrive’

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Between wrangling toddlers, filling volunteer spots and helping teens navigate adolescence, the responsibilities that lace kids and student ministry can make for a tough gig. But God doesn't intend for these crucial ministries to merely survive, but to thrive, said leaders at the 2019 ETCH Family Ministry Conference held October 7-9 at the Music City Center.

Kendricks discuss new film’s unique qualities

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Alex and Stephen Kendrick's latest film "Overcomer," which is now in theaters, breaks the mold from their previous movies in one important way. "Every movie we've done before has contained a 'go-and-do' call to action," Alex Kendrick said. "This one isn't go-and-do; it's know-and-understand."

Mandrell installed as LifeWay’s 10th president

NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources trustees, employees and special guests gathered at the organization's headquarters on Monday (Aug. 26) to celebrate the inauguration of Ben Mandrell as the 10th president of LifeWay. On a day marked with heavy rain and overcast skies, Mandrell forecast a bright future for the organization -- not just in fiscal growth, but in the spiritual impact LifeWay will continue to make throughout the world.

LifeWay, amid growing impact, wins key Spanish awards

MIAMI (BP) -- LifeWay Global and its B&H Publishing Español division, in its growing Hispanic impact, garnered a dozen awards -- more than any other publisher -- at the Spanish Evangelical Publishers Association's (SEPA) awards banquet Aug. 7. The annual event recognizes the highest quality and excellence in the publication, sale and marketing of Spanish Christian literature.