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Donaciones fuertes en organizaciones religiosas a pesar de la baja económica

NASHVILLE (BP) -- La economía estadounidense podría haber registrado la mayor reducción en su historia durante los meses pasados (un 32.9 por ciento de reducción en el PBI, para ser exactos). Pero las donaciones caritativas han permanecido fuertes inclusive cuando la crisis financiera les ha causado una gran necesidad a ellos.

Faith-based giving strong despite economic downturn

NASHVILLE (BP) -- The American economy may have recorded the largest contraction in its history over the past few months (a 32.9 percent reduction in GDP, to be exact). But charitable giving has remained strong even as the financial crisis has caused a great need for it.

FIRST-PERSON: Two percent of my life

The work done at the annual meeting is important. Sometimes eternally so, Laura Erlanson says. But the fellowship is important too.

Homebound Nashville style: Studio musicians’ video reaches one million

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Last week, lying in bed, music arranger and producer David Wise had an idea. Like seemingly everyone else in the world, he was troubled by the ongoing crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic and wondered how he might help. Today, that moment of inspiration has encouraged more than a million people. The video of singers joining together on the hymn "It Is Well with My Soul," produced by Wise, was released only yesterday (March 25), and its exponential impact caught him off guard.

Charles Stanley: photography an ‘awesome opportunity’

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Charles Stanley's journey into photography began decades ago with a borrowed camera he had no idea how to use. "I didn't have a camera, and I was going on a mission trip to Haiti," he told attendees at the 2019 Southeastern Photojournalism Conference. "My wife had the finest camera Kodak made in those days, and she said, 'Why don't you just take my camera?'" With some coaching from the man seated next to him on the plane to Haiti, he learned just enough for the trip. "I was there for about three weeks. I came home with the most incredible photos and didn't know what I was doing most of the time."

For Ricky Skaggs, God’s plan is personal, perfect

NASHVILLE (BP) -- In the fall of 2017, Ricky Skaggs found himself in Texas with nothing to do for a day, after a church canceled his scheduled Saturday night appearance. He remembered a friend of a friend who lived in the area -- someone Skaggs wanted to meet after the man had sent words of encouragement for Skaggs via text messages to their mutual friend. So he made a few phone calls, and soon the country and bluegrass music star found himself in a stranger's home in Bertram, Texas. After a brief exchange of pleasantries, the man said, "The Lord is giving you more fame to glorify His name.... [T]his is the year that you'll go into the Country Music Hall of Fame." Skaggs wrote the man's words down in a notebook and even recorded the conversation on his iPad. The man made the prediction one year to the day before its fulfillment. Skaggs was inducted into the hallowed hall Sunday, Oct. 21.

Casting Crowns’ singer undergoes cancer surgery

MCDONOUGH, Ga. (BP) -- Mark Hall, lead singer of contemporary Christian band Casting Crowns, underwent surgery to remove a kidney March 11. Doctors found a solid mass in the kidney earlier this month and were 90 percent certain it was cancer, according to a post on the band's website March 5. Hall's wife Melanie, who often blogs at the band's website, called the pathology report a miracle, noting the encased mass had not spread inside the kidney or anywhere else.

Andraé Crouch kindled ‘new dimension’ of worship

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Legendary gospel songwriter and performer Andraé Crouch has died at the age of 72. Crouch's songs -- among them: "My Tribute," "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power," "Soon and Very Soon," "Bless the Lord" and "Through It All" -- have become standards and are included in the hymnals of both African American and Anglo churches.

Christian music stars remember Adrian Rogers

NASHVILLE (BP) -- The music program of Bellevue Baptist Church near Memphis has been a flagship among SBC churches for decades. So it may be no surprise that longtime Bellevue pastor Adrian Rogers had strong opinions about music. He knew what he liked. And he knew what he didn't.

Composer, hymn writer Buryl Red dies

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Prolific Baptist composer and hymn writer Buryl Red died April 1 at the age of 76.       Red was the founding musical director and conductor of The CenturyMen, a men's choir made up of Baptist church music directors from around the world. ...