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FIRST-PERSON: The wisdom of the ages

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP) – A friend recounted her visit to a family member in an assisted living facility. Not only did she spend time with her relative, she also had a long chat with a few other residents and their families. “I don’t think we do that enough,” she said, explaining how the group – varied in age and life experience – simply enjoyed each other’s company.

Pastor’s second-grade teacher’s impact drives his educational outreach

DECATUR, Ga. (BP) -- Church planter and pastor Emory Berry Jr.’s passion for serving the educational community has its roots in his second-grade public school teacher of decades ago, Lillie Courtney, who also taught him Sunday School.

Soul City Church: ‘We’re going to raise a generation’

JACKSON, Miss. (BP) -- After months of work, Soul City Church in the heart of midtown Jackson has reopened an abandoned city swimming pool as a ministry to the neighborhood served by the church – and that’s not all.

Tony and Lauren Dungy: On faith and family, football and race, winning and losing

(RNS) — Retired NFL coach Tony Dungy and his wife Lauren see the key parts of their life — football and family — as forms of ministry.

SBC DIGEST: Pastor, SBC influencer Jeffrey Curtis dies; Leaders urge McConnell to reject marriage bill

Pastor Jeffrey Curtis remembered as ‘intentional role model’; Mohler, Allen among signatories of letter denouncing marriage bill,

FIRST-PERSON: Why it’s vital to invest in the women of your church

NASHVILLE (BP) – Most pastors recognize the need to develop and train leaders and volunteers in their churches. In fact, more pastors identify this as a ministry difficulty they face than any other difficulty in ministry.

Pastor’s ‘Two Minute Doctrine’ video series reflects a lifetime of discipleship

SUMMERVILLE, Ga. (BP) – The videos cover a lot of ground. In one, Sean Wegener goes over the basics of reading the Bible. In another, he explains the background of the Cooperative Program. In yet one more, he’s running alongside Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi on the lava planet Mustafar in a heated lightsaber duel.

FIRST-PERSON: Step forward in your faith

EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – If you were a high-powered Washington attorney, the right-hand man to the President of the United States, sentenced to prison for committing a felony crime – and then had a genuine salvation experience in the midst of the chaos surrounding your personal life – what would you do after the dust had settled?

Celebrate Recovery is Maryland church’s ‘discipleship factory’

HUNTINGTOWN, Md. (BP) – Many people know that Celebrate Recovery (CR) is a place for those struggling with hurts, hang-ups and habits. But Marc Bartholomew, the CR pastor and a leader at Emmanuel Church, knows it’s more than that. “It’s a discipleship factory,” he said.

FIRST-PERSON: The ever-lurking threat

LEBANON, Tenn. (BP) – One of the greatest threats to Christians in America today is our tendency to conform our beliefs and morals to align with the culture.