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FIRST-PERSON: So much more than Sunday morning

DALLAS (BP) – A strong, late summer thunderstorm blew through the Metroplex one afternoon a few weeks ago. I watched it from my office window, and it seemed to leave just as quickly as it came.

Teens hold high view of Bible but don’t read it often, Barna finds

DALLAS (BP) -- Bryan Loritts, teaching pastor of The Summit Church and a new member of the North American Mission Board’s Send Network leadership team, pinpoints the crux of the latest data release from a global Barna study on how teens embrace the Bible.

FIRST-PERSON: God’s Word is worthy of our wholehearted devotion

LONGVIEW, Texas (BP) – One of the foundational beliefs we share as Southern Baptists concerns the nature of the Bible. Historic Christianity teaches that the origin of the Scriptures is not man, but God Himself. So when we hear the words of Scripture, we are hearing the voice of God.

Americans’ theological beliefs changed to suit post-pandemic practice

NASHVILLE (BP) – Americans experienced seismic changes over the past two years, including, for many, how they attend church. The shift in behavior coincides with a shift in theology.

FIRST-PERSON: Disruptive moments

EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – Julie Thompson’s bend in the road began with the discovery of a lump. For James P. Colepepper, it was a visit from police officers who told him his “identity” had been stolen and his credit cards had been used to finance an illegal operation. For Todd Smith, it was the news that his company was filing for bankruptcy and laying off its employees.

Bible Study: Don’t play favorites

When we discriminate between people, we are making judgment calls we have no place or authority to make.

Pruitt sees an opportunity to reach Gen Z

NASHVILLE (BP) – Shane Pruitt, national Next Gen director for the North American Mission Board (NAMB), says churches now more than ever have the opportunity to step into the brokenness of Generation Z with the hope of the Gospel. 

FIRST-PERSON: Doctrine (theology) and behavior (practice) always go together

LA MIRADA, Calif. (BP) -- No one can really know God and not serve Him, and no one can adequately serve God without knowing Him.

Pastors’ playful Twitter exchange highlights a love for books

NASHVILLE (BP) – Mac Brunson’s dad had an eighth-grade education. But every night, he’d stop by his son’s room to make sure young Mac had read his Bible that night.

FIRST-PERSON: Confession and cooperation

TIGERVILLE, S.C. (BP) – Southern Baptists have begun a public conversation about the relationship between our confession of faith and our commitment to cooperation.