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Personal victory from pornography addiction drives church recovery ministry

LANSING, Mich. (BP) – Sam Black walked outside his Florida home decades ago and saw his older brother and a friend reading a magazine sideways.

Letters help young woman grieve her best friend, slain at school

LEONARDTOWN, Md. — Traumatized following the tragic shooting and subsequent death of one of her best friends, Macy McCombs published “Letters to Jaelynn: A True Story of Friendship, Loss, and Healing,” released this week. In the book, she shares the story of Jaelynn Willey’s death and the impact it had on her, her friends and the community and how God sustained them through it all. And she does it through (email) letters she wrote to Jaelynn — for years after her death.

Alarming rise in mental health struggles shows young women in ‘identity crisis’

NASHVILLE (BP) – Young people’s mental health is in trouble, especially young women’s. Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows a whopping 57 percent of young women said they felt “persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness” during 2021. That’s up from 36 percent just 10 years ago.

Pastors’ mental well-being flourishes in the woods, on the water

NASHVILLE (BP) — Terry Fant talked about getting tired, not from the Gospel itself, but undeniably what is required in being a pastor.

Covenant Eyes app reinstated in Google Play store

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Google Play has reinstated apps for pornography accountability software Covenant Eyes and Accountable2You after resolving invasion of privacy concerns that software leaders said were erroneous.

SBC DIGEST: Georgia Baptist health foundation awards $8.8M; Committee affirms BGCT-Baylor relationship

Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation grants $8.8M to medically underserved; Committee affirms BGCT-Baylor relationship.

States move to block childhood transgender surgery

PIERRE, S.D. (BP) -- South Dakota and Utah are the latest states to pass laws banning transgender surgeries on children under 18, moving against court challenges to such limitations in other states.

Human trafficking and the Big Game

PHOENIX (BP) – As thousands of fans gather in person to attend Super Bowl LVII in Phoenix this weekend and millions more watch on television, missionaries and volunteers with Send Relief’s Los Angeles Ministry Center will be on the streets of Phoenix, keeping a watchful eye out for human trafficking activity.

Recovery experts urge churches toward awareness, training amid fentanyl epidemic

NASHVILLE (BP) – A Google search for “fentanyl overdose” reveals recent stories of the deaths of three middle-aged Texans, a teen in California and a toddler in South Carolina.

Next Gen leader: It’s time for mental health to be a part of student ministry

NASHVILLE (BP) — Shane Pruitt’s background in observing students is tough to top. Last year alone, he spoke at 117 events to more than 260,000 in attendance, recording more than 30,000 salvations and 1,500 called into the ministry. He also helped coach more than 6,200 collegiate and student leaders.