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Most pastors feel supported by other local ministers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The vast majority of pastors say they feel support from other ministers in their communities, but that encouragement is less prevalent in some places.

Surgical misstep leads Ohio pastor to dietary life change, testimony

COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- Before his "eureka moment," one of Pastor Reginald Hayes' favorite meals was a McDonald's fish sandwich. He could buy one, eat it in the car and be tempted to buy another upon reaching the next McDonald's just around the corner.

COVID-19 affected anti-trafficking effort, report says

WASHINGTON (BP) – Human traffickers took advantage of the conditions produced by the COVID-19 pandemic in the last year, but those working to combat the trade in human beings adapted their efforts to protect the vulnerable and aid victims, according to the U.S. State Department.

‘It is OK to get help’ for mental illness, Oklahoma WMU president says

OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) – When Julie Busler returned to America with her family after serving as missionaries, everything seemed great from the outside. No one would have guessed she had returned due to a mental health crisis.

Southern Baptists join others in Mental Health Awareness month

NASHVILLE (BP) – Attention to mental health across the country increased over the last year due to the potential effects brought on by the coronavirus shutdown. It’s a touch point, though, that has been gathering steam across the Southern Baptist Convention since 2013.

FIRST-PERSON: 3 reasons pastors avoid counseling when they need it

NASHVILLE (BP) – “Too fast!” my wife Lynley screamed as I drove down a steep hill caked in snow. The vehicle picked up speed like a roller coaster on first fall.

Pandemic division causing pastors to leave ministry, pastoral mentor says

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) – Brian Croft jokes that masks are the new "color of the carpet argument" in churches, with similarly poor outcomes. Pastors are resigning from the stress "kind of in a way I've never really seen."

Pastors express ‘decision fatigue’, ‘ministerial frustration’ as COVID-19 pandemic lingers

LEXINGTON, Tenn. (BP) – For the second time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Rock Hill Baptist Church in rural west Tennessee was resuming onsite worship. Then, Pastor Richard Bray was exposed to the virus and the church had to transition once again to remote worship while Bray waited weeks for his test results.

Bible Study: God sees, knows and cares when we’re depressed

In our moments of despair and depression, we may feel no one sees or cares; but God sees, knows and cares. God will set us free from the tight space of depressing thoughts and bring us to a spacious place.

Pornhub’s steps inadequate, SBC leaders say

NASHVILLE (BP) – Pornhub’s recent reaction after its site was reported to be swarming with rape videos, even of children, still falls short of what is needed, a Southern Baptist theologian and an ethicist said.