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New Skillet album a ‘positive rebellion’ against fear

NASHVILLE (BP) – Christian band Skillet released a new album today (Jan. 14) that lead singer John Cooper said represents a “positive rebellion,” against forces influencing Christians to live in fear.

Documentary shows athletic success, kingdom impact of Carson-Newman coach

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. (BP) – For 40 years, Ken Sparks coached and led thousands of young men on football fields in east Tennessee. Over that time his impact led to wins and championships, but also innumerable lives changed for the Gospel through the man referred to as “the Billy Graham of coaches.”

SBC DIGEST: AAEO materials released; Send Relief to hold online discussion on human trafficking

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering promotional materials available; Send Relief to hold online discussion on human trafficking

Baptist Church Music Conference offers help in changing world

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (BP) – As the landscape of church music continues to shift, the Baptist Church Music Conference (BCMC) remains a constant presence and help for Southern Baptist musicians at all levels of involvement – the local church, denominational work and education.

4 ethical issues in technology to watch for in 2022

For the past few years, I have had the opportunity to highlight some of the top ethical issues in technology to be aware of as we begin each new year. In 2021, I wrote about the concerning trends of content moderation – especially with regard to free speech and religious freedom in the digital public square – as well as the growing concerns over facial recognition technologies and the ongoing debate over personal privacy. While many of these same issues will likely carry over into 2022, some have given way to larger concerns about pervasive surveillance, in addition to the threat of digital authoritarianism around the world.

Church music landscape rearranged as big publishers close

NASHVILLE (BP) – When it announced last month it was shutting down, Brentwood Benson became the latest in a line of major church music publishers closing their doors. Last year saw the bankruptcy of Lorenz Corp., which had purchased choral giant Word Music in 2017. Then a few months ago, Lifeway released its last box of new choral offerings for churches.

NEWS DIGEST: Lysa TerKeurst announces divorce; Big Daddy Weave bassist dies

Prolific women’s ministry speaker and writer Lysa TerKeurst will divorce her husband of 29 years, she announced over the weekend.

Youth leaders point to the Gospel, Christian counseling to help with America’s youth mental health crisis

ROCKWELL, Texas (BP) – Lauren Coats has seen firsthand the impact of a growing mental health crisis among young people. The number of calls from parents of teens and children looking for help to her three metro Dallas counseling centers has nearly doubled in less than two years.

“American Underdog” tells the football and faith journey of Kurt Warner

NASHVILLE (BP) – Going from working in a supermarket to winning the Super Bowl seems like something out of a movie, but that is exactly the story of NFL Hall of Famer Kurt Warner depicted in the new film “American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story.”

Pastor launches new ministry in wake of cancer fight

VALRICO, Fla. (BP) – For almost 30 years, Shannon Eads has been running the race with endurance serving in churches, supporting struggling churches in associations, and working as a Florida Church Partner with Lifeway Christian Resources.