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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.

Church’s tech investment helps weather COVID, prepare for the future

CROFTON, Md. (BP) – In January of last year Keith Hinton, executive pastor at First Baptist Church Crofton, spoke with a friend at another church in town. Both oversaw the technology of their respective congregations and concerns over the coronavirus had introduced a question: How would we have church … if we can’t have church?

‘Way Maker’ top 2020 worship song

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (BP) – "Way Maker" was the top worship song in 2020 as churches sought comfort in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, based on Faithlife's report of more than 2.2 million uses of its Proclaim software.

Gospel hymn DVD outreach takes church to dementia patients

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (BP) – Gospel singer Gerald Wolfe was visiting his father, who was suffering from Parkinson's disease dementia at a care facility, when a guitarist playing "In the Sweet By and By" struck a chord of memory among patients there.

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.

Americans’ mental health outlook drops, but not for regular church attenders

A recent Gallup study reveals a connection between regular church attendance and a positive self-evaluation of one’s mental health.

North Carolina pastor shares godly love on Tik Tok as Original Panda Man

CANTON, N.C. (BP) – In his own words, Worship Pastor Nathan Parrish developed his Tik Tok username Original Panda Man because he "was a big guy" and "had dark circles" around his eyes.

10th anniversary ‘Courageous’ updates storyline with fresh scenes, new ending

ALBANY, Ga. (BP) -- They ceremoniously took an oath to be men of courage. The 2011 movie "Courageous" ended with the lead cast of fathers in various stages of fulfilling their new vow to God and their families.

FIRST-PERSON: Engaging the next generation on mental health

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – According to a recent Barna study, half of 18-year-olds in the U.S. report anxiety and fear of failure, and about 40 percent say they often feel sad or depressed. Thirty-four percent of young people say they feel lonely and isolated from others.