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Southern Baptist missionaries serving in Tokyo set for Summer Olympics

In spite of numerous setbacks related to the Summer Olympics, Southern Baptists in Japan are going for the gold as they seek to engage the Japanese with the gospel. The Tokyo Games, originally … more

Vacation Bible School Reflection

"Children are a gift from the Lord, they are a reward from him." (Psalm 127:3). Children are a gift and as someone who recently had the opportunity to serve our kids ministry in VBS, I got to see how … more

Summer Blast at Shadow Mountain Community Church

After a year of not having kids on site for Summer Blast, Shadow Mountain Community Church (SMCC) in El Cajon was excited to once again host their summer program on July 12 through July 16. Summer … more

Why churches need to be multigenerational, and why it’s hard to do

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article originally ran at chucklawless.com. Many churches consist of one primary generation, and that’s not the healthiest church. At … more

What a week at New Song Community Church!

We hosted our 20th annual Kids Camp July 12-16, 2021.  We enjoyed a record number of in attendance and salvations with 327 and 86, respectively.  God is good! We offered 10 … more

Senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Clairemont

My name is Adam Christman and I am a California native. I grew up in Bakersfield, and the Lord saved me in my home there when my mother led me to the Lord. I married Rachel just over 15 years ago, … more

The Pathway to Humility

Leaders can often become their own biggest obstacle. When they start to see fruitfulness in their ministries, they may be tempted to make everything about themselves. This, of course, is … more

Wes Coddington

Stunned! I can’t think of a more descriptive adjective to explain my feelings when I read Karen Coddington’s short paragraph announcing the battle of her husband, Wes, against … more

When Southern Baptists Share the Gospel with Democrats, You May Get Christian Democrats!

I grew up in a liberal family in Southern California. I belonged to the Bahá’í faith and was raised by two hippies. My grandfather was the first civil rights writer for … more

7 Steps to Leading Through Change

When I served as a campus and executive pastor in the D.C. area, I recruited a man named Bob Krulogoski as a small group leader at our first multisite campus. As our campus grew, we elevated Bob as a … more

How To Preach To A Difficult Audience

Speaking to a broken heart is like giving nourishment to a starving child. Speaking to a hard heart is like correcting a rebellious teenager. So how do you do it? If you're looking for an easy … more

7 Secrets to Overcoming Discouragement

No matter what’s discouraging you today, know this: You’re not alone. The greatest missionary in the history of the church faced all kinds of discouraging circumstances. In 2 Corinthians, … more

Firefighters Warn: Never Leave Water Bottles Sitting in a Hot Car

With summer rapidly approaching, firefighters are warning people to never leave clear plastic water bottles in a hot car. It seems like the opposite thing you would hear as temperatures heat … more

Crying as a Spiritual Discipline May Change How You See the World

(RNS) Early in seminary, I had a startling realization: I hadn’t cried in years. While this isn’t particularly unusual — sadly, it’s all too normative — it struck me as … more

“Jesus Can Do Nothing. Jesus Is Nothing”: Muslim Vows to Kill Herself on Live Christian Broadcast if Jesus Doesn’t Stop Her

Padina is what you would call your “model Muslim.” The young Iranian woman was born and raised on the Quran—studying and memorizing its scripture every day before school. She … more

How the Church Can Help with Mental Health

I’ve always believed and taught that God uses our pain to help others. I’ve seen that to be true over and over in my life—and in the lives of those in our Saddleback family. Much of … more

Joint effort aims to get Bible in all languages

OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) – Mart Green has a vision that everyone in the world will have the Bible in their own heart language in the next 12 years. Green, founder and CEO of Mardel Christian & … more

Translation app leaves eternal impact

DULUTH, Ga. (BP) – A simple furniture purchase turned into a life-changing experience for two men visiting Pastor James Merritt this past weekend. Merritt, pastor of Cross Pointe Church in … more

Saddleback's Kay Warren: Church is 'vital' to combating mental health crisis

As the pandemic has resulted in increased anxiety and depressive disorder among Americans, Saddleback Church co-founder Kay Warren says the Church can play a unique role in caring for those with … more

When Fear Gets in the Way of Your Relationships

Relationships are at the heart of every effective ministry. Whether they are with your spouse, your family, your staff, your church, or your community, you can’t lead well without having good … more
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