Halloween draws focus of new study

When it comes to Halloween, most Americans don’t have a problem celebrating the spooky holiday, a new study shows. Yet, one-third say they avoid Halloween or its pagan elements. Although 3 in 5 Americans told LifeWay Research that Halloween is “all in good fun,” 21 percent avoid the holiday completely and another 14 percent avoid […]

At Sturgis, Alaskan grocer finds divine appointment

When Mike Cooper learned about the 2015 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally from his pastor in Alaska, he felt compelled to go. The veteran grocer had never been to a motorcycle rally, nor does he have a souped-up Harley-Davidson, but his determination wasn’t about the debauchery at the seven-day Sturgis rally. Cooper wanted to volunteer for evangelism […]

S.C. floods: Follow the progress of Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers

A South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief official is predicting that it will take years for the state to recover from recent extensive flooding of the past two days, and he says South Carolina Baptists will be front and center in that effort. “This will be a marathon, not a 100-yard dash,” said Randy Creamer, disaster relief […]

S.C. flood response: Southern Baptists mobilize

With dams continuing to fail in South Carolina Oct. 7, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief leaders gathered by conference call to plan a multi-state long-term response to historic flooding that has overwhelmed the state. SBDR command centers have been established at the South Carolina Baptist Convention office in Columbia and at the Charleston Baptist Association where […]

October is Pastor Appreciation Month

Imagine if pastors received the same support and accolades reserved for college football coaches. While many churches encourage their pastors well — and some do an exemplary job — many pastors feel closer to last year’s fired head coach than the man with the post-game TV show. Enter pastor appreciation month in October. Pastors need […]

God’s hand is upon church’s ‘Celebrate Recovery’ ministry

Chris McDaniel is the worship pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Dalton, Ga., and the ministry leader for their Celebrate Recovery ministry. He was formerly with the multiplatinum-selling country group Confederate Railroad. He spent 16 years with the group until 2000, when he found himself in the middle of a $70,000-a-year cocaine addiction. McDaniel went […]

10 Ways To Help an Addicted Friend

Substance abuse takes many forms. Whether a person is struggling with prescription drugs, illicit drugs, alcohol or tobacco, the toll on the user and those around him or her is clear and often devastating. Millions of people tell of the total loss of control of their lives they experienced through substance abuse. Around 20 percent of […]

5 Facts About Substance Abuse in America

Alcohol is the most commonly abused — and most deadly — drug in America. In 2012, 71 percent of Americans reported they drank in the past year; 56.3 percent reported that they drank in the past month. An estimated 17 million Americans have an alcohol use disorder — a medical term that includes both alcoholism and […]

Student-led prayer day continues strong run

The student-led See You at the Pole prayer initiative drew more than 1 million students globally in prayer at schools on the event’s 25th anniversary Sept. 23. While exact numbers have not been tabulated of those who gathered to pray, See You at the Pole (SYATP) has continued to grow since its 1990 birth with […]