SUPER BOWL: For 49ers’ Matthews, locker room a place of ministry

The impact of Jordan Matthews on the San Francisco 49ers isn’t something that can be measured by his football performance. The wide receiver has spent most of the season on the inactive list, playing in only three games and catching four passes. But that’s OK with him — because Matthews knows that the eternal impact […]

Athletes emphasize Who’s Your One ahead of Super Bowl

Troy Sadowski was the first All-American tight end that the University of Georgia ever had, and he went on to have a 10-year career in the National Football League playing for six different teams, including the Falcons, Steelers and Jets. Despite the sterling athletic career, something was missing. “The first 31 years of my life, […]

Prayer in schools gets presidential nod

In observance of National Religious Freedom Day, President Donald Trump hosted a gathering Jan. 16 of students from different religions to affirm the right of students to pray in school.  Students at the event held in the Oval Office included those of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths, NPR reported.  In a statement released by […]

SBC guide released to help churches prevent sexual abuse

Churches may access a new resource produced by a Southern Baptist partnership to provide guidance on preventing sexual abuse and providing care for survivors of such abuse. The Sexual Abuse Advisory Group and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission have unveiled “The Introductory Guide to Caring Well: A Resource to Help Churches Care Well for […]

Adoptions ‘ironic blessing’ focus of seminary professor’s book

When Todd Chipman and his wife, Julie, finalized their adoption of two grade-school-aged sisters, the courtroom was packed with excited members of the Kansas City, Kan., congregation that he pastors. Members of The Master’s Community Church even arranged for the judge to give American Girl dolls to the sisters from the bench. So overwhelming was […]

Send Relief, churches serve Puerto Rico as needs persist

Junior Martinez’s church, Iglesia Bautista La Gracia (Grace Baptist Church) in Yauco, Puerto Rico, has served as a shelter for survivors following the Jan. 7 earthquake off the southern coast of the island. This past week, he received an invitation to meet with the town’s mayor to discuss the continued needs the community is facing. […]

New CDC report shows abortions continue to decline

The latest statistics demonstrate once again reported abortions in the United States have continued to decline. The number of abortions fell in one year by more than 13,000 to 623,471 in 2016, the latest year for which data is available, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a Nov. 29 report. […]

Do You Know the Top Bible Verse of 2019?

YouVersion Bible app announced its most popular verse of 2019, Philippians 4:6: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” The globally influential app has seen significant increase in downloads, engagement and consistent interaction from users new and returning around the world. […]