Even Christians will often choose nature over church, Bruce Gourley says. (Creative Commons photo by Moyan Brenn)
Even Christians will often choose nature over church, Bruce Gourley says. (Creative Commons photo by Moyan Brenn)

For some, another threat to church survival: natural beauty

A new study suggests a connection between low church attendance and scenic nature. The outdoors, it says, can satisfy spiritual needs the church attempts to provide.

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SBC parliamentarian ‘converts’ from long affiliation with Christian Church

After helping Southern Baptist Convention presidents navigate parliamentary procedure during contentious annual meetings throughout the “conservative resurgence,” Barry McCarty has finally taken the plunge to become a Southern Baptist.

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State convention challenges church’s acceptance of gays

Leaders of the South Carolina Baptist Convention are asking First Baptist Church in Greenville — which has already disassociated with the Southern Baptist Convention and its local association — to sever its final ties with Southern Baptists after the historic church adopted a new policy of non-discrimination against gays.

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Preacher camp members discuss sermon series ideas during their most recent annual gathering in North Carolina. (Photo courtesy of Amy Butler)
Preacher camp members discuss sermon series ideas during their most recent annual gathering in North Carolina. (Photo courtesy of Amy Butler)

‘Preacher camp’ inspires sermons, ministries and lives of 6 pastors

What began as a way to brainstorm sermon series ideas has evolved into friendship and pastoral ministry for a small group of Baptist pastors.

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Ted Cruz urges evangelicals to vote in 2016

The Texas Republican and member of First Baptist Church in Houston says evangelical non-voters “leave electing our leaders to unbelievers” and therefore “get exactly what we deserve.”

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Coalition opposes taxpayer-funded discrimination

A broad coalition of 130 organizations joined forces Aug 20 to ask President Barack Obama to end taxpayer-funded discrimination in social service programs which receive financing under the “faith-based” initiative.

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Jimmy Carter says his future ‘in the hands of God’

The lifelong Baptist says he is “ready for anything” and “looking forward to a new adventure” in his fight against cancer.

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Advocates urge Nepal to avoid criminalizing religious conversion

More than 350 people from a dozen countries sent a letter to Nepal’s political leaders.

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Short-term mission trips should focus on relationship building rather than seeking personal fulfillment for participants, some Baptist ministers say. (Creative Commons photo by David Amsler)
Short-term mission trips should focus on relationship building rather than seeking personal fulfillment for participants, some Baptist ministers say. (Creative Commons photo by David Amsler)

Ministers, churches seek end to ‘mission tourism’

Baptist leaders say the historic, western style of short-term mission trips were more about self-fulfiment rather than transforming the lives of impoverished people. They are calling for more thoughtful, missional approaches where the goal is to participate in God’s transformative action around the world.

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Anti-nuke activist chastises politicians for rhetoric about proposed Iran deal

In a Christian Post interview, evangelical activist Tyler Wigg-Stevenson called recent comments by Mike Huckabee and Michelle Bachmann “outrageous” and “irresponsible.”

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Minister charged with murder appears in court

Richard Shahan, accused of his wife’s murder in 2013, is now scheduled to stand trial April 18, 2016.

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Global Women wins Best of Pelham Award

Global Women “envisions a world where every woman is empowered by the love of God, valued by her community and equipped to fulfill her unique purpose.”

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Experts say Baby Boomers want their retirement years to be filled with meaningful activities -- and that churches should help them achieve that goal. (Creative Commons photo by Bill Stanley)
Experts say Baby Boomers want their retirement years to be filled with meaningful activities -- and that churches should help them achieve that goal. (Creative Commons photo by Bill Stanley)

Churches must be creative to meet coming ‘Boomer wave’

While not as ‘glamorous’ as reaching out to Millennials, attracting Boomers can revitalize the mission and ministries of churches, congregational coaches say.

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Former Union University student pleads guilty to murder

Charlie Pittman, 22, was sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to murdering 21-year-old Olivia Greenlee and staging her death to look like a suicide.

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