New Skillet Album, Ken Sparks Movie, & Praying for Pastors
Christian band Skillet released a new album that lead singer John Cooper said represents a “positive rebellion,” against forces influencing Christians to live in fear. “Sparks – The Ken Sparks Story” continues in theaters a week after its debut, telling of the longtime Carson-Newman University coach who died in 2017. Finally, one of the most important things you can do is to pray for your pastor.
Christian band Skillet released a new album that lead singer John Cooper said represents a “positive rebellion,” against forces influencing Christians to live in fear.
The album, titled “Dominion,” is the 11th studio release for the highly successful rock band. It was written during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to music, another of Cooper’s passions has come to the forefront the past few years – standing up and speaking out about the truth of the Bible and the Gospel. For a variety of reasons, Cooper has become more vocal about Jesus and Christian values.
He said a Hollywood agent asked the group to consider to speak less about Jesus so they would become more of a mainstream band.
Cooper says that isn’t going to happen for the group as they are committed to talk about Jesus in everything they do.
He says the songs for the new album were written over Zoom and each band member would record their parts from their homes and then send them to a producer who put the songs together.
Skillet is one of the bands on the popular Winter Jam tour making its way across America this winter.
For 40 years, Ken Sparks coached and led thousands of young men on football fields in east Tennessee. Over that time his impact led to wins and championships, but also innumerable lives changed for the Gospel through the man referred to as “the Billy Graham of coaches.”
“Sparks – The Ken Sparks Story” continues in theaters a week after its debut, telling of the longtime Carson-Newman University coach who died in 2017. For 37 years, Sparks led the Eagles to five national championships and a 338-99-2 record, retiring fifth in all-time NCAA wins. In that time, he was also highly involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and an active member of Manley Baptist Church in Morristown.
When we come back we’ll tell you one of the most important things you can do for your pastor.
Good News for Today is made possible through our friends at The Voice of the Martyrs, a nonprofit organization that serves persecuted Christians around the world. Founded in 1967 by Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, VOM is dedicated to inspiring believers to deepen their commitment to Christ and to fulfill His Great Commission — no matter the cost. Find out more and sign up for their free monthly magazine at vom.org/goodnews.
Texas Baptist leader Matt Henslee recently shared a few ways church members can pray for their pastor.
He asks them to:
- Pray for your pastor’s family
- Pray for your pastor’s schedule
- Pray for your pastor’s sermon preparation
- Pray for your pastor’s preaching
- Pray for your pastor’s walk with God
You can read Henslee’s full article at Baptist Press.
More stories are available now at BaptistPress.com. Please subscribe to this podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.
AL Baptists Work to Build Camp in Alaska, Empty Historic Church Houses New Congregation & What We Should Learn From Gen Z
There’s a piece of land nestled next to a lake in Alaska, and Tommy Bishop said when he’s there, he thinks of somewhere else. Amanda Hicks knew there were bees inside the building that once housed Chula Baptist Church. Everyone in the small Missouri town knew that. And, what does Gen Z need?
With a recent mission trip to Australia, Fruit Cove Church in North Florida has reached its goal of extending its missions footprint to all seven continents. Author, speaker and a mentor to many, Rhonda Kelley was known for her vibrant spirit and dedication in serving women in the local church, in the seminary classroom, and at the state and denominational level. And, Augustine is credited as having said, “God had only one Son who never sinned, but He never had any sons who didn’t suffer.”
Celebration of New Missionaries, Nicaragua’s Crackdown on Catholic Church & Steps for Starting New Groups
62 new missionaries were commissioned last week by the International Mission Board. The celebration took place in Phoenix, Arizona. In a concerning turn of events, the situation for the Catholic community in Nicaragua has deteriorated. This year alone, nineteen priests have been forcibly expelled. And, Lifeway discipleship expert Ken Braddy offers tips on starting new groups in your local church.