Pregnancy Support Centers, Double Burdens, & Worship Music
Tensions are high after weekend attacks at pregnancy support centers and protests at churches following the leaked Supreme Court document indicating the possible overturn of the court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Baptist ministers in Ukraine express a double burden, helping others survive the war while struggling to survive themselves. And a new study entitled “Worship at the Speed of Sound,” from Southern Wesleyan University professor Mike Tapper and colleagues, found that the lifespan of a hit worship song has declined dramatically in recent years.
Tensions are high after weekend attacks at pregnancy support centers and protests at churches following the leaked Supreme Court document indicating the possible overturn of the court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
“Our mission hasn’t changed,” Care Net-Madison (Wis.) Chief Executive Officer Sara Patterson told. Care Net’s facility was allegedly attacked. Investigators are looking into a fire set in the facility and the attempted used of a Molotov cocktail. In addition to the fire, messages scrawled on its building included, “If abortions aren’t safe then you aren’t either.”
The close proximity has spurred Care Net, where several Southern Baptists volunteer, to request more security.
“We’re OK so far but asking police to patrol extra,” Patterson told BP in email May 8.
Similar reports were made across the country over the weekend.
Baptist ministers in Ukraine express a double burden, helping others survive the war while struggling to survive themselves.
“They not only carry the burdens of those people they minister to,” Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary President Yarsolav “Slavik” Pyzh, told Baptist Press, “they’re carrying the same burdens themselves, because you’re living in the midst of war.
During 10 weeks of escalating war since Russia attacked Ukraine, the seminary has served as a refugee shelter and humanitarian aid center, helping thousands flee the war and sending food and supplies to several eastern communities that are the most embattled. Mass graves with bodies of civilians have been discovered in Kyiv and Bucha, with evidence of many being executed or shot at close range.
As of May 9, more than 7,000 civilians have died in the war in Ukraine, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.
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A new study entitled “Worship at the Speed of Sound,” from Southern Wesleyan University professor Mike Tapper and colleagues, found that the lifespan of a hit worship song has declined dramatically in recent years.
In the mid-1990s, a popular song like “Refiner’s Fire,” or “In the Secret” had a lifespan of about a dozen years, rising for four to five years before hitting a slow decline. Two decades later, that lifespan has dropped down to three to four years, with songs like “Even So Come” or “Here as in Heaven” rising rapidly, then disappearing, according to the study, based on 32 years of CCLI data.
Tapper said the pace of new music, driven by technology, which allows new songs to be distributed far and wide quickly, has played a role in the declining lifespan of songs. So has the high quality of songs being produced, he said, which gives church leaders an overwhelming number of options.
Tapper and his team are trying to walk a fine line. They’re glad people are writing worship songs and are eager to sing God’s praises. But they worry about the unintended consequences of turning worship music into a disposable commodity – something Tapper says reflects the influence of the broader culture on churches.
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Church Responds to Online Threat, Worship Pastor Wins on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ & Praising God in Prayer
Police in Haymarket, Virginia responded in textbook fashion to neutralize a threat at an area church on Sunday. A Kentucky pastor recently used an appearance on the popular game show Wheel of Fortune to do more than spin the wheel and win some cash. And, Wesley Duewel, the 20th century missionary and prayer leader, once observed, “Praise gives you the spirit of triumph and overcoming. Praise fires you with holy zeal.
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Hard times often are described as “going through a valley.” But Bruce Watson, pastor of First Baptist Jeanerette, La., describes life’s valleys as the place where the soil is the richest. Rudy Kebreau and Randal Lyle are bound by far more than their mutual faith and pastoral calling these days. And, maybe your church has a prayer list. But have you ever considered have a personal prayer list? In a piece in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Kie Bowman says it may help you remain faithful in prayer.