Doctor Became an Advocate for Life, Scripture-Engaged Christians, Next Gen of Worship Leaders
Steve Hammond was a 28-year-old OB/GYN resident who started performing abortions to earn some extra money and because, it turned out, he was especially good at it. He believes he performed more than 700 abortions. Younger Christians who engage with Scripture are more apt to care for prisoners and immigrants as neighbors than are older Christians, the latest release from the 2022 State of the Bible reveals. And, Worship pastor Danny James wants to foster the next generation of worship leaders by showing them they have a role – and maybe an instrument – to play.
Steve Hammond was a 28-year-old OB/GYN resident who started performing abortions to earn some extra money and because, it turned out, he was especially good at it. He believes he performed more than 700 abortions.
In a piece on Baptist Press, Hammond goes on to tell how an experience feeling the kick of a baby around 20 weeks of gestation caused him to change his mind when it came to performing abortions. Hammond says he had a one-year old child at the time and when the unborn baby kicked him from inside his mother’s womb, Hammond’s own child immediately came to mind.
Hammond not only stopped performing abortions but became an advocate for life. You can read the compelling story at Baptist Press.
Younger Christians who engage with Scripture are more apt to care for prisoners and immigrants as neighbors than are older Christians, the latest release from the 2022 State of the Bible reveals.
While older Scripture-engaged Christians, those age 77 and above, more often say it’s important to be good neighbors, the difference is likely attributable to seniors’ narrower definition of the term neighbor, the American Bible Society (ABS) said in releasing the chapter focusing on being a good neighbor.
Among the Scripture-engaged of all ages, being a good neighbor ranked as highest among what the ABS described as pro-social priorities, followed by advocating for the oppressed, caring for the environment, caring for those in prison, befriending people of other religions, befriending people of other races, and welcoming immigrants.
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Worship pastor Danny James wants to foster the next generation of worship leaders by showing them they have a role – and maybe an instrument – to play.
Gillionville Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, where James serves, has implemented several new ways for people of all ages, from 3-year-olds to senior adults, to be involved in worship.
One example is James’ reimagining of the church’s children’s choir.
The children’s choir is now called Drum, Strum, Hum and children are encouraged to hum along to songs if they aren’t comfortable singing or to play a hand drum or, even, a ukulele for those who are a little more advanced.
James says there’s a lack of worship leaders in local churches in Georgia, and he hopes this will be a way to solve the problem in years to come.
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.
The Maryland Supreme Court has ruled 4-3 that a Catholic employer was lawful in denying health benefits to the spouse of a gay married employee because such unions violate church doctrine. This college football season is unlike any other in David Pollack’s life. For as long as he can remember, the sport dominated his Saturdays in ways most people haven’t experienced. And, from 2012-2017, the reality TV series “Duck Dynasty” told many stories of the Robertson family and their duck-call and decoy business. “The Blind,” coming to theaters Sept. 28, tells the story of Phil Robertson’s life before he became a Christian.
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.