Dr. Stanley as Dad: A Father’s Day Reflection on Pastor’s Kids, Prayer, and Parenting

Dr. Charles Stanley with his daughter, Becky Stanley Brodersen. “My dad is one of my best friends,” says Becky. (Photo courtesy of In Touch Ministries)

Becky Stanley Brodersen, daughter of Pastor Charles Stanley, reflects on growing up as a pastor’s kid, lessons from her dad’s example, and his role as a grandfather to her children.Dr. Charles Stanley is considered by many to be one of the most influential pastors and Bible teachers in America today. The senior pastor of First Baptist Church Atlanta since 1971 and founder of In Touch Ministries in 1977, Stanley’s global ministry continues to grow in scope and impact across the U.S. and aroun … [Read more...]

5 Questions for Roy Costner: SC Valedictorian Who Defied School Ban on Prayer at Graduation Talks Free Speech and Future Plans

Roy B. Costner IV delivered the valedictorian address at Liberty High School’s graduation ceremony as administrators watched in Clemson’s Littlejohn Coliseum on June 1, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Angie Costner)

Roy Costner IV, valedictorian of South Carolina’s Liberty High School, defied his school district’s ban on prayer and inserted the Lord’s Prayer into his graduation address to much applause from the audience. I asked him about the details behind his decision, how he is handling critics, and his future plans.When eighteen-year-old Roy Costner IV of Liberty, South Carolina first heard about the controversy over prayer at public school events in Pickens County several months ago, he was perpl … [Read more...]

Vision, Creativity, and Courage: A Message to Mothers and Daughters

Dr. Dorothy Patterson speaks to a group of over 300 women at First Baptist Church Atlanta’s annual Mother-Daughter Luncheon on May 4, 2013. (Photo courtesy of First Baptist Church Atlanta)

For Mother's Day, Professor Dorothy Patterson shared insights on biblical womanhood from the lives of Jochebed and Miriam in Exodus 2.Dorothy Patterson, professor of theology and women’s studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and wife of SWBTS President Paige Patterson, spoke on the importance of embracing biblical womanhood and challenged ladies to cultivate vision, creativity, and courage in every stage of life as Mother’s Day approached. … [Read more...]

Why Siblings Are Worth Celebrating

April 10 is National Siblings Day.

Did you realize that Wednesday, April 10, was “National Siblings Day?” Chances are you haven’t heard much about the occasion because it is not widely recognized, although it should be! When it comes to the topic of raising multiple children, the media is quick to focus on the cost of parenting in the modern age and the challenges of sibling rivalry. But brothers and sisters give us so much to celebrate. Siblings make life meaningful and fun, help create countless memorable moments among families … [Read more...]

More Than Statistics: Our Encounter with Human Trafficking in India

Women of all ages in India’s rural areas are often targets of human traffickers and trapped in different types of forced labor.  Veena and Ruth Malhotra interacted with several women in eastern India who shared excruciating stories of harassment, abuse, and exploitation. (February 2013)

"Indifference is not an option." "God wants to use rescued people to rescue people." "Bring this darkness into the light." "Raise your voice for freedom." These are all phrases we heard along with more than 45,000 college students who packed the Georgia Dome for the Passion 2012 Conference in Atlanta last year, as prominent Christian leaders used their platform to highlight the horrors of modern-day slavery. It was here that we first developed a distinct awareness of the 27 million people in … [Read more...]

Hosanna in Hindustan: A Palm Sunday Reflection

Indian believers gather at a church in rural East India to worship on Palm Sunday. (Photo by Biswaranjan Rout)

It was a warm Spring weekend in March 2010, and I was in the middle of an adventurous trip to rural east India.  I decided to visit a local church in Ranchi, Jharkhand that Sunday, but was told that there probably wouldn’t be many people gathering in the morning and it might not be safe to venture out alone.  There had been some recent persecution of Christians in that region, and many Ranchi residents were skeptical of whether the church congregation would turn out in large numbers.  … [Read more...]

With Jesus, Pope’s Seat is Never Vacant

(Reuters/Stefano Rellandini) Pope Benedict XVI walks past the seat where he presided as head of the Catholic Church in Rome. (November 16, 2013)

Religion rarely dominates global news headlines, but Pope Benedict's resignation has proven a notable exception. … [Read more...]


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