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

Three generations of the Stanley family (pictured left to right): John, Becky, Jonathan, Matthew, and Annie Brodersen, Dr. Charles Stanley, Andrew, Garrett, Allie, Sandra, and Andy Stanley. (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 Costner walks across the stage (Photo courtesy of Angie Costner) 6.1.2013

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...]

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...]

Joy, Heartache, and the Plan of God: Our Adoption Journey

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What happens when you have one plan and God has another?By LISA MURPHYAdoption has been a tremendous blessing to our family.  It’s also broken our hearts.Our journey to adopt a second child began three years ago.  My husband Jimmy and I sought the Lord, and God prepared our hearts for a beautiful baby boy.  Even before we met him, we knew our son had desperate needs – open heart surgery was his most pressing physical need, but he truly needed a family that would love him – complete … [Read more...]

Son of Promise: Reflections on God’s Power and Providence

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My daughter Ruth recently wrote about a miracle that took place in our family 22 years ago, causing me to reflect on the providence of God and the power of His precious promises during that defining time in our lives. Here is how God used our trials to strengthen our faith, deepen our surrender, and teach us to rest in His grace.  By Veena MalhotraToday as we commemorate Veterans Day, with hearts full of gratitude for the U.S. military, my thoughts go back to Veterans Day 22 years ago wh … [Read more...]


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