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...]

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...]

Gifts of the Season: Advent Ideas that Won’t Break the Bank

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Advent (meaning “arrival” or “coming”) is a spiritual season of preparation leading up to Christmas, as Christians get ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus. This season is characterized by personal prayer and repentance along with corporate expressions of anticipation, hope and joy.Of course, another hallmark of this holiday season is the focus on giving.  According to the American Research Group, this year it is estimated that shoppers will spend an average of $854 for gifts, up $200 from l … [Read more...]


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