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Friday, November 10, 2017

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Nationwide Bible drive hosted by LifeWay stores

Customers often leave LifeWay Christian Stores with new Bibles in their hands. But for five days in November, they will also be bringing Bibles into the stores -- to donate to others.
On Nov. 17-22, LifeWay will host a nationwide Bible drive at all of its stores to collect copies of God's Word to donate to mission organizations and local ministries.
"Customers are invited to visit their local LifeWay store and donate their gently used Bibles or purchase new ones [to be donated]," said Nathan Magness, director of marketing strategy.
This is LifeWay's second year hosting a nationwide Bible drive, Magness said. Last year, customers donated approximately 14,000 Bibles.
According to a recent study by LifeWay Research, the average American household owns three Bibles. LifeWay's Bible drive is a way to get some of those extra Bibles sitting unused on bookshelves into the hands of ministries that can put them to good use.
"I was pleasantly surprised by the response to last year's Bible drive," said Ron Jones, manager of the LifeWay Christian Store in San Jose, Calif.
"This year, as we encourage our staff to talk about the drive with our customers, I'm expecting God to do a great work."
The San Jose LifeWay location will collect Bibles this year for CityTeam, a faith-based ministry serving people struggling with poverty, homelessness and addiction. Across the country, other local ministries are also partnering with LifeWay for the Bible drive. A few examples:
-- In Birmingham, Ala., LifeWay will send Bibles to The Grace Place, a ministry of Bessemer Baptist Association.
-- In Mount Juliet, Tenn., Bibles will go to the Nashville Rescue Mission.
-- In Pineville, N.C., Bibles will be sent to North Carolina Baptist Children's Homes and to mission projects in Guyana, South America.
Customers can contact their local LifeWay Store to find out what ministry or mission organization will receive Bibles collected in their area.
LifeWay stores will accept new or gently used Bibles during regular business hours Nov. 17-22. All LifeWay stores are closed on Sunday.
In operation for more than 90 years, LifeWay Christian Stores is the largest Christian bookstore chain in the United States with more than 170 stores nationwide. The stores are owned and operated by LifeWay Christian Resources with headquarters in Nashville.
Aaron Wilson is a writer for LifeWay Christian Resources.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

LifeWay nears move; Draper Tower set for implosion

By Diana Chandler

The new owner of LifeWay Christian Resources' Nashville corporate headquarters has slated demolition of the Draper Tower for early December, just weeks after the entity moves to its new home blocks away.
Plans to demolish the tower by implosion are scheduled for Dec. 2, followed by the demolition of the Sullivan Tower in early 2018. LifeWay Christian Bookstore on the site has already been torn down.
Several historic and iconic accents of the original campus will be preserved, including medal Scripture medallions, LifeWay Communications Director Carol Pipes said. LifeWay's 1,100 downtown Nashville employees are still on schedule to move to the newly constructed headquarters in the Capitol View urban development in mid-November, Pipes said.
LifeWay's new site will retain the entity's history and values, LifeWay CEO and President Thom Rainer has said. The building will include stained glass windows from the Van Ness Auditorium, and a Scripture medallion featuring John 14:6, the foundation for the entity's name.
"There will be historically significant items throughout these floors," Rainer has told LifeWay trustees, "and there will be Scripture prominent everywhere."
The new 277,000-square-foot headquarters will also house a new LifeWay retail store set to open in mid-November, Pipes said.
The implosion of the Draper Tower will be the first major implosion in Nashville in more than 30 years. The most recent was the 1985 demolition of the Sam Davis Hotel in preparation for the Nashville Convention Center, the Nashville Tennessean reported.
Diana Chandler is Baptist Press' general assignment writer/editor. BP reports on missions, ministry and witness advanced through the Cooperative Program and on news related to Southern Baptists'... [Expand Bio]

Friday, October 20, 2017

ETCH conference: teach whole Bible

By Aaron Wilson
"Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian." This famous quote by pastor A.W. Tozer served as inspiration behind the theme -- "Nothing Less" -- of the 2017 ETCH family ministry conference.
More than 1,000 ministry leaders gathered Oct. 16-18 in Nashville for the event hosted by LifeWay Christian Resources. ETCH stands for equipping the church and home.
ETCH 2017 offered attendees more than 50 breakout session options, a concert event, and worship led by the Stephen Cole Band. Experts on children's and student ministry, including LifeWay's Eric Geiger, Jana Magruder, Ben Trueblood and others, spoke during the main conference sessions.
Eric Geiger
"Discipleship isn't just receiving information or behavior modification; it's about transformation," said LifeWay's Senior Vice President Eric Geiger, who spoke on making disciples of children and students.
Geiger reminded attendees that demons had knowledge about God and the Pharisees had behavior modification, but neither group had Christ ruling their hearts.
"We're after kids' hearts not just being formed, but transformed," he said.
Geiger also said true discipleship can't happen apart from God's Word.
"The number one predictor of spiritual growth in kids is them being in the Bible," he said, citing a new study by LifeWay Research.
Jana Magruder
"The church and the Bible rank low on the list of where Americans look for parenting advice," said Jana Magruder, director of LifeWay Kids.
"And only 29 percent of parents say faith is an important influence on their parenting," she reported, pointing to the LifeWay Research study. "As a culture, we're chasing the wrong things."
The research also shows the frequency of spiritual activities of children in Protestant churchgoing families, Magruder noted. Church-related activities such as Sunday school and Vacation Bible School attendance topped the chart, while personal spiritual activities such as daily Scripture reading ranked near the bottom.
Yet regular Bible reading in childhood is by far the number one indicator of spiritual health in young adulthood, said Magruder, author of "Nothing Less: Engaging Kids in a Lifetime of Faith."
"There's no right answer for how to read the Bible with your kids; you just have to find a way to do it that fits your family and style," Magruder said. "It's so profound, but so simple."
Ben Trueblood
Ben Trueblood, director of student ministry at LifeWay, recounted Moses' final words to the Israelites in which he pleaded with them to choose life by clinging to God's Word.
"The Israelites were to follow the whole counsel of God they had in that moment," Trueblood said. "If we're to make disciples of children and teenagers, we have to give them the whole counsel of God -- not just passages that are easy."
God's Word, Trueblood said, is the most important thing children can take with them from church ministries.
"When children leave with only a handful of stories and not the whole counsel of God, they leave with a crippled faith," Trueblood warned.
"Their faith is stunted by the books of the Bible we leave closed.
"We must give them the only thing that will grow their faith. It's not our funny anecdotes; it's God's Word in its entirety."
Eric Mason
Eric Mason, pastor at Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia, Pa., called for stamina in ministering to children and students.
One way to endure is to avoid making comparisons with other ministries, Mason said.
"Be very careful of being jealous of what someone else is able to do," he warned. "Be satisfied with where God has placed you."
Mason concluded the conference with the call, "Don't give up. Keep plowing, keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and let nothing get in the way of your commitment to seeing Christ formed in children and youth."
Other speakers from the ETCH conference included Joshua Straub, LifeWay's marriage and family strategist; Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; author Rebekah Lyons; and Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams from SheReadsTruth.com.
The next ETCH conference is scheduled for Oct. 17-19, 2018, in Nashville. For more information, visit EtchConference.com.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Study: Young Bible readers more likely to be faithful adults

by Bob Smietana

Most churchgoing Protestant parents of young adults say their kids grew up to be Christians.
But half of them don't actually practice the Christian faith, their parents say, according to a LifeWay Research survey released today (Oct. 17). And the biggest factor predicting their spiritual health as young adults is whether they read the Bible regularly as kids.
Those are among the findings of the study, which was conducted Sept. 22-Oct. 5, 2016, among Protestant churchgoers about parenting and spirituality. The survey was sponsored by LifeWay Kids for use in the book "Nothing Less: Engaging Kids in a Lifetime of Faith," which was released Oct. 2.
For the study, researchers surveyed 2,000 Protestant and nondenominational churchgoers. All attend services at least once a month and have adult children ages 18-30.
Researchers wanted to know what parenting practices pay off over the long haul when it comes to spiritual health, said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research.
"Churchgoing parents want to pass on their faith to their kids -- and to see their children make that faith their own," McConnell said. "But they don't always know how best to make that happen."
Spiritual disciplines
LifeWay Research took a twofold approach to the study.
First, researchers asked parents about 40 factors that could affect a child's moral and spiritual development. Among them: whether the child's parents had been divorced, whether the family prayed or ate meals together, what kind of school the child attended, how often the child went to church or youth group, and even what kind of music the child listened to growing up.
LifeWay Research then asked parents to describe their adult children's spiritual health, using eight observable factors. Each child received one point if he or she:
-- Identifies as a Christian.
-- Shares his or her faith with unbelievers.
-- Is involved in church.
-- Reads the Bible regularly.
-- Serves in a church.
-- Teaches others at church.
-- Serves in the community.
-- Supports local or foreign missions.
Parents gave observations for a total of 3,472 adult children. Eighty-five percent identify as Christians, according to their parents, giving them at least 1 point on the 8-point spiritual health scale. But only 3 percent had a score of 8, the highest possible. Two-thirds had a score of 2 or less. Half had a score of 0 or 1, meaning they either don't identify as Christians (11 percent) or they identify as Christians but have none of the other spiritual practices (39 percent).
LifeWay Research then compared the results of all these young adults to find out which factors predict the highest spiritual condition.
The top factor: Bible reading. Twenty-nine percent of the young adults regularly read the Bible while growing up, according to their parents. On average, that group has 12.5 percent higher spiritual health than otherwise comparable individuals who didn't, LifeWay Research found.
In addition, spiritual health levels are 7.5 percent higher on average for young adults who regularly spent time praying while growing up (28 percent), regularly served in church (33 percent) or listened to primarily Christian music (22 percent) than for comparable individuals who didn't.
And scores average 6.25 percent higher for young adults who participated in a church mission trip while growing up (27 percent) than for comparable individuals who didn't.
Doing all five of these practices in childhood could boost a young adult's spiritual health score 41 percent, putting the young adult above the 90th percentile, McConnell said.
"Practicing your faith -- in specific ways -- really pays off later in life," he said.
Jana Magruder, director of LifeWay Kids and author of Nothing Less, said it's easy for parents to be caught up in the busyness of life -- and not to ground their kids in the practice of reading the Bible.
"The key takeaway from the study is a simple yet profound finding that God's Word truly is what changes lives," she said.
Researchers identified a few factors that point to lower spiritual health for young adults. Those whose parents say they did not want to go to church as teens (22 percent) score 5 percent lower on spiritual health as young adults. Those whose parents say they were rebellious (16 percent) had scores 3.75 percent lower than others, and those who listened primarily to secular music (58 percent) had scores 2.5 percent lower.
Attending popular church activities such as youth groups and Vacation Bible School predicts spiritual health for young adults -- but only when linked to core practices such as reading the Bible and serving, McConnell noted. Other activities, such as family meals, did not show up as key predictors in this study.
Parents' behavior is also related to their adult children's spiritual health, LifeWay Research found. Young adults had higher spiritual health scores if they grew up with parents who spent time:
-- Reading the Bible several times a week.
-- Taking part in a service project or church mission trip as a family.
-- Sharing their faith with unbelievers.
-- Encouraging teenagers to serve in church.
-- Asking forgiveness when they messed up as parents.
-- Encouraging their children's unique talents and interests.
-- Taking annual family vacations.
-- Attending churches with teaching that emphasized what the Bible says.
-- Teaching their children to tithe.
All these little things can pay off, McConnell said, by showing kids what practicing your faith looks like.
"In the end, parents hope the light will go on and their children will want to follow God on their own," he said. "At any age the Holy Spirit can flip the light switch, and these habits can help kids grow in their faith."
Methodology
The study was sponsored by LifeWay Kids. A demographically balanced online panel was used for interviewing American adults. The survey was conducted Sept. 22-Oct. 5, 2016. The sample was screened to include only Protestant and nondenominational Christians who have a child between the ages of 18 and 30 and who attend religious services at least once a month. Maximum quotas and slight weights were used for gender, region, age, ethnicity and education to more accurately reflect the population. The completed sample is 2,000 surveys. The sample provides 95 percent confidence that the sampling error does not exceed plus or minus 2.3 percent. Margins of error are higher in subgroups.
LifeWay Research is a Nashville-based, evangelical research firm that specializes in surveys about faith in culture and matters that affect churches.
For more information about Nothing Less: Engaging Kids in a Lifetime of Faith, click here.
Bob Smietana is senior writer for Facts & Trends of LifeWay Christian Resources.