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Can the Southern Baptist church’s declining membership be due to its fight with the Holy Spirit?

Can the Southern Baptist church’s declining membership be due to its fight with the Holy Spirit?

[ad_1] The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) finally has some good news, the number of people being water baptized in the famed denomination has nearly returned to pre-pandemic levels, ChurchLeaders.com reports. Last year, over 226,000 people were water baptized, an increase of 26% over the previous year. This is a reason to celebrate in a denomination that includes water baptism as part of its name. However, there was also some bad news. For the 17th year in a row, the denomination’s membership declined, sinking below the 13 million mark for the first time since the 70s. Though membership shrunk by 1.8% in 2023, a loss of about a quarter of a million, it was less than in previous years, so there was a hint of good news in the midst of the bad. A strange thing started happening in 2006, for the first time in its storied history that traces back to the 1800s, the SBC’s membership started declining. From its peak of 16.3 million members, it has declined every year since. Now, we could blame …

The Holy Spirit is continuing to move on Gen Z at the University of Tennessee

The Holy Spirit is continuing to move on Gen Z at the University of Tennessee

[ad_1] University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TNCredit: w_lemay, Wikpedia, CC BY-SA 2.0 Deed Despite the negative reports of the rampant violence and antisemitism occurring in American universities, we have another report on how the Holy Spirit is moving on university campuses. This involves a recent outpouring at the University of Tennessee on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, CBN reports. Over 8,000 students gathered at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN, which saw hundreds of students respond, and 150 get water baptized. This was the last event of the year for the semester, and it was obvious many students were impacted. “We have been waiting for a move like this all school year,” a student told FOX & Friends. “At the finale of the event we were singing ‘Speak the Name of Jesus’ and students just rushed to the front. I brought my buddy and it brought us to our knees. There are just no words for the experience.” “Just seeing the presence of the Lord fill the room and how people from all different backgrounds came together for …

PEN America and the Authoritarian Spirit

PEN America and the Authoritarian Spirit

[ad_1] For writers living under an authoritarian regime, the price of intellectual independence is clear—censorship, prison, exile—but so is its value. They are compelled to understand inner freedom as the essential condition for doing their work. Their determination to say what the state doesn’t want to hear gives them a sense of connection with one another, a community of writers, even if it happens underground. But authoritarianism is not just a form of government where leaders jut out their chins, jackbooted police march around with batons, and jails fill up with dissidents. It’s also a habit of mind, marked by impatience with complexity, intolerance of dissent, readiness to coerce agreement. The authoritarian spirit can infect democracies that have long traditions of freedom, but it uses weapons other than state power. The main one is public opinion. Perversely, the same community that gives writers in repressive regimes the courage to say what the state doesn’t want to hear can, in a free society, become a tool of conformity and social coercion. In some ways, the threat …

Hamas touts ‘positive spirit’ in cease-fire talks, will travel to Cairo

Hamas touts ‘positive spirit’ in cease-fire talks, will travel to Cairo

[ad_1] CAIRO — Hamas plans to send a delegation to Cairo “as soon as possible” to continue cease-fire talks to end the war in Gaza, the group’s political chief, Ismail Haniyeh, said Thursday. In a statement, released after a phone call with Egyptian intelligence minister, Maj. Gen. Abbas Kamel, Haniyeh said the deliberations were moving forward with a “positive spirit.” [ad_2] Source link

Actress Candace Bure talks about how the Holy Spirit is invading Hollywood

Actress Candace Bure talks about how the Holy Spirit is invading Hollywood

[ad_1] Candace Cameron Bure in March 2018 Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr/Creative Commons 2.0 In an interview with CBN, Christian actress Candace Bure stated that she has seen a growing interest in Christianity in Hollywood recently. In particular, the former Fuller House star talked about actress Danica McKellar’s decision to become a Christian due in part to Bure’s influence. Danica starred in the popular TV series, Wonder Years. “It’s pretty incredible from the people that I’ve walked hand-in-hand with and encouraged along the way,” Bure said. “And just to have a small part of knowing that I planted a seed, or maybe spoke a word that encouraged them along to become a believer — or strengthen their faith in Christ.” Bure also talked about her recent involvement in Christian movies, which she had purposefully avoided because of their poor quality. But that changed recently. “Within the last, I would say, five years, the quality is incredible,” Bure told CBN. “It’s like people of faith are coming out of the woodwork.” This led to Bure’s decision to serve …

When the Holy Spirit Comes, Expect Criticism

When the Holy Spirit Comes, Expect Criticism

[ad_1] Credit: Paul Bulai-unsplash.com By Dr. Michael Brown Christians worldwide are now in the period between Easter and Pentecost. (On the Jewish calendar, Passover begins April 22, with Pentecost — Shavuot in Hebrew — beginning June 11.) During this period of time 2,000 years ago, the disciples were told to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit, without which they could not complete their mission (see Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8.) Similarly, today, many Christians are praying for a fresh outpouring of the Spirit, recognizing that without it, they, too, cannot complete their mission. But what can we expect when the Spirit comes? Will His work be accepted by all? Revealing Hearts When the newborn Jesus was being dedicated in the Temple, an old Jewish man named Simeon told His mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too” (Luke …

18 Impressionist Artworks that Capture the Spirit of the Movement

18 Impressionist Artworks that Capture the Spirit of the Movement

[ad_1] Between 1853 and 1870 under Emperor Napoleon III, Paris saw a radical transformation from medieval city to modern metropolis. This renovation saw old buildings razed and narrow streets erased in favor of wide boulevards and more open space for a cleaner and safer city. Just as the city of Paris—not to mention society itself—was transforming radically in the latter part of the 19th century, so too were the styles and subjects of some of the painters of the time. Bucking academic conventions, these artists, eventually called Impressionists, celebrated the transient effects of light and movement in their landscapes and a changing society in their scenes of daily life. Marked by contemporary subject matter and loose brushwork, these works rejected the traditional forms and techniques favored by the official annual Paris Salon. Further distancing their work from the academy were these artists’ embrace of newly developed synthetic pigments that created more vibrant color palettes, particularly shades of blue, green, and yellow. Forgoing thick layers of varnish previously used by the Impressionists’ predecessors also added to …

Jon Bon Jovi reveals surprising way ‘spirit sister’ Shania Twain helped him through challenging times

Jon Bon Jovi reveals surprising way ‘spirit sister’ Shania Twain helped him through challenging times

[ad_1] Jon Bon Jovi recently revealed in an open-hearted discussion, the surprising way in which Shania Twain, his “spirit sister,” helped guide him through a challenging ordeal.  The legendary 62-year-old frontman of Bon Jovi, opened up to People about his vocal struggles, which began around 2015 but weren’t fully addressed until a poignant conversation with his wife, Dorothea, in 2022.  Faced with the stark choices of seeking medical intervention or ending his illustrious career, Jon turned to Shania for advice.  The Any Man of Mine singer, underwent a similar vocal fold medialization procedure in 2018, performed by the same doctor, Robert Sataloff, making her insights invaluable to Jon. © Getty/Dave BenettJon Bon Jovi with wife Dorothea “She’s been my spirit sister in this,” Jon shared, reflecting on how Shania’s journey and openness about her surgery helped him during his own health crisis.  He humorously recounted how Shania reassured him about the surgery, even playfully nudging him towards the decision to proceed.  © MICHAEL TRANJon Bon Jovi, singer Sammy Hagar and singer Shania Twain perform during the …

The Holy Spirit Wants To Place A Razor-Sharp Sword in Your Hands

The Holy Spirit Wants To Place A Razor-Sharp Sword in Your Hands

[ad_1] Roman CenturionCredit: Luc Viatour : https://Lucnix.be, Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0 Deed And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. — Ephesians 6:17 How would you like God to give you a weapon that can rip to shreds the devil’s strategies against you? Well, that’s exactly what He has done! Ephesians 6:17 declares that God has given you “…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”! I want you to look at the word “sword” in this verse. It is the Greek word machaira — a word that exacted fear in the minds of those who heard it! You see, this wasn’t just a sword, but a weapon of murder that caused the victim horrid pain as he lay bleeding to death. Just for your knowledge, there were various types of swords used by the Roman army during New Testament times. For instance, there was a huge double-handed sword — a sword so massive that it could only be utilized with the use of …

Starting with his favorite cheesesteak haunt, Kobe Bryant’s spirit is all over Philadelphia

Starting with his favorite cheesesteak haunt, Kobe Bryant’s spirit is all over Philadelphia

[ad_1] Philadelphia, PA —  I arrived in the City of Brotherly Love on a recent Friday evening tired, hungry and with places to go. The Liberty Bell wasn’t on my mind, or even Independence Hall. I was looking for Kobe Bryant’s Philadelphia. The late Los Angeles Lakers superstar spent the majority of his life in Southern California — but he never forgot his hometown. It’s where his father, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, starred at La Salle University and played for the 76ers. Where Kobe first achieved national prominence as a prep superstar at Lower Merion High School in the suburb of Ardmore before skipping college to go pro. Bryant regularly swung by his favorite places while playing for the Lakers, even as Philly fans booed him and even after his retirement. “I always come back. Always,” Bryant told the Associated Press in 2007 during a visit to his alma mater. “I’ll never forget what the school has done for me, what the city has done for me.” There are no official tours of Bryant spots across the …