BGAV Blog

Shannon Kiser: Renewing a Reputation

On the Fresh Expressions US Blog, Shannon Kiser discusses her recent interaction with a dog kennel in need of a reputation renewal. In doing so, she asks, "But what if what actually shifts people’s perception of the church is the way we relate with the community?"

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A Heart for God

Johnny Almond writes that "To find real joy, we must trade society’s dissatisfying lifestyle for Christ’s restful way and exchange our vicious cycle for His victory celebration."

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Deb Sternke: Ministry’s Most Commonly Forgotten Secret

What I really needed was rest. When planting a church, one of the easiest things to be put on the back burner is the need for rest. It’s essential to take a break from our work. If we neglect this, we have the candle lit at both ends and will end up burning out.

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Six Ideas for Vacation Bible School

As your church plans VBS this summer, Charity Roberson offers ideas she has collected over the last few years that may be helpful in your planning.

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Eliza Green: Take off

Our trip to Romania is right around the corner. It’s been a long wait since applying for this trip in January. So much so, that it almost does not feel real. A few weeks ago, our whole team was able to meet and get to know each other in Richmond. Meeting my team and learning more about Romania has made …

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Sara Amos: With God, Dreams Become Realities

A page from my journal written in October 2016 reads, “God I feel that you are calling me back to Romania and if this is your will I will need you to provide for me with the opportunity, the finances, and to make a way in the hearts of my family.” I have explored the possibility of returning to serve …

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Phillip Hedrick: Returning To The Place That Changed My Life

Last year during my junior year of high school, I had the opportunity to travel 8 hours across the Atlantic Ocean, with my youth group, to this place called Bucharest, Romania. At this point in my life I had never been out of the United States so I didn’t know what to expect. While we were there we had the …

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Religious Liberty Committee Spotlight: James Madison’s Letter to Frederick Schaeffer

This month focuses on a letter written from James Madison to Frederick Schaeffer in 1821, sharing his belief that American history has proven that religion thrives most when it is independent of government.

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Ed Jordan: Are we living in a Spider Universe?

Humans who reject the existence of God are likely to see themselves as the center of one’s own little universe, and could unwittingly be like the giant orb spider, sitting at the control system of its universe monitoring all the vibrations, but writing some off as “nothing” because those types of vibrations don’t exist in their predisposed database of possible explanations.

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Tony Brooks: 4 Ways Sunday School Classes/Small Groups May Help the Sandwich Generation

Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go. (John 21:18 NIV)

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Michael Beck: 7 Ways to Stay Emotionally Healthy in Frontline Ministry

On the Fresh Expressions US Blog, Michael Beck writes that "...burn-out is impossible when we yoke with Jesus, who says, 'Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light' (Matthew 11:28-30)."

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Second Baptist Church creates 2 Little Free Libraries for Petersburg City Public Schools

“We do so because we believe in children, we believe in the city of Petersburg, and we want to help promote literacy in the city."

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