About David Roach

David Roach is a pastor and writer in Shelbyville, Ky.

Does the Bible Say Anything About Eating Habits?


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It’s that brief season of the year when most people are still on track with their resolutions to eat more healthfully and lose weight. In pursuit of that goal, millions have consulted Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, online diet plans, calorie-counting apps and a host of other nutritional guides — most of which have great value. […]

What To Do When Christianity Is Denigrated



In recent weeks, bloody protests by Muslims, supposedly directed at an anti-Islamic film, have stretched from the Middle East to Indonesia and even Australia. In some cases, terrorist attacks accompanied the demonstrations. While some Muslims were simply using the film as an excuse for expressions of anti-American anger, it is clear that others were genuinely […]

Protect Your Church’s Children Against Sexual Abuse Nightmare



He looked like the ideal youth minister — recommended by a friend of the pastor, personable, and leading a thriving ministry to teens at Wayside Baptist Church in Miami. But looks were deceiving. For months, he had been sexually abusing boys during sleepovers at his home. When the offense came to light, the church had […]

Research: Pastors, Laity Disagree on Gospel’s Exclusivity



Nearly eight in 10 Protestant pastors strongly disagree that eternal life can be obtained through religions other than Christianity, according to a survey by LifeWay Research. The survey of 1,000 Protestant pastors asked respondents for their reaction to the statement, “If a person is sincerely seeking God, he/she can obtain eternal life through religions other […]

Poll: Many Pastors Feel Lonely, Discouraged



Though almost all pastors feel privileged to be in ministry, a majority also experience loneliness and discouragement. That is the finding of a new survey by LifeWay Research of 1,000 American Protestant pastors. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) — A full 98 percent agree with the statement, “I feel privileged to be a pastor,” with 93 percent […]

Bible Readers: Word-for-Word Over Thought-for-Thought



Survey: Bible Readers Prefer Word-for-Word Over Thought-for-Thought Translations, saying they value accuracy over readability, according to a new LifeWay Research study. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) — Most American Bible readers prefer word-for-word translations of the original Greek and Hebrew over thought-for-thought translations. The study encompassed 2,000 Bible readers who participated through a demographically representative online panel. To […]

BibleMesh.com: Discipleship Website Targets Biblical Illiteracy



BibleMesh.com is a new website that teaches the Bible as a single storyline focusing on Jesus. It is designed for churches to use as a discipleship tool, offering an educational curriculum for new believers and others who want to refresh or strengthen their Bible knowledge, providing a basic understanding of Scripture, its context, and implications. […]

Poll: Pastors Divided on When to Perform Weddings



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–American Protestant pastors have widely varying standards for when they will and will not perform wedding ceremonies, according to a new survey by LifeWay Research. The survey of 1,000 randomly selected Protestant pastors found that a majority (58 percent) will perform weddings for couples they know are living together. Nearly a third (31 […]

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