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Religious freedom winning big in the U.S. Supreme Court

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Despite what sometimes seems like continuous negative news, religious liberty actually is winning in the U.S. Supreme Court. A study published in “The Supreme Court Review” says that the Supreme Court under ...

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Supreme Court rules against California’s Covid-19 restrictions on in-home religious gatherings

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The U.S. Supreme Court said Friday that California must lift its coronavirus restrictions on in-home prayer meetings and other home-based religious gatherings. Five conservative justices noted that rules limiting indoor social gatherings to ...

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Biden press secretary dodges question about impact of Equality Act

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The White House earlier this week dodged a question about how the Equality Act would affect religious freedom. Owen Jensen from the Catholic television network EWTN asked press secretary Jen Psaki about ...

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Christian agencies: Starvation at doorstep of seven million in East Africa

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Seven million people across six countries in East Africa are on the brink of starvation. The disturbing news comes from numerous Christian agencies on the ground, including World Vision. This figure is ...

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Pastor jailed for in-person services is released to applause from other inmates

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Canadian Pastor James Coates, held in prison for holding in-person church services, is speaking out after his release. Coates, a pastor at GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, left the jail to thunderous ...

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Campaign kicks off to translate Bible into every language by 2033

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The largest Bible translation campaign to ever be introduced on social and digital media is launching just in time for Easter. The effort to translate scripture into the last remaining languages will ...

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Franklin Graham wins religious freedom lawsuit in Britain

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Franklin Graham has won a major lawsuit in Britain that has implications for religious freedom and free speech. A court ruled that the Blackpool Borough Council and Blackpool Transport Services discriminated against ...

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Just 40 percent who normally attend Easter services will do so Sunday

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The arrival of the pandemic caused major disruptions to Easter services at many churches in 2020. Although churchgoers say they now are more comfortable with attending live services, many still plan to ...

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U.S. church membership drops below 50 percent for first time

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Less than half of Americans now say they belong to a house of worship, which is the lowest number since polling began in the mid-1930s. The decline is part of a continued ...

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Missouri Senate bill protects churches from frivolous Covid lawsuits

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A bill protecting churches from frivolous Covid lawsuits is working its way through the Missouri Legislature. Proponents say with recent amendments, it would provide the highest legal protection for houses of worship ...

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Polls find record low church attendance, majority of Republicans support same-sex marriage

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For the first time, religious service attendance has fallen below 50 percent while a majority of Republican voters say they support same-sex marriage. According to a Public Religion Research Institute polls, less ...

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Billy Graham crisis chaplains deploy to three more storm-hit areas

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The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) is deploying more crisis-trained chaplains to three additional locations hit hard by southern tornados. Already on the ground in two locations in Alabama after last ...

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Wheaton College will remove word ‘savages’ from Jim Elliot memorial though tribe still uses term

Wheaton College plans to reword a plaque honoring Christian martyr Jim Elliot and the four missionaries killed by the Waorani people in Ecuador.  At issue is language referring to the tribe as ...

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Kansas City looking for community partners to tackle homeless issues

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The city of Kansas City has announced several new initiatives to address the homeless crisis. They include repurposing vacant homes and connecting the homeless community with resources to help lift them out ...

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Why Christianity put away its dancing shoes – only to discover them centuries later

In the PBS documentary series “The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song,” scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. shows how African Americans introduced new rhythms, music and dancing to ...

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Black leaders urge Senators to protect religious rights in controversial Equality Act

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Black Christian leaders from across the nation are urging the U.S. Senate to reject the Equality Act recently passed by the House Democrats. The group is pushing the Senate to seek a ...

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American Indian pastor embraces his culture to share Jesus

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People don’t grow into mature Christians until they serve others, says American Indian pastor and ministry leader Bruce Plummer. “I just believe serving people first is so critical when you want to ...

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Franklin Graham encourages Christians to get COVID-19 vaccinations

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Franklin Graham says he has been vaccinated for COVID-19 and encourages others to do the same. Graham made the comments to ABC News, which examined the divide within the Christian community over ...

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Michael Youssef warns pastors against woke culture in churches

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Dr. Michael Youssef, best-selling author and pastor of Church of the Apostles in Atlanta, warns pastors about embracing “woke culture” in their churches saying it’s “popular and appeals to the flesh.” “Bowing ...

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Beth Moore discusses decision to leave Baptist denomination

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Christian leaders are responding to the departure from the Southern Baptist denomination by respected author and Bible teacher Beth Moore. Born Wanda Elizabeth in 1957, her departure was intensely covered in the ...

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Windermere owners ponder sale as camp operator goes bankrupt

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Paul Miller has a lot of good family memories built around Windermere Baptist Conference Center. For his family, the camp, situated on the Little Niangua Arm of Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks, ...

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‘Wall of Jesus’ brings hope to Pakistan’s Christians

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Residents of a Christian neighborhood in Lahore, Pakistan have found hope amid despair as they visit the “Wall of Jesus.” It’s not a shrine but a way to receive free weekly assistance ...

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Church boom? U.S. churchgoers say they’ll return after COVID

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Churchgoers aren’t attending yet at pre-pandemic levels, but most say they value gathering with their congregation and are anxious to do so when the threat of COVID ends. A study of 1,000 Protestant ...

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Canadian pastor will remain imprisoned for holding church service

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Christians around the world are speaking out on behalf of a Canadian pastor imprisoned since Feb. 16 for holding in-person worship services. Pastor James Coates with GraceLife Church of Edmonton was arrested ...

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Methodist denomination splits, conservative ‘Global Methodist Church’ formed

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A group of conservative Methodists has announced plans to form a new denomination after the United Methodist Church officially splits over its longstanding debate over homosexuality. The Wesleyan Covenant Association and the ...

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