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Reopening is especially challenging for Missouri’s black churches

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African Americans are the most religious ethnic group in the country, with nearly half attending religious services at least once a week. Black churches also have a disproportionately higher death rate from ...

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Museum of the Bible will return ancient tablet found to have been stolen

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The Museum of the Bible will return an ancient artifact that was determined to have been stolen. U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue of the Eastern District of New York filed a forfeiture claim against ...

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Supreme Court rejects California church’s appeal challenging restrictions

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Are churches entertainment venues? A divided Supreme Court late Friday implied so in rejecting an emergency appeal by a California church that challenged state restrictions on attendance at worship services. Over the ...

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Effective missions can’t happen without regular prayer

It has often been observed that a person’s last words convey great significance. Whether someone is dying or leaving not to return, they weigh carefully what they say. Final words will be ...

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Suburban St. Louis church sues county over meeting restrictions

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Another Missouri church has filed a lawsuit over restrictions on religious gatherings. Church of the Word in the St. Louis suburb of Fenton sued St. Louis County on Wednesday. The church alleges ...

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Church resumes outreach to hard-hit Navajo Nation

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The coronavirus pandemic is having a significant impact on Native American reservations, such as the Navajo Nation in Arizona. “When you go there, I promise you it is a different world,” Pastor Scott ...

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With just three members, church finds new life despite pandemic

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The three remaining members of Linwood Baptist Church, just west of Kansas City, planned to shut down the church when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. It turns out that God had other plans. ...

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Memorial for Ravi Zacharias will be livestreamed Friday morning

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Tributes continue to pour in for evangelist and apologist Ravi Zacharias, who died on May 19 at age 74 after a brief battle with cancer. His life and legacy will be celebrated ...

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Matt Damon and the local non-profit he founded, push for clean water to fight Covid-19

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Water is essential for proper sanitation, not only during the current pandemic but at any time. A nonprofit organization in Kansas City, co-founded by Matt Damon, is working hard to provide broader ...

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Faith leaders urge Congress to give churches immunity from pandemic lawsuits

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As churches struggle to reopen, they must consider not only the threat of the coronavirus but also that of potential lawsuits if someone becomes infected. Several prominent faith leaders, including Franklin Graham ...

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U.S. Justice Department warns California it is abusing religion clause of Constitution

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As President Trump warned governors on Friday that they must allow churches to open and resume activity, the U.S. Department of Justice will also support their rights to worship. Earlier this week, ...

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President declares churches “essential” while questioning why liquor stores are allowed to open first

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President Donald Trump sided with the nation’s houses of worship in their calls for governors and cities to allow them to freely worship. Trump called on all state governors to immediately reopen ...

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Chaplain shares her story serving front lines of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

In the small Eastern Ukrainian suburb of Avdeevka it’s common to hear bombs exploding or nearby gunfire.  Seven years after Russia’s invasion began, the casualties still mount. Residents who fled and those ...

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DOJ warns California over closing churches: “there is no pandemic exception to the U.S. Constitution”

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) has warned California Gov. Gavin Newsom that the state’s public health orders may be discriminatory against churches. In a letter on May 19 the DOJ expressed “several” concerns over the state’s ...

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How Ravi Zacharias found Christ at Youth for Christ

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Around the world, those who  knew or were impacted by the ministry of Ravi Zacharias are mourning his loss. The Christian apologist’s death on May 19 at the age of 74, has ...

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Ravi Zacharias dies overnight after losing battle with cancer

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Christian apologist and Bible teacher Ravi Zacharias, 74, passed away at his home in Atlanta in the early hours of May 19.  Zacharias lost his battle with a rare form of cancer ...

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Abundant Life among many churches open for worship Sunday while lawsuit proceeds

A Lee’s Summit church that took on what many consider unfair county reopening regulations held services Sunday. The faithful at Abundant Life Church, and hundreds of other churches across the metro, gathered ...

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Sunday school revamps online to ease Coronavirus fear in kids

The coronavirus pandemic can be tough on young children, but creative ways to share Sunday School lessons are making it easier. Brian Kaylor didn’t realize how the pandemic was emotionally impacting his ...

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Doctor says Ravi Zacharias is out of treatment options for rare cancer

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Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias may be nearing the end of his battle with a rare and aggressive form of cancer in his spine. For three decades he has been one of the most ...

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INMED offers virtual health conference for ‘forgotten of this world’

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The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the fragility of much of the world’s healthcare system. With large metropolitan areas like Rome, New York, Seattle and London struggling, you can imagine how tenuous the ...

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Demand soars for special communion cups

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The coronavirus outbreak is changing numerous things about how church services are held, right down to communion. Blessed Communion in Chicago, the world’s leading provider of individually sealed, prefilled communion cups, is ...

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Vice President Pence supports church in dispute with state

Can government arrest a church pastor for hosting small groups in their buildings? The growing verdict across the nation is no.  Now, Vice President Mike Pence is joining other members of the ...

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Abundant Life announces legal action against Jackson County over reopening restrictions

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One of the largest churches in Missouri is taking legal action against Jackson County, Mo., because of its new restrictions on reopening churches.  Pastor Phil Hopper, lead pastor of Abundant Life Church,  ...

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Pastor offers hope for future of rural churches in new book

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Pastor Danny Davis believes rural churches have a bright future despite the many challenges they face. He shares his insights in the new book “Rural Church Turnaround,” published by CrossLink Publishing. “Danny’s ...

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Tenn. Gov. points to Christ at drive-in church service: ‘We know where our hope comes from’

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While some government leaders have discouraged drive-in church services, on a recent Sunday in Tennessee, the state’s governor attended a drive-in church service – and even delivered a word of inspiration from ...

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