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“Stop trying to be colorblind,” states Salvation Army critical race theory guide

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Salvation Army bellringers are as familiar during the Christmas season as trees that light windows but now the ministry is embroiled in a critical race theory controversy. The 156-year-old organization, which serves ...

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School drops Operation Christmas Child after threats from atheist group

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It’s always a sign that the Christmas season is approaching when atheists attack Samaritan’s Purse. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has stopped a school from participating in Operation Christmas Child. A “concerned ...

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Leading pastors say churches need to teach Bible prophecy

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Many Christians are turning to Bible prophecy to make sense of a fast-changing world. Pastors who choose not to preach on Bible prophecy are failing to teach 20 to 40 percent of ...

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Independent Catholic church formed in Kansas City to promote LGBT issues

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The growing liberal independent Catholic movement has come to Kansas City. Christ the King Independent Catholic Church has moved into a new building on the west side of Kansas City near the ...

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YouVersion Bible app celebrates half-billion worldwide installations

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Bible reading is on the rise during the pandemic, thanks in part to the success of the YouVersion app. YouVersion recently because the first Bible app to reach 500 million installations worldwide. ...

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Women, teen trafficking survivors find new life through Freedom 43:19 ministry

“When she came to us, her trafficker did not let her do simple things like brush her teeth,” states Jacqueline Williams describing one of many sex trafficking survivors.  “She had to almost ...

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Franklin Graham has surgery for life-threatening heart condition

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Franklin Graham expects to make a full recovery from specialized heart surgery this week at the Mayo Clinic. Graham, 69, had developed pericarditis, which involves swelling and irritation of the thin, saclike ...

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City Union Mission uses innovative solution to increase bed capacity

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City Union Mission is expanding its bed capacity in their Family Shelter in response to the growing needs of the homeless. The addition of shelter beds comes just in time for the ...

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Methodist churches want to split from denomination sooner than planned

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Congregations should be able to leave the United Methodist Church now instead of waiting for next year’s General Conference, a group of members told bishops in a letter. The denomination has been ...

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Sunday, November 7, will be International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians

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Christians around the world will join in prayer for the persecuted church this Sunday. The International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians initiative is an annual event launched more than two decades ago ...

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Membership slide continues in mainline Episcopal Church

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Membership in the Episcopal Church continues to decline. In one report, the number of baptized members dropped from 1.798 million to approximately 1.736 million between 2019 and 2020, resulting in a reduction of about ...

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Rural areas, small towns still have almost half of all churches

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Church congregations are shrinking in the United States, and it may be felt most in rural areas. The latest Faith Communities Today survey also found a median attendance decline of 7 percent. ...

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Pastors feeling overwhelmed, survey finds

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More than six in 10 pastors of evangelical and historically black Protestant churches agree that “the role of being a pastor is frequently overwhelming,” with 21 percent strongly agreeing, a new Lifeway ...

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A century after partition and civil war, Ireland’s churches are cooperating

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Leaders from Ireland’s main Christian traditions held a “Service of Reflection and Hope” in Armagh, Northern Ireland on Oct. 21, 2021, marking 100 years since “the partition of Ireland and the formation ...

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Alliance for Life assists organizations working for the unborn

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Now more than ever, the fight for the lives of the unborn has waged into a widescale war. An administration that does not believe in the sanctity of human life, courts that ...

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Christian Employers Alliance sues Biden administration over transgender mandates

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Two Biden administration mandates that force religious nonprofit and for-profit employers to pay for or perform gender transition surgeries, procedures, counseling and treatments in violation of their religious beliefs are being challenged in ...

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Study: Attendance hemorrhaging at small & midsize US congregations

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A new survey of 15,278 religious congregations across the United States confirms trends sociologists have documented for several decades: Congregational life across the country is shrinking. The most recent round of the ...

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Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church to return $4.4 million in PPP loans

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Joel Osteen’s megachurch, Lakewood Church in Houston, will repay the more than $4.4 million in loans it received under the U.S. government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The decision came after critics, including ...

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Abundant Life Church, Jackson County settle lawsuit over COVID-19 restrictions

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Abundant Life Church in Lee’s Summit and Jackson County have reached a settlement in a lawsuit over COVID-19 restrictions. The county will pay the church $146,750 and agree that any future health ...

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Large group of American missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

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Seventeen missionaries, including children, were kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday. The abductions were not reported by the U.S. Embassy in Haiti, but through a voice message sent to various ...

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Online church likely is here to stay, researchers find

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Because of COVID-19, more than three in four evangelical Protestants in the United States have experienced watching church online instead of in person. More important is that going forward, the majority who ...

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The story behind Keith and Kristyn Getty and “In Christ Alone”

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The melody that changed the life of Keith Getty was first scratched out on the back of an electric bill in a humble flat in Northern Ireland. This isn’t great, he thought ...

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U.S. Christians play vital role in restoring Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem

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Christians in the United States have pitched in to help restore the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, which is thought to be the birthplace of Jesus. The United Nations had considered ...

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Southern Baptist executives defy vote of members on sexual abuse issue

The Southern Baptist Convention continues to wrestle with questions about how to handle sexual abuse allegations. Earlier this week, the executive committee defied the will of the denomination’s members, or “messengers,” by ...

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SoCal Harvest gospel stadium event could set pandemic gathering record       

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Few states have suffered more from the pandemic and resulting lockdowns than California. Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Church in Riverside, Calif., will bring SoCal Harvest, a message of hope, to thousands ...

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