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Multiracial churches present challenges for pastors of color

For four hours at a megachurch outside of Dallas, pastors of color shared their personal stories of leading a multiracial church. One, a lead pastor of a Southern Baptist congregation in Salt ...

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Area churches to host Tim Tebow ‘Night to Shine’ Prom for people with special needs

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Several churches in Kansas and Missouri will serve as part of over 700 churches around the world already registered to host Night to Shine 2020, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. This ...

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Houston Texans star J.J. Watt supporting veterans with shoe sales

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J.J. Watt, the All-Pro defensive lineman for the Houston Texans, is about the last person that Chiefs fans want to see during Sunday’s playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium. Off the field, however, ...

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“Honkytonk Preacher” plays and ministers to music lovers at Knuckleheads Saloon

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Jesus went to where people needed him most, not necessarily to the synagogues. Musician Carl Butler does the same. Butler is a honkytonk preacher at Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City, according to ...

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United Methodist leaders propose split over LGBT issue

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Bishops and leaders of a number of United Methodist groups have announced a proposal that would result in a split of the United Methodist Church.  The news draws varying opinions on how a split would impact the Church’s future.  The proposal, ...

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How coffee allowed ministry in Colombia to share Jesus with mountain tribe

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Helman Ocampo first came in contact with the Arhuaco tribe in Colombia in 1993. “God placed a passion and love in my heart for this ethnic group,” he said. “But at that ...

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President repeals church ‘parking lot tax’

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President Trump has signed the repeal of a tax law Congress passed that penalized churches and non-profits that had parking lots. The “parking lot tax” was an unintended aspect of the 2017 ...

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Wife of Pastor Tony Evans dies of cancer: ‘First sunrise from Heaven’

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Respected pastor and evangelist Tony Evans has shared that his wife Lois passed away on the morning of Dec. 30 after battling a rare form of cancer. Evans, the senior pastor at ...

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Promise Keepers forms advisory board for next summer’s stadium event in Dallas

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After a 20-year break from stadium events, Promise Keepers plans to hold a major gathering at AT&T Stadium in Dallas next summer. The ministry recently announced the members of its advisory board. ...

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Tens of thousands of students worldwide heading to Atlanta for Passion 2020

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More than 65,000 people from around the world are expected to fill Mercedes Benz stadium in Atlanta next week – not to cheer on the Falcons football team but express their passion ...

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Lee’s Summit church pays off lunch debt for all students in district

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Every student in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District will start the new year with a clean slate on lunch debt, thanks to the generosity of a local church. The Summit Church ...

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Average sermon length determined by type of church

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Many people heard a sermon for the first time in a long during the Christmas season. How long the service lasted depends upon the type of church, according to a new survey ...

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Actor Gary Sinise takes family members of fallen soldiers to Disney World

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Actor Gary Sinise is making the holidays season brighter for the families of fallen soldiers. Sinise, known for his role as Lt. Dan in “Forrest Gump”, recently took family members on a ...

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Area Church wins court battle to house homeless

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As a blizzard battered Lenexa, Kansas, on December 14, clean sheets in shades of purple, white, and light blue stretched appealingly over rows of cots at a local church, ready for those without ...

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Gospel for Asia brings Christmas hope to Asia’s forgotten children

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Millions of “unwanted” children in Asia crave ”the gift of love and hope” this Christmas. They’ll find that and more thanks to Gospel for Asia (GFA) — as it launches a Christmas ...

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Town collects more Operation Christmas Child boxes than their population

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Children around the world are excitedly opening their Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes thanks to a small farming community that came together. With a population of just 1,300 people, Belle, Missouri did the ...

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Montana high school bans FCA, faces lawsuit

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The fallout continues after a Montana high school last month banned Fellowship of Christian Athletes with a religious liberty group now stepping in to defend FCA. Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter ...

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Weston, Mo., church recreates Notre Dame Cathedral – in gingerbread

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One of the major news events of 2019 was the fire that devastated the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. A local church is remembering the cathedral in a creative way this Christmas. ...

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Researcher finds reasons for hope for rural and small-town churches

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The death of rural and small-town churches is greatly exaggerated, said Thom Rainer, founder and CEO of Church Answers, an online community and resource for church leaders. He offers several reasons for ...

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Pastors uncertain if U.S. economy is helping their congregations

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The Christmas shopping season is in full swing, but pastors are divided on whether the economy is helping their congregations this year, according to a new survey from LifeWay Research. Forty-one percent ...

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The mysterious staircase St. Joseph built in New Mexico

The staircase of Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico is well known for being surrounded by at least two mysteries: the identity of its builder and the physics of its structure. No ...

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Drop in charitable contributions tied to decline in religious affiliation

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Charitable contributions are down in the United States, and faith may have something to do with it, according to Marketwatch. The share of U.S. adults who donated to charity dropped significantly between ...

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Avoiding the malls? Try celebrating Bless Friday instead

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Although some people will be up before the crack of dawn in search of Black Friday bargains, others would rather not set foot anywhere near the mail. They may want to consider ...

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Episcopal Diocese of Missouri elects gay married man as bishop

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The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri last weekend elected a gay married man as its next leader. The vote was held during the annual convocation at Christ Church in St. Louis. Appearing by ...

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Pope Francis considering adding ecological sin to Catholic catechism

Environmentalism has taken on theological overtones for many people. The head of the Catholic Church is considering elevating it to a sin, the Daily Wire reported. Speaking at the 20th World Congress ...

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