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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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Tony Evans, Clark Kellogg highlight first National Day of Prayer for College Coaches

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College basketball season is winding down but not the focus on faith for many coaches. Pastor Tony Evans and broadcaster Clark Kellogg were the featured speakers at the first-ever National Day of ...

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Renowned evangelist Luis Palau enters hospice following cancer battle

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Evangelist Luis Palau has been placed in hospice, his family announced this week. The 86-year-old has been battling lung cancer since 2018. “You may have heard that Dad is not doing so ...

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Offering love and hope to those shunned because of leprosy

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For millions around the world living with leprosy, loneliness and despair is a way of life. In an age of Covid, that despair is compounded by additional isolation brought on by the ...

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Here’s what the church may look like when pandemic ends

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From virtual services to community outreaches, the pandemic has led to major changes for most churches. Media consultant Phil Cooke looks ahead to what the church might look like after the pandemic. ...

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Largest Protestant adoption agency opens services to include LGBTQ parents

The nation’s largest Protestant adoption agency is facing criticism for recently opening adoptions to LGBTQ parents. The ministry has been adopting to LGBTQ families in Michigan since May 2019, after the state ...

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Community pulls together to relocate and renovate historic black church

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A historic black church is being saved from demolition as a community pulls together in the effort. In September 2014, the planned demolition of Timmons Temple in Springfield, Mo. was brought to ...

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Minister who forgave his attacker launches ‘Safe Haven’ for youth

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“I forgave the man who shot me,” Anthony White recalls of his chance encounter with the attacker who two years earlier had pulled the trigger. It was 2002 and White was walking ...

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‘Great damage to the church’ says Sean Feucht about ‘Equality Act’

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Worship leader Sean Feucht is encouraging Christians to draw a line in the sand against the Equality Act, which passed the U.S. House last week and now moves to the Senate for ...

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Mandatory disclosure of donors to nonprofits ‘especially’ dangerous say lawyers

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Lawyers for Alliance Defending Freedom said that the mandatory disclosure of names and addresses of donors to nonprofits threaten religious freedom and privacy guaranteed under state laws. At worst, they say, it ...

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Melvin Banks, founder of largest black-owned Christian publishing company dies

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The name of Dr. Melvin Banks Sr. hasn’t come up during Black History Month discussions, but he owned and operated Urban Ministries Inc., the largest independent black-owned and operated publishing company in ...

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Lifetime cancels D. James Kennedy Ministries

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The popular weekly ministry show of Dr. James Kennedy Ministries’ (DJKM) has been canceled by the Liftime network.  Truths That Transform has been on the air for decades but its biblical discussion ...

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Data reveals gender gap in nonreligious Americans

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One of the most consequential stories in American religion in recent years is the rapid and seemingly unceasing rise of “nones” – those who respond to questions about their nonreligious affiliation by ...

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New Arkansas law protects churches from arbitrary Covid lockdowns

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While other states fight in court for religious freedom during the pandemic, Arkansas is taking the lead in protecting churches. A bill that limits the governor’s power to close churches and that ...

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In the shadow of Chernobyl, rebuilding homes and hope

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“Hey Jeff climb in,” Andrey said. “We are driving about two hours today to a village near Chernobyl to see Marina and her kids.” I always enjoy spending time with Andrey because ...

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Ravi Zacharias Ministries releases report on sexual misconduct

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After a comprehensive investigation, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries has released its report on alleged sexual misconduct by its late founder. The lengthy report published by Miller & Martin LLC details accounts by multiple ...

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Churches modifying Ash Wednesday practices over Covid

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The pandemic is complicating plans to mark Ash Wednesday, which will start the Lenten season on Wednesday, February 17. The solemn day — officially known as the Day of Ashes — is ...

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How should we respond to the Ravi Zacharias scandal?

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In the aftermath of the shocking and tragic news about the sex scandal involving Ravi Zacharias, someone wrote me asking, “Would you consider writing something in regards to the Ravi scandals? I ...

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Missouri may join states allowing guns in churches

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After numerous armed attacks on unarmed congregations across the nation, more states are dropping the ban on legally carrying guns in a house of worship. A Missouri House subcommittee this week began ...

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The embattled Christians of Nigeria: can 2021 get worse?

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It was an occasion for joy and celebration when the threat of terrorist attack and Covid could be forgotten for a little while. Christians gathered in the village of Kukum Daji in ...

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