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Churchgoers concerned about impact of fallen leaders, survey finds

Several high-profile Christian leaders have abandoned or fallen away from their faith recently. Churchgoers are concerned about not only them but other people they may influence, according to a recent LifeWay research ...

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‘Beach revival’ under way in Southern California

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One of the last great revivals in the United States was the Jesus Movement among young people in Southern California in the early 1970s. History may be repeating itself on a beach ...

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Conservative Baptist Network formed to counter perceived drift in Southern Baptist Convention

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The Conservative Baptist Network was launched last week to emphasize evangelism and the sufficiency of scripture within the Southern Baptist Convention. Those involved in the network’s formation said their efforts are needed ...

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Man sentenced for Facebook threats to kill Christian ministry employees

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A Florida man has been sentenced to federal prison for threatening to kill employees of the American Family Association. Chase Davis, of Pompano Beach, posted the threats to the American Family Association ...

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Global Outreach Day a success despite pandemic

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Despite the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Global Outreach Day’s GO 2020 reached 277 million people worldwide with the gospel. “We were surprised by the effectiveness of reaching out digitally and by phone,” said ...

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Gov. Newsom sued for banning church singing but not protest yelling

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Civil rights proponents say Gov. Gavin Newsom has once again trampled on religious freedom as he bans gatherings, not only in houses of worship but also prayer groups and bible studies in ...

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Wrongly imprisoned for 16 years, Floyd Bledsoe is back, sharing Christ as a free man

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Floyd Bledsoe spent nearly 16 years behind bars for a horrendous crime he didn’t commit. Now, he is back in prison five days a week — voluntarily — teaching spiritual truths and ...

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Promise Keepers replaces stadium event with virtual gathering for July 31

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Promise Keepers had planned to hold its first stadium event in more than two decades this summer before the coronavirus pandemic changed those plans. Now it plans to hold a virtual event ...

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Payroll Protection saved 665,000 church jobs

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The federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) saved 665,000 jobs for churches and ministries, according to data. The PPP was part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed signed ...

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Missouri Presbyterians release letter on racism, medicaid expansion

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The Missouri Union Presbytery released a letter this week alledging silence from white Christians about racial injustice is causing minorities to suffer. The organization represents Presbyterians in central and northern Missouri, One ...

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Kanakuk Kamp shuts down after dozens test positive for COVID-19

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Dozens of people at Kanakuk Kamp, a popular Christian camp in the Missouri Ozarks, have tested positive for COVID-19. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services confirmed that 49 campers and ...

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Death of megachurch pastor near St. Louis ruled a suicide

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The death of Darrin Patrick, pastor of Seacoast Church in Pacific, Mo., has officially been ruled a suicide. Patrick died May 7 from a gunshot wound. According to Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, ...

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Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Diocese ends ‘The Catholic Key’ newspaper

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The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph no longer has its own newspaper. “The Catholic Key” has stopped publication. “The Catholic Key” had been published since 1968, and the 27 counties in ...

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Inner city pastors seek solutions as murders spike

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Pastors in the inner city continue to pray against violence as the murder toll climbs in Kansas City. Two more people were shot and killed over the July 4 weekend as the ...

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Churches getting creative in holding VBS this summer

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Across America, Vacation Bible School is a summer tradition. The ongoing pandemic has left many churches scrambling to find safe ways to continue VBS, giving kids access to a familiar summer activity ...

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Minneapolis residents see “a spiritual war”

Racial injustice and unrest are a spiritual battle that must be fought with spiritual weapons, according to African-American leaders in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Earlier this month I visited Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, ...

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88-year-old Kansas City pastor finally wins long battle against COVID-19

Bishop Daniel Jordan, founder and pastor of the Pentecostal Church of God in Christ in Kansas City, knows how to fight the good fight. He finally has overcome COVID-19, which he had ...

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University of Missouri alum named leader of American Bible Society

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A University of Missouri graduate has been named president and CEO of the American Bible Society. Robert L. Briggs, who served most recently as interim president and CEO following the retirement of Roy ...

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Fellowship Church of Greenwood will host church replant summit

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Fellowship Church of Greenwood will be the host for the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board’s Replant Summit in August. The church provides a good example of what attendees hope to replicate ...

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Lessons learned during lockdown can be valuable as churches move forward

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As many churches reopen, it’s important to remember lessons learned during the lockdown, said Phil Cooke, a Christian media consultant in Los Angeles. “Before we leave the worst part of the pandemic ...

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American Bible Society responds to pandemic, riots by offering free Bibles

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Many Americans are searching for answers during the current pandemic and social unrest, and the American Bible Society is offering free Bibles. “In this time of pandemic fear and social isolation, in ...

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Donations to churches and ministries hold steady throughout pandemic

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Churches across the nation are feeling encouraged after their congregations stepped up during the coronavirus pandemic. Donations to churches and ministries have remained strong.  In a reversal of earlier fears for the ...

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Southern Baptists elect first black executive committee chair

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) made history this week when its Executive Committee elected its first black chairperson. The largest Christian Protestant denomination unanimously elected Rolland Slade, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Blackshear, Ga., ...

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Editor of “Christianity Today” calls for churches to make slavery reparations            

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The simmering debate over slavery reparations has moved from government to the church. The president and CEO of “Christianity Today” in an editorial is calling on churches to consider making “biblical restitution” ...

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Protesters are getting baptized at spot where George Floyd died

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The world has witnessed violent clashes involving looting, murders, and hundreds of businesses burned. But the vast majority of people have participated in peaceful demonstrations following the death of George Floyd and ...

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