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Macon, Mo church revival experiences Covid-19 outbreak

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A recent church revival in the north-central town of Macon has resulted in 21 confirmed cases of coronavirus. “There was a revival over about four days, probably involved around 100 people or ...

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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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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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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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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger shares struggles that led to re-baptism

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Professional football players face many temptations, and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger admits that he gave into several of them. However, he recently was baptized a second time to show his commitment ...

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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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Violent Protesters fail to set up ‘autonomous zone’ outside White House

Police clashed with protesters outside the White House on Monday night as they attempted to build a “Black House Autonomous Zone,” in an apparent reference to Seattle’s “occupied” protest zone that was established ...

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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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President Trump encourages Coptic Christians amid Egyptian persecution

On June 1, 2020, President Trump issued a statement titled “Presidential Message on Global Coptic Day, 2020.” (Copts are Egypt’s indigenous Christians, now a minority.) After sending his “best wishes” to 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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Sen. Josh Hawley questions Covid-19 church restrictions while protests encouraged

Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley has asked U.S. Attorney General William Barr to investigate discrepancies between state regulations regarding religious services and ongoing protests during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hawley stated his position in ...

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Local church pays off $2.2 million of medical debt for strangers

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The Summit Church in Lee’s Summit has helped erase $2.2 million in medical debt. “Medical debt is different than just paying off someone’s credit-card debt,” church member Kyle Mallott said. “It’s not ...

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“Violence is not the answer,” T.D. Jakes and Carl Lentz discuss racism

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Bishop T.D. Jakes joined Carl Lentz, lead pastor of Hillsong Church in New York City, for a powerful online discussion about the violent protests over the death of George Floyd. Lentz said ...

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United Methodist will postpone decision on split until 2021 conference

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The debate over whether the United Methodist Church will divide over sexuality issues has been postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak. The church has rescheduled its General Conference for Aug. ...

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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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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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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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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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Poll looks at who believes President Trump is ‘anointed’

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Nearly half of white Protestants who regularly attend church believe President Donald Trump is “anointed by God,” according to a new report. “Trump the Anointed?” published by Religion in Public found that ...

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Jackson County eases restrictions for churches, other places of worship

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Resuming a somewhat normal life in Jackson County just got a bit easier. The county announced on Wednesday that is it changing its reopening policies for churches and fitness centers to be ...

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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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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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