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

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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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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Myanmar police raid church as pro-democracy protests continue

Churches in Myanmar have been drawn into the violent crackdown against pro-democracy protesters. On Tuesday military and police ramped up use of tear gas and rubber bullets against citizens demonstrating the February overthrow ...

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

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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Supreme Court strikes down California church closures

Embattled California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday was forced to revise guidelines for indoor church services after the U.S. Supreme Court slapped down his ban on indoor worship. The new state guidelines ...

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Francis Chan forced by Communists to leave Hong Kong

Evangelist Francis Chan has been forced to leave Hong Kong after Communist authorities rejected his visa. Chan had moved with his family to Hong Kong last year to become missionaries in the ...

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Biden Administration’s crackdown on religious liberty raises alarm

Christian leaders are bracing for religious liberty to be curtailed under President Joe Biden. “Early indications are troubling,” Professor Edward A. Morse, a member of the board of directors of the Thomas ...

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Nearly half of protestant pastors hear conspiracy theories, church survey finds

Conspiracy theories are not new, nor is their spread in the church. A new study from Lifeway Research found that 49 percent of U.S. protestant pastors say they frequently hear members of ...

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U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops concerned with Biden and ‘liberty of the church’

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Although President Joe Biden continues to tout his Catholic faith, U.S. bishops question his commitment to central church teachings. José H. Gomez, archbishop of Los Angeles and the president of the U.S. ...

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750 Christians killed at Ethiopian church that is said to house Ark of the Covenant

One of the largest mass killings of Christians in Africa is being reported. The massacre of 750 people occurred at the Ethiopian Maryam Tsiyon Church in Aksum. The church, which for 100 ...

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340,000,000 Christians now persecuted worldwide

Every day around the world, 13 Christians are killed for their faith; 12 are illegally arrested or imprisoned; 5 are abducted; and 12 churches or other Christian buildings are attacked worldwide. These ...

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Christian leaders speak on QAnon movement

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The dysfunctional political environment has spawned movements on both the left and right. On the left was the belief President Donald Trump was a Russian agent, so powerful in the Democratic Party ...

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Pastors now more skittish to preach on race

Pastors seem more reluctant to address issues of race in their congregations today than four years ago. According to a LifeWay Research study, 74% of pastors agree their congregation would welcome a sermon ...

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Join Alliance for Life in recognizing Sanctity of Human Life Month

January is National Sanctity of Human Life Month, with the focus on Sunday, January 17 as Sanctity of Human Life Day. We have heard it said, “The death of one is a ...

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Scotland closes all churches in latest lockdowns

As of Wednesday, church buildings across Scotland have been shuttered as part of the latest government lockdowns. The restriction, expected to last for “at least four weeks,” affects all of the mainland, ...

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Rick Warren on Covid lessons for churches

The COVID pandemic has exposed a flaw in many U.S. churches, Pastor Rick Warren says. “Most churches only have one purpose — worship,” Warren told “Relevant” magazine. “And if you take worship ...

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Worldwide Bible sales increase during pandemic

Although it’s hard to find positive news during the pandemic, it appears that more people are looking to God for answers. Lifeway Christian Resources, one of the world’s largest providers of Christian ...

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Nick Saban of top-ranked Alabama makes Sunday church his priority

The top-ranked team in college football, the University of Alabama, will play No. 4 Notre Dame in the college football playoff semifinals on January 1. Both teams will feature Catholics living out ...

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Armenian Christians displaced from war fear destruction of their medieval churches

A six-week war in Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous region in the South Caucasus, ended on Nov. 9 after Russia brokered a peace deal between Armenia and Azerbaijan.  Now, Armenian Christians fear their ancient ...

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Black church leaders call on GA Senate candidate Warnock to renounce abortion

Raphael Warnock, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in Georgia, has declared himself a pro-abortion pastor. Twenty-eight prominent black leaders are calling on him to renounce his beliefs. Warnock pastors Ebenezer Baptist Church ...

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Ruling on church restrictions applauded as win for freedom

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Religious freedom advocates applauded a federal appeals court decision this week that blocked enforcement of Nevada’s pandemic-related restrictions on churches because they treat various secular events and businesses “significantly better” than worship ...

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U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Colorado restrictions on religious gatherings

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The U.S. Supreme Court continues to side with churches that are challenging overreaching state restrictions. On Tuesday, the court ruled in favor of a Colorado church that sued Democratic Gov. Jared Polis. ...

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Going to church is good for mental health, especially in 2020

People who attend church were the only group of Americans who didn’t see the state of their mental health decline this year, according to a Gallup Poll. The share of Americans who ...

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