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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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‘State of the Plate’ poll: most churches see giving decline

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A new “State of the Plate” poll involving more than 1,000 churches across all 50 states shows that more than six out of 10 churches have seen a decline in offerings since ...

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Nearly half of pastors hope to be back in churches by May

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Nearly half (47 percent) of pastors hope to be back in their churches by May, according to a new Barna survey. However, an increasing number are shifting their expectations to later this ...

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Fulani Islamists slaughter Nigerian children at home from lockdown

As Fulani militants murder children in Nigeria, Release International is calling on the African country to protect its Christian minority in the north. The charity reports Fulani Islamists continue to carry out attacks against ...

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Basketball star Stephen Curry holds live worship session on social media

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Basketball star Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is making the most of his free time with the NBA shut down. Earlier this week, he was host for a live worship ...

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Federal judge blocks Gov. Kelly’s limits on church gatherings

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A federal court in Kansas issued a temporary restraining order Saturday against Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order limiting church gatherings to 10 people due to COVID-19. This is the latest move in a saga that ...

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Hope Faith Ministries seeks donations to help homeless

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The coronavirus pandemic is especially tough on Kansas City’s homeless, and Hope Faith Ministries is stepping up to meet essential needs. The ministry seeks donations to assist its ongoing work. READ: Chiefs ...

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What livestreaming churches can learn from televangelists

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Televangelists who may have been criticized in the 1980s and 1990s have now become good examples for churches that are livestreaming during the current lockdown, according to Phil Cooke, a Christian media ...

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Pastors: Join this call to learn about your rights during COVID-19 crisis

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Pastors area asked to join a call with the Family Research Council and the nation’s top lawyers to learn about your rights and how the Trump administration is defending them against over-zealous ...

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Back to the Bible offers free digital app for churches

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To help churches stay connected and minister to their members during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, Back to the Bible is offering a free digital app for churches. The BttB.App platform offers ...

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Attorney General Barr: State unconstitutionally harassing drive-in church

In Mississippi, tickets to attend a drive-in church service were expensive — as much as $500 at Temple Baptist Church. That’s how much police were fining people for pulling into the parking ...

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The Easter Story – Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection

On this Easter Sunday, as Christians celebrate the Resurrection in their own homes, we take a look at the story of Easter from the Bible, including the Last Supper, Judas’ Betrayal, the ...

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How are pastors handling ungathered worship?

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Pastors are used to thinking on their feet. Sermon prep is set aside when a beloved church member is injured and taken to the hospital. A carefully written prayer is discarded when ...

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An Easter without going to church

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The pandemic has laid an egg on our worship. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a formal recommendation that public gatherings be postponed or canceled for the next eight weeks. For organizations ...

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Christian groups work to help small churches at risk of closing            

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The ongoing pandemic is hard for all churches but especially so for smaller ones that may lack the resources to weather the financial storm. Many are at risk of closing. Help is ...

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