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Pope Francis states he opposes abortion and same-sex marriage

Although Pope Francis has been criticized for several of his more progressive views, he made a strong statement against abortion and same-sex marriage last week. “Abortion is murder; the church cannot change ...

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Fire at historic Kansas City church being investigated as arson

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Federal authorities are investigating a fire at historic Harlem Baptist Church in Kansas City as arson. The fire last Saturday gutted the front of the church and left half of its eight ...

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Lutheran denomination installs first transgender bishop

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An openly transgender person was installed as a bishop last weekend by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Sixty-five bishops and more than 150 pastors attended the ceremony in San Francisco. Bishop ...

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Pastor of world’s largest church dies in South Korea at age 85

David Yonggi Cho, pastor of the world’s largest church, died on Tuesday morning. He was 85. Cho, the founder of Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, spent decades spreading the ...

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Supreme Court stops execution of inmate denied pastor’s touch

The Supreme Court has halted the execution of a Texas death row inmate who had requested his pastor be allowed to lay hands on him in the execution chamber. The inmate, John ...

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Former Chiefs player retires from NFL to become a pastor

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Offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski, who won a Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2020, is retiring from football to become a pastor. He also won a Super Bowl with the ...

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California, Los Angeles settle with John MacArthur’s church for $800K

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California is paying a steep price for the way it treated John McArthur’s Grace Community Church during the lockdown. The state and the city of Los Angeles have agreed to pay $800,000 ...

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In Moscow, Idaho, ‘Christian Reconstructionists’ thrive amid Evangelical turmoil

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Evangelical groups in the U.S. are facing dwindling numbers. And a messy cultural fight over the direction of the movement might serve to drive further defections. But while some of the largest Protestant denominations in ...

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Local college expansion threatens destruction of historic church

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The abandoned but historic Seventh Street Methodist Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Kan., stands in the way of a new educational center being built by KCK Community College. “This is probably the ...

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In Christian South Sudan, attacks rise as churches lose influence

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In July, South Sudan celebrated its 10th anniversary of independence – but it did so amid concern over violence in the young nation. Recent attacks on two Catholic priests and other Christian leaders have ...

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Neighbors blame church outreach for increased crime

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Mount Washington Missionary Baptist Church is finding that no good deed goes unpunished. Several people who live in the neighborhood said the church is creating a dangerous crime situation from squatters, break-ins, ...

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Nigerian church worships in church destroyed by government

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria—For years Christians in Nigeria’s Borno State have watched ISIS terrorists burn their churches, but now they say the government itself is tearing them down. Now, Nigerian Christians are asking is there ...

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Life in a revolving door: connecting with others

I met a man in Nashville while passing through a revolving door at an entrance to a downtown hotel.  I smiled and greeted him as he was exiting. Immediately the man turned ...

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Sean Feucht worship event sees Antifa terrorist get saved

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The attack by Antifa last weekend on a Portland prayer and worship gathering held by Sean Feucht made national headlines. What wasn’t reported in the secular media is that Feuecht, founder of ...

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Maverick City Music is bringing gospel to a new generation

Christian artists seldom top secular charts or appear on Times Square billboards. The contemporary Gospel band Maverick City Music has done both, resonating with a cultural moment outside the pews. Many have ...

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James Earl Jones says narrating the Bible was ‘greatest honor’

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It wasn’t the voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars but the voice of the New Testament that actor James Earl Jones says was his “greatest honor.”  Jones, who’s iconic voice is ...

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Church congregations band together for security training

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Church safety has become a priority for many congregations across the country. Last weekend, a group called Peacekeepers trained church groups in safety and security in Southern Missouri. “This was an open-enrollment ...

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500 Nigerian students kidnapped by Islamists in last month

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Desperate parents are holding a 24/7 prayer vigil outside a Nigerian school where 140 of students were kidnapped by Muslim extremists. In an emotional scene, the weary moms and dads can be ...

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First Christians in Iran sentenced under brutal new law

Morning Star News reports the first Christians to be punished under a newly amended law in Iran aimed at halting the growth of Christianity and other religious groups were sentenced to five years ...

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“Wake up!” Ted Cruz challenges churches to fight for culture

It’s time for the church to wake up and defend the culture, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said at the Faith & Freedom Coalition‘s recent “Road to Majority.” A revival is coming, he ...

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Pastors say influence of denominations declining

Most denominational Protestant pastors expect denominations to become less important over the next decade, a new survey from Lifeway Research found. The poll of 1,007 Protestant pastors was released this month and found that ...

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Bob Dylan at 80: Still telling tales about divine judgment in a broken, fallen world

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Night after night, Bob Dylan’s 1979 Gospel concerts at San Francisco’s Warfield Theatre made news for all the wrong reasons, according to angry fans. The November 11th show opened with Dylan roaring into “Gotta ...

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Media spotlight was on future of Southern Baptists last week

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The Southern Baptists held what they considered a critical convention in Nashville last week. The denomination conducted an election that will help decide which direction it will take — whether it will ...

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World Revival Church responds to allegations

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Kansas City-based World Revival Church recently came under scrutiny after a local television station produced a story with the headline “Congregation or Cult?” It outlined alleged abuse that occurred at the church. ...

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‘Taking back the rainbow:’ former LGBT people share faith during Pride Month

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Around 200 men and women who once identified with the LGBT community shared their stories at a Washington, D.C., rally during Pride Month. With many sporting T-shirts decorated with rainbow flags and ...

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