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Pastors now more skittish to preach on race

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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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Joplin pitches in to help rebuild mosque after fire

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More than $40,000 has been raised to rebuild a mosque in Noel, Mo., that burned in late December. The fundraiser is a joint effort of the Islamic Society of Joplin, the Muslim ...

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Rick Warren on Covid lessons for churches

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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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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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Pastor once held in Turkish prison tells U.S. Christians to prepare for persecution

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Christians in the United States can expect persecution to come in the near future, says Pastor Andrew Brunson who was unjustly locked up in a Turkish prison for two years Brunson, 52, ...

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Local retired Topeka pastor finds new purpose as Santa Claus

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Gary Roten, retired Topeka pastor with 30 years of ministry,  has found another way to minister to local communities. He appears as Santa Claus for various charities and other organizations, and is ...

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Government restrictions on religious freedom reach highest level since 2007, study finds

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Government restrictions on religious freedom in 2018 were at the highest level they have been since 2007, according to a study by Pew Research. “We look at this religious freedom foundational right ...

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Covid and loss unite rural churches in faith

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Thirty miles of rural Missouri separate the two churches, and so much else. One is mostly white; the other hosts services in five languages for a flock that spans the world. But ...

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Churches rebrand as ‘strip clubs’ in response to CA ruling

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If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Two Southern California pastors rebranded their churches as strip clubs to get around stringent COVID-19 regulations San Diego Superior Court Judge Joel R. Wohlfeil said ...

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Prayer needed as ISIS kills Christians in Indonesia

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ISIS, having been defeated in the Middle East, has slowly been moving into regions thousands of miles away from Syria and Iraq. The news has Christians calling for a world-wide prayer effort. ...

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Americans more accepting of churches defying lockdown orders today than in March

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The American public is much more accepting of churches defying coronavirus lockdown orders today than they were last spring. Paul Djupe, an affiliated scholar with the Public Religion Research Institute, and Ryan ...

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Missouri COVID liability legislation to include churches

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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson plans to expand the current special legislative session to include COVID-19 liability, which will also cover churches. The proposed legislation provides liability protection relating to a declared state ...

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Bangladeshi Christians and others peacefully protest against Islamist attacks

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Bangladeshi Christians, and other minority groups, took to the streets of Dhaka in a 500-strong peaceful protest march on Nov. 7 against relentless Islamist extremist attacks on minority communities. Rana Dasgupto, the Secretary ...

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200 evangelical leaders sign letter calling for peace following elections

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As Americans await the outcome of the presidential election, more than 200 evangelical leaders are encouraging communities to rise above political partisanship and societal divisions to live out the gospel by pursuing ...

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Jackson County Health Department reports possible COVID-19 exposure at three local churches

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The Jackson County Health Department announced Monday possible COVID-19 exposures to dozens of people at three area churches this month. In a news release, health officials cited three possible exposures: Connection Point ...

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Local churches partner with police for Faith and Blue initiative

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Several area churches are teaming up with police in a community outreach effort. It’s part of a national initiative called “Faith and Blue,” which aims to improve community relationships through collaboration with ...

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Grants totalling $93 million will help 92 churches strengthen bonds

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Lilly Endowment has awarded 92 grants to strengthen Christian congregations so they can help people deepen their relationships with God, build strong relationships with each other and contribute to the flourishing of ...

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International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Churches is Nov. 3

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November 3 will be significant for more than just Election Day. Churches also are encouraged to participate in the International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Churches. To equip Christians for the annual ...

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Michigan Supreme Court strikes down Governor’s ‘unconstitutional’ lockdown

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In a ruling that could set a precedent for other states, the Supreme Court in Michigan has dealt a blow to the states Democrat governor and “emergency powers” law restricting businesses, churches ...

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Poll: Pastors worried election will impact congregations

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A poll of protestant pastors has found they’re worried that the 2020 election will have a negative impact on their church congregations. The news comes as faith is being used as a ...

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Half of American adults believe Jesus was only a great teacher

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Fifty-two percent of American adults believe that Jesus was a great teacher and nothing more. Ligonier Ministries’ biennial State of Theology survey provides key findings on what Americans think about God, truth, ...

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White House coronavirus expert Dr. Birx says let churches meet and people vote in person

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Churches in California and elsewhere that want to meet indoors have an ally in Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator. Birx told cable channel CBN News that she ...

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Schools looking for space could turn to churches – doing so has a rich history

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Could places of worship ease the burden of schools looking to reopen while giving students space to social distance? Working with churches might not be such an outlandish suggestion. With space at ...

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How the sound of religion has changed in the pandemic

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Things sound different in a lockdown. The silence of usually bustling streets, the two-tone whirr of ambulance sirens and the sudden awareness of birdsong, all formed an aural backdrop to the coronavirus ...

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Most people want churches to follow same pandemic rules as other groups

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Most Americans believe churches should follow the same rules about social distancing and large gatherings as other organizations or businesses in their area, a new Pew Research Center survey found. About eight ...

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