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7 encouraging trends in Christianity for 2022

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The news for persecuted Christians looks grim this year with an increase in persecution expected. But there are encouraging trends that bode well for the church. As we go about our daily ...

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Membership slide continues in mainline Episcopal Church

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Membership in the Episcopal Church continues to decline. In one report, the number of baptized members dropped from 1.798 million to approximately 1.736 million between 2019 and 2020, resulting in a reduction of about ...

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Would you eat ‘upcycled’ food?

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How would you like to dig into a “recycled” snack? Or take a swig of juice with “reprocessed” ingredients made from other food byproducts? Without the right marketing, these don’t sound like ...

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Study: 90 percent of U.S. universities restrict speech

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Nearly nine in 10 American universities restrict free speech in some form, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE’s) 2021 Spotlight on Speech Codes. The organization looked at the free ...

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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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Podcasting shows surprising trends during pandemic

At the beginning of this year, podcasting was projected to be one of the hottest new media. After experiencing a half dozen years of 20% annual growth, this was going to be ...

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Number of practicing Christians continues decline in U.S.

U.S. churches will have to adjust to new data that show that the number of practicing Christians continues to decline. Practicing Christians are now a much smaller segment of the entire population, ...

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2020 interior design trends on the horizon

The beginning of a new year is a natural time to think about refreshing the look of your home, and in 2020, “cozy” and “warm” are trending keywords for interior design, according ...

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Researcher finds reasons for hope for rural and small-town churches

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The death of rural and small-town churches is greatly exaggerated, said Thom Rainer, founder and CEO of Church Answers, an online community and resource for church leaders. He offers several reasons for ...

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The big debate: is cremation Christian?

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Preference for cremation in the United States has risen dramatically in recent decades but the historical trend is even more startling. Just over 150 years ago there were less than 45 cremations ...

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