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Could U.S. Churches Solve the Orphan Crisis? – Christian Article

Over the past few decades Christians in America have become increasingly vocal in promoting adoption and orphan care. One particular claim that is commonly cited is that, “If every church in the U.S. adopted one child, we would solve the world’s orphan crisis. For some churches this claim is heartening, for it appears to offer a realistic solution to a global problem. For other churches, especially small congregations, this can be a challenging statement. But whether we consider it promising…

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New Survey Gauges Churchgoers’ Perceptions of Sexual Misconduct – Christian Article

The Story: A new survey explores the perceptions and experiences of sexual misconduct among Protestant churchgoers. The Background: Lifeway Research recently released the results of a national survey of Protestants on their perception of sexual misconduct. Respondents were screened to include only adults whose religious preference is Protestant and who attend services once a month or more. The survey asked a variety of questions to gauge what sort of experience those who attend Protestant churches have with sexual abuse, harassment,…

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Is Allowing Abortion Exceptions the ‘Best Way to Be Pro-Life’? – Christian Article

Last week the state of Alabama enacted one of the strictest abortion restrictions in the country. The law makes the performance of an abortion a felony punishable by life imprisonment of not more than 99 years or less than 10 years. The law allows an exemption if the abortion is deemed necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother, but it allows for no exception in cases of rape or incest. In what appears…

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Where Sex Trafficking Occurs in America – Christian Article

The Story: A recent report highlights the cities and states within the U.S. in which human trafficking is most reported. The Background: Modern-day slavery, also referred to as “trafficking in persons,” or “human trafficking,” describes the act of recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, or obtaining a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Trafficking in persons is estimated to be one of the top-grossing criminal industries in the world (behind illegal drugs…

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The Contagion of Mass Violence

Despite what these nuns may think, the gun issue in the United States is no laughing matter. School shootings have now been with us for a generation; two decades. Or so some news media would have us think, preferring to use the Columbine (Littleton) event as a game changer. In fact, a look at the School Shootings List on Wikipedia shows that incidents so classified go back to the 1800s. A close look at the list shows that Columbine had…

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When Christians Should Fight About Words – Christian Article

Ten years ago a Stanford neuroscientist claimed that the languages we speak shape the way we think. Lera Boroditsky said that the consensus in the field of neuroscience is that “people who speak different languages do indeed think differently and that even flukes of grammar can profoundly affect how we see the world.” At the time this was a new and empirical twist on an old and controversial idea. In the late 1920 the American linguists Edward Sapir and Benjamin Lee…

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How Pastors Can Apply the Brown M&M Test – Christian Article

The Story: Half of Christian pastors feel occasionally or frequently limited in their ability to speak, given concerns they will offend people, according to survey conducted earlier this year. Here’s why addressing controversial issues can be an important way of uncovering disobedience to Christ. The Background: As Christianity Today‘s Griffin Paul Jackson notes, many pastors say they are “subject to scrutiny from outside their congregations as well as within them.” “The stakes are high in the public square,” the researchers wrote.…

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The Countries Where It’s Most Dangerous to Be a Christian in 2019 – Christian Article

One in every nine Christians in the world lives in an area, or in a culture, in which Christianity is illegal, forbidden, or punished, according to the latest report on global persecution by Open Doors USA. That’s a 14 percent increase over the previous year. For the past 27 years, the organization has published the Open Doors World Watch List, a global indicator of countries where human and religious rights are being violated, and those countries most vulnerable to societal unrest and…

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9 Things You Should Know About Prohibition – Christian Article

One hundred years ago today, the Eighteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution was ratified, prohibiting “intoxicating liquors” in the United States and launching the era known as Prohibition. Here are nine things you should about Prohibition and how the religiously inspired temperance movement transformed America. 1. The roots of Prohibition were planted in the pre-Civil War era. From the 1790s to the 1830s, the religious revival known as the Second Great Awakening strengthened the role of Protestant influence in the…

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Are Young People Really Leaving Christianity? – Christian Article

(Updated on January 12th, 2019) Much has been written about both the Biblical illiteracy of teenage believers and the flight of young people from the Church. Many have observed this trend, and I too have witnessed it anecdotally as a youth pastor (and shamefully, I contributed to the trend for some time before I changed course). Some writers and Christian observers deny the flight of young people altogether, but the growing statistics should alarm us enough as Church leaders to do…

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Homeschooling Parents in Germany Lose Right to Educate Their Children – Christian Article

The Story: A European court ruled that German authorities are allowed to forcibly remove children from their home if the parents homeschool. Could that happen in the United States? The Background: On Thursday, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Germany’s ban on homeschooling did not violate a family’s fundamental rights. Germany is one of the few European countries that penalizes families who want to homeschool. According to Alliance Defending Freedom International, more than 30 police officers and social…

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Remembering Eugene Peterson, and also his wife Jan – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); by Karen Stiller Years ago, my husband Brent and I moved to Vancouver so he could do a Master of Divinity at Regent College. I think I can say, although others might disagree, that it was a heyday for Regent. No other Canadian school fully lived out the idea yet of graduate theological education for the lay person in quite the same way. The student body was exciting and diverse, from all over the…

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Report from the Parliament of the World’s Religions – Christian Article

Faith Today columnist James Beverley was in Toronto for a week-long gathering of well over 6,000 religious leaders called The Parliament of the World’s Religions. In his initial report, he considers how a tone of harmony prevailed even as participants considered contentious problems such as religious bigotry and genocide. By James A. Beverley Toronto, arguably the most diverse city in the world, was recently host to the seventh Parliament of the World’s Religions. The first such parliament dates to Chicago…

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A story of faithfulness with Canada Summer Jobs – Christian Article

by Dave Addison Toronto City Mission (TCM) is the oldest and longest-running mission in the City of Toronto. While our ministry has evolved from inner city relief work to preventive and proactive programs for children and families impacted by poverty, summer camp has always been a core part of our ministry. “This donation brought the total to $40,000, but I questioned if we could actually raise the remaining $60,000. I decided only God was going to make this possible. Less…

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Singing at urbana 18 | Faith Today Blog

It’s day two of #Urbana18 and there have been many fine moments already, but singing in a huge space with approximately 9,999 other people? That has to be one of the best parts of this student missions conference. I remember that feeling from Urbana ’93, the first and last time I was at this tri-annual gathering that brings students and leaders together from across North America and around the world. Back then, the music was a revelation. I had never…

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