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We Need to Be Uncomfortable – Christian Article

In June 2016, my wife and I prepared for the arrival of our oldest son, Walter Wynn. At the time, we lived in Minneapolis, but we were fleeing the frozen tundra for my home state, Mississippi, in a matter of weeks.  While at the birth center for an appointment, Jasmine mentioned our plans to relocate to Mississippi. An employee immediately voiced her prejudices about Mississippi and encouraged Jasmine to be careful. Less than a week later, however, a Minnesota police…

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What South Korean Christians Want You to Know About Coronavirus – Christian Article

About a month after the first coronavirus case appeared in South Korea, an infected man attended Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a cult of more than 300,000 that believes Jesus was reincarnated in its leader. This man ended up infecting thousands—in fact, more than 60 percent of the nearly 8,500 cases in the country have been linked to Shincheonji. Though South Korea hasn’t required a lockdown, most churches voluntarily had closed their doors by March 1. That decision was emotional, since…

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Church Leaders: Stay Closed (For Now) – Christian Article

In the coming weeks, church leaders must choose whether to hold public meetings, or continue to cancel them because of the coronavirus pandemic; to obey the scriptural command to not give up meeting together, or the government’s command to stop meeting together; to feed souls or to protect bodies. Souls and Scripture trump bodies and governments, so it would seem to be an easy choice. Indeed, Rusty Reno of First Things argues churches are wrong to close their doors. He…

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Help! Now I’m Financially Stressed – Christian Article

About a year ago, my husband started a retail business. Like most new ventures, it involved the discomfort of uncertainty, financial strain, and long hours at work. But slowly and steady, it stabilized and grew. Then the coronavirus hit. Initially, sales slowed. Then they plummeted. And when the stock market crashed, the majority of orders purchased in the previous month were returned. Now, the future of the business—and consequently, our finances—looks bleak. This global pandemic has hit many of us financially.…

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Nothing Much to Add to What’s Being Said – Christian Article

“A lot of people will be home,” I reasoned, “And a lot of them will be bored.” As I have often repeated, at the ten year mark I granted myself exemption from the drive to post daily here, but I figured this would be a good time to be creating content. Unfortunately, as I tried to put pen to paper — so to speak — I found it very difficult to engage any form of creativity. I’ve thought of re-purposing…

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The Coronavirus and the Pony – Christian Article

There’s something antiquated about our enforced #coronacation. Like peasants in the 14th century warding off the plague-ridden and the unclean, we have abandoned human contact. Handshakes are out; elbow bumps are in. Our cities are empty, our marketplaces abandoned, our festivals depopulated. My family has survived 9/11, the anthrax attacks, war in Afghanistan, the Beltway Sniper, Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, Snowmaggedon, and two earthquakes. Yet none of those events accomplished what the COVID-19 global pandemic has: civilization has ground to…

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Religious Conflict in America Is as Old as America – Christian Article

Watching today’s news, you might get the impression that religious conflict is more acute in America than ever before. Religious belief does infuse almost every political controversy, including the ones about abortion, homosexuality, immigration, and the presidency of Donald Trump. But we should remember that America itself was born in religious conflict, conflict often more vicious than what we face today.  Evangelical Minorities Early America could be a dangerous place to work for an evangelical preacher, even in the South.…

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James Leo Garrett Jr. (1925–2020), the Gentleman Theologian – Christian Article

During his life, theologians across the spectrum honored James Leo Garrett Jr. as first among equals with titles like “Last of the Great Gentlemen Theologians,” “Dean of Southern Baptist Theologians,” and “The Most Knowledgeable Baptist Theologian.” Garrett blushed at such accolades, for he was genuinely self-effacing. But you need read only one of his two greatest works before realizing no other contemporary Baptist systematician has yet risen to his level of authorial achievement. And when you consult his entire corpus,…

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Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan and Jerusalem’s Holy Sites – Christian Article

What just happened? On Tuesday, President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the outlines of a proposal for Middle East peace. Although the Palestinian government has already rejected the plan, it includes an outline for how future peach plans might address access to Jerusalem, which contains holy sites of three world religions—Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. What is the plan’s proposal for Jerusalem and the holy sites? The peace plan would put Israel in charge of both safeguarding Jerusalem’s holy…

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Who Is the Most Pro-Life President in History? – Christian Article

“I don’t think evangelicals are united on every position [President Trump] takes or says,” said Franklin Graham in a recent interview, “but they do recognize he is the most pro-life-friendly president in modern history.” This remarkable claim has also been made by Vice President Mike Pence, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Aza, and White House Adviser Kellyanne Conway. Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, has also said Trump is the “most pro-life president in history,”…

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9 Things You Should Know About Events and Discoveries in 2019 – Christian Article

We live in an era of 24-hour news in which we’re constantly bombarded by information from websites, social media, and television. Yet despite this deluge, there are still many fascinating news items that you are likely to have missed. Here are nine such events and discoveries from 2019 you may not have heard about. 1. A team of archaeologists uncovered the oldest known Christian church in sub-Saharan Africa. According to Smithsonian magazine, the church building dates from the fourth century A.D.,…

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The High Stakes of Religious Liberty – Christian Article

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy.  Kristen Waggoner: Among America’s greatest contributions to the world has been its commitment to free speech and to religious freedom. Alliance Defending Freedom is the world’s largest legal organization that is committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, and the sanctity of life. We have international as well as the US division, and offices throughout the world. And our…

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To Change America, Invite a Millennial to Church – Christian Article

The Story: There are now as many Millennials who say they “never” attend religious services as there are who attend once a week. Here’s a simple way to change that trend. The Background: A recent survey by Pew Research finds that the percentage of American adults that describe themselves as Christians continues to decline. Currently, 43 percent of U.S. adults identify with Protestantism, down from 51 percent a decade ago, and only one-in-five adults (20 percent) identify as Catholic, down…

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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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