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Elevation Church

What Makes Steven Furtick’s Elevation Church So Popular and Yet So Controversial?

For some, Elevation's 17,000+ congregation is the paragon of church growth. For others, it's a leadership crisis waiting to happen.
Sarah Bessey misogyny

The Hashtag #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear Is Blowing Up Twitter and Pointing Out Misogyny in the Church

Dress modestly because men are too weak. Also men are in charge of you because they are spiritually superior #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear
Indonesia Ahok

For One Brief Moment in History, Indonesia—the World’s Largest Muslim Nation—Had a Christian Governor

"He is a good man. He has served the people of Jakarta so well. He is now being defamed. Oh my God, it's so hard."
Trump inauguration

Did Trump’s Election Drive Greater Numbers of People Out of the Church?

Whether it was commenting on Hillary Clinton’s voting record or Trump’s leaked audio clip in which he jokes about sexual assault, pastors have increasingly felt themselves pulled into the political fray.
Amazing Grace: The Power of Forgiveness in the Time of Grief

Children of Slain Robert Godwin Display Forgiveness of Jesus in CNN Interview

This type of forgiveness can only come from the power of Jesus Christ.
spiritual but not religious

What Does the ‘Spiritual but Not Religious’ Crowd Actually Believe?

This isn’t the first time Christianity has interacted with an SBNR group, and it likely won't be the last.
Easter ISIS

This Is How Christians in the Middle East Celebrated Easter in Spite of ISIS

"Isis is clearly offended by the cross,” Jeremy Courtney explains. Wherever they go, they spray paint X-es over it or shoot it up with their guns.
Robert Bentley

Ousted Alabama Governor Robert Bentley Is No Stranger to the Southern Baptist Church

“It just shows that any governor who serves two terms and can leave office without scandal has really accomplished something in Alabama.”
Simone Biles

Simone Biles’ Dance to ‘Good, Good Father’ Is Incredibly Personal and God-Focused

This Olympian just brought Father God into the spotlight on the television show "Dancing With the Stars," and it was stunning.
The Case for Christ

In a Culture Wary of Fake News, ‘The Case for Christ’ Rings True

According to the movie’s website, it has received an A+ rating from CinemaScore—an accomplishment only two movies a year, on average, achieve.
Egypt

If You Are a Christian in Egypt, You Are Used to Terrorism—But That Doesn’t...

"Every church in Egypt just prepares for this. Everyone knows that some time you will get bombed, you will be killed."
Abortion

Meet the Outspoken Christian Doctor Who Believes Abortion Is Morally Right

“If you’ve never lived with your back against the wall,” Dr. Parker says, “you won’t get why a woman would go to any length to end a pregnancy they do not want.”
Birthrate

Pew Research: Muslim Births Projected to Surpass Christian Births by 2035

The research estimates that Islam will be the world’s largest religion by 2075.
Love Jesus Not the Church

Barna Study Introduces Us to the ‘I Love Jesus but Not the Church’ Crowd

A growing number of people are holding onto their faith but ditching institutionalized church for reasons you may not be familiar with.
Racial Reconciliation

LifeWay Research: Concerning Racial Reconciliation, Pastors Need to Talk Less and Do More

"It seems like most congregations are eager for somebody else to do the work of reconciliation rather than embrace it for themselves."
Russell Moore

Russell Moore: Next Generation Must Be Willing to Be Crucified Over Cultural Marginalization

Jesus was willing to face the loneliness of cultural rejection for the sake of community later.
Benedict Option

What Pastors Need to Know About the Benedict Option

The evangelical response to the book has varied, but many have found themselves largely agreeing with Dreher’s assessment of the problem, but ambivalent about his solution.
Mike Pence Billy Graham Rule

Mike Pence, the ‘Billy Graham Rule’ and How Not to Exclude Women

If you’re not a woman, you might have a hard time seeing how this rule, intended to stave off sexual temptation and protect marriage, might have a “negative impact on women.”
Cell Phone

Proposed Alabama Law Would Require Pornographic Content Blocked on All Smart Phones

House Bill 428 will be reviewed next week and is designed to drastically limit access to pornography, prostitution and sexual cyber harassment in Alabama.
Muslim Refugees

Muslim Refugees Coming to Christ in Record Numbers in Europe

According to the Anglican Bishop of Bradford, Toby Howarth, one in four of the church’s conversions in England over the past year are refugees.
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