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This Is Why Fake News Spreads Like Wildfire

A new study on fake news and its appeal on social media finds human nature is a big reason we are more interested in lies than truth.
Economic impact of religion

America’s Economy (and Social Programs): Fueled by Faith

The economic impact of religion in the United States is worth $1.2 trillion a year, making it equivalent to the 15th largest national economy in the world, according to a study out of Georgetown University.
prosperity gospel

Vatican Warns of Prosperity Gospel Spreading Like a Noxious Weed

The Vatican is warning about the perils of the prosperity gospel, the belief that true followers of God are rich, healthy and happy.
Spencer Chamberlain

They Used to Be a Christian Band. And Then Christians Failed Them

Spencer Chamberlain and Aaron Gillespie of Underoath sit down to discuss the problems they find with Christianity.
church discipline

Media Critical of Church That Expects Members to Attend

Last week, Cave City Baptist Church near Bowling Green, Kentucky, removed approximately 70 members from the church membership roles for not attending services. Church leaders say they were following through on church discipline.
Paula Faris

Paula Faris Leaving the View and GMA to Report on Faith

Paula Faris is leaving "The View" and the weekend edition of "Good Morning America" for a new position at ABC—she’ll be handling breaking news and reporting at ABC News. According to the network, she’ll also start a podcast focusing on faith and what unites people in divisive times.
religious liberty

Religious Liberty Brings World Leaders to Washington Next Week

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is hoping to move the needle in favor of religious liberty in countries around the world by helping them understand how it “fits into a democratic society, how it makes sense for each country, how it can improve economies.”
Christian athletes

These Two Christian Athletes Aren’t Shy About Sharing Their Faith

These professional Christian athletes in basketball and baseball are spreading their faith on a very large stage.
church planting

This Is What Young Church Leaders Want to Spend Time (and Money) Doing

Success stories and an entrepreneurial spirit among young pastors are fueling the hottest movement in evangelicalism—church planting.
#churchtoo

How Will J.D. Greear Lead the SBC in Light of the #ChurchToo Movement?

One group is asking how J.D. Greear will respond to the growing #ChurchToo movement that has knocked on the SBC’s collective door of late.
Chinese church

Chinese Church Obliterated in 15 Minutes by Government

The Liang Wang Catholic Church had been registered since 2006. The state-sanctioned Chinese church was purportedly destroyed to make room for commercial buildings.
episcopal church

All Episcopal Churches Must Now Bless Same-Sex Marriage

The majority of the American Episcopal Church (93 dioceses) already allows gay marriage in their churches. This vote affects eight dioceses that did not allow for religious ceremonies to be conducted inside their sanctuaries.
Andrew Brunson

Update: Andrew Brunson Allowed to Leave Turkish Prison

Andrew Brunson was arrested in October 2016, shortly after a failed military coup. Turkish officials claimed recently that Brunson took part in the attempted overthrow of the Erdogan government by aiding terrorist groups or spying. Brunson calls the charges untrue.
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Numbers of Enslaved Predicted to Explode. What Can the Church Do?

The annual Human Rights Outlook suggests automation will result in drastic job losses, especially in South East Asia. The report predicts that slavery and trafficking will spiral as a result. What can the church do to stop slavery?
What does the bible say about sex

This Is Why the Church Needs a Better Narrative About Sex

Two items in the news this week highlight the ongoing debate in culture over sexuality.  Is it possible that sexual norms are changing drastically because Christians don't know how to answer the question, "what does the Bible say about sex?"
Malaysian Church

How Malaysia and North Korea Inspire Us to Pray Impossible Prayers

The example of the Malaysian Church and the North Korean Church in the face of persecution give us hope and bolster our faith.
importance of the Bible

Has the Bible Transformed Your Life? Majority Americans Say Yes

Barna’s researchers found the importance of the Bible in the lives of Americans has remained steady since 2011. Half say they read the good book at least several times a year.
missionaries in the Philippines

Update: Methodist Church Seeks Release of Three Missionaries in the Philippines

Three missionaries in the Philippines are being held over visa violations. The United Methodist church is calling for their release.
franklin graham

Franklin Graham Not Welcome on UK Bus Signs

A transit company in England has removed ads from the sides of its double-decker buses promoting the planned Franklin Graham crusade in Blackpool on September 21-23. They were pulled in response to complaints from British LGBTQ leaders.
generation z

Study Finds Openness to the Gospel in Generation Z

A major new survey of 4,087 British adults on their attitudes toward religious people revealed that those of Generation Z are less likely to have a negative perception of Christians than millennials are.
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