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‘Somebody Must Care.’ George Liele Award Supports Mission Trip to Zambia

The Liele scholarship is primarily funded through the approximately 4,000 congregations comprising NAAF with additional funding from IMB and other contributors.

Fundie Fridays, the Snarky Critic of Conservative Religious Zeal, Faces YouTube Termination

Fundie Fridays is a YouTube channel of weekly video essays — generally compilations of cuts of sermons, TV shows, Instagram Reels and other public content, with Jennifer Sutphin’s sardonic commentary layered on top.

ERLC Objects to Biden Effort to Counter Court Ruling

President Biden condemned again Thursday (June 30) the high court’s 5-4 opinion that overruled the 1973 decision that legalized abortion throughout the country.

NY Faces Calls to Enshrine Abortion Rights in Constitution

Lawmakers held a special legislative session Thursday that Gov. Kathy Hochul called primarily to pass an emergency overhaul of the state's gun permitting rules after they were struck down by a Supreme Court ruling.

New World Council of Churches Head Draws Criticism Over Israel Remarks

Since being elected to lead the World Council of Churches earlier this month, Rev. Jerry Pillay has been rebuffing critics who accuse him of making antisemitic remarks.

New Zealand Designates Proud Boys a Terrorist Organization

New Zealand’s government has declared that American far-right groups the Proud Boys and The Base are terrorist organizations.

Seattle Street Preacher Assaulted at Pride Event, Abortion Rally; Arrested After Bible Thrown in Portable Toilet

Matthew Meinecke, known on social media as The Seattle Preacher, was arrested last weekend for preaching and reading his Bible, once during a Roe v. Wade rally and the next day at a Pride parade.

Southeastern’s Karen Swallow Prior: Why the Pro-Life Movement Must Prioritize Nuance, Education and the Imagination Post-Roe

While the American church has much to be thankful for with the reversal of Roe v. Wade, says Karen Swallow Prior, it is important that pro-life advocates move forward in their work with caution, nuance and compassion.

Submit to Husband and Make Pancakes If Asked, Pastor Tells Wives

Jared Pozarnsky, pastor of Hold Fast Baptist Church in Fresno, California, says wives need to be prepared to change up their meal plans at short notice. In a June 24 video clip, the California preacher explains passages from Ephesians and Acts, spending some time on his view of submission in marriage.

LA Billboard Welcomes People to California, ‘Where Abortion Is Safe and Still Legal’

A controversial billboard is making waves in the Los Angeles area, as it welcomes drivers to California, “where abortion is safe and still legal.” 

What Happened to United Methodists’ Proposal To Split the Denomination?

While legislation to enact the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation still likely will be considered at the next General Conference meeting, wavering support for it leaves United Methodists either imagining a new way forward or plunging into chaos, depending on whom you ask.

Alaska Church Revitalization Result of Letting God Work, Pastor Says

Alaska church revitalization is the result of letting God work, Pastor Cody Schwegel says, “We go into ministry events not expecting anything except to just be obedient and let God work."

Anti-Abortion Movement Faces Internal Divisions After Roe’s Fall

For nearly five decades, anti-abortion activist held two truths to be self-evident. Abortion ends the life of a human being. Women who have an abortion are “second victims.” Now, some are challenging that notion.

FBI Opens Sweeping Probe of Clergy Sex Abuse in New Orleans

The FBI has opened a widening investigation into clergy sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in New Orleans going back decades. This is a rare federal foray into such cases looking specifically at whether priests took children across state lines to molest them.

Marshall Blalock Reflects on Service With Sexual Abuse Task Force

Marshall Blalock, pastor of First Baptist Church, Charleston, S.C., said one of the spiritual lessons he learned through serving on the Sexual Abuse Task Force was how to “think and act with more compassion.”

Company Sued for Firing Atheist, Agnostic Who Refused To Participate in Christian Prayer Meetings

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Aurora Pro Services, a home service and repair company in Greensboro, North Carolina, for firing two employees who refused to participate in Christian prayer meetings.

Pastor Judah Smith Says Pleasuring Yourself Sexually in the Confines of Marriage Is a Gift From God

A video conversation between Judah and Chelsea Smith regarding single people’s sexual desires recently resurfaced because of popular YouTuber Ruslan KD.

Preston Perry Defends Himself, Jackie Hill Perry, Against Criticism for Not Celebrating Roe’s Demise

In two lengthy videos posted to Instagram this week, Christian performing artist Preston Perry says he and his wife, author and artist Jackie Hill Perry, are under attack on social media for not saying “amen” to the demise of Roe v. Wade.

‘I’m Not a Religious Person’: Chris Pratt Discusses Faith, Hillsong, and Online Backlash

In a recent interview, Hollywood star Chris Pratt expressed that he never intended to become an icon of Christian faith, noting that the criticism he has received baffles and frustrates him.

Here Is Where Every State’s Abortion Legislation Currently Stand Now That Roe Has Been Overturned

Here is an overview of abortion legislation and the expected impact of the court’s decision in every state.

Adam Wyatt: How To Be a Biblical Patriot, Not a Christian...

Dr. Adam Wyatt joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to talk about how the Bible supports the idea of loving one’s country–but not nationalism–and how pastors can navigate this volatile topic.

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