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SBC President Bart Barber Says Implementation Task Force Strengthened by Different Perspectives, Backgrounds

The task force is going to be deciding how to make implementation of best practices for the SBC and [for] our member churches to have all the tools that we need to be able to work to prevent and respond well to sexual abuse.

Pastor’s Second-Grade Teacher’s Impact Drives His Educational Outreach

Church planter and pastor Emory Berry Jr.’s passion for educational outreach has its roots in his second-grade public school teacher of decades ago, Lillie Courtney, who also taught him Sunday School.

How a Latino Congregation in California Found Itself at the Center of ELCA’s Racial Reckoning

Eight months after the abrupt firing of their pastor, the 100 or so members of Misión Latina Luterana find themselves at the center of a racial reckoning in the ELCA, one of the nation’s least diverse denominations. 

53rd Dove Award Nominations Include Multiple Nods for Phil Wickham, for King & Country, and Anne Wilson

Nominations for the 53rd annual GMA Dove Awards were highlighted by multiple nods for Phil Wickham, for KING & COUNTRY, Maverick City Music and newcomer Anne Wilson.

Pope Francis Meets Transgender Guests of Rome Church

Pope Francis has met with a fourth group of transgender people who found shelter at a Rome church, the Vatican newspaper reported Thursday. L’Osservatore Romano said the encounter took place Wednesday on the sidelines of Francis’ weekly general audience.

‘We Are Losing Our Freedoms’—Franklin Graham Blasts FBI for Raiding Former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Residence

Franklin Graham told his 2.5 million Twitter followers that Americans are losing their freedoms on Tuesday, the morning after the FBI executed a search warrant at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach.

‘We Still Believe In Dad’s Innocence’—Ravi Zacharias’ Son Continues To Defend Father

Nathan Zacharias, son of the late disgraced apologist Ravi Zacharias, has posted his first blog in seven months to explain that his recent silence is not due to him having changed his mind about his father's character. 

Church’s Unauthorized ‘Hamilton’ Production Creates Duel With Fans After Message Labeled Homophobic

The Door Christian Fellowship Ministries of McAllen, Texas, was denounced by the “Hamilton” theater team after it performed its own version of the award-wining musical, which edited lines to reference Jesus.

Pastor Murdered by Wife After Years of Forcing Her To Have Sex With 50 to 100 Men; Sentencing Underway

Sentencing is underway for Kristie Evans, who pleaded guilty to the murder of her husband, pastor David Evans. According to Kristie, the pastor abused her for years, forcing her to have sex with between 50 to 100 men.

State of the Bible: Swath of Committed Christians Don’t Attend Church Monthly

Most of the youngest generations who identify as committed Christians likely do not attend church at least once monthly, the American Bible Society (ABS) said in the latest release from its 2022 State of the Bible.

‘Online Missionary’ Streams Video Games, Bible Studies To Reach Internet Audience

For Joshua Clayton, talking to people about Jesus has always been a part of who he is, even while playing video games or creating online content.

Why the Largest US Lutheran Denomination Apologized to a Latino Congregation

The top bishop of the ELCA asked for Rev. Megan Rohrer, the denomination's first transgender bishop, to resign after Rohrer’s removal of the pastor of a Latino congregation on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

New Book Invites Christians To Rethink Homelessness

When he began working at The Center, an LA-based nonprofit that hopes to “break the cycle of homelessness through radical hospitality,” Kevin Nye thought he had all the answers. He soon found out he’d been mistaken.

‘God’s Not Done With Us’—Venue Church Pastor Tavner Smith Confirms Foreclosure Notice, but Says Church Will Not Shut Down

After denying that Venue Church will be shutting down, lead pastor Tavner Smith confirmed Sunday that a bank has put a notice of foreclosure on the church’s building. Smith said that church leaders nevertheless expect to retain the building and reiterated that Venue Church will not be closing.

Lifeway Research: Pastors Identify Modern-day Idols, Comfort Tops List

Idols don’t always come in the form of carved statues or reside in places of worship. Many pastors believe modern-day idols can be benign-looking desires with significant influence on people in their congregations.

Olivia Newton-John Said the Lord’s Prayer Nightly After God Saved Her Baby

Following the death of singer, actress, and activist Olivia Newton-John on Monday (August 8), statements have surfaced from one of her final interviews. On a February 2021 episode of the podcast “A Life of Greatness,” Newton-John detailed a pact she made with God while pregnant with her only child.

FBI Executes Search Warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago; Christian Leaders React

On Monday, the FBI executed a search warrant at former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Christian leaders took to social media with their reactions.

‘Community Lighthouses’ Powered by the Sun and Church Volunteers

A project launching in southeast Louisiana called Community Lighthouses aims to help people who are especially vulnerable during extended power outages. Together New Orleans, a non-partisan network of churches and groups that tries to fix community problems, is sponsoring the project.

Churches Can Be ‘Personalized Ministry Partner’ for Local Schools

In the midst of the back-to-school season, Southern Baptist churches are loving and serving the students, teachers and schools in their communities.

Christians Still Displaced From Northern Iraq 8 Years After ISIS Invasion

Christians largely remain displaced from the once vibrant Nineveh Plains, Iraq, eight years after the Islamic State decimated the region, a Christian charity working in the area said.

UPDATE: Britney Spears Responds to Claim Catholic Church Did Not Deny...

Pop star Britney Spears has responded to claims that she never contacted the Catholic church she says denied her request to use its building for her wedding. Spears says she did reach out to the church through her wedding planner.

Alan Hirsch: The Church Needs To Stop Making Jesus in Its...

Alan Hirsch joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to talk about why he believes the American church is out of alignment with Jesus and what we need to do to put our focus back on him.

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