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FBI Raids Churches Near Military Bases; Former Members Warn of Cult

In three states last week, the FBI conducted raids of properties connected to the House of Prayer Christian Church. The organization, which also uses the name Assembly of Prayer, is active near U.S. military bases and for years has faced allegations of cult-like activity.
asian american

9 More Things About Asian American Christianity

This article highlights nine significant things about Asian American Christianity from my personal vantage point.
Bart Barber

‘Every Way That I’ve Served Southern Baptists, It Has Left Scars’: Bart Barber Elected...

Bart Barber, pastor of First Baptist Church of Farmersville, Texas, was elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) on Tuesday, June 14, after winning in a runoff against Florida pastor Tom Ascol.
Naasón Joaquín García

Mexican Megachurch Leader Gets More Than 16 Years for Abuse

The leader of the Mexican megachurch La Luz del Mundo was sentenced Wednesday to more than 16 years in a California prison for sexually abusing young female followers who said he made them his sex slaves.
risky behavior in adolescence

Risky Behavior in Adolescence: The Dangers Facing Generation Z

When it comes to risky behavior in adolescence, a study of today’s teenagers reveals both troubling and encouraging findings. For parents, pastors, and youth group leaders concerned with reaching “Generation Z,” this information about modern risky behavior in adolescence is critical.
mental health

Rethinking Mental Health Care: How the Church Can Transform a Broken System

Mental health is the great mission field of the 21st century, and it is time the Church recognized its God-given role. The involvement of the Church is the missing piece necessary to transform our broken system.
Tragedy

Use Tragedy for God’s Purpose, Relatives of Slain Grandfather, Grandsons Tell Church

Family members stood before Houston Northwest Church and encouraged others not to lose hope or forget that God is gracious in the midst of tragedy.
rick warren

Saddleback Pastor Rick Warren to Retire in September, Names Andy Wood As His Successor

After more than four decades, Rick Warren, the pastor of one of the nation’s largest and most influential churches, is ready to step down. And he has named a young couple to take his place.
Roberto Miranda

Roberto Miranda, Pastor of Lion of Judah, Prominent Boston Church, Has Died

Pastor Roberto Miranda, a prominent Boston Hispanic Pentecostal pastor, known for his church’s social programs and conservative teaching, has died, according to his church. Miranda’s death was announced Sunday (May 22) during services at Congregation Lion of Judah.
Christian Academy of Louisville

Christian School Criticized for Assignment Involving Letter to Friend ‘Struggling With Homosexuality’

Christian Academy of Louisville has come under fire for an assignment wherein students are asked to write a letter to a friend “struggling with homosexuality” to “persuade them of the goodness of God’s design.”
youth lessons on depression

Youth Lessons on Depression: Help Teens Find Hope, New Life in Jesus

Youth group lessons on depression can be a key component of your outreach efforts to teens who are hurting. By studying Scripture together, you can share the joy and full life that Jesus provides.
Mother's Day sermons

Mother’s Day Sermons & Worship Resources: 20 Top Suggestions

Mother's Day is the third-highest church attendance day of the year. So it's a great opportunity to use Mother's Day sermons and worship resources to share the Gospel!
youth Bible study on mental health

Youth Bible Study on Mental Health: 12 Resources to Use With Teens

Leading a youth Bible study on mental health can provide fascinating, applicable insights for students.
sbc abuse

SBC Leader’s Holy Week Plagued by Leaked Story of Wife’s Abuse

As the SBC looks ahead to its annual meeting, where a report about the Executive Committee's handling of sexual misconduct allegations will be released, stories of victimization have themselves been politicized. 
Ronnie Hyde

Former Youth Pastor Convicted, Sentenced to Life for 1994 Murder of 16-Year-Old Boy

After a weeklong trial in Jacksonville, FL, former youth pastor Ronnie Hyde (65) was convicted in the case of the 1994 murder of 16-year-old Fred Laster on Friday and has been sentenced to life in prison.
April Fools'

News Headlines You Might Wish Were April Fools’ Jokes

Today is April 1, or as many know it, April Fools’ Day—a day were people often plan practical jokes, harmless pranks, or hoaxes on each other for laughs. Here are some recent headlines you might wish were a joke.
Ronnie Hyde

Former Youth Pastor Who Allegedly Murdered, Dismembered Teenage Boy in 1994 Begins Trial

On Tuesday, trial began for Ronnie Hyde, a former youth pastor charged with the 1994 murder of 16-year-old Fred Laster. Laster’s body had been dismembered and was later found in the dumpster behind a gas station.
justin peoples

Two White Suspects Charged With Murder, Hate Crime in Killing of Black Youth Pastor

Two have been charged with murder with a special circumstance after allegedly killing 30-year-old youth pastor Justin Peoples. Police and prosecutors believe the murder was racially motivated. 

Transgender Sports Ban Veto Likely To Be Overridden in Utah

Utah's Republican lawmakers were preparing for a Friday push to override Gov. Spencer Cox’s veto of a transgender sports ban, a move that comes amid a brewing nationwide culture war over transgender issues.
lightyear

Disney’s ‘Toy Story’ Prequel Will Now Feature Same-Sex Kiss After Pushback Over Fla.’s ‘Don’t...

An announcement made by Disney-Pixar last week is creating some “buzz” around their upcoming animated movie “Lightyear.” For the first time, one of its blockbuster animated films will feature a same-sex kiss.
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Gen Z Religion and Atheism: Cute Lessons May Backfire, Stats Show

Gen Z religion is a hot topic, and rightly so. Statistics show a high degree of atheism among kids born from 1999 to 2015. Find out how your children's ministry can address this urgent problem.

New Podcasts

Karen Swallow Prior: How the Church Should Move Forward Now Roe...

Karen Swallow Prior joins us for a breaking episode of the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to talk about how the American church can move forward well now that Roe has been overturned.