- New body to scrutinise child abuse would be allowed to keep reports secret if they involved children or vulnerable adults, or endangered public safetyA new Catholic body designed to scrutinise the church’s approach to child abuse would have “extraordinary power” to keep its reports secret, the royal commission has heard. The church announced late last year it would create Catholic Professional Standards (CPS) to lead its efforts on child protection.Related: Catholic church clai
- The patience of the Lord can be a heavy burden.
Moses was well-acquainted with the patience of God. He pled for Israel when they betrayed the Lord with the Golden Calf. For years he dealt with the Israelites in the desert, their complaining and recalcitrance. They “vexed the Holy One of Israel” (Ps. 78:41), and still God bore it, restraining his wrath and refusing to cut them off (Isa. 48:9). God’s patience is a central, defining feature of his character.
But this wasn’t
- Young adults are desperate not to let peers see any signs of weakness or failure.
A cursory search of academic dissertations reveals a new interest in the origins of insults and curse words. For instance, I learned recently that the insult “phony”—as in “She acted like she was into EDM [electronic dance music], but then we found out she was a phony”—entered our lexicon with the arrival of the telephone. People started phoning other people randomly, pretending
- Prestonwood Baptist diverts denominational giving over concerns about Russell Moore’s ERLC.
A Dallas-area megachurch has decided to escrow Cooperative Program funds temporarily in order to evaluate future support of Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) causes.
At issue are what the congregation calls “various significant positions taken by the leadership of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission [ERLC] that do not reflect the beliefs and values of many in the Southern Baptist Conve
- Why it matters what churches call their classes.
In the South, our beverage vocabulary can be confusing to those from other regions. When we offer you a Coke, we are asking if you’d like a soda of any kind. And when we offer you tea, we do not mean Earl Gray in a mug. We will assume that you understand this implicitly. As a Southerner with Northern relatives, I can affirm that many a family gathering could have been saved from such confusion by a simple clarification of terms.
Using a term
- Important developments in the church and the world (as they appeared in our March issue).
How Pastors Perceive Domestic Violence
LifeWay Research surveyed 1,000 senior pastors on how their churches minister to people experiencing domestic violence. Almost all evangelical pastors believe that victims would find their church to be a safe haven. But here’s what they said on how common the problem is, how they respond to allegations, and whether divorce is the best option.India: 145,000 Compas
- Cairo bishop resists efforts to deny his church independence.
Egypt’s top Anglican leader is accusing its top evangelical leader of attempting a “hostile takeover” to prevent Egyptian Anglicans from achieving state recognition as an independent national church.
The dispute first surfaced in 2001, but this past summer Egypt’s High Administrative Court ruled against Anglican independence. This means the Anglican Diocese of Egypt must function as a full member of the Protest
- Black Southern Baptists weigh in on the issues around removing Sho Baraka’s album.
Being a black leader in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) today can be exciting, as America’s largest Protestant denomination makes unprecedented progress toward diversity. But it can also be discouraging. Even small instances of culture clash are hard to overlook when you’re in the minority.
The latest discussion over racial disconnect in the denomination stems from LifeWay Christian Resourc
- Chuck Smith’s successor says he is expanding founder’s vision. Other leaders say he’s diluting it.
What would Chuck Smith do?
Three years after the Calvary Chapel founder’s death, church leaders continue to look to his legacy to defend competing views of the movement’s future.
Smith’s son-in-law and successor at California flagship Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, Brian Brodersen, left the Calvary Chapel Association (CCA) this past fall with plans to build on Smith&
- Even his happiest, most heartwarming music has been fueled by tragedy and pain.
With five Grammys, dozens of Dove Awards, and over 11 million records sold, Steven Curtis Chapman is one of the most decorated artists in Christian music history. Now, 30 years since the release of his first album, the songwriter has published a memoir, Between Heaven and the Real World (Revell), in which he opens up about marital difficulties, the death of his 5-year-old daughter, and other painful experiences. Musi
- Lessons on worshiping a consistently unpredictable God.
My son, Luke, is a brilliant soccer player. Even at a young age, he had fantastic control skills and a powerful kick. Luke is also a brilliant artist, appreciating the beauty of the world around him and translating that onto paper with pencil and paint. Unfortunately, this combination was lethal. Luke’s team members had no idea whether he had his eye on the ball or was observing a falling leaf or a pink-petaled daisy. One minute he wo
- An excerpt from ‘Culture Care.’
In the early 1960s, Fred Danback came home from the Korean War to work at Anaconda Wire and Cable, a copper wire factory on the Hudson River, north of Manhattan. It was a booming enterprise. But he became troubled by what he saw.
In a PBS interview with Bill Moyers, Danback said, “[Anaconda] and other businesses were hurting a second business, the shad fishermen. I didn’t think they had the right to do that. I became obsessed with fighting
- The graphic novelist and MacArthur Grant recipient sees his life as an outsider as a blessing.
One morning this past September, Gene Luen Yang was backing out of his driveway in San Jose, California, to go to his writing studio—a nearby Panera Bread—when he got a call. Someone from the MacArthur Foundation was on the other end, informing him that he was among 23 winners of the $625,000 MacArthur Fellowship. Also known as “genius grants” (a term the foundation dislikes), t
- I felt distant from God until I witnessed a medical miracle.
My eyes darted to the tracing on the cardiac monitor. The gaps between my patient’s heartbeats lengthened. The plodding rhythm meant that blood, oozing from beneath his fractured skull, was crowding out his brain.
He was 22, and someone had bludgeoned him with a baseball bat in his sleep. His wife, lying beside him, died during the assault. His four-year-old son witnessed everything.
I thrived on the urgency of the emergency room
Christians In Mideast Reject Trump Plan To Prioritise U.S. Resettlement Of Christian Refugees: 'Wrong Message, Wrong Policy'Thanks, but no thanks. That was the blunt response of at least two Christian leaders in the Middle East to the recent pronouncement of U.S. President Donald Trump that his administration will give priority to persecuted Christian refugees seeking to resettle in the U.S.
- The figures are mind-boggling. Since the Islamic militant group Boko Haram began its campaign of terror in 2009, about 100,000 people have been killed, consisting of both Christians and Muslims.
- Church says standards body will mean better accountability, consistency and public transparency on its dealing with childrenThe Catholic church says it has made a seismic shift in holding its leaders accountable for protecting Australian children after decades of abuse by hundreds of pedophiles.The church says its new national professional standards body will ensure consistency across its autonomous dioceses and orders. Related: Australian Catholic church has paid $276m to abuse victims so far,
ISIS Drowns 13 Civilians, Execute 8 Others In Mosul, Kirkuk On Charges of Collaborating With The EnemyThe Islamic State (ISIS) has numerous execution methods to choose from. On Wednesday, it selected one where there's no flesh or burn wounds but brutally efficient just the same: drowning.
- Kim Jong Nam died this week after being assaulted at Kuala Lumpur International Airport with what was thought to be a fast-acting poison.
Islamist Extremists Spill More Christian Blood In Egypt Amid Fears That More Attacks Are ForthcomingChristian blood was spilled a second time in less than a week in Egypt, raising fears that Islamist extremists could be planning more deadly attacks on the country's Christian community.
- Your correspondent is quite wrong to conclude that the vote is in any sense a blow to the authority of Justin Welby, archbishop of Canterbury (C of E synod throws out bishops’ report upholding traditional views on marriage, 16 February). I was present and, as part of the often unheard middle ground, was one of the house of laity who voted against taking note of the report.Though there has been a lot of interpretation and claims that this particular debate was about whether the church shoul
- Her son had killed a pastor, but instead of anger, the pastor's congregation showered her with love and forgiveness.
Turkey Nightclub Massacre Gunman Says He Wanted To Kill Christians — But Murdered Mostly Muslims Instead"My purpose was to kill Christians." That was the terse explanation of the man charged with killing 39 people on the first hour of 2017 at Istanbul's exclusive Reina nightclub, the World Watch Monitor (WWM) reported.
- 'Seventy percent of them are Christians fleeing from persecution in their countries... They're fleeing persecution from Boko Haram in Nigeria, the terrorists groups, the situation in their countries.'
- All three men, along with their pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, were charged with acting against national security but the three lay Christians were also charged with consuming alcoholic communion wine.
- The move is partially symbolic, given that there is currently no State of Palestine – although that remains a goal of some Palestinian politicians.
- Pontiff tells activists he supports their fight against ‘gutting of democracies’ in letter that appears to take aim at US presidentPope Francis has offered his unequivocal support to grassroots organisers and activists who are fighting for social justice, migrants, and environmentalism, saying he “reaffirms” their choice to fight against tyranny amid a “gutting of democracies”.“As Christians and all people of good will, it is for us to live and act at th
- via DevotionalsIf you want your love to last, it has to be expressive. Drawing on the example of the lovers in the Song of Solomon, James MacDonald shares how to best express your love to your spouse, keeping the romance alive for years to come.
- Simon Jenkins: 'Disappointment still hangs about this place, lonely on its hill outside the town... Even the approach road has been likened to the entrance to a crematorium.'
- via DevotionalsGod will be with us in the midst of our adversity and difficulties.
- An Egyptian Christian has been gunned down on the way to work by suspected ISIS militants in Sinai, Egypt, the second killing of a Christian in under a week in the area.
What the Author of Ben Hur and Billy the Kid Had in Common and How "Grace Arose From Garbage": An Amazing Tale of Redemption from the Ashes of History+ldquo;The revenge of a realm can be transformed by the renewal of the Redeemer. If it can happen in Lincoln, New Mexico, it can happen elsewhere.... by Brian Nixon
The Florist Who Refused to Provide Flowers for Gay Wedding Takes Her Religious Freedom Case to the Supreme Court"I'm not asking for anything that our Constitution hasn't promised me and every other American: the right to create freely and to live out my faith without fear of government punishment or interference.... by News Staff
"Praise God! My identity is in Christ, not my sexuality" A Pastor's Son Struggled with the Gay Lifestyle, but God’s Truth Led Him Out+ldquo;To some, it might have appeared like I had it all, but honestly, on the inside I was in despair, broken, and suicidal.... by Mark Ellis
- After that first contact, everything changed. She pins the shift in her life to the day she called us! I know it+rsquo;s because, after every abortion call, we pray for Jesus to intervene and make a way in each woman+rsquo;s life.[Bound4Life.... by Robbi Harvell
- [Phys.org]+mdash;A team of researchers from Kyoto University has found that dogs and capuchin monkeys watch how humans interact with one another and react less positively to those that are less willing to help or share.... by Bob Yirka
- [The Washington Times] The National Hispanic Survey provides additional evidence for use by anti-voter fraud conservatives and bolsters an analysis by professors at Old Dominion University who say non-citizens registered and voted in potentially large numbers+hellip; continue reading here.... by Rowan Scarborough
- +quot;What really excites me is when I first heard the vision is just this idea of Christians from all over the nation come together raising up a monument, raising up a testimony to our nation we really believe in the God who answers prayer.... by Peter Wooding
- "Our family has made a commitment to put Christ first, a lifestyle our parents modeled for us very well. They showed us how to keep our marriage and family centered around God.... by Leah Marieann Klett
- +ldquo;Obama+rsquo;s legacy of forcing Americans to finance the abortion industry is being steadily dismantled by our new pro-life President and the pro-life Congress. We look forward to swift passage of this resolution in the Senate so that it can receive President Trump+rsquo;s signature.... by Claire Chretien
- Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker called Kutcher's work "inspirational."+nbsp;(Washington, DC) +mdash; [CBN News] Actor Ashton Kutcher, who co-founded an international anti-human trafficking organization, is working with Congress to end modern day slavery.... by News Staff
Actress Shares Incredible Miracle That Happened After Prayer for Her Dying Grandmother: "This Will FLOOR You!"+ldquo;The Dr.'s cannot find anything wrong with her. They can't explain it. They keep running tests to try to make sense of it all. But we know ... God's grace is what healed her.... by Jessilyn Justice
- Archbishops suggest another debate at the next meeting of the synod and plan to press ahead with ‘teaching document’ on marriage and sexualityChurch of England bishops have been told to meet with synod members in their dioceses in an effort to repair bitter divisions over the issue of same-sex relationships and marriage following this week’s vote to reject a controversial “road map”.The archbishops of Canterbury and York – the two most senior figures in the C
- Has the United Nations turned its back on persecuted Christians? The answer is a definitive "yes" as far as the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) International is concerned, the World Watch Monitor reported.
- The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have called for a 'radical new Christian inclusion' towards gay couples in the Church of England after its ruling body voted down a report maintaining a conservative line on sexuality.
- Bishops could press ahead with a ‘teaching document’ for clergy on marriage and sexualityChurch of England bishops are expected to discuss their next step after the synod rejected its report on same-sex relationships.Bishops could press ahead with a proposal in their report to produce a “teaching document” for clergy on marriage and sexuality, which would not need the synod’s approval. Continue reading...
- How one senior evangelical figure moved from opposing gay couples to pushing the Church to change
- Taking up good habits rather than giving something up could be a great way to learn the discipline required to do Lent in a different way in future.
- Christians are told not to brag, but Pope Francis said there's one thing people should not hesitate to brag about - their hope in Jesus Christ.
- US lawmakers have written to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asking him to release an American missionary pastor, Andrew Brunson.
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