Year: 2020

Chick-fil-A’s Not-So-Slow Fade

“There’s no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are,” Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Tassopoulos saidin an exclusive interview with Bisnow. “There are lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message.” Tassopoulos’ statement came in response …

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Why Every Single Spirit-Filled Christian Needs to Pray for Democratic Party in 2020

We all know it’s important to pray for 2020 as we begin not only a new year but also a new decade. But I’m calling all Spirit-filled Christians to pray for a group they would likely not think to pray for: the Democratic Party. I will be the first to say that the Democratic Party …

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Why Do So Many ‘Born-Again, Spirit-Filled’ Women Show Off Cleavage in Church?

“I know I’m inappropriate, but I’m trying to save time. I know I’m in the wrong. My mother would not approve. But would it be better that I not come?” Those were the words of a 30-year-old woman entering church in Maryland wearing a revealing tank top and tight pants. God bless her, but that’s in the …

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Her Son Took up Heroin. She Was the One Whose World Unraveled.

What will I do when my children sin? I’ve asked myself this since my first moments of mothering, holding delicate pink baby fingers in the palm of my hand, wondering how my own sins would carve out the pathways down which their baby feet would totter. I ask myself this even now when they do …

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China intends to exercise total control over religion beginning February 2020

China will roll out new measures to further circumscribe the spiritual activities of its citizens on February 1st in the New Year, as state news reported Monday that the 42 articles of the Administrative Measures for Religious Groups had been approved. The articles, which follow the ratification of the Regulations on Religious Affairs published in …

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Would Jesus Carry a Gun with Him to Church?

That’s the question I read on Twitter yesterday. “Would Jesus carry a gun with Him to church services?” It was posted by a person who thought it odd that churchgoers pulled out concealed weapons and shot and killed an armed assailant during church services yesterday near Forth Worth, Texas. The gunman had already killed one person and …

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Carl Lentz: It’s a ‘No-Brainer’ to Reconsider the Theology Behind Getting Tattoos

Hillsong New York pastor Carl Lentz weighed in on the ever-controversial subject of Christians with tattoos, telling World Religion News that it’s a “no-brainer.” When asked directly about the Old Testament regulations, Lentz says they died on the cross with Jesus. He says: “Biblical interpretation is huge, right? So, with tattoos not being allowed you mean Leviticus. …

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FBI data underscores rising threat to places of worship

When a machete-wielding attacker walked into a rabbi’s home in Monsey, New York, during Hanukkah and a gunman fired on worshipers at a Texas church 14 hours later, the two congregations in different regions of the country joined a growing list of faith communities that have come under attack in the US. It is a …

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Iranian Christians, charged with “Zionism,” sent to Evin prison, have their bail multiplied for requesting a lawyer

Nine Iranian Christians who had converted from Islam were sentenced to a total of 45 years in prison for “acting against national security” and “promoting Zionism,” as Iran’s Revolutionary court denied the requests of those who asked for lawyers and transferred them to the country’s worst prison. Converting from Islam is illegal in Iran, and …

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Christian prayer hall dedicated to Jesus Christ attacked by Hindu radicals

A Christian community hall in India’s predominantly Hindu West Bengal state was attacked by Hindu radicals during a launch ceremony, according to local reports. The Indian English daily newspaper The Telegraph reports that three people linked to President Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party were arrested on Sunday night for an attack on a community center dedicated to …

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Texas church grieves, prays, sings after deadly shooting

The West Freeway Church of Christ, a close-knit congregation of about 280, didn’t get to finish its Sunday morning worship assembly. So Monday night — roughly 30 hours after a gunman killed two beloved Christians during the Lord’s Supper before an armed member fatally shot him — the suburban Fort Worth church came together. A standing-room only crowd …

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Don’t Condone, Don’t Combat: Understanding, love required to reach LGBTQ+ community

s college students, we’ve directly experienced the cultural shift toward tolerance and acceptance of those who are different from us.  For years, we’ve seen the LGBTQ+ community strive to make their voices known in social circles, politics and, of course, religion. (The acronym stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and “plus,” which represents other …

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