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What Does the Bible Have to Say about Leadership?

We must allow Scripture to guide us as leaders without losing sight of all the other wisdom the Bible provides to us. When Jesus washed their feet and put on his outer clothing, he reclined again and said to them, “Do you know what I have done for you? You call me teacher and Lord, …

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Church must reach out to those with leprosy – bishop

The Bishop of Peterborough has called on the Church to “finish what Jesus started” by working towards the complete eradication of leprosy worldwide. Bishop Donald Allister was in the slum areas of Dhaka, Bangladesh, last week to see the work of the Leprosy Mission in tackling what is thought to be the world’s oldest disease.  …

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More Non-Evangelicals Are Calling Themselves Born Again

Just as more Americans are becoming religiously unaffiliated (“nones”), there’s another major shift happening on the other side of the religious spectrum. More people today say they are “born again” than at any point in the past three decades. It almost seems counterintuitive. While significant portions of the country jettison religion, others are increasingly identifying …

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Trump Pledges to Protect ‘Right to Pray’ in Public Schools

Days after promising to “safeguard students’ and teachers’ First Amendment rights to pray in our schools” in an evangelical campaign rally, President Donald Trump backed school prayer and proposed new rules for religious organizations receiving federal funding. The announcements correspond with Thursday’s annual White House proclamation for Religious Freedom Day. This is first updated guidance on school prayer …

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The Democratic Candidates’ Favorite Bible Verses

Democratic primary candidates have quoted the Bible more than usual on the campaign trail in 2019. Eight of the top 12 candidates brought up Bible passages while talking about economic reform, welfare policy, and LGBT rights. Senator Elizabeth Warren often speaks about her time teaching fifth grade Sunday school in a Methodist church, and then …

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Many Churchgoers Don’t Know If Their Pastor Is a Republican or Democrat

Churchgoers are most likely to say they don’t know whether their pastor is a Republican or a Democrat—and many preachers believe that’s a good thing. A new survey by the Pew Research Center finds that almost half (45%) of people who attend services at least a few times a year are “unsure” of their clergy’s partisan leanings. …

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Megxit and the Church: Harry and Meghan Reflect Our Lost Youth

You know things are serious when “Senior Royals” in Buckingham Palace let it be known that they are “hurt” and “disappointed” over a decision made by one of their own. The revelation this week that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, intend to step back as senior royals and instead …

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Expelled LGBT Student Sues Christian College

Another former Fuller Theological Seminary student who says he was expelled because of his same-sex marriage has joined a lawsuit alleging the nation’s largest interdenominational seminary violated anti-discrimination laws. In the amended complaint filed Tuesday morning, Nathan Brittsan, an American Baptist Churches USA minister, and Joanna Maxon, a former Fuller student who sued the school …

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Most Pastors Say Middle East Politics Won’t Speed Up the Second Coming

Like everyone else, US Protestant pastors may have been closely watching the recent events related to Iran, but probably not because they thought it had anything to do with the return of Christ. Pastors are more than three times as likely to believe Christians can speed up the return of Christ by the spread of …

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Your God Will Come!

Isaiah 35 is a wilderness promise for exiles—and for us. “The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom. . . . ‘Be strong, do not fear; your God will come’ ” (Isaiah 35:1–2, 4). Have a glance at Isaiah 34—even just the first …

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Reconciling God and Disasters

When faith is at the center of a person’s life, it can provide a strong anchor in even the roughest storms. When disaster strikes, research shows that many people turn to religion to make meaning and cope in the aftermath. But significant traumatic events like disasters can challenge peoples’ previously held beliefs and experiences, including …

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US Religion Census Maps Changing Churches, Declining Denominations

The 2020 project shows shifting complexity of organized religion. Church historians, sociologists, and statisticians are going county by county, denomination by denomination, group of believers by group of believers, to compile the most complete record of organized religion in the country: the 2020 US Religion Census. The official decennial census conducted by the United States …

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