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Your Unchurched Friends Want to Know About Your Faith

And while they don’t want to go to church, they’re likely up for attending other church activities with you, LifeWay reports.
 Your Unchurched Friends Want to Know About Your Faith
Salt of the Earth / Flickr

Americans who don’t go to church are happy to talk about religion and often think about the meaning of life. They’re open to taking part in community service events hosted at a church or going to a church concert.

But only about a third say they’d go to a worship ...

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PCA Goes Back to Where It Started: Women’s Ordination

Meanwhile, the shrinking PCUSA makes plans to recover its identity.
PCA Goes Back to Where It Started: Women’s Ordination
Allison Shirreffs

One of the reasons that the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) left the Presbyterian Church in the United States 40 years ago was because the new denomination opposed women in church leadership.

Last week, the PCA General Assembly voted to form a committee to take up the issue ...

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| Family and Sexuality

Supreme Court: Texas Can't Keep Women from Abortion Clinics

Ruling to reverse restrictions interrupts years of pro-life advances on the state level.
Supreme Court: Texas Can't Keep Women from Abortion Clinics
National Right to Life

The Supreme Court sided with abortion providers in a landmark case today, striking down Texas’ stricter requirements for clinics and setting a potential precedent against similar regulations in other states.

Ruling on its first abortion case since 2007, the court voted ...

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Presbyterian Church in America Apologizes for Old and New Racism

The denomination took a year to get its apology just right.
Presbyterian Church in America Apologizes for Old and New Racism
Jemar Tisby

The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) overwhelmingly voted last night to repent for its racist actions during the civil rights era, even though the denomination wasn’t founded until nine years after the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

But “during the civil rights period, ...

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| International; Religious Freedom; Research

Across 198 Nations, Christians Face More Terrorism But Less Government Hostility

Pew finds that terrorism threatens to surpass the traditional persecutors of the global church.
Across 198 Nations, Christians Face More Terrorism But Less Government Hostility
Pew Research Center

From some angles, it looks like the beginning of a hopeful trend among the steady stream of persecution headlines.

Both government and societal harassment of religion dropped worldwide in 2014, according to a Pew Research Center study released today. This is the second year in ...

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| International; Theology

Orthodox Will Hold Humbled Yet Historic Council in Crete

Patriarchs disagree over how many disputes—out of centuries' worth—to tackle in 10 days.
Orthodox Will Hold Humbled Yet Historic Council in Crete
Sean Hawkey

The last time the 14 separate branches of the Orthodox church met, in 787, they hadn’t yet split with the Roman Catholic church.

So pulling together a Holy and Great Council meeting of the global representatives of 300 million Orthodox Christians for next week hasn’t ...

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| People

As SBC Backs Refugee Resettlement, World Relief Leader Resigns

Southern Baptists vote to encourage compassion, while Stephan Bauman reveals next move.
As SBC Backs Refugee Resettlement, World Relief Leader Resigns
World Relief

Southern Baptists adopted a resolution this morning encouraging fellow believers to offer “care, compassion, and the gospel” to refugees, while at the same time calling on the American government to “implement the strictest security measures possible in the ...

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| People

Evenly Split, Southern Baptists Pick President after Candidate Quits

J. D. Greear withdraws from unusually tight SBC election, making Steve Gaines the next leader.
Evenly Split, Southern Baptists Pick President after Candidate Quits
Southern Baptist Convention

In an unusually contested race, Southern Baptist messengers elected Tennessee pastor Steve Gaines as their next president this morning.

Gaines replaces Ronnie Floyd, who has served the maximum two consecutive terms. SBC presidents are elected one year at a time; the post is largely ...

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| Theology

Southern Baptists Repudiate the Confederate Flag

(UPDATED) SBC is first of three evangelical groups seeking racial unity after Ferguson and Charleston.
Southern Baptists Repudiate the Confederate Flag
Washington National Cathedral

Update: Southern Baptists have voted to repudiate the Confederate flag.

“We call our brothers and sisters in Christ to discontinue the display of the Confederate battle flag as a sign of solidarity of the whole Body of Christ, including our African-American brothers and ...

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| Research

Amid ‘Evangelism Crisis,’ Southern Baptists Bring In $400 Million More

While the No. 1 evangelical denomination reports the highs and lows of 2015, America's No. 3 reports just highs.
Amid ‘Evangelism Crisis,’ Southern Baptists Bring In $400 Million More
Paul W. Lee / Baptist Press

Over the past year, Southern Baptists went to church less, gave less to missions, and baptized fewer people.

Yet new churches continued to open, and the people actually in the pews donated more dollars.

These are among the mixed findings of the 2015 Annual Church Profile (ACP) ...

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