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How Pastors Perceive Domestic Violence Differently

Most pastors want their churches to be a safe haven, but don’t have a plan to get there.
How Pastors Perceive Domestic Violence Differently
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When it comes to domestic violence, Protestant pastors want to be helpful but often don’t know where to start.

Most say their church would be a safe haven for victims of domestic violence.

But many don’t know if anyone in their church has been a victim of domestic ...

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| People

Trump Adviser’s Megachurch Withholds Major Donation from SBC

Prestonwood Baptist diverts denominational giving over concerns about Russell Moore’s ERLC.
Trump Adviser’s Megachurch Withholds Major Donation from SBC
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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 ...

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| Research

Black, White, and Blue: How Christians Rate the Police

Race influences views of US law enforcement more than religious tradition—except locally.
Black, White, and Blue: How Christians Rate the Police
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In the wake of high-profile police shootings over the past several years, American Christians have joined movements to pray, march, and advocate for justice. Yet whether they find themselves supporting Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, or somewhere in between depends more ...

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| International

Refugee Ban Forces World Relief to Lay Off 140 Staff

The evangelical resettlement agency announced it will close five locations.
Refugee Ban Forces World Relief to Lay Off 140 Staff
World Relief

Three weeks after President Donald Trump issued an executive order temporarily stopping refugees from entering the country, a major evangelical refugee resettlement agency announced plans to shut down 5 of its 27 locations nationwide and lay off more than 100 staff members working ...

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| Research

Eat, Pray, Lent: Here's What Americans Actually Abstain From

Nearly 3 in 10 evangelical believers now observe the season before Easter.
Eat, Pray, Lent: Here's What Americans Actually Abstain From
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During the season of Lent, some Americans give up chocolate or alcohol. Others dump guilty pleasures like social media or binge-watching television.

But most abstain from Lent itself.

Three-quarters of Americans (76%) say they don’t typically observe Lent, according to a ...

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| Research

Americans Warm Up to Every Religious Group Except Evangelicals

Pew finds fewer people personally know an evangelical anymore.
Americans Warm Up to Every Religious Group Except Evangelicals
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Evangelicals are the only religious group in the United States that has not developed a better reputation over the past few years. And Americans have become less likely to know an evangelical—more so than any other faith tradition.

While feelings toward evangelicals have ...

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Meet the Pastor Who Challenged Africa’s Oldest Dictator with Surprising Success

#ThisFlag protest leader Evan Mawarire is back home—and was back in jail until yesterday.
Meet the Pastor Who Challenged Africa’s Oldest Dictator with Surprising Success

After the United States criticized Zimbabwe for arresting outspoken pastor Evan Mawarire last week over his #ThisFlag protest movement, the African country’s secretary for information said that the US ambassador “can go and hang on a banana tree.”

Amnesty International ...

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| Religious Freedom; Theology

Southern Baptists Back Away from Backing Mosques

Trustee scuffle over ‘unholy alliance’ leads IMB to leave ERLC’s side on religious freedom fights.
Southern Baptists Back Away from Backing Mosques
Islamic Society of Basking Ridge

The trouble started last May, when several arms of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) reached out a legal hand to a Muslim community in New Jersey, publicly supporting their right to build a mosque.

The International Mission Board (IMB) and Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission ...

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Why It Took 5 Years to Give Away This Free Christian College Campus

Once intended for C. S. Lewis College, former property of D. L. Moody will now host evangelist’s museum and Catholic school.
Why It Took 5 Years to Give Away This Free Christian College Campus
Robert Felton

Though it was offering a free Christian college campus with a famous name—D. L. Moody—attached, for years the National Christian Foundation (NCF) couldn’t give it away.

Then today, the charity announced that the Massachusetts campus will be donated to Thomas ...

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| Research; Theology

Americans Agree: God Blesses Super Bowl Athletes, not Their Teams

How evangelicals and others see God’s providence in The Big Game vs. Trump’s election.
Americans Agree: God Blesses Super Bowl Athletes, not Their Teams
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Is the God who reigns over Election Day also in charge of Super Bowl Sunday?

White evangelicals are twice as likely to say God plays a role determining the outcome of the presidential election than determining which team wins major sporting events, such as this weekend’s ...

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