(UPDATED) Church votes to allow women bishops, one year ahead of predicted approval.
[ posted 7/14/2014 12:59PM ]
Update (July 14, 2014): The Church of England will allow women to become bishops for the first time after a vote passed the General Synod by 81 percent, more than the required two-thirds majority. The House of Laity, which rejected the legislation in 2012, voted 152–45 ...
(UPDATED) Bible Society director: 'Most Egyptians expected the violence. Nevertheless, it is heartbreaking to watch on TV this bloodshed between fellow Egyptians unfolding before our eyes.'
[ posted 8/15/2013 09:10AM ]
Courtesy of Morning Star News / Watani
Update (Aug. 19): As the death toll in Egypt approaches 1,000, a senior advisor to the nation's top Islamic leader, the Grand Mufti, explains the 'most reliable narrative' of events and decries violence on both sides.
The New York Timesnotes how "the steady ...
(UPDATED) Author of 'Habits of the Heart' lamented decline of family and community—years before almost anyone else.
[ posted 7/31/2013 11:43AM ]
Update (Aug. 2): UC Berkeley has released an obituary lauding Bellah as a "preeminent American sociologist of religion."
Robert Bellah, an American sociologist whose career "showed the promise, and limits, of the [prophetic] scholarship he made so ...
VBS began in a beer hall more than 100 years ago. Here’s what it looks like today.
[ posted 7/31/2013 07:31AM ]
U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys / Flickr
If you attend a church that has more than 250 Sunday worshipers, or an annual budget of $500,000 (or more), or a pastor between 30 and 48 years of age, odds are good that your congregation offers Vacation Bible School (VBS) during the summer months.
Your church, however, ...
(UPDATED) Goodwill gesture in Kaduna overshadowed as dozens die in Christian neighborhood of Kano.
[ posted 7/30/2013 04:21PM ]
Update (July 31): Christian leaders in Kano are claiming three churches were targeted by the bombs during evening worship services, reports Morning Star News. They estimate the death toll at 45 people, largely from one Pentecostal church and nearby Christian businesses.
Pastor envisions campaign to rival megachurch’s work on HIV/AIDS.
[ posted 7/29/2013 12:39PM ]
Following the April suicide of their son, Rick and Kay Warren have a new purpose for their 20,000-member megachurch: removing the stigma of mental illness from churches.
Rick Warren, joined by his wife on stage, preached at Saddleback Church on Sunday for the first time ...
Nearly 40 Protestants arrested after completing military training.
[ posted 7/29/2013 12:19PM ]
Eritrean authorities have arrested 39 high school students for their Christian faith, excluding them from a graduation ceremony and subjecting them to beatings and hard labor.
According to Christian support organization Open Doors, the students, including 11 girls, have ...
Surprising stats on how many non-Christians worldwide have Christian friends.
[ posted 7/29/2013 12:06PM ]
The world's atheists and agnostics are far more likely to have Christian friends than adherents of other religious traditions.
As a whole, fewer than one in five practitioners of non-Christian faiths personally know a Christian, while one in three non-religious people ...
New info on Hobby Lobby's 'major victory,' same-sex marriage in Britain, fetal-pain abortion bans, and more.
[ posted 7/26/2013 10:22AM ]
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New report reveals South Korea slide and how Palestine outranks the United States.
[ posted 7/25/2013 12:36PM ]
A new study reveals how the missions field continues to become increasingly global—in some surprising ways. One example: South Korea has lost its No. 2 sending spot to four unlikely contenders.
The Center for the Study of Global Christianity (CSGC) at Gordon-Conwell ...
Following footsteps of Iceland and India, United Kingdom seeks restrictions on Internet pornography.
[ posted 7/25/2013 12:01PM ]
An expansive plan to restrict access to pornography in the United Kingdom has been unveiled by British prime minister David Cameron—but critics already are saying it won't help protect children.
Beginning in 2014, the Daily Mail reports, "all 19 million U.K. ...
Capital city of nearby country becomes haven for converts—even though denied refugee status.
[ posted 7/25/2013 11:44AM ]
The New York Times sheds fresh light on the challenges faced by Afghan Christians seeking religious freedom, spotlighting the growth of a refugee church in India's capital city, New Delhi.
As the Timesobserves in a report worth reading, more than 200 Christian converts ...
Theft of Colorado display on childhood poverty sparks debate over public religious symbols.
[ posted 7/24/2013 12:51PM ]
A display of 4,500 paint-stick crosses planted by a Colorado church on a publicly-owned ski slope spurred some viewers to action. But, to the church's surprise one morning, rather than inspiring support for combating child poverty (as intended), the crosses were stolen—apparently ...
(UPDATE) A new, no-confidence vote in Madhya Pradesh's Hindu government has delayed ratification of the state's anti-conversion bill.
[ posted 7/24/2013 11:17AM ]
Update (Aug. 5): World Watch Monitor (WWM) reports that Christians in Madhya Pradesh still are waiting to hear whether or not the government will accept their amendments to the state's new 'anti-conversion law', the signing of which has been placed on hold.
(UPDATED) Ruins at Khirbet Qeiyafa are largest-known buildings in ancient Judah.
[ posted 7/23/2013 12:32PM ]
Update (July 29): Baptist Press notes several discoveries related to King Solomon at the excavation of Tel Gezer.
A "gold rush mentality" has seized biblical archaeologists near the Elah Valley, a Philistine-Israeli border region that has been shedding ...