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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.

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

Race influences views of US law enforcement more than religious tradition—except locally.

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

Nearly 3 in 10 evangelical believers now observe the season before Easter.

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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Americans Warm Up to Every Religious Group Except Evangelicals

Pew finds fewer people personally know an evangelical anymore.

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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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.

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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What Both DC Marches Agree On: Abortions Haven’t Been This Rare Since Roe v. Wade

Pro-life and pro-choice advocates agree on data, disagree on causes.
What Both DC Marches Agree On: Abortions Haven’t Been This Rare Since Roe v. Wade
March for Life

Energized by President Donald Trump defunding foreign abortions and his promise to appoint a conservative Supreme Court justice, pro-life marchers gathered at the Mall in Washington D.C. today.

“There’s never been a time, ever, when the muscle of the pro-life movement ...

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Only 1 in 7 Senior Pastors Is Under 40

Report finds passing pulpits to millennials a ‘glaring challenge.’

American pastors aren’t as young as they used to be.

As clergy live longer and stay in ministry longer, the average age of Protestant senior pastors has risen to 54—a decade older than 25 years before, when the average age was 44.

Now, just 1 in 7 pastors leading congregations ...

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2 in 5 Churches Will Adjust Activities for Super Bowl Sunday

Methodists and Lutherans more likely to watch Patriots vs. Falcons than Baptists and Pentecostals.

For churches that have Sunday night activities, more than half of pastors say it’s still “game on” despite the big game next weekend.

According to a new study from LifeWay Research, 68 percent of Protestant pastors say their church typically has some activity ...

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America's Abortion Rate Hits All-Time Low

Less than 1 million pregnancies terminated for first time since 1975.
America's Abortion Rate Hits All-Time Low
Guttmacher Institute

The abortion rate in the United States declined to an all-time low, while the number of lethal procedures dropped below a million for the first time since 1975, according to a new report.

The Guttmacher Institute reported Tuesday (Jan. 17) the rate fell to 14.6 abortions per ...

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How Black and White Christians Do Discipleship Differently

Survey: African Americans value spiritual formation in community, while whites prefer the opposite.

When it comes to spiritual formation and discipleship, African American Christians are in it together.

Black believers are more likely to position their growth in Christ in the context of community and fellowship, while white Christians take a more individualized approach, according ...

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‘Worst Year Yet’: The Top 50 Countries Where It’s Hardest to Be a Christian

Islamic extremism now has a rival, according to 2017 World Watch List.
‘Worst Year Yet’: The Top 50 Countries Where It’s Hardest to Be a Christian
Open Doors

For the third year in a row, the modern persecution of Christians worldwide has hit another record high.

But the primary cause, Islamic extremism, now has a rival: ethnic nationalism.

Thus, Asia increasingly merits concern alongside the Middle East, according to the 2017 World ...

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The Favorite Bible Verses of 88 Nations

Israel and Afghanistan favor the same verse. So do Italy and Saudi Arabia.
The Favorite Bible Verses of 88 Nations
YouVersion

Zechariah 14:9 doesn’t show up often on lists of favorite Bible verses.

“The Lord will be king over the whole earth,” it reads in the New International Version of the Bible. “On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name.”

But last ...

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Beware of Making Jesus Your Password

These 75 popular Christian phrases and Bible verses are too predictable to be secure from hackers.

At first glance, “john316” looks like a reasonable password.

While it’s a couple characters short of the recommended minimum of 8 to 10, it at least mixes numbers and letters.

But “john316” is not a good choice for keeping your account safe. It’s ...

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America’s Conversation Leaders, Ranked: Pastors Fall Between Trump and Kanye

Who do people trust to discuss national problems beyond Twitter debates?
America’s Conversation Leaders, Ranked: Pastors Fall Between Trump and Kanye
Bloomberg

America’s got problems and needs to talk.

But few Americans agree on who can best lead a conversation about the nation’s woes, according to a new report from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.

Less than a quarter (23%) would turn to the office of the US president. About ...

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The Top 20 Christianity Today Articles of 2016

The bigger story behind Jen Hatmaker, visiting Ken Ham's giant ark, and Andy Stanley's 'stinkin selfish' parents comment.
The Top 20 Christianity Today Articles of 2016

Did you catch all of the most-read CT articles from 2016?

Here's a look back at what readers kept clicking this past year.

(Note: This list is a politics-free zone. For CT’s top election stories, click here.)

​20. What to Give Up for Lent 2016? Consider Twitter's ...

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