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Why Most Pastors Don't Do Prison Ministry

Most have gone to jail (to visit), but few have former inmates in their pews.
Why Most Pastors Don't Do Prison Ministry
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Most Protestant pastors have been to jail to see someone. And most want to help prisoners and their families.

But their churches often lack the training or finances to run an effective prison ministry. So instead, the work is primarily done informally by individuals in the congregation. ...

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Where John Piper and Other Evangelicals Stand on Black Lives Matter

Stats on the racial reconciliation debate spanning from InterVarsity's Urbana conference to Russell Moore's NYT op-ed.
Where John Piper and Other Evangelicals Stand on Black Lives Matter
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship photo by Jon Shumway

When 16,000 college students gathered at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s latest Urbana conference to talk about missions, one of the main debates became how evangelicals should engage with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.

In practice, they aren’t engaging ...

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Few Pastors Say Adultery Should Permanently Ban Them from the Pulpit

1,000 church leaders weigh in on how to investigate allegations and when the congregation should be told.
Few Pastors Say Adultery Should Permanently Ban Them from the Pulpit
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Half of Protestant pastors say their colleagues should step down from the pulpit for a time if they are accused of misconduct.

Most say such accusations should be kept in confidence until proven.

And few think pastors who commit adultery should be permanently banned from ministry. ...

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Trump, Clinton, or Neither: How Evangelicals Are Expected to Vote

(UPDATED) More data on the question debated by Russell Moore, Robert Jeffress, and many others.
Trump, Clinton, or Neither: How Evangelicals Are Expected to Vote
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Update (May 11): Donald Trump is viewed unfavorably by 67 percent of registered evangelical voters, while Hillary Clinton is viewed unfavorably by 81 percent, according to a new survey by Barna Group. Its full chart is embedded below.

By comparison, in World magazine’s ...

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Will Christians Read Beth Moore’s First Novel?

Stats show that Christian readers prefer nonfiction. But some are betting that’s going to change.
Will Christians Read Beth Moore’s First Novel?
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Sales of religious fiction recently took a nosedive.

But that didn’t discourage popular Bible teacher Beth Moore from writing her first work of fiction this year.

In between writing Bible studies and speaking on tour with her Living Proof Ministries, the 58-year-old author ...

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Will Ben Carson's Bible Advice to Donald Trump Work? Here’s What Americans Think

Can more Bible reading make the presidential election more civil if Trump’s favorite verse is ‘an eye for an eye?’
Will Ben Carson's Bible Advice to Donald Trump Work? Here’s What Americans Think
Jose Luis Magana / AP

Starting Sunday, the entire Bible will be read aloud in 90 hours on Capitol Hill. Hundreds will make their way to the 27th annual reading at the US Capitol, where 100 English and foreign language versions of the Bible will be available.

Former presidential candidate Ben Carson ...

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The Major Money Problems of Church Planters vs. Other Pastors

Why your pastors can't save themselves.
The Major Money Problems of Church Planters vs. Other Pastors
Andrei Korzhyts / Shutterstock

Almost one-third of American pastors (29%) have no money in personal savings.

Another third (33%) have less than $10,000 put away for retirement. And half make less than the national median household income of $51,939.

Yet most say they are satisfied with their salaries.

That’s ...

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Only One-Third of Pastors Share 'Left Behind' End Times Theology

Here's how 1,000 Protestant clergy disagree on the rapture, the Antichrist, and other points of eschatology.
Only One-Third of Pastors Share 'Left Behind' End Times Theology
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Most Protestant pastors believe Jesus will return in the future. But few agree about the details of the apocalypse.

A third of America’s Protestant pastors expect Christians to be raptured—or taken up in the sky to meet Jesus—as the end times begin. About half ...

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Christians Say Predatory Payday Loans Are Sinful

Here's how many US believers use such loans, and what they think the maximum interest should be.
Christians Say Predatory Payday Loans Are Sinful
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Self-identified Christians in 30 states—from Alabama to Wyoming—say it’s a sin to lend money to someone who can’t afford to pay it back.

Most want the government to protect consumers from loans with excessive interest, although one in six Christians has ...

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The Bible Joins Fifty Shades Among Top 10 Most Challenged Books

Move over, 'Fun Home.' More people asked American schools and libraries to remove Scripture last year.
The Bible Joins Fifty Shades Among Top 10 Most Challenged Books
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Last year, the American Library Association (ALA) fielded 275 formal challenges to materials in schools and libraries—a record low.

Making the top 10 list of challenges for the first time: the Bible.

The reason: “religious viewpoint.”

But the ideological grounds ...

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Why International Adoptions by Americans Have Hit a 35-Year Low

Most of the decline comes from three countries.
Why International Adoptions by Americans Have Hit a 35-Year Low
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In 2004, Americans adopted 22,884 children from foreign countries—an all-time high.

Twelve years later, that number has dropped to 5,648 children—the lowest level in 35 years, according to recently released statistics from the US State Department on fiscal year 2015 ...

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More Americans Agree Christians Face Intolerance But Complain Too Much About It

Survey suggests tone matters when advocating for religious liberty.
More Americans Agree Christians Face Intolerance But Complain Too Much About It
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A growing number of Americans believe religious liberty is on the decline and that Christians face growing intolerance in the United States.

They also say American Christians complain too much. In agreement: two out of five evangelicals, both when measured by beliefs and by self-identity. ...

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Israeli Christians Think and Do Almost the Opposite of American Evangelicals

New Pew survey finds big differences in political views and religious practices.
Israeli Christians Think and Do Almost the Opposite of American Evangelicals
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In 1949, the state of Israel was formed to be a haven for the world’s decimated and traumatized Jewish population after World War II. Ever since, American Christians have largely supported the modern-day Zion; in 2013, 82 percent of white evangelicals believed that God ...

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8 Charts on Which Evangelicals Will (and Won't) Vote Trump on Super Tuesday

Leaders seem to have little influence on voters. Church attendance might have much more.
8 Charts on Which Evangelicals Will (and Won't) Vote Trump on Super Tuesday
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Why are many self-identified evangelicals selecting Donald Trump as their presidential candidate of choice?

Some, like Liberty University’s Jerry Falwell Jr., have revealed their reasons. But for the overall “evangelical vote,” the only clear trend is that it’s ...

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Churches Are Twice as Likely to Fear Refugees as to Help Them

Survey studies how American Protestants are engaging the refugee crisis, and why many are not.
Churches Are Twice as Likely to Fear Refugees as to Help Them
Steve Jeter / World Vision

When it comes to helping refugees, Protestant churches and their pastors are often separated by faith and fear.

Most pastors say Christians should lend a hand to refugees and foreigners, and most believe caring for refugees is a privilege.

But pastors also say their churches are ...

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