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Praise Him with Harp and Tuba?
When SBC worship leaders look to their congregations for musical talent, this is what they find.
15 Percent of Churches Laid Off Staff in COVID-19. Many are Still Looking for Work.
For some, pandemic firing prompted turn to secular employment.
Where Pro-Choice Groups Chose Vandalism
Pregnancy centers were attacked in 24 states in the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision on abortion rights.
Pope Who Changed the Calendar Is Honored with an Asteroid
Gregory XIII joins Martin Luther, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and many other Christians with an astronomical tribute.
Evangelicals Outgrow Catholics in Central America
“Nondenominational believers” rank close behind.
How We Read the Bible Now
Fewer people are using more types of media to access Scripture.
The Season’s Greeting Most Preferred for Happy Holidays? ‘Merry Christmas.’
Americans expected to send 1.6 billion cards this year, continuing Victorian-era tradition.
More Evangelical Women Have Had Sex With Women Than You Might Think
A study shows an increase in reports of LGBT experience, identity, and affirmation.
20% of Polling Places Are in Churches. We Mapped Them.
Here’s where 12,875 houses of worship serve democracy.
The Curious Case of Coronavirus Contagion in Church
Pandemic impact was not as predictable as expected, sociological study finds.
Long Sermons Seem Longer in the Pews, Study Finds
But it’s not a new problem. Just ask Martin Luther.
Levites, Whores, and Demoniacs: Here’s How the New NRSV Has Changed
A look at five updates to the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible.
100 Women Consider Ending Their Pregnancies. How Many Get an Abortion?
The answer may depend on crisis pregnancy centers.
All I Want for Christmas Is a Song that Mentions Jesus
Most-played hits around the world celebrate love, snow, and chestnuts before getting around to Christ.
Where Billy Graham Is Remembered
The late evangelist is larger than life with monuments, markers, and museums.
1 out of 3 New Guitars Are Purchased for Worship Music
Industry study says church bands are core business.
Religious Discrimination Complaints Hit 10-Year Low
Workplace accommodation issues persist for Apostolic Pentecostals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Muslims, and others.
How Big and Small Nashville Churches Feed Hungry Families
New study shows food pantries serve more than their immediate neighbors.
The Majority of American Megachurches Are Now Multiracial
‘The most segregated hour of the week’ isn’t as segregated as it used to be, study finds.
Who Preaches on Politics? Most Pastors.
Study of 100,000 sermons shows gospel applied to economics, war, welfare, and other current issues.

Top Story September 24, 2023

Eating Bitterness: My Culture Helps Me Persevere. The Bible Helps Me Hope.
Eating Bitterness: My Culture Helps Me Persevere. The Bible Helps Me Hope.
Both talk about endurance in suffering, but only Scripture encourages me to boast in my weakness.

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