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Iraqi Christians at Odds with World on Kurdish Independence Referendum
Kurds and Christians both want security and autonomy as minorities in Iraq. But one’s dream could dash the other’s.
Bethel Church Survives Redding Carr Fire, But Still Faces Heat
Social media debate on intersection of disaster relief and theology echoes Osteen-Harvey episode.
Does Your Youth Ministry Measure Up?
South Pacific Churches Targeted in Billion-Dollar Cryptocurrency Scam
High-tech con used trusted pastors in Samoa and New Zealand to trick hundreds of congregants into investments that have gone nowhere.
No Matter Where You Are, Religious Freedom Is Getting Worse
A decade of analysis from Pew details what global faith leaders already know: From China to Europe, from the Middle East to the US, persecution is climbing.
Meet the Protestant Exorcists
How fighting the devil became an ecumenical pursuit.
Samoa Bans Kids from Church as Measles Outbreak Kills 63
Advent will be “mellow” on South Pacific island as government restricts public gatherings amid vaccination campaign.
Calvin of Arabia: Protestant Theology Translated into Arabic
Labor of love brings the Reformation’s seminal work into the Middle East.
Turkey Keeps American Pastor Behind Bars—At Least for Three More Months
Andrew Brunson has spent most of the last two years in prison based on wild—or absent—accusations.
US Report Bashes China’s Religious Freedom Violations
With its crackdown on Christians and other faiths, the communist country ranks as a top offender by USCIRF for 20 years in a row.
Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Clinics Have the Same Adoption Referral Rate: 1%
Why adoption has become a less popular option.
Western Europe’s Christians Are As Religious As America’s ‘Nones’
However, Pew researchers find Christianity across 15 countries is “not just a ‘nominal’ identity devoid of practical importance.”
Ireland’s Blasphemy Ban Is Gone, But Dozens of Countries Still Enforce Them
Irish Christians hope the change will put pressure on places like Pakistan, where Asia Bibi faces the death penalty for remarks against Muhammad.
Do Methodists Have a Case Against Jeff Sessions?
Though the denomination is the least likely in the US to administer church discipline, critical voices have been swirling around its highest-ranking politician.
Keep the X in X-Mas
The abbreviation offends 6 in 10 evangelicals, but its history is deeply Christian
Cuban Christians Unite Against New Constitution
Before the vote passed, evangelicals flexed unprecedented political might in a controversial campaign opposing a new definition of marriage and other national reforms.
The Gospel of AI: Evangelicals Want Tech to Remain Good News
In a “pioneering” new statement, leaders emphasize humanity’s moral authority over emergent technology like artificial intelligence.
Across 27 Countries, Most Don’t Mind More Religion in Society
Pew survey of 30,000 people finds a median of 39% favor, 13% oppose a “more important role for religion.”

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Have Yourself a Bittersweet Easter
Have Yourself a Bittersweet Easter
A typical Holy Week is out of reach this year. That's cause for lament—and celebration.

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