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US Capitol to Install Billy Graham Statue in 2021
After five years of planning, the Bible-wielding preacher will replace a white supremacist North Carolina governor in the national collection.
Promise Keepers’ Comeback Event Goes Virtual
Tony Evans and Michael W. Smith on the lineup for the first major program of the men’s movement in nearly a decade.
California Court Reissues Rape Charges Against Leader of Mexico’s Largest Church
Update: After a procedural technicality, the criminal case against the head of La Luz del Mundo continues.
Churches Plan to Host Students During Remote Learning
In some communities, empty buildings and eager youth ministers offer safe places and supervision for families facing school closures.
Supreme Court Rejects Nevada Church’s Appeal to Reopen Like Casinos
Conservative justices say 50-person limit for houses of worship is “obvious discrimination.”
Texas Pastor Killed While Helping Stranded Driver
Southern Baptist leaders mourn the sudden death of the 38-year-old church planter.
Atlanta Church Splits With SBC for Downplaying Racial Issues
Pastor John Onwuchekwa’s decision comes a year after Cornerstone Church received a $175K grant from the denomination to renovate its building.
Evangelical Leaders Ask ICE Not to ‘Mistreat the Foreigner’ With Student Visa Policy
UPDATE: New protocols for international students rescinded after university backlash.
Mississippi Baptists: Removing Confederate Flag Emblem Is a ‘Moral Obligation’
The largest Christian group in the state joins calls to change the state flag.
Christopher Heuertz’s Enneagram Projects Halted Over Abuse Allegations
Zondervan will no longer promote the best-selling author’s books or release an upcoming documentary.
J. D. Greear Urges SBC to Retire Historic Gavel from Slaveholding Preacher
A day after his “black lives matter” address, the Southern Baptist president suggests replacing a 150-year-old relic.
Trump Makes Surprise Visit at Historic Church Near White House
Episcopal leaders “outraged” that protestors were cleared for the president’s brief appearance where he raised a Bible for a photo op at St. John’s.
African American Alumni Call on Jerry Falwell Jr. to Step Down
Thirty-five faith leaders who went to Liberty University released a letter criticizing the college president's rhetoric, including his recent blackface mask tweet.
Efrem Smith: White Evangelicals Need to Humble Themselves
“Allow the church that has been deemed the other, the marginalized church, to be the teacher at this moment.”
Trump Declares Churches ‘Essential’ as CDC Releases Reopening Guidelines
More than 1,000 pastors in Minnesota and California plan to resume worship by Pentecost Sunday, despite state restrictions.
Q Hosts Nutritionist Who Promotes ‘Building Immunity’ Over Vaccines
Joshua Axe’s talk at last month’s virtual event has raised concerns among experts.
What Makes a Minister? Supreme Court Debates Hiring and Firing Protections.
Another case involving Christian teachers challenges the “ministerial exception” that shields religious institutions from certain anti-discrimination lawsuits.
Died: Darrin Patrick, Who Used His Fall and Restoration to Help Struggling Pastors
(UPDATED) The St. Louis pastor spoke up about the difficulties faced by leaders and critiqued “celebrity culture” in ministry.
LifeWay Makes Cuts After VBS, Sunday School Sales Drop
The Southern Baptist publisher plans to restrict its budget by at least $25 million through reducing staff and salaries.
Federal Government Backs Churches in Drive-In Worship Fight
Attorney general speaks out against coronavirus restrictions that apply to worship but not other similar activities—like fast-food parking lots.

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How Megachurches Spent Coronavirus Relief Funds
How Megachurches Spent Coronavirus Relief Funds
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