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Pastors More Reluctant to Preach on Race
Though most still address the topic in sermons, preachers report more pushback from their congregations over the past four years.
What Trump-Supporting Pastors Preached After the Capitol Attack
Sermons mentioned national divides, condemned violence, and applauded police—and some did not reference the event at all.
Like Preacher-Politicians Before Him, Senator Raphael Warnock Will Keep His Pulpit
The Ebenezer Baptist pastor becomes the latest in a line of African American ministers in Congress.
Jericho March Returns to DC to Pray for a Trump Miracle
Protesters are putting the pressure on Pence to act on the president’s behalf when Congress meets to confirm the Electoral College votes.
Hungary Amends Constitution with Traditional Definition of Family
The legal changes explicitly promote “Christian culture” while barring LGBT adoptions.
Kenyan Christians Traveling for Christmas Fear al-Shabaab Bus Attacks
Christian and Muslim leaders have condemned the violence, which has turned deadly as neighboring Somalia broke diplomatic ties.
Gunman Killed After Opening Fire at NYC Church Christmas Concert
Police say “it is by the grace of God” that the shooter didn’t strike anyone at the historic Episcopal cathedral.
Around America’s ‘Christmas City,’ Rural Churches Left Heartbroken by COVID-19
Congregations in Noel and Neosho, Missouri—one diverse and one mostly white—grapple with the strain of the pandemic.
Trump Administration Expands Religious Exemptions for Federal Contractors
A new Labor Department rule offers organizations providing government services more freedom to follow their own employment guidelines on faith and LGBT identity.
It’s Hard to Social Distance When You’re a Giant Singing Christmas Tree
Big church productions cancel, go digital, or try to adjust to COVID-19 precautions.
Bethlehem’s Inns Are Empty This Christmas
Tourism to the biblical city celebrated as Jesus’ birthplace remains halted with West Bank under lockdown.
Supreme Court Blocks New York’s Worship Service Restrictions
Update: Colorado and New Jersey also ordered to reexamine attendance limits at indoor worship. 
Dutch Protestant Church Admits Failing Jews During World War II
Ceremony recalls “sinful history” during Nazi occupation and beyond.
Fired Hillsong NYC Pastor Carl Lentz Apologizes for Infidelity
Update: Hillsong announces an investigation into its New York church, which Lentz helped launch a decade ago.
Louisiana Votes to Specify No Right to Abortion in State Constitution
In other states, voters approve “stand your ground” in churches and legalize marijuana.
Louisiana Church Arsonist Sentenced to 25 Years
He was also ordered to pay $2.6 million to the three black churches he destroyed in 2019.
French Churches Heighten Security After Deadly Attack
Evangelicals pray for peace after three were killed at a Catholic church in Nice, the third incident in recent months attributed to Muslim extremists.
More Pastors Endorse Political Candidates in 2020
But very few do so from the pulpit, according to the latest from LifeWay Research.
Swiss Missionary Executed, Fellow Hostages Freed
Beatrice Stöckli was kidnapped by Islamist extremists in Timbuktu, Mali, in January 2016.
Latino Evangelicals Narrowly Favor Trump
Though their support for the president has grown, survey finds most Latino Christians plan to vote for Joe Biden.

Top Story January 21, 2021

Immigration Ministries Praise Biden’s Day One Priority
Immigration Ministries Praise Biden’s Day One Priority
Proposed legislation would give 11 million a path to citizenship and prioritize keeping families together.

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