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Refugee Converts Aren’t ‘Fraudsters,’ German Pastors SaySubscriber Access Only
Churches push back on immigrant officials' new skepticism of authentic faith.
Juneteenth: A Truer Independence Day
The official end of slavery in America more fully embraces the self-evident truth of all people as created equal.
Can Churches Reopen Like Businesses? In Minnesota, Yes. In Nevada, No.
Despite Supreme Court decision, religious liberty advocates clash with states over varying rules.
No Joyful Noise as German Churches Reopen Without Singing
Lockdown measures eased, but Christians struggle with coronavirus restrictions.
Does Stay-in-Your-Car Worship Comply with Stay-at-Home Orders?
Church, state, and health officials across the country disagree about drive-in services.
A Few Churches Are Defying Bans on Large Gatherings. That Could Be Bad for Religious Liberty.
Experts warn that grandstanding will make it harder to defend against real threats.
Pentecostal Pastor Won’t Stop Church for COVID-19
What if congregations don’t comply with public health orders? We’re about to find out.
Democratic Christians Weigh Their Primary ConcernsSubscriber Access Only
The presidential contenders are wooing religious voters. How do the faithful make sure God isn't a political prop?
Lessons from the Long-Shot Bid to Bring Christian Liberal-Arts Education to Russia
The Russian-American Christian University had a brief lifespan and a limited enrollment. But the school planted seeds that might flower in the future.
Complicating Church and State and Law
The church's relationship to the state shows a complicated history for law itself.
What A Church Does, in Dollars and CentsSubscriber Access Only
A sociologist explains a congregation's contributions to the local economy.
The Hidden Cost of Tax ExemptionSubscriber Access Only
Churches may someday lose their tax-exempt status. Would that be as bad as it sounds?
When the Shepherds Spy on the Sheep
In communist East Germany, the church was supposed to be a refuge from the government’s godlike gaze. But the secret police managed to bribe and flatter their way in.
‘His Dark Materials’ Imagines a Church Without God
The new HBO take on Phillip Pullman's trilogy explores the brutality of a church’s power without the gospel.
The Early Church Thrived Amid Secularism and Shows How We Can, Too
The pre-Christendom church managed to avoid both isolationism and accommodationism. Their model gives us a map for post-Christendom challenges.
Leith Anderson Has Bright Hopes for the Next Decade of MinistrySubscriber Access Only
The next 10 years will be challenging—but don’t believe the worrywarts.
Bridges of God: The Church and the Rural-Urban Divide
Since the dawn of Christianity, God's people have been called to be a bridge across the barriers constructed by any given society.
By the Power Vested in Me by God Or the Internet: The Fight Over Online Ordinations
With lay officiants on the rise, Tennessee’s ban spurs religious freedom challenge.
Pastor Parking Paves the Way for Controversial Church Taxes
Some congregations will file taxes for the first time to comply with a new 21 percent tax on employee parking.
China Shuts Down Another Big Beijing Church
Shouwang Church, which famously kept meeting outdoors after losing its pastor and worship space, is the fourth major unregistered congregation to be forcibly closed in recent months.

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Can the Church Save Marriage?
Can the Church Save Marriage?
Matrimony rates are in decline, even among conservative Christians. Here’s what that means for the future.

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