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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 Ministry
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.
China Tells Christianity To Be More Chinese
Is this a case of government oppression or the Chinese church coming into its own? How to understand “sinicization.”
Religious Freedom Isn’t Just for ChristiansSubscriber Access Only
A Supreme Court cruelty reveals how we can love our neighbors.
Four-Star General: Military More Cautious About Faith
General Roger Brady (USAF, Ret.) thinks soldiers are becoming more religious but the armed forces are more uncertain about religious expression.
Isaac Backus: An 18th-Century Evangelical with 21st-Century WisdomSubscriber Access Only
On questions of race, religious liberty, and political power, the Baptist preacher should be our guiding light.
Bavaria Requires Crosses on All Public Buildings. Church Leaders Disagree.
German Christians debate whether conservative state’s new law honors or hijacks the core symbol of their faith.
After Baptism Gone Wrong, Court Weakens Church Protections
Oklahoma Supreme Court says membership matters most in tortured ex-Muslim’s lawsuit.
FEMA: Churches Flooded by Harvey Can Receive Aid
Agency revises guidelines due to last year's biggest Supreme Court religious freedom case.
6 Things Trump’s Religious Liberty Memo Does (and Doesn’t) Do
Justice Department’s new 20-point guidance falls between advocates’ hopes and opponents’ fears.
Atheists Again Get Pastors’ Best Benefit Ruled Unconstitutional
Freedom From Religion Foundation wins first round of rematch over $800 million clergy housing allowance.
Pew: Islam Is Most Official, But Christianity Is Most Favored Worldwide
How governments treat religion in 199 countries and territories.
US Religion Census Maps Changing Churches, Declining Denominations
US Religion Census Maps Changing Churches, Declining DenominationsSubscriber Access Only
The 2020 project shows shifting complexity of organized religion.
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