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'The Middle' Star Reveals How He Has Kept His Faith in Hollywood

Atticus Shaffer revealed how he has navigated the complex world of Hollywood without compromising his faith.

Megachurch Pastor Surprises Cleaning Lady With New Home

A North Texas megachurch pastor shocked by the dilapidated condition of the house in which the woman who has been cleaning his church for more than a decade lived, recently surprised her with a new home that left her almost speechless.

UK Investigating Why Referrals for Gender Dysphoria in Children Have Increased Over 4,000 Percent in 10 Years

A U.K. government inquiry is underway to investigate why there's an over 4,000 percent increase in children seeking to "transition" to the opposite sex.

Emmy Awards Ridicule Christians

It's hard to imagine such a joke aimed at Muslims, Jews, or Buddhists. But ridiculing Christians is fair game in Hollywood these days.

Prominent Dallas Pastor George Mason Challenges White Christians to Help Seek Justice for Botham Jean

George Mason, a prominent and longtime senior pastor at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, challenged white Christians on Sunday to help seek justice for Botham Shem Jean, the black man who was shot dead in his home by Dallas police officer Amber Guyger.

Trump Reduces Refugee Resettlement Ceiling to Historic Low; Evangelical Leaders React

Despite pleas from evangelical leaders, the Trump administration will reduce the United States refugee resettlement ceiling to 30,000 for fiscal year 2019.

Rob Bell's 'Love Wins' Revealed 'Startling' Multitudes of People Backing Universalism: Professor

A modern Christianity professor and author who opposes universalism admitted that he was "startled" by how many people came out supporting the belief following Rob Bell's 2011 book Love Wins.

Dave Stone to Step Down From Helm of Southeast Christian Church

Dave Stone, senior pastor of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, has announced that he plans to step down from the more than 22,000-member church after some 12 years at the helm.

Woman Who Accused Bill Clinton of Rape Expresses 'Reservations' About Kavanaugh Allegations

A woman who accused former President Bill Clinton of raping her several years ago has expressed doubt over the claims of sexual misconduct leveled at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Sexuality a 'Counter-Gospel' in Today's Culture, Russell Moore Argues in New Book

Leading Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore has released a new book to aid Christians through their struggles with various aspects of family "spiritual warfare."

Sarah Sanders Defends Her Faith and Working for Trump: 'We're All Sinners, That Is Christianity'

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has defended her work for U.S. President Donald Trump as a Christian, insisting that the basis of the faith is that "we are all sinners."

Cathedral Known for 'Beyonce Mass' Features Giant Tree People in Climate Change Service

An Episcopal cathedral in California that garnered headlines for holding a Beyonce-centered service recently held a worship service featuring individuals portraying giant tree people.

Here's Why Christian Colleges Must Deepen Relationship With Pastors, Local Churches

Because churches are important connection points between faith-based institutions of higher learning and prospective students, Christian and Bible colleges must work to deepen their relationships with pastors, a study has suggested.

Willow Creek: We Are Not Paying Bill Hybels' Legal Fees; Anonymous Donor Funding Investigation

Willow Creek Community Church has added a FAQs page on its website that addresses the investigation of sexual abuse women allegedly suffered at the hands of its founder and former pastor Bill Hybels.

Paige Patterson Returns, Blasts Women Who Falsely Accuse Men in #MeToo; Accused of 'Body-Shaming'

Ousted evangelical leader Paige Patterson returned to the pulpit last week, where he blasted women who falsely accuse men in the #MeToo movement.

Al-Shabaab Executes 2 Christians After Forcing Bus Passengers to Recite Islamic Statement of Faith

Al-Shabaab militants executed two Christians in Kenya after they attacked a bus and forced the passengers to recite the Islamic statement of faith.

Where in the World Is the Refugee Crisis?

Daniel is just one of the 65 million refugees around the world who have lost everything. Like most refugees, Daniel lived a relatively normal life before the militia arrived.

What Does It Mean to Be Evangelical? And Is It Worth Defending?

I grew up viewing the term "evangelical" as a guarantee of quality. I believed that evangelicals were the most faithful and orthodox followers of Christ and that they offered the closest approximation of the New Testament church. But while I regularly used the term "evangelical" to identify "good" Christianity, I would have been hard pressed to give a concise definition of the term. So what, exactly, does it mean to be an evangelical?

Should Your Past Sins Disqualify You Today?

Supreme Court nominee Brent Kavanaugh has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman more than 35 years ago, a charge which he "categorically and unequivocally" denies. Also implicated in the charge was Kavanaugh's teen friend at that time, Mark Judge, who also denies the accusation. But what if the charges are true? Do they disqualify Kavanaugh today?

Could Christians Have Reversed Anti-Semitism?

Anti-Semitism has marched through the centuries with boots, bombs, tanks, and terror. Its resurgence is no longer at the world's doorstep; it has unashamedly penetrated organizations, institutions, governments, and yes, churches.

Lectionary Calendar
Wednesday, September 19th, 2018
the Week of Proper 19 / Ordinary 24
Today in Christian History
Baptist pioneer missionary J. Hudson Taylor, 21, set sail from England to China. In 1865, Taylor founded the China Inland Mission, now known as Overseas Missionary Fellowship. Its U.S. branch is HQ'd today in Robesonia, PA.
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
2 Chronicles 30; Psalm 86; John 19:16-42:
Hezekiah sent word to all Israel and Judah and also wrote letters to Ephraim and Manasseh, inviting them to come to the temple of the in Jerusalem and celebrate the Passover to the , the God of Israel.The king and his officials and the whole assembly in Jerusalem decided to celebrate the Passover in the second month.They had not been able to celebrate it at the regular time because not enough priests had consecrated themselves and the people had not…
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