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Hindus extremists in India torch church after warning Christians to stop meeting

Suspected Hindu extremists set fire to a church in India's Andhra Pradesh state, burning it to the ground because local Christians refused to stop worshiping together.

Christ-following umpire Chris Guccione returns for his second World Series

After four years, MLB umpire Chris Guccione is back in the Fall Classic. He is among the crew calling the first-ever neutral site World Series in Arlington, Texas, between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Author Luci Swindoll dies from COVID-19 complications at 88

Author and speaker Luci Swindoll, who encouraged Christian women to model themselves after God and not the world, died this week at the age of 88 from COVID-19 complications.

Franklin Graham, SBC leaders react to pope's same-sex civil union comments

Evangelist Franklin Graham and leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention have responded to Pope Francis' endorsement of same-sex civil unions, calling it "unthinkable in light of the Word of God" and explaining that no pope or priest gets to "define sexuality or the family."

Christian leaders react to John Piper's condemnation of Trump

Christians from across the spectrum have weighed in on influential pastor and author John Piper's op-ed piece criticizing Christians' support for President Donald Trump.

The unsung heroes of 2020

Then, one day, she didn't answer my messages. She didn't call me back. I knew what that meant. It was all too familiar.

The virtue of being hated

If the church is not hated for the right reasons, is she real? Is she truly virtuous? The word used in the New Testament often refers to "moral excellence."

Pastor John Piper and the 2020 elections: A respectful response

Yet I differ with his suggestion that Christians might do best by sitting out the presidential election, since a vote for either Trump or Biden cannot be justified.

What Nigerian Church should learn from early Ethiopian Church

There is something we really need to learn from Ethiopian Christians on how they were able to sustain Christianity despite all odds.

Child YouTube stars: social media influencers?

Is it even possible for a 6-year-old to realize she's the star of a kindergarten version of "The Truman Show?"

Why this evangelical couple became Eastern Orthodox (part 1)

Though Orthodox Christians comprise only 0.5% of the U.S. population, many of them relatively recent immigrants, some believers in Jesus have found their way into Orthodoxy after experiencing profound dissatisfaction with various forms of modern Christianity. And while many in the contemporary West have abandoned the Christian faith entirely, others have traveled a more ancient path.

'The Young and the Restless' star reveals she turned down major role, refused to go topless

Soap opera star Melody Thomas Scott of "The Young and the Restless" released a new memoir and in it, she opens up about her decision to turn down a role in a major film because she would've had to go topless.

A vote for Trump is a vote for 'biblical truth,' says pastor of Cowboy Church

The real choice in the 2020 presidential election is not between Democrats and Republicans but a choice between good and evil, warned Derek Rogers, the outspoken pastor of Cowboy Church in Corsicana, Texas. And a vote for President Donald Trump, he insisted, is a vote for "biblical truth."

3 coronavirus cases confirmed at John MacArthur's megachurch

Public health officials in Los Angeles said Thursday that they have confirmed at least three cases of COVID-19 connected to Pastor John MacArthur's Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California.

Country star John Rich: Nation needs to return to God

Country music star John Rich said that he wrote his recent single "Earth to God" while contemplating how the entire world is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump has done more for black Americans since Lincoln, black pastors say

The Rev. Clenard Childress Jr. believes President Donald Trump is the greatest president for African Americans since President Abraham Lincoln.

Pastor calls on Christians to lead political discussions 'with love,' not be a jerk

A church in Illinois is encouraging its congregants to go out to dinner and engage in friendly conversation with people who may hold opposing political views.

Nigeria's End SARS protests not like BLM in America, Christians say

Until this week, protests have mostly been peaceful. In the last few days, they escalated as government crackdowns have clashed with groups of armed men. 56 people have died. "The people are in shock and are devastated. There is much greater distrust in the government now," said Nigerian Modupe Ehirim

'A miracle': Doctors said actor had almost no chance of survival

Doctors weren't sure if Luke Benjamin Bernard would make it after a serious car accident in 2013 left him near death. ...

ERLC, ADF, Jubilee Campaign condemn Chinese religious persecution of children

The policy wing of the Southern Baptist Convention is condemning the Chinese Communist Party for its religious persecution of children.

Lectionary Calendar
Sunday, October 25th, 2020
the Week of Proper 25 / Ordinary 30
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Today in Christian History
1800
Birth of Jacque Paul Migne, French theological publisher. Establishing his own press in 1836, Migne published a voluminous collection of writings by the ancient Greek and Latin fathers (161 vols: "Patrologia Graecae"; 221 vols: "Patrologia Latinae") during his remaining 39 years.
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Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
Isaiah 20-22; Psalm 115; 1 Thessalonians 4:
In the year that the supreme commander, sent by Sargon king of Assyria, came to Ashdod and attacked and captured it—at that time the spoke through Isaiah son of Amoz. He said to him, “Take off the sackcloth from your body and the sandals from your feet.” And he did so, going around stripped and barefoot.Then the said, “Just as my servant Isaiah has gone stripped and barefoot for three years, as a sign and portent against Egypt and Cush,so…
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