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Alex Best

Churches Struggle to Regain Full Capacity

Church Attendance Significantly Affected by Pandemic and Fear Long Term Deficits

Church

The pandemic has had a significant impact of church attendance and operations, and some pastors fear those effects could be lasting.READ MORE

Samuel Paty

Teacher in France Beheaded by Islamist Extremists

World

School Teacher in Paris is beheaded by Islamic extremist for showing Charlie Hebdo cartoons to his class. Last Sunday, thousands of Parisians gathered at the Place de la Republique in tribute to Samuel Paty, a school teacher who was beheaded by an Islamist extremist in front of his school. READ MORE

Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib

Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib of Washington pursues becoming a priest

Society

Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib has decided to train to become a Jesuit Priest, taking an unpaid leave of absence several months before his end of term. The Lieutenant Governor of Washington, Cyrus Habib, has announced that he would not seek to be re-elected, and instead pursue becoming a priest. READ MORE

New Hampshire Diocese at Risk

Episcopal Church Numbers Decline by Nearly 25% Over Last Decade

Church

Reports from the Episcopal Church indicate that numbers are still in continuous decline. In a recent parochial report released by the Episcopal Church, statistics showed a continuation of the decline in membership that the Church has been facing over the past decade.READ MORE

Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett

Republican Politicians’ ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Strategy for Abortion Stance

US

Joe Carter, Editor for The Gospel Coalition and Executive Pastor of the McLean Bible Church of Arlington, Virginia, explains the somewhat vague "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" approach to abortion that many modern Pro-Life Politicians exhibit. In light of the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the position of Supreme Court Justice, Carter questions how we can be sure of the stance that politicians will take on important cases and decisions such as Roe v. Wade. Carter references the recent debates between Trump and Biden, as well as Pence and Harris. When asked about their stances on Roe v. Wade, both Harris and Pence seemingly avoided the question as Pence started addressing a question asked to Trump earlier, and Harris only mentioned her support for a woman to "make a decision about her own body." READ MORE

Amy Coney Barrett

Important Points Brought up on Day One of Barrett’s Confirmation Hearing

US

Democrats and Republicans are very divided on day one of Amy Coney Barrett's Confirmation hearing. All 22 Democrats and Republicans of the Senate Judiciary Committee gave their opening arguments for the Supreme Court Judge appointment, along with Barrett herself. The Committee seemed very divisive on their opinions, even the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Lindsey Graham, reminisced of the days when a single candidate could receive overwhelming bipartisan support such as in the case of the late justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. READ MORE

Kinnaman and Matlock

Research Proves the Next Generation Needs the Ministry’s Aid in Issues of Mental Health

Church

David Kinnaman and Mark Matlock of Barna Group discuss their fourth installment of "Five Essential Conversations About Ministry to the Next Generation," and the importance of addressing mental health when reaching out to younger members of congregations. Based on research from Barna's largest survey study, "The Connected Generation," only one third of young adults around the world feel "deeply cared for" by those around them, and only one-third of them felt "secure" in who they are. Kinnaman explains how mental health is therefore a real and prevalent issue amongst the next generation of congregants and has only been made worse by the pandemic. READ MORE

The foot of the fetus at 10 weeks with perfect wrinkles

Nearly Half of American Christians are unsure of the Bible’s Stance on Abortion

Church

CRC's American Worldview Inventory 2020 survey released Tuesday, yielding that four out of 10 Christians believe the bible to be unclear about abortion. Findings from the report, which drew from the responses of 2,000 Americans, showed that 44% or respondents thought the Bible was "ambiguous in its teachings about abortion," and an additional 34% stated "abortion is morally acceptable if it spares the mother from financial or emotional discomfort or hardship."READ MORE

Pastor John Piper

Pastor John Piper Explains Hardship and How to Interpret God’s Intent

Life

John Piper explains the two ways that God introduces suffering into our lives, and how we can use them to better ourselves and understand his grace. In an interview with his online ministry desiringGod.org, founder, teacher, and renowned pastor John Piper explains how Christians should react to and interpret the afflictions life throws at them. Pastor John Piper's interview comes as an answer to a reader's question which asked, "When God brings suffering into our lives, how can we discern if that suffering should be met with patience and endurance, or with immediate life evaluation and alteration?" READ MORE

Only 10 percent of 18 to 29 year olds stated that they are "resilient disciples"

Next Generation, They Could Leave the Church by Pandemic

Opinion

Kinnaman and Matlock sit down to discuss how ministry leaders can aid the at risk Millennial and Gen Z demographics during the pandemic.READ MORE

Chinese President Xi Jinping

Chinese Communist Party Bans Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’

World

The CCP has allegedly banned Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 claiming it has religious implications.READ MORE

Mike Gonzalez

Black Lives Matters Movement Accused of Being Rooted in Marxism and the Chinese Communist Party

Opinion

The Black Lives Matters Movement has been accused of Marxist tendencies and roots, and linked to the San Francisco Chinese Progressive Association, who has also been linked to supporting the Chinese Communist Party.READ MORE

Archbishop Gregory Aymond

Archdiocese of New Orleans Removes Two Priests for Sexual Abuse and Obscenity with Women

Church

Two New Orleans priests have been removed from their ministries for failing to uphold their vocation faithfully by committing heinous acts against their congregants.READ MORE

Concern for Political Divisiveness

Pastors Worried Presidential Election Will Negatively Affect the Church

Church

The Barna Group's Church Pulse leader survey indicates a majority of pastors are concerned for their Churches during this presidential election. Findings from the 475 Protestant pastors that Barna surveyed have revealed 74% of pastors express some level of concern that the coming election could have negative impacts on their congregations. However, many of the pastors also expressed confidence in being able to handle and address any divisiveness brought about by the election season in their respective churches. 65% of pastors disagreed with the idea that the election would divide their congregations, and 87% stated they either "strongly agree" or "somewhat agree" that they are prepared to lead their parishioners through the political fray. READ MORE

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