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Sometimes, to borrow a phrase, we long to be in the church but not of it. We love Christ, but the church is full of people—and problems—we’d rather avoid. In Lessons in Belonging from a Church-Going Commitment Phobe, Erin Lane, a divinity school graduate and pastor’s wife, explores her difficulty (and that of her millennial generation) in feeling fully devoted…

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The opinions about the “right” sermon length are varied, but they are typically intense. Several months ago, I conducted a social media poll to find out the preferred sermon length of preachers. Since that time, I have been observing pastors’ preaching on podcasts and in person. I have also been asking them directly about their…

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There is a strange paradox in much of the church today. The very things Jesus promised would happen if we follow him are often the very things that cause us to doubt his presence and love. But what if the supposed detours in life are the direct route to true blessing? Last month in the…

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Should blacks be counted as Millennials? That’s the question Thabiti Anyabwile, an African American pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, asks when handwringing commences about young people leaving US churches. “Researchers describe millennials as a fairly privileged and special group, which is so far from the reality of so many African Americans,” said Anyabwile. “When…

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Many major media are reporting that the Islamic State (IS) has released a video showing the beheading of Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist and a Christian with a wife and two young children. The New York Times reported Saturday evening: The video of the killing of the journalist, Kenji Goto, came two days after a deadline set…

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WHY I OBJECTED I have been asked why, on St Timothy day in York Minster, I stood up to object during the ordination of Libby Lane as the first woman bishop of the Church of England. I am happy to give an answer: I stood out of love for the church for which I have served…

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Pastors don’t preach against abortion for the same reason people procure abortions: fear, shame, and a lack of faith. Transcript: Just a few days ago, a fairly well known pastor in a conservative, Presbyterian denomination found himself in hot water when he confessed that he didn’t think the pulpit was an appropriate place to preach…

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For most of the past century, almost all (more than 90%) of Latin Americans were Catholics. But decades of attrition have resulted in a record 1 in 5 Latinos now identifying as Protestants. Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua lead the way, where Protestants constitute 4 in 10 residents of each nation. But Protestants in those 3 countries…

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(WWM) Less than a week after Niger’s president marched alongside dozens of world leaders in Paris following the Charlie Hebdo shooting, Muslim protests in Niger have claimed the lives of 10 people and destroyed more than 70 Christian churches in the desert nation’s two largest cities. Niger, long praised for its secular government and relative…

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Christianity—both Catholic and Protestant—is dying out in Germany due to a dramatically shrinking number of Europeans professing faith in God, a fact exacerbated by a growth in non-white Muslim invaders, a survey of available figures have revealed. In the former East Germany, 52 percent of inhabitants said they did not believe in any God, and…

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A pair of lawmakers in Mississippi have introduced a bill to make the Bible the official state book, the two said on Monday. State Representatives Michael Evans and Tom Miles, both Democrats, said they introduced the measure on Thursday as a way to encourage people to read the Bible and be inspired to treat others…

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Should we pray about trivial things? Few would argue that prayer isn’t of vital importance for the people of God. But some prayers don’t seem important at all. I’m talking about prayers for trivial things like a good parking spot, for the lights to be green when we are running late, or for our football…

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St. Louis is no longer in an official state of emergency. The news cameras and protestors have trickled away. And many Ferguson residents—including Christians—are determined to rebuild. In It for the Long Haul Hawkins is one of them. She’s a Christian who attends Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church, a 60-year-old congregation on Dr. Martin Luther…

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“I support the right of people to believe what they do and say what they wish—in their pews, homes and hearts.” So says an influential New York Times journalist. In other words, “Keep your religion in the closet.” In his Jan. 10 Times editorial, “Your God and My Dignity: Religious Liberty, Bigotry, and Gays,” Frank Bruni writes, “I’ve been…

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At least 10 people have been killed in violent protests in Niger over the weekend, after Muslim mobs burned down a number of churches in retaliation to French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo publishing cartoons depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad. Christian missionaries in the capital, Niamey, told International Christian Concern that “all of [their] churches have been burned…

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