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Web Exclusive: Why the church must embrace the technological revolution

By Mark Brooks The message of the Church is eternal and never needs changing! Yet, how we do Church must continually change. We’re living in the midst of a technological and communications revolution, and we must embrace it or be left behind.  Here are some thoughts. We live in the 21st century, which is driven by […]

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Survey: Views on evolution driven by religion more than education

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey Religion News Service (RNS) — As evolution remains a contentious issue for many public schools, a new survey suggests that views on the question are driven by Americans’ religious affiliation more than their level of education. Overall, six in 10 Americans say that humans have evolved over time, while one-third reject […]

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How leaders go numb

I’ve had a few dramatic stumbles when I stand quickly, only to realize one of my legs has mysteriously fallen asleep. The numbness makes it feel like the leg has suddenly gone missing, only to give sharp tingling reminders that it indeed is still there. A foot, arm or leg falls asleep because of too […]

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“The hardest job I’ve done: being an elder’s wife”

“Why don’t they consider the elder’s spouse in the selection and training process?”, Tisha asked as we chatted. I was interviewing her as part of my due diligence evaluation of her company, “After the Fact — Final Affairs,” which assists in the administration and closing of probate matters. As we chatted, her comments as the […]

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Surprise: 51% of People Who Don’t Celebrate Christmas Believe Jesus Was Born to a Virgin

Teresa Neumann : Dec 20, 2013 : Pew Research – Religion & Public Life Project / BCN About nine-in-ten adults (91%) who see Christmas as a religious holiday say they believe Jesus was born of a virgin. However, even among those who celebrate Christmas as a cultural holiday and those who do not celebrate Christmas, […]

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A look at the modern face of religion in America today — next “Katie” airing December 19

Alison Lazar / KATIECOURIC.COM — On tomorrow’s episode of the nationally syndicated daytime talk show “Katie” — airing Thurs., Dec. 19 — it’s a look at the modern face of religion in America today with some of the biggest names behind the pulpit, Joel Osteen and Carl Lentz. Actress AnnaSophia Robb stops by to speak […]

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2013 year-end status of megachurches

By Warren Bird Big churches, for right or wrong, get a disproportionate amount of media attention. This happens especially Christmas and Easter, and in year-end tallies. Below I profile the latest megachurch statistics. Keep in mind that the average church globally numbers fewer than 100 in worship. Across the world, there are almost 5 million […]

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Federal District Court rules clergy housing exclusion unconstitutional

On Nov. 21, 2013, a Federal trial court in Wisconsin declared that the clergy housing exclusion — often referred to as the minister’s parsonage allowance — is unconstitutional for clergy providing their own homes. This startling decision from a Federal District Court is sending shockwaves through the faith community.  The name of the case is […]

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Saving the starfish

How can I make a difference with all the homeless in our own community?

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Go tell it, clearly and simply, experts say

By Vicki Brown ASSOCIATED BAPTIST PRESS  — “Go Tell It on the Mountain” and other popular Christmas songs encourage Christians to share the gospel with joy, but theologians say that in a society increasingly unfamiliar with the Bible, clarity is key. “We need greater clarity about what exactly we mean by the gospel, or what […]

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