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Study: Trauma-Informed Bible Reading Reduces Depression, Anger, and Anxiety

How can the church address increased anxiety and depression due to COVID-19? By teaching people about healing from trauma using Scripture.

Be Still, Log Off and Know that I Am God

With all our faith talk online, we're in danger of losing sight of the Lord himself. Log off and know that God is God.

ISIS Executes Christian Businessman Kidnapped in Egypt’s Sinai

Family mourn yet celebrate martyrdom of Coptic grandfather who financed the only church in his city, so as to build “a home in heaven.” The Islamic State has claimed another Christian victim. And Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church has won another martyr. “We are telling our kids that their grandfather is now a saint in the highest places of heaven,” stated Peter Salama of his 62-year-old father, Nabil Habashi Salama, executed by the ISIS affiliate in north Sinai. “We are so joyful for him.” The Salamas are known as one of the oldest Coptic families in Bir al-Abd on the Mediterranean coast of the Sinai Peninsula. Nabil was a jeweler, owning also mobile phone and clothing shops in the area. Peter said ISIS targeted his father for his share in building the city’s St. Mary Church. In a newly released 13-minute propaganda video entitled The Makers of Slaughter (or Epic Battles), a militant quotes the Quran to demand the humiliation of Christians and their willing payment of jizya—a tax to ensure their protection. Nabil was kidnapped five months ago in front of his home. Eyewitnesses said during his resistance he was beaten badly before being thrown into a stolen car. It may be that these were separate kidnappers, because in the video that shows Nabil’s execution, he said he was held captive by ISIS for 3 months and 11 days. On April 18, he was shot in the back of the head, kneeling. “As you kill, you will be killed,” states the video, directed to “all the crusaders in the world.” It addresses all of Egypt’s Christians, warning them to put no faith in the army. And Muslims which support the Egyptian state are called “apostates.” Two other Sinai residents—tribesmen who cooperated with the military—are also executed in the video. Peter Salama said that in the effort to drive Nabil ...Continue reading...

Christ-centered Nonprofits and Churches Avoid 2020’s Financial Toll

Good news! The pandemic’s much-feared financial toll on churches and nonprofit ministries failed to materialize in 2020.

Christian Baker Sued Again for Refusing to Bake a Cake

A Colorado Christian baker went on trial Monday in yet another lawsuit, this one involving a birthday cake for a transgender woman.

Why There Are So Many ‘Miraculous’ Stories of Bibles Surviving Disaster

The Bible has been through a lot, many of them. They turn up surprisingly preserved in natural disasters and accidents. Why?

The Bloody Conflict Dividing Ethiopian Christians

Ethiopia has an extensive Christian history. Listen in on the conflict and dynamics between Ethiopian Christian groups.

3 Keys to Raise Up Women Leaders in the Church

Making up more than half its attendance, raising up women leaders in the church should be important to us all. Here's how.

SCOTUS Allows California to Return to Indoor Church Services

The Supreme Court is telling California that it can’t bar indoor church services because of the coronavirus pandemic.

How Christian Nationalism Differs from Christianity and Patriotism

Christian nationalism takes the name of Christ for a worldly political agenda, proclaiming that its program is the politics of every believer.

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Study: Trauma-Informed Bible Reading Reduces Depression, Anger, and Anxiety

How can the church address increased anxiety and depression due to COVID-19? By teaching people about healing from trauma using Scripture.
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