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Being a Faithful Boss When a Pandemic Nearly Kills Your Industry

A Christian restauranteur relies on God while navigating his first major layoffs, angry customers, closures, and the continued challenges brought on by COVID-19.

Hillsong Atlanta Launches Sunday Services

Sam Collier, Hillsong’s first African American senior pastor, calls for revival in the birthplace of civil rights.

The Equality Act and Religious Freedom: What Do Americans Actually Think?

When it comes to the Equality Act, have stumbled into a serious national misunderstanding about an important and contentious issue?

Church Closings Topped Church Openings in 2019. Then Came the Pandemic.

US Protestant churches endured a difficult 2020, including starting the year with fewer congregations due to church closings. Then COVID-19 hit.

Discrimination or ‘Do No Harm’: Christian Doctors Gear Up for Transgender Debates

The Christian Medical and Dental Associations provides a more robust position statement on treating patients with gender dysphoria.

Prayer Under the Microscope: How Much Does Prayer Weigh?

When scientists attempt to put prayer under a microscope, what do or can they find? Here's what one study revealed.

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.
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