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UN rights chief denounces Christian-Muslim violence in Ethiopia

Michelle Bachelet calls on authorities to conduct independent investigations into the deadly religious violence. The UN human rights chief has voiced alarm at recent deadly clashes between Muslims and Orthodox Christians in Ethiopia and called on authorities to investigate and bring perpetrators to justice. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on Saturday that she was “deeply distressed” by the violence that erupted late last month in northern Ethiopia, reportedly killing at least 30 people and injuring more than 100 others.…

‘It was shocking’: Pastor of Capital Christian Center responds to accusations against former teacher

The contents of this story may be disturbing to readers SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Hog-tied, gagged, undressed: Those are some of the things that five now-men say happened to them in the 1980s while they were students at Capital Christian School. “This lawsuit is about five boys who were sexually assaulted by their teacher. This is a case about an institution that failed these five kids,” attorney Brian Williams said. Scott Sorgea, Darren Sorgea, Dan Schumacher, Robbe Taylor, and Kevin Williams filed a lawsuit…

Supreme Court says Boston was wrong to refuse Christian flag

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Monday that the city of Boston violated the Constitution when it refused to let a local organization fly a Christian flag in front of city hall. While the case had religious overtones, the decision was fundamentally about free speech rights. The court said the city created a public forum, open to all comers, when it allowed organizations to use a flagpole in front of City Hall for commemorative events. Denying the same treatment for the Christian flag was a violation…

Grace Christian Academy taking ‘disciplinary steps’ after video shows student in KKK outfit, yelling racial slur

Grace Christian Academy said they were “made aware of a tweet” that circulated on Wednesday and said they were “taking appropriate disciplinary steps.” KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Grace Christian Academy responded after a video shared on social media Wednesday showed a student wearing a white hood commonly associated with the Ku Klux Klan while shouting a racial slur. The video starts with one person unfolding a metal chair that shows Grace Christian Academy’s logo, with ambient music playing in the background, along with another person’s…

Complaint alleges abuse, cover-up at Capital Christian School

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — A lawsuit filed in April alleges a former teacher at Capital Christian School abused several students in the 1980s and that nothing was done to protect them. Capital Christian School, Capital Christian Center and former teacher David Arnold are named in the complaint, along with several unnamed defendants. The complaint lists five men as the plaintiffs: David “Scott” Sorgea, Darren Sorgea, Dan Schumacher, Robbe Taylor and Kevin Williams. It also lists damages for negligence, negligent supervision and retention, negligence per se,…

Supreme Court says Boston was wrong to refuse Christian flag

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Monday that the city of Boston violated the Constitution when it refused to let a local organization fly a Christian flag in front of city hall. While the case had religious overtones, the decision was fundamentally about free speech rights. The court said the city created a public forum, open to all comers, when it allowed organizations to use a flagpole in front of City Hall for commemorative events. Denying the same treatment for the Christian flag was a violation…

She told her Christian college she was raped. Then she was banned from campus

Simon, who as an attorney has handled Title IX cases for more than a decade, said the off-campus carveout implemented by the Trump administration “gives cover to schools that want to sweep sexual assault under the rug, as was done to Mara.”Louk majored in modern music at Visible, a small school with two buildings in downtown Memphis that enrolls just over 100 students. She focused on songwriting and hoped to start a career as a singer-songwriter. On Nov. 2, 2021, a male classmate, who…

We can’t overlook the danger posed by Christian nationalists

There has been too little attention given to the unsettling role Christian nationalism played in the attack on the U.S. Capitol. A recent Religion News Service report quotes Amanda Tyler, who heads the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, saying Christian nationalism was used to “bolster, justify and intensify the January 6 attack on the Capitol.” The report noted that at least one person carried a banner that read, “Proud American Christian.” Chuck Ardo The violence and mayhem of the Donald-Trump-inspired insurrection was front-page…

Opinion | The GOP is no longer a party. It’s a movement to impose White Christian nationalism

Placeholder while article actions load People might be confused about how a Republican Party that once worried about government overreach now seeks to control medical care for transgender children and retaliate against a corporation for objecting to a bill targeting LGBTQ students. And why is it that the most ambitious Republicans are spending more time battling nonexistent critical race theory in schools than on health care or inflation? Sign up for a weekly roundup of thought-provoking ideas and debatesArrowRight To explain this, one must…

A ‘Christian’ nation beset by false witness

It’s in the Bible. In fact, it’s one of the Ten Commandments: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” (See Exodus 20:16.) There’s more: Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices.” (See Colossians 3:9.) It gets worse: “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, the murderers, the fornicators, the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all liars, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is…

Christian pastor ripped by Omar for singing on plane says his ‘focus’ wasn’t ‘political’

NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! The pastor of the Christian group that went viral when Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., criticized them for singing worship songs on a plane ride back from helping Ukrainian refugees said the controversy he sparked was unintentional. Jack Jensz Jr., an Australian-born pastor whose Philadelphia-based Kingdom Realm Ministries joined other church groups earlier this month in offering humanitarian aid to Ukrainians, posted a TikTok video of the plane incident on April 9. He told The Christian Post…

Orthodox Easter: How Russia’s war in Ukraine divided the Eastern Orthodox Church

Placeholder while article actions load The United Nations Secretary-General called this week for an Easter truce between Russia and Ukraine. Orthodox Christians in both countries observe Easter on Sunday. But as the fighting continued to rage, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Moscow on Thursday of rejecting the U.N. proposal. Are you on Telegram? Subscribe to our channel for the latest updates on Russia’s war in Ukraine.ArrowRight Russia’s invasion has roiled global markets, revived the NATO alliance and triggered war crimes investigations. It has also…

Israeli restrictions on ‘Holy Fire’ ignite Christian outrage

JERUSALEM — Christians celebrated their “Holy Fire” ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Saturday against a backdrop of rising tensions with Israel, which imposed new restrictions on attendance this year that it said were needed for safety. Israel says it wants to prevent another disaster after a crowd stampede at a packed Jewish holy site last year left 45 people dead. Christian leaders say there’s no need to alter a ceremony that has been held for centuries. In the…

The slow-moving rift in evangelical Christian higher education

(RNS) — Quietly over the past few years, conservative Christian colleges have reemerged as a fault line in evangelicalism’s ongoing process of defining itself against the broader culture and policing its own boundaries. The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 Obergefell decision, which legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states, seemed to muffle what had been a flashpoint among evangelicals, who returned to defeating abortion and championing religious liberty at the ballot box and in their advocacy. Candidates who ran in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries…

Michigan Democrat calls on “straight, white, Christian, married, suburban mom[s]” to fight

A Michigan state senator blasted her Republican colleague in a viral speech for accusing her of wanting to “groom and sexualize kindergarteners.” State Sen. Mallory McMorrow, a Democrat, took to the Senate floor on Tuesday to castigate Sen. Lana Theis, who apparently alleged in a recent fundraising email that McMorrow that supports child abuse.  “I didn’t expect to wake up yesterday to the news that [Theis] had, overnight, accused me by name of grooming and sexualizing children in an email fundraising for herself,” McMorrow…

Patriarch Kirill: The Christian nationalism behind Putin’s war

Placeholder while article actions load You’re reading an excerpt from the Today’s WorldView newsletter. Sign up to get the rest, including news from around the globe, interesting ideas, and opinions to know sent to your inbox every weekday. Are you on Telegram? Subscribe to our channel for the latest updates on Russia’s war in Ukraine.ArrowRight In October 2015, Russia’s newly launched military intervention in defense of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad received a clerical blessing. Patriarch Kirill, the powerful leader of the Russian Orthodox…

Ilhan Omar is right about the Christian singing on a plane video

In theory, the U.S. has separation of church and state. In practice, public displays of Christianity are generally treated as wholesome, quintessential Americana. Non-Christian religions in the public sphere, in contrast, are often treated as curiosities at best and threats at worst. Religious minorities are told — implicitly or explicitly — that they aren’t entirely American and that America isn’t for them. Non-Christian religions in the public sphere, in contrast, are often treated as curiosities at best and threats at worst. Americans got a small reminder…

Plane passengers ‘take over’ flight to sing Christian songs

‘I would have opened the emergency exit’: Christian pastor ‘takes over’ flight mid-air to sing songs to passengers…and not everyone on board seems impressed Jack Jensz Jr has faced social media backlash after posting the video online  He said his group were ‘taking this flight over for Jesus’ as they sang on the plane Users online sparked debate about whether beliefs were ‘pushed’ on others  By Elmira Tanatarova For Mailonline Published: 12:28 EDT, 17 April 2022 | Updated: 13:15 EDT, 17 April 2022 <link…

To fight climate despair, this Christian ecologist says science isn’t enough – The Washington Post

Placeholder while article actions load MADISON, Wis. — When he was a little boy roaming the forests and marshes of Illinois, Rick Lindroth adored catching frogs and climbing trees. His dream came true when he became a full-time scientist, paid to make observations in nature. Even when he’s not on officially on the job, with binoculars dangling from his neck, he will effortlessly spot a bald eagle’s nest from his fly-fishing stream in Big Spring valley. 10 steps you can take to lower your…

Mark Wilson column: Pagan or Christian eternity?

Next Friday (April 22), over a billion people around the world will commemorate Earth Day. It is the third most widely celebrated secular holiday after New Year’s and International Workers’ Days. Should churches also join (or lead) in promoting reverent care for God’s wondrous creation? A surprising reason that more won’t is because today’s Christians often hold pagan rather than biblical beliefs concerning eternity. In the 17th and 18th Century Age of Enlightenment, aspects of Greek philosophy became so integrated into Christianity that it…

Donald Trump and a Good Friday warning against far-right Christian nationalism

Good Friday is a day when Christians remember Jesus Christ’s death on the cross — his execution upon an instrument of state torture. It is also a powerful reminder of how dangerous it is for society when authoritarian politicians and corrupt religious leaders conspire for power and dominion. Good Friday’s warning resonates deeply even now, nearly 2,000 years after Jesus’ death. That’s because the relationship between the religious authorities of Christ’s time and the brutal Roman governor who ordered his execution, Pontius Pilate, is…

How 1970s Christian crusader Anita Bryant helped spawn Florida’s LGBTQ culture war

At a public hearing in Dade County, Florida, parents were enraged. The nation, they said, was in peril and children were at risk. A recent ordinance had granted gay people housing and employment protections, and that meant teachers couldn’t be fired because of their sexuality. Florida classrooms quickly became a battleground, and opponents of the ordinance said the state’s support of civil rights for homosexuals was infringing on their rights as parents.  Action had to be taken, and a campaign to limit the legal…

Christian school proposed for closed Reading church

READING — A Christian school seeking to open in a large former church is scheduled to make a proposal before the city Zoning Hearing Board Wednesday night. Arrows Christian Academy bought the former St. Mark’s Evangelical and Reformed Church at 211 W. Greenwich St. for $250,000 on Dec. 8, according to city property transfer records. The new school would have eight classrooms, two offices, an auditorium, library and playground, with a commercial kitchen that would be used as a cafeteria. The church also has…

Christian school leader who taped students’ mouths shut says kids chose punishment over suspension

A Louisiana Christian school headmaster, a pastor and former “Survivor” contestant who was arrested last week after he taped students’ mouths shut as a form of discipline, is defending his actions, claiming the pupils were bullying their teacher. John Raymond, 60, headmaster of Lakeside Christian Academy in Slidell, was arrested Thursday on three counts of cruelty to juveniles, the Slidell Police Department said in a news release. A police investigation found that on March 18, Raymond used a roll of packing tape to tape…

Christian MP goes on trial in Finland for calling homosexuality a disorder

HELSINKI, Jan 24 (Reuters) – A Finnish Christian democrat MP and former minister of the interior went on trial on Monday for agitation against gay people over comments in which she described homosexuality as a developmental disorder and a sin. In the unprecedented case over freedom of speech, the Helsinki district court must also decide whether citing the Bible can be considered a crime in some cases in Finland. Paivi Rasanen, a medical doctor and MP for a small Christian-democratic party since 1995, called…

Christian forum asks bishops in India to take stand against rising anti-Christian violence

The Forum of Religious for Justice and Peace, a group of Catholic clergy and laity in India, wrote a letter to Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai urging bishops to attend to the increasing attacks by far-right Hindu nationalist groups against Indian Christians, according to Crux Now. The letter pinpointed seven well-planned attacks against Christian institutions across India on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day alone, which contributed to the 486 incidents of violence against Christians in India in 2021, which made it the “most violent…

Tennessee Jewish couple sues state after Christian adoption agency denies them services

Tennessee Jewish couple sues state after Christian adoption agency denies them services Lawsuit claims employee from state-funded program informed couple they would not serve them ‘because of their Jewish faith’ Tennessee’s Republican governor, Bill Lee, who is Christian, called defending religious beliefs ‘very important’. Photograph: Troy Stolt/AP A Jewish couple from Tennessee has filed a lawsuit against the state’s Department of Children’s Services after a state-funded Christian program denied them foster care services for religious reasons. According to the lawsuit filed on Wednesday, Elizabeth…

A Christian-led caucus ‘protecting’ Jewish values? No thanks

Right-wing evangelical Christians like to pretend they speak for Jewish people. This is not, to put it mildly, generally in the interest of Jews. It isn’t in the interest of a healthy democracy, either. The latest example of the appropriation of Jewish identity is the congressional “Caucus for the Advancement of Torah Values.” It is led by Republican Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska and conservative Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas. Neither of these men is Jewish. None of the other members of the…

Supreme Court to review Boston’s refusal to fly a Christian flag at City Hall

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday will consider whether the city of Boston was wrong when it refused to let an organization fly a Christian flag in front of City Hall. The case invites the court to decide whether the flagpole conveys a government message or whether it’s a forum open to all comers. Boston says the flagpole is an expression of the city’s views, and therefore letting the Christian flag fly would amount to an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion. But Boston’s…

Marcus Lamb, a Christian Broadcaster and Vaccine Skeptic, Dies of Covid

Marcus Lamb, a Christian broadcaster in Dallas who had been dismissive of Covid-19 vaccinations, died on Tuesday after contracting the coronavirus, his family said. Mr. Lamb, 64, who frequently suggested on his Christian television network that people pray instead of getting inoculated, had to be rushed to the hospital when his oxygen levels dropped “all of a sudden” after he contracted the virus, his wife, Joni Lamb, said on the network on Nov. 18. Mr. Lamb’s wife and son confirmed his death on Tuesday…

US Christian right group wages culture war with books, cartoon and nature doc

US Christian right group wages culture war with books, cartoon and nature doc The leaders of Idaho’s Christ Church are making concerted efforts to enter mainstream amid complicated financial arrangements Christ Church members and guests sing in protest of a city public-health order intentionally not wearing masks outside City Hall in Moscow, Idaho, last year. Photograph: Geoff Crimmins/AP Christ Church members and guests sing in protest of a city public-health order intentionally not wearing masks outside City Hall in Moscow, Idaho, last year. Photograph:…

Christian groups furious at Blinken for removing Nigeria from religious violence list

Christian groups, a U.S. government panel and former senior U.S. diplomats are furious over Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s decision to take Nigeria off a list of countries accused of engaging in or tolerating religious persecution. Blinken’s decision was revealed last week just before he visited Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country and one where Muslim-Christian tensions have long flared. State Department officials gave no reason for the move other than saying Blinken, upon the advice of various department sections, decided Nigeria didn’t meet the…

Haitian gang releases 2 Christian missionaries held hostage, 15 still being held

A Christian missionary group announced that two of its 17 missionaries have been released after being held hostage by a Haitian gang. Christian Aid Missionaries, which is based in Ohio, made the announcement on Sunday but did not provide further information about the individuals released. HAITI ABDUCTIONS: US MISSIONARY GROUP SAYS CHRISTIANS MUST ‘OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD’ Christian Aid Ministries in Berlin, Ohio, is seen here on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021.  (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar) “We have learned that two of the hostages in…

Some US Christian schools believe religious freedom means they can fire gay teachers

Some US Christian schools believe religious freedom means they can fire gay teachers Gay educators and their allies – including students and the ACLU – are fighting back ‘They said parents pay a lot of money to go to Valor, just so their kids don’t have to mentored by someone who is gay,’ Inoke Tonga recalls. Photograph: AP ‘They said parents pay a lot of money to go to Valor, just so their kids don’t have to mentored by someone who is gay,’ Inoke…

Christian Florist Settles Legal Battle With Same-Sex Couple

A florist in Washington state who was in an eight-year legal battle that reached the US Supreme Court will retire after settling with the same-sex couple whose wedding job she refused. Barronelle Stutzman of Richland, Washington, announced the settlement Thursday, saying she has paid $5,000 to Robert Ingersoll, The Tri-City Herald reported. She said Jesus “walked with me every step of the way” through her legal journey and also wished Ingersoll, who had been her customer at Arlene’s Flowers for almost a decade, “the…

The Christian Peacemaker Who Left a Trail of Trauma

A leading Christian conciliator who was involved in handling abuse allegations and training at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), Mars Hill Church, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS), and dozens of other churches and ministries over the past 15 years, has been found unfit for counseling, coaching, or conciliation. Judy Dabler founded two popular organizations for Christians needing a third party to help navigate conflict and broken relationships: Live at Peace Ministries (LAPM) and Creative Conciliation. She also taught more than 10,000 people how to…

His Reasons for Opposing Trump Were Biblical. Now a Top Christian Editor Is Out

The chief executive of God’s World Publications, World’s nonprofit parent, Kevin Martin, played down Mr. Olasky’s resignation, noting that the editor had previously said he’d be departing next summer anyway. He said he admired Mr. Olasky and his definition of biblical objectivity, and “we are not going to diverge from that, by God’s grace.” “I don’t see in any way that we are becoming more partisan or more Trumpy,” Mr. Martin said. And its founder, Joel Belz, told me he believed Mr. Olasky’s departure…

In birdwatching, Christian ‘ornitheoligists’ see God’s hand

It is early morning in the Great Smoky Mountains. Kevin Burrell is half asleep and wrapped tightly in his sleeping bag. Before surrendering his warm cocoon to the chilly morning air, he hears the call of a hermit thrush just above his tent, coaxing him to stay in bed for just a few seconds longer. The flutelike tune stops but is promptly followed by the quick chirps of a northern cardinal and the cheerful song of a tufted titmouse. Burrell, with the skill of…

The Christian case for Biden’s plan to raise taxes on America’s rich

Jesus taught that “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” His words came to mind as I watched Jeff Bezos board his private spaceship in July. It seems easier today for a billionaire to launch himself into space than for Congress to increase taxes on rich people. This isn’t just good policy or good politics, it’s also good Christian ethics. Thankfully, Congress is now considering…

Christian author Josh McDowell steps away from ministry after comments about Black, minority families

(RNS) — A best-selling Christian author and speaker denounced the idea of systemic racism at a national gathering of Christian counselors, saying Black Americans and other minorities were not raised to value hard work or education. Josh McDowell, best known for his book “Evidence that Demands a Verdict” and other books defending the Christian faith, gave a speech Saturday (Sept. 18) at a meeting of the American Association of Christian Counselors. The talk, entitled “The Five Greatest Global Epidemics,” identified a series of threats…

Redeemed Christian in Albany celebrates beautiful new sanctuary

Abiola and Lanre Peters, pastors who are married to each other, celebrated last Saturday moving their rapidly growing congregation of 250 into a beautiful, historic Albany church building – a gift from their mother church in Lagos, Nigeria. Abiola Peters said the brick and stone building at 475 State St. is more than 150 years old with a sanctuary lined with richly colored stained glass windows and a soaring arched ceiling. “We started with three members in 2003 and now we have 250,” she…

Athens Christian School founder to be remembered as a ‘gracious’ servant

Buhl Cummings, a Pennsylvania farmboy and World War II veteran who founded Athens Christian School more than 50 years ago, died Wednesday evening at his home in Athens after a brief illness. Cummings, who was surrounded by his family when he died, was 93. He was preceded in death by his wife Lois, who died in August of 2020. He was remembered as a community leader, visionary, missionary, educator and coach who had a profound influence on many families in and around the Athens…

Christian leaders slam Lutheran denomination’s transgender bishop: a ‘revolt’ against God

Christian leaders condemned the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for its decision to install its first openly transgender bishop, calling the move a “subversion of the creation order” and proof that some mainline Protestant denominations have abandoned Christianity altogether. The ELCA installed its first openly transgender bishop, the Rev. Megan Rohrer, in a service at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral on Saturday, the Associated Press reported. Rohrer will lead one of the church’s 65 synods, overseeing nearly 200 congregations in Northern California and northern Nevada.…

Christian Leaders Call For Action On Climate Change

Enlarge this image Pope Francis, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Portal Welby and Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at a meeting of prayer in the Basilica of St. Francis on Sept. 20, 2016. Vatican pool photo/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Vatican pool photo/Getty Images The leaders of three prominent Christian denominations have issued an unprecedented joint statement calling on people of all faiths to take action to halt the devastating impacts of climate change. The statement from Pope Francis, Archbishop of Canterbury…

World’s top 3 Christian leaders call for ‘meaningful sacrifices’ to combat climate change

From left: Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in 2016. (Tiziana Fabi/AFP via Getty Images) The leaders of the three largest Christian churches issued a joint statement Tuesday calling on the world to address the growing threat of climate change. The first-ever joint address by Pope Francis, the archbishop of Canterbury and the spiritual leader of the Orthodox Church asked fellow Christians to pray in the run-up to November’s United…

What is a Christian at the very root?

Luke Wartgow | Carson Valley Bible Church As a pastor, I’m often asked various questions that deal with acts of living life in this world as a Christian. They are important questions and I’m happy to try and answer them. However, I don’t believe that Christians think through what it means to be a Christian enough and see that it is often the best place to start. It is one thing to think about what your identity leads to, but it must be grounded…

The martyr who may rise again: Christian right’s faith in Trump not shaken

Young alligators swam in the water or lazed on artificial rocks as a waterfall cascaded nearby. “Alligators are found primarily in freshwater and swamps and marches,” noted a nearby sign. “… Alligators are opportunistic feeders.” The “Gator Springs” exhibit greeted religious conservatives this week as they made their way through the vast atrium of the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, to regroup after Republicans’ loss of power in 2020 and test early contenders for the presidential nomination in 2024. After…

Christian college’s 1st out, queer student body president sparks a reckoning

Claire Murashima did not go to college expecting to change her institution, a Christian university founded 145 years ago. She also did not intend to come out, and she certainly didn’t plan to make history with her election as student body president. But she did. Calvin University is a private Christian college in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with about 3,800 students. It’s associated with the Christian Reformed Church, a Protestant denomination. The church’s position on homosexuality is that while LGBTQ members are to be given…

Christian diet guru and church founder Gwen Shamblin Lara among 7 presumed dead in plane crash

The Cessna 501 was carrying seven people when it crashed late Saturday morning into Percy Priest Lake in Smyrna, a community near Nashville, shortly after taking off from the Smyrna airport, officials have said. On board were Lara; her husband, William J. Lara; her son-in-law, Brandon Hannah; and married couples Jennifer and David Martin, and Jessica and Jonathan Walters, a spokesperson for the Rutherford County government said in a news release. All seven aboard are presumed to have died, officials have said. The National…

Judge rules against Christian college in lawsuit claiming Biden rule would ‘place males in girls’ dorms’

A federal judge has ruled against a Christian college in Missouri arguing that a Biden administration rule would require the school to open women’s dorm rooms and showers to biological males. The College of the Ozarks sued the administration in April, arguing that a federal directive “requires private religious colleges to place biological males into female dormitories and to assign them as females’ roommates,” which goes against the school’s rules prohibiting male students from female dorms and vise-versa. ‘TEEN VOGUE’ CLAIMS US UNIVERSITIES ‘RIGHT…

A conservative Christian book ignites debate over reparations and faith itself

Photo illustration: Yahoo News; photos: reparationsproject.com, Getty Images (2) A pair of Christian ministers have provoked a debate inside conservative white evangelical Christianity with a new book about reparations to African Americans for the injustices of slavery and systemic racism. And one of their primary points is that they don’t think the place to start is with logistical questions such as who would get reparations — and who would pay for them. “People are saying, ‘Well, how are we even going to do reparations?’…

Evangelical Christian denomination behind proposed $200 million development in Columbus suburb

A Christian organization is planning a $200 million development and headquarters in Reynoldsburg that one city official says will make the suburb a destination. “It’s a huge catalyst for the city as a whole,” said Andrew Bowsher, development director for the city of Reynoldsburg. Collaborating for a cause:National technology partnership to help Columbus churches come together to better the city He sees the proposed development — envisioned as a mix of retail, restaurants, a hotel, an event center, green space and apartments — as something…

ISIS Executes Christian Businessman Kidnapped in Egypt’s Sinai

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…

‘Depressing on many levels’: Oregon Historical Society, First Christian Church vandalized for second time

Police declared a riot Friday night once a crowd started smashing windows throughout downtown Portland. PORTLAND, Ore. — Businesses and a church picked up the pieces Saturday after a violent night in downtown Portland. A group of about 100 people gathered at Salmon Street Springs and ended up at the downtown Justice Center. Police said the group was peaceful. They did not require police contact and dispersed on their own. A separate group of about 100 people gathered at Director Park and started marching…

Yoga can leave you injured, psychotic and a Hindu, Christian groups claim

Jeremy Gray, a state lawmaker in Alabama, has been practicing yoga for years, initially as a workout after college football matches and later as a means of instilling in himself the virtues of focus and patience. Now the Democrat from Opelika needs all the patience he can get as he seeks to overturn a 28-year yoga ban in Alabama public schools. The ban, believed to be the only statewide prohibition of its sort in America, is proving to be tougher to scrub from the…

As French Senate Tightens Church Controls, Christian Advocates Avoid Fear

On Monday night, the French Senate passed an anti-terrorism law that has greatly concerned church leaders. Now called the Law to Uphold Republican Principles and the Fight Against Separatism, the bill—approved by a 208–109 vote, with 27 abstentions—intends to combat the Islamist radicalism that has incited numerous attacks on French soil in recent years. However, the Macron administration’s desire to make France safer has put the nation’s deeply rooted freedom of religion in the crosshairs. “The wind has changed in France,” said Clément Diedrichs,…

Black Millennials and Gen Z Becoming More Cynical Toward Christians

Black Americans of all ages are more Christian than the rest of the country, but leaders say it’s getting harder for younger generations—who are frustrated with racial injustice in the church and are increasingly influenced by secular voices—to keep the faith. The gap between the beliefs of parents and grandparents and their kids is wider in the black community than the country as a whole, according to new data released today by Barna Group. Around two-thirds of black millennials and Gen Z identify as…

Islamic State Seeks Revival in Christian Countries

KAMPALA, Uganda—Islamic State was collapsing in Iraq and Syria, but from the jungles of Eastern Congo a jihadist appeared on YouTube to declare that the so-called caliphate was regrouping in Central Africa. “I call on all Muslims in the world to join us in Congo,” said the man, who identified himself as an Arab and sported an oversize machine gun and bandoleer, flanked by a small group of ragtag fighters under a dense forest canopy. “I swear by God this is the abode of…

Olatunji Saheed and Toyin Saheed’s newly released “How To Grow Mature In Your Christian Lifestyle” is an eye-opening guide on how to live life with God in control

MEADVILLE, Pa., April 13, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — “How To Grow Mature In Your Christian Lifestyle”: a comprehensive read that discusses Christianity’s basic pillars and the tenets of the Christian identity. By laying these down, readers are subsequently ushered into their appropriate application as desired by God. “How To Grow Mature In Your Christian Lifestyle” is the creation of published author Olatunji Saheed and his daughter, Toyin Saheed. Both are Christians passionate about teaching fellow believers to live life fully under the guidance of the…

LGBTQ students at Christian colleges face more harassment, survey finds

Veronica Bonifacio Penales, a sophomore at Baylor University, a Baptist college in Waco, Texas, said she can be out as queer on campus, but that doesn’t mean she feels supported. Students cannot face disciplinary action or lose financial aid for identifying as LGBTQ, according to the Baylor website, but Penales, 20, said she’s faced harassment, including Post-it notes with homophobic messages placed on her dorm room door. “They say they have preventive measures in place but nothing gets done,” she said of Baylor’s policies…

Archaeologists Discover Traces of Early Christian Community in Egypt

Excavations in Egypt’s Western Desert have unearthed the ruins of an early Christian monastic site, reports Agence France-Presse (AFP). Highlights of the discovery include three churches and a set of monks’ cells, or living quarters. Per a statement from Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, a joint French-Norwegian team found the basalt and mudbrick structures at Tel Ganub Qasr Al-‘Aguz in the Bahariya Oasis, some 230 miles southwest of Cairo. Some of the buildings were carved directly into the bedrock. Ancient Egyptians occupied the…

Christian leaders wrestle with Atlanta shooting suspect’s Southern Baptist ties

“There’s nothing that I’m aware of at Crabapple that would give approval to this,” Cottrell said in an interview, referring to the shootings. “I’m assuming it’s as shocking and numbing to them as it has been to me.” Cottrell said he viewed a 2018 video of Long describing his conversion to the Christian faith at around 8 years old, when he was baptized. Cottrell considered him a “typical teenager” growing up in the suburbs of Atlanta. “It’s not unusual for young men to be…

EL James’s FREED: Fifty Shades Freed as Told by Christian To Be Published June 1, 2021

CHICAGO, March 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — E L James, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the global blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy (150 million copies sold worldwide) will release her newest novel, FREED, the highly anticipated conclusion to her Fifty Shades Trilogy as Told by Christian, on June 1, 2021. The announcement was made today by Dominique Raccah, Publisher and CEO of Sourcebooks. The book has been edited by Anne Messitte, who has worked closely with James since the earliest days of the…

Died: Larry Crabb, Christian Counselor Who Kept Exploring

Larry Crabb, a popular Christian counselor who went looking for a deeper approach to spiritual care, died on February 28 at the age of 77. Crabb was a clinical psychologist who turned to biblical counseling and then to spiritual direction. He authored more than 25 books in the process, writing the popular textbook Effective Biblical Counseling and then more than a dozen titles, including Inside Out, Shattered Dreams, Pressure’s Off, and SoulTalk, teaching people to see their own brokenness as a longing for God…

Christian group tears down mysterious monolith on California mountain

A group of young men claiming to be Christians have posted a video of themselves tearing down a mysterious monolith that had appeared atop a California mountain and replacing it with a cross. The monolith had been built near the town of Atascadero and sparked huge interest after the appearance of a similar silvery metal-faced monolith that had been discovered in the deserts of Utah. That original monolith – which attracted hundreds of curious sightseers and garnered headlines worldwide – was also destroyed by…

Groceries for Good delivers for Christian Food Bank

More than 6,000 pounds of food can go a long way toward helping those in need, says Marci Cox, director of the Christian Food Bank of Hopkins County. November’s Groceries for Good campaign brought in around 6,021 pounds of food for the food bank, and donations are still coming in, said Cox. The Groceries for Good and other canned food drives in the community has been a blessing to the food bank and the families they serve, she said. “What that did is, it…

Non-Christian faiths welcome Christmas easing of Covid rules

Representatives of faiths that have been unable to gather for religious festivals this year because of the pandemic have welcomed the fact that Christians will not have to experience “the same disappointment and deflation” they did. The Muslim festivals of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, the Jewish holy days of Passover, Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish new year) and Yom Kippur, and Diwali festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains were among those hit by lockdown restrictions, with people forbidden to worship together…

Letter: Compassion is a Christian value

I wonder whether Sen. Lora Reinbold wore her seatbelt during her recent Alaska Airlines flight? Or does she consider it tyranny when flight attendants direct passengers to buckle up? Even if she believes that freedom of choice is always and forever paramount, it is not weakness to care about others. Was there anyone elderly on Sen. Reinbold’s flight? Anyone with heart disease, diabetes or an immune system compromised by chemotherapy? Caring for your neighbor is a fundamental Christian value. Didn’t the good senator learn…

Anti-Semitism is inhuman, contradicts Christian values, says top cardinal

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Combatting anti-Semitism requires condemning hatred and working with people of faith to promote peace, respect and religious freedom, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state. “The Holy See considers that, along with a living memory of what happened in the past, interreligious dialogue is an indispensable tool to combat anti-Semitism,” he said Nov. 19, during an online symposium on the global rise of anti-Semitism. The aim of this dialogue, he added, is “to promote a commitment to peace, mutual…

It’s never easy to be a Christian

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham Dear Dr. Graham: I became a Christian a few years ago and I thought my troubles would go away. Now that I have learned more from the Bible, I realize that being a Christian can add to our problems. During COVID-19 I have seen how the church has come under attack. Why is this? Dear C.T.: It’s never easy to be a Christian; it can bring its own loneliness, unpopularity, and problems. It’s human nature to…

Leading Christian faith app exposed users’ data, say researchers

Pray.com, which offers a Christian faith app that has been downloaded over 1 million times, has been “leaking” user data, researchers from cybersecurity firm vpnMentor told Fox News. The Pray app is designed for daily prayer, Bible stories and Christian meditation, according to the app’s download page. “It has been incredibly popular since launching in 2016,” vpnMentor said in a research note. “Pray.com’s developers failed to properly secure vast amounts of data collected from the app,” vpnMentor said, potentially exposing users to fraud and online attacks.…

Christian churches mirror country’s political division

The messages in Christian houses of worship on the first weekend since the election have been as divided as the country’s electorate By LUIS ANDRES HENAO and DAVID CRARY Associated Press November 8, 2020, 10:10 PM NEW YORK — The messages in Christian houses of worship on the first weekend since the election were as divided as the country’s electorate, with religious leaders mostly calling for peace and unification even as some bemoaned the result and others celebrated. Hours after the news broke Saturday…

Christian Conservatives Respond to Trump’s Loss and Look Ahead

When President Trump won the White House four years ago in a surprise victory, conservative Christians could not believe their good fortune. At every turn of his presidency, he gave them everything they wanted: Two hundred federal judges appointed for life. An embassy in Jerusalem. Anti-abortion policies. Two Supreme Court Justices, and then in the final hours, a third. He was their bulwark, their defender, at a time when the country as they knew it, and their place in it, was changing. And he…

Kanye West announces Yeezy Christian academy: ‘Dear future, I still believe in you’

Kanye West released the first trailer showcasing his Yeezy Christian Academy (YCA) last week. The video features his daughter North, 7, and son Saint, 4, as well as his nephew Mason Disick, 10, and niece Penelope Disick, 8, wearing blue YCA T-shirts. In the trailer, the children said, “Dear Future, I still believe in you. We still believe in you. We believe in our families.” “In our future, we will heal. Our future has homes for everyone. Our future has food for everyone. Our…

Christian woman no longer banned from park for sharing her faith

An elderly blind woman in Rhode Island is no longer banned from a public park in Westerly for sharing her Christian faith, according to her lawyer.  Officials at the Memorial and Library Association, in charge of Westerly Library and Wilcox Park, banned and threatened Gail Blair, 63, with arrest if she did not stop having conversations with others in the park about Jesus, according to a discrimination complaint. The complaint was filed in June 2020 with the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights against the library association. Blair, represented by First Liberty…

‘This Is All About Jesus’: A Christian Rocker’s Covid Protest Movement

It was one of those breathtaking late summer afternoons in Seattle, with sunlight splashing over a part of the city that, two months earlier, had been occupied by Black Lives Matter protesters. In Cal Anderson Park, part of the six-block stretch that became known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP), volunteers were setting up for very different kind of event. Pacing about doing sound checks on the sidewalk was a man with a generous mane of curly blond hair wearing Birkenstocks and a…

Alexa, Carlos PenaVega discuss leaving LA for a Christian life: ‘We never fit the Hollywood mold’

Alexa and Carlos PenaVega have spent the last few months quarantining on the sunny beaches of Hawaii, where they’ve taken up solace after leaving the bustle of Los Angeles for a quaint, Christian lifestyle. “When we were living in California, there was never actually a break. The industry happens 24/7,” Alexa, 32, told People for the magazine’s latest issue. “And we thought, we need a place to go and reconnect and that needs to be our home.” The “Spy Kids” actress, along with her husband, Big…

How Christian nationalism may determine whether you wear a mask

(RNS) — The divisions that the coronavirus pandemic has caused in the United States — with some viewing social distancing restrictions as sensible and altruistic while others decry them as infringements on our freedoms — have been blamed on everything from political parties to toxic masculinity. But a group of academics say there may be an even more powerful driver of the disagreement: Christian nationalism. “Christian nationalists have indicated over several studies that … they are more likely to believe in conspiracy theories, more…

Student says Colleyville Christian school expelled him for being gay

Devin Bryant had attended Covenant Christian Academy in Colleyville since prekindergarten. Four days before the start of his senior year, he and his family say he was expelled for being gay. His mother, Connie Bryant, said new headmaster Tony Jeffrey told her he was “doing what Jesus Christ would want me to do.” She also said the headmaster offered her parents’ counseling to help her “direct her child well” because her son had “chosen the devil’s ways.” Jeffrey declined to comment. He issued a…

Pete Buttigieg Highlights Hypocrisy of ‘Evangelical Christian’ Mike Pence During Fox News Appearance

Pete Buttigieg didn’t come to f*ck around during a recent appearance on Fox News, a place where people generally do come to f*ck around. Asked how Joe Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris could “justify” how her stance on some issues appears to have changed over time, Buttigieg used the opportunity to touch on a number of discrepancies between Mike “Mother” Pence and Donald “I Used to Sell Steaks” Trump. “Well, there’s a classic parlor game of trying to find a little bit of daylight between…

Pakistani court acquits Christian man on death row for blasphemy

Sawan Masih was on death row for the past six years after being convicted of blasphemy by a lower court in Lahore. Islamabad, Pakistan – A Pakistani appeals court has acquitted a Christian man who spent about seven years in jail on the accusation of blasphemy, a charge that led to communal rioting that saw more than 120 houses in a Christian-majority area in Lahore city burned down by an enraged mob in 2013. Sawan Masih, 40, was arrested in 2013 on blasphemy charge…

Trump Privately Mocked the Christian Voters He Needs in 2020

In the days following Donald Trump’s shocking win four years ago, experts scoured exit polls to figure out what the hell had just happened. What they learned is that evangelicals were a major driving force behind the improbable political rise of a narcissistic and philandering reality TV star. White evangelical voters overwhelmingly broke for Trump. Dating back to Jerry Falwell Sr.’s Moral Majority, which ignited a political fire in the evangelical camp in the early ’80s, evangelicals have historically leaned Republican. And despite his…

For Conservative Christian Women, Amy Coney Barrett’s Success Is Personal

Ruth Malhotra had just arrived in Florida for a vacation with some girlfriends from high school and their families when President Trump was scheduled to introduce his next nominee for the Supreme Court on Saturday afternoon. A college football game was on the television at their rented beach house. “Turn off football and turn on C-SPAN!” she told her friends. “We’ve got to watch this; this is historic.” Ms. Malhotra, 36, a lifelong evangelical Christian who works in communications for a Christian ministry, has…

Here’s What To Know About People Of Praise, The Christian Group Amy Coney Barrett Belongs To

Topline When Amy Coney Barrett, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge nominated Saturday to be President Trump’s pick to replace liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was talked about as a possible replacement for fellow Catholic, Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2018, media focus turned to her membership in People of Praise, a small, tightly knit group that describes itself as a “charismatic, ecumenical and covenant…Christian community.” Amy Coney Barrett (c) 2017 Julian Velasco / Notre Dame Key Facts The nearly 50-year-old group, founded and…

ABC News suggests link between Christian group and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ during Amy Coney Barrett report

ABC News is the latest news outlet to peddle the narrative associating a Christian group SCOTUS frontrunner Judge Amy Coney Barrett belongs to with “The Handmaid’s Tale.” During Thursday’s broadcast of “Good Morning America,” ABC News correspondent Tom Llamas noted how Barrett is a “devout Catholic” who is supported by “religious conservatives and anti-abortion activists” amid the contentious battle to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat following the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “Also under the microscope- Barrett’s link to a small, charismatic Christian…

Pope to Christian journalists: ‘be bearers of hope’

By Robin Gomes Amid the confusion of voices and messages that surround us, a Christian journalist is called to be a new witness to the truth, thus becoming a bearer of hope and confidence in the future. This was the message at the heart of  Pope Francis’ address to some 30 representatives of “Tertio”, a Belgian weekly magazine that analyses current events and interprets them from a Christian, and more specifically Catholic, perspective.  Established in 2000, the magazine takes its name from the 1994…

Christian worship leader brings controversial prayer rallies to cities roiled by protests

“We are believing in this place of devastation, God is releasing a sound of hope and healing and peace and unity,” Feucht said in the video. “And that’s what we’re coming to bring today.” The concerts have drawn criticism for bringing together hundreds or thousands of people, most without masks, during the coronavirus pandemic. Some fellow Christians have also expressed frustration at what they see as Feucht trying to overshadow people protesting systemic racism and the use of force by police. Feucht began hosting…

Tennessee school district to stop Christian prayers, Bible distribution

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (NEXSTAR) — A Tennessee school district plans to stop promoting Christianity following a lawsuit by two atheist families, according to the Associated Press. The Smith County School District admitted it delivered Christian prayer over the school’s address system, posted Bible verses on posters in hallways and distributed Bibles to all fifth-grade students, according to a consent decree. The initial lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the two families. “All of these activities send a clear message…

DeSantis’ appointee to Florida Supreme Court belongs to Christian group using law to ‘spread the Gospel’

Jamie R. Grosshans, the last-minute choice of Gov. Ron DeSantis to the Florida Supreme Court, is an anti-abortion defender who has been active in a number of Christian legal groups, including a powerful national organization whose mission is to “spread the Gospel by transforming the legal system.” Grosshans, from the Orlando suburb of Winter Garden, was named Florida’s seventh justice Monday, filling the vacancy created last year when President Trump named two of DeSantis’ previous appointees, Barbara Lagoa and Robert Luck, to the U.S. Court…

Christian Colleges Are Changing to Survive. Is it Working?

Norman Hall knew what he needed to do. The new president of Simpson University was appointed in 2018 to save the Christian and Missionary Alliance-affiliated school in Redding, California. The hard part was how. Enrollment was dropping at Simpson. In 2014, more than 1,000 full-time undergraduate students signed up to start classes in the fall. Four years later, there were only about 620. With that sharp decline in enrollment, revenues were disappearing fast. Faced with a budget shortfall, the administration eliminated 56 faculty and…

Pakistani Christian sentenced to death for ‘blasphemous texts’

Islamabad, Pakistan – A court in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore has sentenced a Christian man to death for having committed “blasphemy”, his lawyer says, in the latest case of Pakistan’s strict religious laws being applied against minorities. Asif Pervaiz, 37, has been in custody since 2013 when he was accused of having sent “blasphemous” text messages to a former supervisor at work, lawyer Saif-ul-Malook told Al Jazeera. The court rejected his testimony wherein he denied the charges and sentenced him to death…

Arson arrest made in connection to Metro Christian Center Church fire

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – A 28-year-old man is is being charged with arson following the fire at Metro Christian Center Church on Wednesday night. An arrest has been made in connection to the arson of the church with 28-year-old Edward Jerome Wash being charged with three counts of arson on Friday night, according to the city of Rockford. On Wednesday, Sept. 2, the Rockford Fire Department were called to three separate fires that occurred within a relatively small geographical area. The Rockford Fire Department…

Researchers Find Christians in Iran Approaching 1 Million

Missiologists have long spoken of the explosive growth of the church in Iran. Now they have data to back up their claims—from secular research. According to a new survey of 50,000 Iranians—90 percent residing in Iran—by GAMAAN, a Netherlands-based research group, 1.5 percent identified as Christian. Extrapolating over Iran’s population of approximately 50 million literate adults (the sample surveyed) yields at least 750,000 believers. According to GAMAAN, the number of Christians in Iran is “without doubt in the order of magnitude of several hundreds…

Christian site raises $350K for Kyle Rittenhouse, accused Kenosha gunman

Prayers, compliments and cash are pouring in for Kyle Rittenhouse, the gunman accused of fatally shooting two protesters in Kenosha, Wisc., last month, as the 17-year-old has become a celebrated cause among far-right voices in the United States. Fox News hosts, conspiracy theory websites and supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump have hailed the alleged shooter as a “patriot” and “hero.” They’ve also opened up their pockets to him, pledging more than US$357,000 through a crowdfunding site to cover with his legal costs. “I…

Archaeologists Find Unique 1,400-Year-Old Christian Artifact

Archaeologists have uncovered the fragments of a lead Christian cup, or chalice, lightly etched with symbols of early Christian iconography, at the archaeological site of Vindolanda, an ancient Roman military fort and settlement on Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland, northern England. A fragment of the 1,400-year-old Christian chalice found at Vindolanda in Northumberland, northern England. Image credit: Vindolanda Trust. A total of 14 fragments from the ancient vessel were found hidden in the remains of a 6th century Christian church, inside the previously occupied Roman…

Pompeo’s Christian Zionism takes center stage

Aides to Pompeo told reporters he is to conduct the speech in his “personal” capacity without the use of State Department resources. But, as Politico’s Nahal Toosi reported, Pompeo may be violating a policy he himself approved earlier this year regarding limitations on the political activities of U.S. diplomats and State Department staffers. “Pompeo speaking from Jerusalem breaks multiple traditions and norms,” Wendy Sherman, who served as undersecretary of state for political affairs in the Obama administration, told McClatchy. “Secretaries of state, as far…

How QAnon Conspiracy Is Spreading In Christian Communities Across The U.S.

NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks with journalist Katelyn Beaty about the spread of the QAnon conspiracy theory in Christian communities in the United States. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: The false conspiracy theory known as QAnon is moving from fringe Internet chatrooms into mainstream politics. A Republican congressional candidate in Georgia is a supporter. The Texas Republican Party has used a QAnon slogan in campaign messaging. President Trump himself has retweeted QAnon followers at least 200 times and described them as, quote, “people that love our country.”…

The belief that demons have sex with humans runs deep in Christian and Jewish traditions

Houston physician and pastor Stella Immanuel – described as “spectacular” by Donald Trump for her promotion of unsubstantiated claims about anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a “cure” for COVID-19 – has some other, very unconventional views. As well as believing that scientists are working on a vaccine to make people less religious and that the U.S. government is run by reptilian creatures, Immanuel, the leader of a Christian ministry called Fire Power Ministries, also believes sex with demons causes miscarriages, impotence, cysts and endometriosis, among…

Christian Colleges: God Wants You to Wear a Mask to Class

At Christian colleges across the country, incoming students pledge to comply with biblical standards for belief and behavior. This year, the appeals to love your neighbor and advance God’s mission have been applied to public health guidelines too, as schools ask students to promise to disinfect their dorm rooms, limit social interactions, and wear masks to class. While all colleges reopening for in-person classes have issued new policies around the coronavirus, and several Ivy League institutions have similarly developed “social contracts,” the standard health…

Christian Camps Tried to Keep COVID-19 Away. It Didn’t Always Work

Even with increased safety protocols in place, some Christian camps could not keep out COVID-19 this summer. Week after week, the headlines tracked the outbreaks: 82 cases at Camp Kanakuk in Missouri, an evangelical camp that draws kids from 10 states. Dozens at a church camp in Keller, Texas, and more at Allaso Ranch in Hawkins, Texas, where kids worshiped together unmasked. At least 54 people at Springs Ministries Summer Camp in Michigan tested positive. Another 25 campers and staff, all under 20, caught…