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Feelings of persecution run deep, even when ill-founded

Feelings of persecution run deep, even when ill-founded

The steady cultural shift away from church and faith may spell persecution for traditional Christians, Matt Cook often hears from fellow Baptists. But while sometimes unsettling, such developments are a far cry from persecution, he says.

Faith Digest: Acts 29 Network removes Driscoll

Faith Digest: Acts 29 Network removes Driscoll

The Acts 29 Network board of directors removed Seattle megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll from the church-planting network of more than 500 churches he helped found after a pattern of “ungodly and disqualifying behavior.”

Faith Digest: Formerly imprisoned Sudanese Christian relocates to U.S.

Faith Digest: Formerly imprisoned Sudanese Christian relocates to U.S.

Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith and then spared after an international campaign, left Italy to fly to the United States, where she plans to build a new life.

Gay, celibate Christians 'easily misunderstood'

Gay, celibate Christians 'easily misunderstood'

Gay Christians who choose to remain celibate often find themselves misunderstood by both their fellow believers and the secular lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Obamacare changes the way faith-based hospitals deliver care

Obamacare changes the way faith-based hospitals deliver care

Whether most Americans like it or not, the Affordable Care Act—also known as Obamacare—is now the law, and faith-based health-care providers say it’s changing the way hospitals view patient care.

Who bears responsibility for unethical clergy?

Who bears responsibility for unethical clergy?

What responsibility should the local church and the denomination bear for unethical behavior of pastors and other ministers?

Faith Digest: Court rules Ground Zero cross can stay at museum

Faith Digest: Court rules Ground Zero cross can stay at museum

A cross-shaped beam from the wreckage of the World Trade Center can remain on display in the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum at Ground Zero, a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

Faith Digest: Sudan bans church construction

Faith Digest: Sudan bans new church construction

Christians in Sudan frequently face arrests, impromptu questioning and expulsion. But conditions worsened after the government announced a ban on the construction of new churches.

Faith Digest: New religious emojis on the way

Faith Digest: New religious emojis on the way

In addition to smiley faces, high heels and frogs, Unicode is rolling out a new batch of 250 emojis, among them a set of religious icons.

Faith Digest: Cross on Mount Soledad can stay for now

Faith Digest: Cross on Mount Soledad can stay for now

The decades-long battle over a cross erected on public land in California will drag out even longer now that the Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

How dying churches can find new life

How dying churches can find new life

A small but growing number of struggling evangelical congregations have found new life by teaming up with a larger church. The mergers allow small churches to reinvent themselves and bigger ones to extend their reach.

Faith Digest: Atheists offer invocations at government gatherings

Faith Digest: Atheists offer invocations at public gatherings

An atheist “prayer” may sound like a contradiction in terms, but in municipalities around the country, atheists, humanists, agnostics and other freethinkers are giving invocations at local government meetings.

Religious liberty under attack—or not

Religious liberty under attack—or not

An overreaching federal government threatens religious liberty, some Americans assert. A secular culture that values political correctness over truth imperils freedom of religion, others insist. Or maybe the perceived threat depends on perspective.

Do majority Baptists speak up for religious minorities?

Do majority Baptists speak up for religious minorities?

When the shoe is on the other foot, are Baptists willing to speak up for nonbelievers or followers of non-Christian religions who object to religious displays on government property?

Faith Digest: Religious giving down as philanthropy improves

Faith Digest: Religious giving down as philanthropy improves

The new Giving USA report shows a slight downturn for churches and other religious organizations against an improving charity landscape.

 
 
 
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