Life coaching makes its way into churches

Career coaching has been around in the business field for decades. More recently, it spun off a concept of life coaching. Now, the coaching concept is starting to make its impact in churches.

Tiny heart touches the hearts of thousands

Bowen Hammitt, son of lead singer Matt Hammitt of the Christian rock band Sanctus Real, his wife, Sarah, was born Sept. 9 with a serious and rare heart defect. The family's personal drama captured national attention and opened doors to share Christ’s love.


Iron sharpens iron: Mentoring offers support

While a seminary degree can be an important component of a pastor’s toolbox, relationships with other pastors can be just as important—if not more so.

'Heaven's Rain' producer talks about forgiveness on NBC

A former Oklahoma state senator turned Hollywood filmmaker who plays his father in a new movie said a scene re-enacting his parents' murder 31 years ago was harder than he expected but worth it.


For 2010 top religion stories, a major case of deja vu

The calendar may have said 2010, but for Pope Benedict XVI and much of his global flock, it looked and felt a lot like 2002. For the second time in a decade, charges of child molestation at the hands of Catholic priests dominated headlines—this time reaching the highest levels of the Vatican, as critics questioned whether Benedict himself mishandled abuse cases. The Roman Catholic Church wasn’t the only institution battling a sense of deja vu, as some of the most controversial religion stories from the past 20 years returned to the headlines.

New York mosque named top religion story of 2010

The protracted and contentious debate over plans to build an Islamic community center near Ground Zero in New York was the top religion story of 2010, according to a survey of religion journalists.

Gallup Poll: U.S. personal religiosity stable, influence declines

Gallup PollA new Gallup poll shows that, while personal measures of religious sentiment have remained fairly high among Americans, their membership in houses of worship continues a long decline and they increasingly believe that religion is losing influence.


Divide over Islam dominated religious-freedom news in 2010

Judging from end-of-year assessments published in the last few days, there seems fairly universal agreement among close observers of faith and public life that the biggest religion story of 2010 in this country was also the biggest religious-freedom story: Islam and its discontents.

Survey says many skip religious aspect of Christmas

The vast majority of Americans celebrate Christmas and most consider it a religious holiday, but for many Jesus isn't the only -- or even the main -- reason for the season, according to a new report by LifeWay Research.

Review: Film depicts struggle for peace in modern Bethlehem

A powerful new documentary, Little Town of Bethlehem, provides a glimpse into the lives of three remarkable individuals committed to non-violence as a way of bringing peace to a troubled land.



Poll: Americans split on 'Happy Holidays' vs. 'Merry Christmas'

Season's GreetingsWhile more than nine out of 10 Americans say they plan to celebrate Christmas this year, they are divided on whether businesses should use messages like "Season's Greetings" rather than "Merry Christmas," according to a new poll.


Study says recession catching up to churches

After two years of only moderate impact on offerings, the recession has caught up with America's churches, according to new figures by LifeWay Research.

Forgiveness for black church arsons theme of new drama

Marcus Gardley's latest production, Every Tongue Confess, seeks answers to the questions that swirled around the spate of arsons that hit black churches in the South in the 1990s.

Christmas loss: How to help

Chaplain Mark Grace vice president of mission and ministry at Baylor Health Care System, offers suggestions to churches as they seek to minister to people who have sustained loss.

Joy and happiness not the same thing, pastors insist

Christians can experience joy even in loss—provided they don’t confuse joy with happiness but accept it as a gift from God, several pastors noted.
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