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Warnings about sex, violence come to Christian movies

A new purple “Faith-Based” seal on Christian-themed DVDs warns of raw images or language, and a new gold “Faith-Friendly” seal indicates a Christian-themed movie that’s safe for a family audience.Video Included
       

Poverty-medicine clinic preaches the gospel of fitness

Fitness can, literally, be a life-and-death issue for people in underprivileged communities. So a Christian medical ministry in one of the nation’s poorest big cities is preaching the gospel of fitness through local churches.Video Included
       

Physical and spiritual exercise meet in NIA, divinity student says

Claire McKeever, a Baylor University graduate studying for the ministry at Vanderbilt Divinity School, preaches that worship isn’t just for the soul. She teaches Neuromuscular Integrative Action, a mind/body/spirit exercise experience that combines yoga, martial arts and dance.
       

Should churches allow sex offenders in pews?

“All are welcome” is a common phrase on many a church sign and website. But what happens when a convicted sex offender takes those words literally?
       

Faith & Fitness: Exercise good, but only in moderation

The Bible portrays the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit. But some caution that too much focus on “temple care” can become a sin.
       

Rick Warren hospitalized with eye injury

Rick WarrenSouthern Baptist mega-church pastor and Purpose Driven Life author Rick Warren was recovering at home July 22 after being hospitalized overnight with eye injuries he suffered while gardening.

       

Churches start their own humanitarian aid agencies

As American Christians grow more skeptical and less dependent on traditional institutions, individual churches are starting their own humanitarian aid organizations, doing their own projects on their own terms.
       

Lines of church-state separation may get blurry in disaster zones

Relief workers acknowledge the close working relationship between government and religious agencies may blur the lines of church-state separation, especially when the desperation of victims pushes such concerns to the back burner.
       

Faith Digest: Church attendance up

A new Gallup Poll found Americans’ self-reported church attendance has increased slightly since 2008.
       

Musician teaches young girls that modest is hottest

Musician Jaime Jamgochian designed a popular "Modest is Hottest" T-shirt and started a conference that focuses on teaching young girls how to dress in the latest styles while maintaining modesty.
       

Homeowners weigh morality of walking out on mortgages

Up to 25 million homeowners—about one in four—are “underwater”  on the home mortgage. Those who walk away in a "strategic default" face an array of financial consequences, as well as a moral question-- is it the right thing to do?
       

Common denominator for new churches: They all need funds

Regardless of the method or process used to start them, all new church plants have one thing in common—the need for money.
       

Missional, emergent church movements place premium on church starting

The missional church and emergent church movements are sweeping through many aspects of religious life—including church planting. While both most often are tagged as movements, they also function as foundations for birthing new congregations.
       

How should church starters measure success?

Should the death of a new church be considered a failure? That depends on the definition of success. Estimates of church plant failures range from less than 2 percent to as great as 80 percent, depending upon the study.
       

Planting churches that take root takes right processes, people

Planting new churches in places where none exists, or reaching specific culture groups, can result in changed lives and the expansion of God’s kingdom. But it takes flexibility to adapt to each new work’s context.
       
 
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