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Prayer List: Covid-19 Global Menace

Cases of Covid-19, the Wuhan Coronoavirus, have been reported in more than 200 nations and more than 80,000 people have died. – Stats from Wikipedia

Orders to stay at home are preventing normal funeral services for the victims. Some families and friends of the deceased are experiencing deep depression.

Severe economic problems are also on the horizon for the unemployed.

Prayer List

  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to comfort the families and friends of people that have died from Covid-19.
  • Pray for a rapid recovery for those who are sick.
  • Pray for safety for doctors, nurses and family members caring for the sick.
  • Pray for financial needs to be met for people financially struggling after losing a job or receiving fewer work hours.
  • Pray for the spiritual needs of people to also be met.
  • Pray for opportunities to share God’s love and hope to people that are depressed from these circumstances.

Religious News Websites

Assemblies of God News

  • newReversing a Legacy of Defeat
    Glenn Lee helps others heal from a lifetime of pain and abuse.
    - 2 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 9:31pm -
  • newMade of Truth
    In a world of conflicting messages, who can we trust?
    - 10 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 1:30pm -
  • Network to Freedom
    Skyway Railroad ministers to trafficked victims in Memphis.
    - 1 day ago 23 Feb 21, 1:00pm -
  • Transformational Breakthrough
    Carlotta Brooks felt years of shame until she found a welcoming church home.
    - 2 days ago 22 Feb 21, 1:00pm -
  • Pryor Commitment
    Native American pastor in Montana stays faithful during COVID-19.
    - 5 days ago 19 Feb 21, 8:30pm -

Baptist Press

  • newJohn Baker, founder of Celebrate Recovery, has died
    (RNS) — John Baker, co-founder of Celebrate Recovery, a Christian support group that helps people with “hurts, hangups and habits,” has died.
    - 2 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 9:54pm -
  • newEXPLAINER: What is the Equality Act?
    This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled for a floor vote on a controversial bill titled the Equality Act. This legislation, filed as H.R. 5, seeks to expand the definition of “sex” to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” (SOGI) and would revise every title of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to add these categories as new protected classes in the federal code. Last Congress, the Equality Act passed in the House, but the bill died in the Senate.
    - 2 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 9:25pm -
  • newWatchdog group lists 2021 Dirty Dozen top promoters and enablers of sexual exploitation
    WASHINGTON (BP) – Mainstream companies such as Google Chromebooks and OnlyFans are using the COVID-19 pandemic to further facilitate and profit from sexual exploitation, a watchdog group said in its 2021 list of the top 12 abusers.
    - 2 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 9:16pm -
  • newFIRST-PERSON: Vision 2025 is ready to go to the 2021 SBC Annual Meeting
    NASHVILLE (BP) – As followers of Christ, it is our directive to make disciples of all nations. Vision 2025 renews our call as Southern Baptists to reach every person for Jesus Christ in every town, every city, every state and every nation.
    - 3 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 8:28pm -
  • newDwight McKissic, dozens of others receive shelter at SWBTS
    FORT WORTH, Texas (RNS) – Texas Pastor Dwight McKissic is known for challenging his fellow Southern Baptists about racial equity and, more recently, their denomination’s seminary leaders’ statement on race.
    - 4 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 7:21pm -

Bible Gateway

  • newStuck Between Two Unsatisfying Stories
    By Tyler Staton Thomas is my favorite. He’s always been my favorite. I know Thomas. I am Thomas. Thomas wasn’t a fiercely rational cynic. To think of him that way would be to minimize a whole life down to one single moment, which is always a mistake. This is a man who left everything behind […]The post Stuck Between Two Unsatisfying Stories appeared first on Bible Gateway Blog.
    - 13 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 11:00am -
  • Leading Up to Easter: What You Don’t Know About the New Testament Will Surprise You
    The New Testament You Never Knew Online Bible Study with N.T. Wright Starts March 8 Bible scholars N.T. Wright and Michael F. Bird say the New Testament is filled with startling and unforeseen twists. According to Wright, “When we see Jesus announcing the kingdom of God saying the time is fulfilled, this is the time […]The post Leading Up to Easter: What You Don’t Know About the New Testament Will Surprise You appeared first on Bible Gateway Blog.
    - 2 days ago 22 Feb 21, 8:49pm -
  • Walking with Christ to the Cross, Week 1
    Join us on this Lenten Journey through Scripture! The season of Lent invites us to return to God with our whole heart. It’s a theme that runs throughout Scripture and God’s relationship with his people. Throughout this Bible study, which you can read on your own or in a group setting, you’ll find links to […]The post Walking with Christ to the Cross, Week 1 appeared first on Bible Gateway Blog.
    - 3 days ago 22 Feb 21, 8:58am -
  • Bible News Roundup – Week of February 21, 2021
    [Return daily during the coming week for updates] Support Bible Gateway—Find the Resources You Need At: ⇨ FaithGateway Store ⇨ Christianbook.com Order Resources in Bulk At: ⇨ ChurchSource ▼ Reading the Bible Has Given Christians Hope During the Pandemic – Survey ⇨ Christian Today ⇨ Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, 15 Bible Verses for […]The post Bible News Roundup – Week of February 21, 2021 appeared first on Bible Gateway Blog.
    - 3 days ago 21 Feb 21, 8:07pm -
  • Is Alexander the Great in the Bible?
    Historical context to biblical passages is important because it offers us a greater understanding of God’s work in the world. So, the question above—if you’ve ever thought to ask it—is a good one. Are there references to famous historical figures, such as Alexander the Great, Ptolemy I, and Cleopatra, in Scripture? And, if so, what […]The post Is Alexander the Great in the Bible? appeared first on Bible Gateway Blog.
    - 6 days ago 18 Feb 21, 6:51pm -

Christian Headlines

Christian Newswire

  • new'Small Steps' For Living in Holiness and Peace - from the CFR Friars Joyfully Serving the Poor in the South Bronx
    NEWS PROVIDED BYAscensionFeb. 24, 2021EXTON, Penn., Feb. 24, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFRs) were founded in the chaotic and crime-ridden South Bronx neighborhood in 1987. Despite many obstacles, they have become one of the fastest-growing Catholic religious orders in the world, known for radical service to the poor and a joyful Christ-centered spirituality. In his new book "Habits for Holiness: Small Steps for Making Big Spiritual Progress Source: Ascension
    - 8 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 4:01pm -
  • newLeading Up to Easter: What You Don't Know About the New Testament Will Surprise You
    NEWS PROVIDED BYBible GatewayFeb. 24, 2021GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 24, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ -- Bible scholars N.T. Wright and Michael F. Bird say the New Testament is filled with startling and unforeseen twists. According to Wright, When we see Jesus announcing the kingdom of God saying the time is fulfilled, this is the time for God to become King, we also see Jesus doing all kinds of things like healing people and celebrating with all the wrong' kinds of folk, and then explaini Source: Bible Gateway
    - 8 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 3:38pm -
  • newPastor Jack Hibbs, Senior Pastor, Calvary Chapel Chino Hills Supports the 'Religion is Essential Act'
    "The 1st Amendment right of Californians to freely practice their religion has been infringed upon by Governor Newsom's unconstitutional state mandates"NEWS PROVIDED BYCalvary Chapel Chino HillsFeb. 24, 2021CHINO, Calif., Feb. 24, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ -- Pastor Jack Hibbs Supports Senator Brian W. Jones' (R-Santee) Bill 397, "Religion is Essential Act.""Senator Brian Jones has my complete support in his effort to codify religious services as essential service Source: Calvary Chapel Chino Hills
    - 9 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 3:00pm -
  • newCharity to Provide Free Combat Rosaries to Military, Law Enforcement and First Responders
    NEWS PROVIDED BYCombat Rosaries for Heroes Inc.Feb. 24, 2021MADISON, Wisc., Feb. 24, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ -- A new nonprofit charity founded by a Catholic priest will provide free military-grade steel rosaries to U.S. military personnel, law enforcement officers and first responders. Combat Rosaries for Heroes is being launched on February 23, 2021, which is the 76th anniversary of the iconic photo showing the flag being raised by the U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima during the latter part Source: Holy League
    - 10 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 2:00pm -
  • Bridge Women's Center to Host 2nd Annual Gala with Keynote Speaker Mike Huckabee
    The pro-life event will raise resources for pregnancy centerNEWS PROVIDED BYBridge Women's CenterFeb. 23, 2021OLD BRIDGE, N.J., Feb. 23, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ -- Bridge Women's Center will host its Second Annual Gala on May 13th, 2021 at The Meadow Wood in Randolph, New Jersey. The evening will feature a message from keynote speaker Governor Mike Huckabee, American politician and Christian minister who served as Governor of Arkansas and was a candidate twice for the Republican Source: Bridge Women's Center
    - 1 day ago 23 Feb 21, 11:10pm -

Christian Post

Christian Research Network

Christian Sentinel

  • TBN: Building an Empire [from unpublished autobiography of Brittany Crouch]
                Growing up, I liked to take advantage of the fact my grandparents invented church on television whenever it was convenient for me. My mom…The post TBN: Building an Empire [from unpublished autobiography of Brittany Crouch] appeared first on The Christian Sentinel.
    - 25 days ago 30 Jan 21, 7:06pm -
  • Trump’s New World Religion by Jackie Alnor
    Christians were shocked and appalled when United Methodist pastor, a Missouri congressman, Emanuel Cleaver, gave the opening prayer for the new 2021 Congress, and concluded…The post Trump’s New World Religion by Jackie Alnor appeared first on The Christian Sentinel.
    - 49 days ago 6 Jan 21, 8:02pm -
  • Not for the Faint of Heart
    The whole world is feeling anxious.The post Not for the Faint of Heart appeared first on The Christian Sentinel.
    - 96 days ago 20 Nov 20, 10:08pm -
  • ‘Doing the Stuff:’ An Encounter with John Wimber
    John Wimber had the audience stand up. He told everyone to remain silent and pray. He put both hands together holding them straight out in front of him toward the audience, with eyes closed. It appeared he was using his arms as a divining rod... A very loud rap, rap, rap sound intermittently sounded all over the auditorium. Fear gripped me as I prayed for the Lord’s protection. The post ‘Doing the Stuff:’ An Encounter with John Wimber appeared first on The Christian Sentinel.
    - 7 Oct 20, 7:07pm -
  • Come Together Right Now Over Trump? by Jackie Alnor, The Christian Sentinel
    Pastor Jack looks like the odd man out in Paula’s White House Faith Initiative. He has a different view of Bible prophecy than the core of the group. He preaches the soon rapture of the ChurchThe post Come Together Right Now Over Trump? by Jackie Alnor, The Christian Sentinel appeared first on The Christian Sentinel.
    - 2 Aug 20, 6:51pm -

Christian Today

  • Most ‘Nones’ Still Keep the Faith
    When research looks beyond affiliation, the move away from religious institutions becomes more nuanced.I pastor an American Baptist church in a small town in rural Illinois. When the current building was dedicated in 1968, there were more than 300 members. By the last 1990s, there were about a hundred. When I became the pastor in 2006, just 50. Now, on a good Sunday I can look out from the pulpit and see 20 souls in the seats.Where did they all go? I became a social scientist, in part, to try to figure that out. In my forthcoming book, The Nones: Where They Came From, Who They Are, And Where They Are Going, I document in detail how and why so many Americans are now counted among the ranks of religiously unaffiliated in the United States.What I discovered was that while many people have walked away from a religious affiliation, they haven’t left all aspects of religion and spirituality behind. So, while growing numbers of Americans may not readily identify as Christian any longer, they still show up to a worship service a few times a year or maintain their belief in God.The reality is that many of the nones are really “somes.”Nones by BelongingReligious disaffiliation is at an all-time high—claimed by nearly a quarter of the population—when measured through surveys on religious belonging. The General Social Survey, for example, asks a common version of the question: “What is your religious preference?” Respondents can choose from a long list of options, including “no religion.”In 1972, just 1 in 20 Americans had no religious affiliation. That share inched up only marginally for the next two decades, before beginning its climb in the 1990s. The unaffiliated jumped about 4 percentage points between 1993 and 1996, up to nearly 1 in 6 (nearly 15%) by ...Continue reading...
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  • Black Church Group Offers Its Best Shot at Closing Vaccine Gap
    To reach the most vulnerable, leaders say vaccine sites have to set up in hard-hit neighborhoods and let churches spread the word. As the nation passed 500,000 coronavirus deaths this week, government data revealed that the life expectancy for African American men dropped three years—triple the decline among Americans overall during the first half of 2020.In an effort to help reach minority communities that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 but less likely to get the shot, a coalition of 150,000 churches recently announced its plan for vaccinating over 100 million black and Latino churchgoers.The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), which represents historic black denominations and partners with Latino leaders, has been lobbying the federal government for a more comprehensive plan to address disparities in COVID-19 vaccine uptake. NBCI president Anthony Evans wants to see the government more deliberately use churches’ built-in trust and familiarity to make the vaccine more accessible for minority populations.Evans said at a press conference at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Washington, DC, last week that he supports Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for who should become vaccinated first but worries that African Americans and Latinos who qualify because of their age or underlying medical conditions aren’t getting the vaccine.A representative from Health and Human Services (HHS) has not responded for comment on the NBCI plan, though the CDC distribution plan intends to address health inequities and “remove unfair, unjust, and avoidable barriers to COVID-19 vaccination.”While black churches across the country have already opened their doors to help states and hospitals distribute the vaccine, Evans’s large network could add 300 church-based vaccination sites in the hardest-hit ...Continue reading...
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  • Died: Celebrate Recovery Founder John Baker, Who Shifted Evangelicals’ Approach to Addiction
    The Saddleback Church pastor developed the popular Christ-centered 12-step program for “hurts, habits, and hang-ups.”Celebrate Recovery founder John Baker, who turned his testimony recovering from alcoholism into a biblical 12-step program used by more than 7 million people, died unexpectedly on Tuesday at age 72.Baker’s ministry began in 1991 at Saddleback Church in California and has spread to 35,000 churches nationwide over the decades. Celebrate Recovery is credited with helping destigmatize addiction among evangelicals and opening the church up as a safer place for recovery.“Thirty years ago John Baker turned the ruins of his life over to Jesus Christ and God transformed him from a driven businessman with an addiction to alcohol, a failing marriage, and alienated children to a Christ-follower with a passion to help others with their ‘hurts, habits, and hang-ups’ through the principles of recovery,” wrote Kay Warren, cofounder of Saddleback Church and a mental health advocate. “There is simply no way to put into words how I love John and will miss this kind, creative, brilliant and faithful man.”Evangelical leader Johnnie Moore, whose family previously belonged to Saddleback Church when living in California, remembered Baker’s commitment to “saving the lives of the people whom God loves.”“He became a doctor of hope for those whose lives were caught in vicious cycles of guilt, shame, and failure. With God’s help, he showed again and again that those cycles can be broken,” he said. “Pastor John was never content just to save souls. He wanted to also save lives, now. It isn’t just the impact he had on individual lives but on all of those who loved those who decided to walk into a Celebrate Recovery meeting.”Baker was raised in Collinsville, ...Continue reading...
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  • Southern Baptists Expel Two More Churches Over Abuse
    Top leaders address divides in the denomination at the first in-person Executive Committee meeting in a year. At its first in-person meeting since the pandemic took off a year ago, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Executive Committee decided to cut ties with two churches whose pastors had been convicted of sexual offenses as well as two LGBT-affirming churches. But it was leaders’ concerns over ongoing tensions within the denomination that stirred Southern Baptists during the two-day gathering at its Nashville headquarters.“Southern Baptists in large part are ready to walk into the future. But we are spending a lot of time tolerating those who would rip us apart,” said SBC president and Executive Committee member J. D. Greear during remarks Monday night. “Brothers, let’s just call it: These things are demonic.”During his presidency, Greear led the charge to stand by abuse victims in the wake of a watershed 2019 Houston Chronicle investigation, but some advocates are still disappointed that the denomination has not been more proactive in disaffiliating with pastors who mishandle abuse allegations or compiling a database of abusive leaders.Though the disfellowshipped congregations represent a tiny proportion of a denomination with over 47,000 churches, it’s the biggest batch to be considered “no longer in friendly cooperation” with the SBC since it launched new efforts to improve its response to abuse.This is the second year that the denomination’s repurposed credentials committee has been tasked with making recommendations about churches’ status in the SBC. In 2020, the committee recommended one church lose its place in the convention due to past abuse by its pastor. This year, the committee recommended four. The SBC does not make public how many churches were ...Continue reading...
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  • Reading While Not Black
    How a group of white church planters learned to listen to African Americans and build a better Christian community.We didn’t know anything about critical race theory. Or implicit bias. There was no elaborate argument for centering minority voices. But as a group of 20-somethings from an almost-all-white suburb about to plant a church in the former capital of the Confederacy, we were thinking a lot of racism, reading the Scripture, and praying.And something happened. On the basis of simple Christian beliefs—the sort every follower of Jesus would affirm—our new church saw the benefit of hearing black voices and learning from black sources.To begin with, the Scriptures are clear that while truth is objective, every knower is inescapably subjective. We are warned that our inherent limitations are fraught with self-deception (Jer. 17:9; Ps. 19:12–13)—a deception so deep that it often manifests long after we have received the restorative gift of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 2:11–14). In other words, one of the fundamental problems we face isn’t simply that we are ignorant of important subjects that we ought to know but that we have sinfully misguided assumptions and prejudices that we aren’t even aware of. This is particularly concerning for those who have been called to preach the truth!Yet C. S. Lewis would remind us that, while we all have blind spots, we do not all have the same blind spots. So diversity helps us correct our self-deception. All the more reason to obey the command we received through the apostle James: “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” (James 1:19).At the start of Remnant Church, my fellow pastors and I were thinking about that old truth that those who are called are not necessarily ...Continue reading...
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Faith on Film (Video Podcast)

Forum 18 News Service

  • UZBEKISTAN: 7 prisoners of conscience jailed for between 11 and 4 years
    Seven Muslim men who met in Tashkent to discuss Islam were in January 2021 transferred to various prisons to begin jail terms of between 11 and four years. Nine men were given restricted freedom sentences. "It is no use for us to make another appeal as nothing will change," a relative told Forum 18. In this and other cases there are credible claims of torture and the use of agent provocateurs to bring false charges.
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  • BELARUS: Bailiffs, police evict Church
    Bailiffs accompanied by police used an angle grinder and a crowbar on 17 February to gain access to Minsk's New Life Pentecostal Church to evict it. Officials told the Church they were enforcing a 2009 court order. Aleksey Petrukovich, who signed the enforcement order, refused to explain why the eviction happened, and why force was used. "I am indignant. This is a hostile takeover of church property with the excuse of official papers," Sergiy Melyanets, a member of a different Church who witnessed the eviction, told Forum 18.
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  • RUSSIA: Early release applications denied
    Six Jehovah's Witnesses jailed on "extremism"-related charges applied for early release after serving half their jail terms, but have been unsuccessful. Prison administrations opposed the applications with what Jehovah's Witnesses describe as "fabricated evidence" of violations of prison rules. Four of the prisoners were accused of smoking in the wrong place, but Jehovah's Witnesses do not smoke. Another Jehovah's Witness jailed since 2018 and a Muslim reader of Nursi's works jailed since 2017 should both become eligible to apply in summer 2021.
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  • RUSSIA: Appeals fail to overturn "extremism" convictions
    All the more than 60 Jehovah's Witnesses brought to criminal trial on "extremism"-related charges since the 2017 nationwide ban have been convicted, with several being jailed. Appeals have not overturned any convictions. In a few cases, appeal courts increased or reduced the punishment. Muslims who met to read the works of Said Nursi similarly convicted on "extremism"-related charges have also tended to be unsuccessful at appeal. Raids, house searches, criminal cases, prosecutions and convictions continue.
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  • TURKMENISTAN: Now 15 jailed conscientious objectors
    A court in Lebap Region jailed 20-year-old Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector Nazar Alliyev for one year for refusing compulsory military service. He is the seventh to be jailed in 2021 so far and joins 14 other jailed conscientious objectors (9 of them serving second sentences). "We deeply regret the criminalization of conscientious objection," four UN human rights Special Procedures wrote to the Turkmen government in December 2020, adding that Turkmenistan "must provide meaningful alternative service". The regime has not responded to the UN.
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Get Religion

  • newLeap of faith in the NFL? Colts coach is an ordained minister; his QB is a strong believer
    Here is a trivia question for (the few) GetReligion readers who follow sports, and professional football in particular.Name the only head coach in the National Football League who is a (a) former pro quarterback, (b) an ordained minister and (c) the former head of a seminary?Yes, I am not making up that last detail. The answer? That would be (the Rev.) Frank Reich of the Indianapolis Colts.Now, there is another reason that I brought up Reich and his unique resume (see this Baptist Press piece by Tim Ellsworth, one of my former students in Washington, D.C.), including his service as president of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, N.C.The big NFL story, these days, is the unusually high number of big name quarterbacks who are either on the move or asking (or hinting) that they would like to move to other teams. The first big domino to fall in this story was Carson Wentz moving from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Colts.Wentz should be in the prime of his career, but had an epic slump in 2020, a collapse that was clearly mental and emotional, as well as physical. As many pundits and journalists noted, Wentz hadn’t really been at the top of his game since he lost the quarterback coach — that would be Reich — who helped him become a potential superstar.ESPN noted that the Colts are: … banking on their present -- and future -- with Wentz to solve what has unfortunately been a revolving door at quarterback in Indianapolis over the past few years. … The person responsible for ensuring Wentz is the answer for the Colts? Reich. The coach is putting his reputation on the line by believing he can get Wentz, who was his quarterback when he was the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia, back to the level when he was considered an MVP contender before a season-ending knee injury in 2017. …
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  • newUnited Methodists on the clock: Will 2021 see America's biggest church split since Civil War?
    The United Methodist Church is on the brink of America's biggest religious schism since the Civil War, with the conflict centering on sexual morality, biblical authority and theological liberalism.At stake is an empire with 6.7 million U.S. members and 31,000 congregations located across most American counties, 6.5 million members overseas and $6.3 billion in annual donations (though there's now a severe money crunch). Many of those churches sit on prime urban and suburban real estate.But when? The 2020 General Conference to settle matters was postponed until this coming Aug. 29- Sept. 7 in Minneapolis, a city that currently limits meetings to 150 people. News calendars are iffy until the imminent UMC decision on whether it can meet then, or must delay a second time or whether it's possible to manage such a complex international meeting online.Whenever and however delegates assemble, by most accounts they're prepared to adopt some version of the 33-page "Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation" (.pdf here) hashed out last year via professional mediation among representatives of various factions.One breakaway has occurred prematurely. Online worship last Nov. 29 established the hard left "Liberation Methodist Connection." The new denomination is intended for Methodist exiles to live out their "God-given identities" regardless of not only same-sex identity but e.g. gender expression, sexual non-monogamy, immigration status, piercings, body art or drug use.However, the main event involves who inherits the UMC's name, logo, endowments, properties and structures. In U.S. Methodism, liberals and centrists combined have political power to install a laissez-faire LGBT policy, while the evangelical wing dissents alongside millions of Methodists in Africa and the Philippines. (This structure is unusual. Most "mainline" denominations that have legislated full LGBT inclusion are U.S.-only.)The Wesleyan Covenant Association figures conservative congregations and pastors will happily leave behind UMC assets, schools and agencies and is busily preparing a new breakaway denomination under "Protocol" terms that would merge Americans and booming churches overseas.
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  • What's new about Joe Biden's White House faith office and why this story bears watching
    Not to anyone’s huge surprise, President Biden has resurrected a faith-based office as the religious face of the Biden White House.Don’t yawn yet. There are some intriguing differences between what President Obama’s faith-based office was like and what Biden is proposing. The office’s most recent incarnation includes discussion about race, Covid, pluralism and “constitutional guarantees.” From Religion News Service: President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Sunday (Feb. 14) reestablishing the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, undoing former President Donald Trump’s efforts to reshape an agency that went largely unstaffed for most of his tenure.I do need to take some issue with the top paragraph. Trump did have a faith-based office called the Faith and Opportunity Initiative, and it was headed up by Paula White-Cain, a Florida-based televangelist with no government experience.However, her connections among evangelicals and charismatics were second to none, and those were the folks who Trump saw as essential to his surprise 2016 victory. They got well-publicized visits to the White House and photo ops in the Oval Office. What’s not as well known is there were Jewish groups who also had access through White-Cain; something I learned when I was researching this 2017 profile on Paula. In a statement accompanying the announcement of the executive order, Biden echoed his recent remarks to the National Prayer Breakfast, bemoaning widespread physical and economic suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic, racism and climate change. He added that those struggling “are fellow Americans” and are deserving of aid. “This is not a nation that can, or will, simply stand by and watch the suffering around us. That is not who we are. That is not what faith calls us to be,” he said. “That is why I’m reestablishing the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships to work with leaders of different faiths and backgrounds who are the frontlines of their communities in crisis and who can help us heal, unite, and rebuild.”I still think White-Cain let in more folks than most people knew but she got no credit for it. The White House announced the appointment of Melissa Rogers, a First Amendment lawyer and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, to oversee the office, as she did in former President Barack Obama’s second term. Rogers will also serve as senior director for faith and public policy in the White House Domestic Policy Council.I interviewed Rogers for my Paula piece and she was helpful and knowledgeable. She was also accessible to the press and not above taking a few pot shots with how the Trump administration was running its faith-based office in recent years. Clearly, White-Cain either didn’t read or didn’t listen to Rogers’ critiques.
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  • Reader asks: How can news consumers decide if Ethiopian massacre reports are true?
    While Americans focused on the dramatic conclusion of 2020 White House race, reports began circulating in the overseas press claiming that a sickening massacre had taken place in a famous church — a pilgrimage site for the Ethiopian Orthodox.How famous? For centuries, church officials have claimed that the Church of St. Mary of Zion in Axum contains the Ark of the Covenant.This was, from the start, a journalism horror story — since Ethiopian officials were preventing foreign journalists from reaching the site of the alleged massacre. At the same time, activists on both sides of the stunningly complex conflict appeared to be working hard to shape the coverage that was taking place.The other day, a frustrated reader sent me this note, after seeing materials posted online attempting to undercut claims that this massacre of 700-plus believers took place. “I’ve trusted you and your sources for about five years now so I’m hoping you can help get to the bottom of this,” the reader said.I told the reader that, to me, it appeared that this was a case in which — at this point — certainty was impossible. A careful reader would note that some journalists were saying that claims about the massacre could not be verified — either way. “Human rights activists on left and right are concerned about the report and believe the attack COULD have taken place. But there has been no verification that has been locked down certain,” I said.If you want to see what we’re talking about, check out these early reports from Catholic News Agency (“Hundreds reportedly dead after massacre at Oriental Orthodox church in Ethiopia”) and The Church Times (“Massacre ‘of 750’ reported in Aksum church complex, Tigray, Ethiopia”).This is, of course, an argument about the attribution of truth claims. When journalists cannot (for a variety of reasons) do on-site reporting to seek evidence, they frequently are forced to seek the best sources that are available to them (often via telephone or other forms of technology) and report what they can. Here is the crucial point: Journalists have to clearly identify the identity of the sources and let readers know what kind of access they would or would not have to the information.This leads us to a recent Associated Press story with a headline stating, “ ‘Horrible’: Witnesses recall massacre in Ethiopian holy city.”The key word is, of course, “witnesses.”
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  • Behind the headlines: As winter storm cripples Texas power grid, people of faith rally to help
    Texans like to brag that they live in “a whole other country.”I don’t suppose, though, that whoever came up with that slogan had Siberia in mind.As a severe winter storm crippled the state’s energy grid this week, my parents were among 4 million residents who lost electricity. Mom and Dad endured a really chilly night before going to stay at my sister’s house for a few days.Heroes (think “Mattress Mack”) and villains (#FlyingTed) have emerged, while people of faith — as they tend to do during disasters — rally to help.Here at Religion Unplugged, Jillian Cheney tells the inspiring story of a church that partnered with a Jeep club to rescue snowed-in families.Houses of worship losing power themselves hampered some efforts to provide reliable sanctuary, but “leaders are doing all they can to connect and comfort their communities,” Christianity Today’s Kate Shellnutt reports.Churches and other faith groups teamed up to help open an emergency warming center for the homeless at a Dallas convention center, Religion News Service’s Bob Smietana notes.Catholic churches in San Antonio and Fort Worth opened their doors, according to the Catholic News Agency’s Jonah McKeown.Among others mobilizing to help: Southern Baptists, Churches of Christ and Episcopalians.Power Up: The Week’s Best Reads1. A congregation of avatars: A few pastors minister “to the wild universe of virtual reality, or VR for short,” this fascinating feature by World magazine’s Juliana Chan Erikson explains.
    - 2 days ago 22 Feb 21, 2:00pm -

ID the Future (Podcast)

  • Michael Denton Discusses The Miracle of the Cell
    New research keeps unveiling ever more ways in which this fine tuning exists, from the cosmos to the atoms of the periodic table, even to the subatomic level of quantum tunneling.
    - 12 Oct 20, 9:31pm -
  • Michael Denton: Remarkable Coincidences in Photosynthesis
    On this episode of ID the Future from the vault, we listen in on a few minutes from a lecture given by Australian biochemist Michael Denton, author of the brand new book The Miracle of the Cell. In this segment, Denton explains the “remarkable set of coincidences” that makes the creation of oxygen through photosynthesis possible. From the specific energy of visible light to the unique properties of water, this degree of fine tuning for life shouts intelligent design. For more on how the cosmos is designed for life, watch Discovery Institute’s documentary Priviledged Species, featuring Michael Denton.
    - 9 Oct 20, 7:16pm -
  • Dr. Michael Denton on Evidence of Fine-Tuning in the Universe
    On this episode of ID the Future from the vault, Casey Luskin sits down with Dr. Michael Denton, a Senior Fellow of the CSC who holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Denton is the author of Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, which has been credited with influencing both Phillip Johnson and Michael Behe, as well as Nature's Destiny: How the Laws of Biology Reveal Purpose in the Universe, which elaborates on the evidence of design in nature.
    - 7 Oct 20, 11:29pm -
  • The Demise of the Artifact Hypothesis
    Paleoentomologist Günter Bechly makes the case that recent findings have put the nails in the coffin of this “artifact hypothesis.” He goes on to argue that these findings are “not just a tiny problem but a fatal problem” for modern Darwinism.
    - 5 Oct 20, 7:28pm -
  • Scott Turner on Purpose in Nature, Part 2
    On this episode of ID the Future from the vault, Rob Crowther continues his conversation with J. Scott Turner, biologist at the State University of New York (SUNY), visiting scholar at Cambridge University, and author of the new book Purpose and Desire: What Makes Something “Alive” and Why Modern Darwinism Has Failed to Explain It. Turner critiques evolutionary biology’s bias toward mechanistic and gene-centric thinking, and contemporary biology’s failure to come to grips with the evidence of purpose and intentionality at many levels of biology. Viewing the brain as a computer, for example, obscures many things about the brain and the mind that exceed computers, both quantitatively and qualitatively.
    - 2 Oct 20, 8:55pm -

International Missions Board

  • newLegally blind missionary longed for 2020
    I had dreamed of 2020 for as long as I can remember. The anticipation and expectations were high as I counted down to welcome 2020. Finally, it was here! My dream had come true. I felt confidence unlike ever before. I set amazing goals. I was sure of myself and the power of having 2020. Maybe for you 2020 was just another year but let me explain why 2020 represented so much more for me. I was born with traits of albinism and along with that comes low vision. Since birth I have been legally blind. Even with glasses, 2020...The post Legally blind missionary longed for 2020 appeared first on IMB.
    - 11 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 1:00pm -
  • First Person: It is the glory of God to conceal things
    My friend Henry* was an interesting mix of driving ambition, inspired by Western ideals, and Central Asian relational energy. He radiated positive energy that motivated others. I was encouraged when I found out he was studying Scripture with my teammate. He seemed close to the kingdom in many ways, and yet some days he would pull back defensively. One summer afternoon in frustration Henry complained that he needed a priest who could help him.  “I need someone who can explain the Bible to me better than you guys can. I just can’t understand it, no matter how hard I try....The post First Person: It is the glory of God to conceal things appeared first on IMB.
    - 2 days ago 22 Feb 21, 1:41pm -
  • IMB family ministers among Italy’s refugee population
    The piazzas are empty. The selfie-snapping, sneaker-wearing tourists who normally frequent Milan’s historical squares are no longer visiting Italy due to COVID-19 restrictions. And, like the majority of the world, lockdowns keep citizens indoors. Many refugees from Sub-Saharan Africa who live in Italy make their living by selling souvenirs to tourists. The tourism industry plummeted due to lockdowns and ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, and this took away the ability for many refugees to make a living. IMB missionaries John and Nadine Overton* minister among refugee communities from Sub-Saharan Africa in Milan. Before moving to Italy, the Overtons served in Senegal and...The post IMB family ministers among Italy’s refugee population appeared first on IMB.
    - 6 days ago 18 Feb 21, 3:13pm -
  • Woman in Northern Africa hears God call her name
    December in Northern Africa, like a bracing wind, greeted a young couple, who were new Christian workers to the region in 2006. Having left everything they knew and settling inside the task God had set before them, Ray and Sarah* embraced the culture. And to do so, they had to learn the language, quickly. Ray and Sarah began looking for a local tutor for them and their four children. Aziya*, a young woman with a bubbly magnetism and stylish appearance, immediately won the affections of the family. She had majored in translating and teaching English and began to tutor the...The post Woman in Northern Africa hears God call her name appeared first on IMB.
    - 13 days ago 11 Feb 21, 2:13pm -
  • 125 come to Christ during retreat in Europe
    More than 125 people put their trust in Christ during a three-day mountain retreat in the Caucuses region of Europe. National church partners organized the weekend, with the help of some funding from Southern Baptists through SEND Relief. This region of Europe has been severely affected by both the COVID-19 pandemic and a regional war that has left thousands displaced and in need over the winter months. IMB missionaries Cade and Jenny Wheeler* have lived and worked in this region for years, helping to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the people. During these latest days of crisis, however,...The post 125 come to Christ during retreat in Europe appeared first on IMB.
    - 15 days ago 9 Feb 21, 2:05pm -

Julie Roys

  • newInternational House of Prayer Resigns from Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability
    Missouri-based International House of Prayer–Forerunner Christian Fellowship withdrew its membership from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability on Jan. 31, according to a list of recent membership changes. The status change is labeled as voluntary, meaning the organization is not under a compliance review by the ECFA. Forerunner Christian Fellowship, based in Grandview, is a ministry of the International House of Prayer (IHOP) of Kansas City. The charismatic and often-controversial organization is known for running a 24/7 live-streamed prayer room it describes as “a perpetual solemn assembly gathering corporately to fast and pray in the spirit of the tabernacle of David.”  IHOP was founded in 1999 by Michael Bickle, whose theology centers around living out the Great Commission through fasting, prayer, worship and acts of service, emphasizing prophetic experiences, end-times studies and historic premillennialism. 
    - 5 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 6:34pm -
  • newDwight McKissic Living at Seminary After Storm: ‘God is Making Sure our Needs are Met’
    Texas Pastor Dwight McKissic is known for challenging his fellow Southern Baptists about racial equity and, more recently, their denomination’s seminary leaders’ controversial statement on race. But in the last week, facing his own challenges from Mother Nature, McKissic has been the recipient of an offer of help from one of those seminary presidents.The Arlington house McKissic shares with his wife, Vera, grew cold early Feb. 15 when the electricity shut off during the snowstorm and freezing temperatures that hit the middle of the U.S. 
    - 7 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 4:16pm -
  • newMoody Provost Heading Investigation Expresses Regret for Endorsing Pastor with History of Sex Abuse
    Moody Bible Institute (MBI) Provost Dwight Perry, who is supervising an investigation into alleged mismanagement of sexual abuse cases at MBI, today said he regrets “any confusion” caused by his endorsement of a pastor who sexually abused a relative.The pastor, Charles Lyons, resigned from Armitage Baptist Church in Chicago in November 2019, after admitting the abuse, which occurred decades ago.Lyons had pastored Armitage Baptist for 45 years, and the news of his abuse and resignation was covered in the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times. 
    - 23 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 12:38am -
  • Southern Baptists Expel Four Churches for Abuse and LGBTQ Membership
    Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee today disfellowshipped four congregations—two for employing known sex offenders and two for affirming homosexuality.The denomination’s credentials committee determined that four congregations are “no longer in friendly cooperation” with the denomination. Those churches are Towne View Baptist Church in Kennesaw, Georgia; St. Matthews Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky; Antioch Baptist Church in Sevierville, Tennessee; and West Side Baptist Church in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania.Meeting in executive session, the Executive Committee voted to remove all four churches. 
    - 1 day ago 23 Feb 21, 11:20pm -
  • SBC President J.D. Greear: “God did not call Southern Baptists to save America”
    Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President J.D. Greear called out fellow Baptists who he said were sowing dissension and lies in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination at the meeting of the SBC’s Executive Committee on Monday.Greear,  who pastors The Summit Church, a North Carolina megachurch, defended his three years as the denomination’s president and highlighted the convention’s growing diversity. But he said political divides are distracting the convention from its mission work.“We are not, at our core, a political activism group,” he said in an address to the denomination’s Executive Committee. 
    - 1 day ago 23 Feb 21, 2:41pm -

Life News

  • newXavier Becerra Tried to Make These Catholic Nuns to Fund Abortions, But He Won’t Admit It
    Today, Xavier Becerra, President Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, refused to answer questions from Senator Sasse about his longstanding legal battle to force the Little Sisters of the Poor to purchase contraceptives. “So again, a whole bunch of words. But you know well, you’re an incredibly smart man, you […]
    - 13 mins ago 24 Feb 21, 11:23pm -
  • newUN Claims Denying Women Abortions is Torture Even Though Abortions Torture Unborn Babies
    It’s high time the world takes action to stop the torture of the most defenseless and vulnerable – unborn babies. Over the past year, the majority of the world has agreed to take special precautions in order to protect the “most vulnerable” – specifically the elderly and immunocompromised – who are most susceptible and likely […]
    - 38 mins ago 24 Feb 21, 10:58pm -
  • newSouth Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem Signs Bill to Stop Infanticide, Care for Babies Born Alive After Abortion
    South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signed a pro-life bill Wednesday to protect newborn babies who survive abortions from infanticide. News Center 1 reports Noem’s signature means state House Bill 1051 becomes law. It overwhelmingly passed the state legislature last week. “The pro-life cause continues even after a child is born,” she said in a statement. “Today, I signed Born […]
    - 1 hour ago 24 Feb 21, 10:27pm -
  • newXavier Becerra Desperately Tries to Hide How He Wanted to Force Catholic Nuns to Fund Abortions
    Joe Biden’s nominee to be the HHS Secretary desperately tried to cover up his attempt to force the Little Sisters of the Poor to fund abortions today during a Senate hearing on his confirmation. Although the California Attorney General fought in court to make the Little Sisters pay for abortion-causing drugs in their health care […]
    - 2 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 9:43pm -
  • newNew Movie “Roe v. Wade” Premiers Friday to Tell the Story of What Really Happened
    The long-awaited “Roe v. Wade” film, which tells the backstory behind the infamous U.S. Supreme Court abortion ruling, is coming out in April. On Friday, the film will premiere at CPAC in Orlando, Florida with producer Nick Loeb and Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight, The Federalist reports. In April, it will be available online through Amazon […]
    - 3 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 8:19pm -

Mennonite Central Committee

  • 100 comforters to honor 100 years of MCC
    As MCC continues to carry out its mission of responding to basic human needs during COVID-19, we rely on the compassionate support of others to do so.  
    - 3 days ago 22 Feb 21, 5:00am -
  • The view from my window
    Do you ever catch yourself staring off into the distance, maybe looking out the window and getting lost in the wind rustling through the trees for a moment or two?
    - 3 days ago 22 Feb 21, 5:00am -
  • MCC staff seek to strengthen understanding of racial justice
    Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) staff in the U.S. have embarked on a year of learning about the roots of racism and injustice in the church, lamenting the pain that continues and taking action to reduce complicity with racism.
    - 13 days ago 12 Feb 21, 5:00am -
  • The secret ingredient for emergency food distributions: peace
    Header photo: Agnès Ntumba carries a sack of corn flour and oil she received during a distribution by Communauté Evangélique Mennonite (ECM; Evangelical Mennonite Church in Congo).
    - 13 days ago 12 Feb 21, 5:00am -
  • Keeping calm and shipping on through COVID-19
    In mid-March of 2020, much of the world shut down due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. MCC’s thirteen material resources (MR) warehouses in Canada and the U.S. closed abruptly, with instructions to staff and volunteers to stay home.
    - 16 days ago 9 Feb 21, 5:00am -

MinistryWatch

  • newInternational House of Prayer Resigns from Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability
    Missouri-based International House of Prayer–Forerunner Christian Fellowship withdrew its membership from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability on Jan. 31, according to a list of recent membership changes. The status change is labeled as voluntary, meaning the organization is not under a compliance review by the ECFA. 
    - 8 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 3:21pm -
  • newSouthern Baptists Expel Four Churches for Abuse and LGBTQ Membership
    Four churches were disfellowshipped by the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee on Tuesday (Feb. 23).
    - 9 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 3:05pm -
  • newAFP Joins Donor Privacy Case Pending at U.S. Supreme Court
    The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is the latest organization to sign on to an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) legal brief to the Supreme Court of the United States, prepared by The Nonprofit Alliance, to prevent the disclosure of the IRS Form 990 Schedule B listing of a charity’s major donors and protect the privacy of major donors.
    - 9 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 2:56pm -
  • newEp. 78: Why Executives Fail – And What To Do About It
    Today, I’m pleased to have back to the program Dr. Patrick Wright.  He is the Thomas C. Vandiver Bicentennial Chair in Business, and he is the Director of the Center for Executive Succession at the Darla Moore School of Business, which is at the University of South Carolina. Here at MinistryWatch, we bring you news […]
    - 20 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 3:08am -
  • Understanding the Black Church is Key to Appreciating the African American Experience, Study Says
    Seven out of 10 Black adults and nearly nine out of 10 Black churchgoers think that to really understand the African American experience, it’s important to realize the role of religious faith in the lives of Black people.
    - 1 day ago 23 Feb 21, 3:44pm -

Religion News Service

  • newTwo more leave church sanctuary as immigration policies ease
    (RNS) — The two are the latest beneficiaries of new Biden administration guidelines that restrain ICE from arresting and deporting undocumented immigrants who do not pose a threat to public safety.The post Two more leave church sanctuary as immigration policies ease appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 19 mins ago 24 Feb 21, 11:17pm -
  • newFirst Jehovah’s Witness woman sentenced in Russia after faith declared ‘extremist’
    (RNS) — The faith group’s spokesman called the ruling ‘a mockery of the rule of law — both international human rights law as well as Russia’s constitution.’The post First Jehovah’s Witness woman sentenced in Russia after faith declared ‘extremist’ appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 2 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 9:58pm -
  • newJohn Baker, founder of the Christian support group Celebrate Recovery, has died
    (RNS) — Baker started the Christian 12-step group to bridge the gap between churches and 12-step groups. The post John Baker, founder of the Christian support group Celebrate Recovery, has died appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 3 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 8:47pm -
  • newNative American group files motion to stop mining at sacred Oak Flat site
    (RNS) — ‘Some have compared it to Mount Sinai for the Jews,’ attorney Luke W. Goodrich told Religion News Service.The post Native American group files motion to stop mining at sacred Oak Flat site appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 3 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 8:30pm -
  • newWe must take care of our children
    (RNS) — A refundable child tax credit would drastically reduce child poverty at a time when children are in great need.The post We must take care of our children appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 4 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 8:03pm -

Trinity Foundation

  • Trinity Foundation Investigation: $78.6 Million in Government Guaranteed Loans Given to Televangelists
      For months, Trinity Foundation has investigated televangelists receiving Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loans. Our findings: At least $78.6 million in loans were given to religious TV networks, independent religious TV stations, TV preachers, and churches/media ministries with national TV programs.  The total would exceed $82 million if we include churches with 24/7 streaming channels […]The post Trinity Foundation Investigation: $78.6 Million in Government Guaranteed Loans Given to Televangelists first appeared on Trinity Foundation.
    - 72 days ago 14 Dec 20, 10:57pm -
  • Inside Edition Examines Vacation Use of Televangelist Jet
    Daystar Television — An exposé of Marcus and Joni Lamb’s usage of Daystar Television Network’s Gulfstream V business jet aired this afternoon on Inside Edition with a little help from Trinity Foundation.  A small portion of our extensive database of televangelist ministry aircraft and flight log data came in handy.  The program showed a couple […]The post Inside Edition Examines Vacation Use of Televangelist Jet first appeared on Trinity Foundation.
    - 75 days ago 11 Dec 20, 10:48pm -
  • Investigative Reporters Examine Religious Fraud Across Latin America
    An ambitious investigation of religious fraud cases shows that religious leaders are rarely prosecuted, and churches are increasingly participants in money laundering. The Cross-Borders Data Project at Columbia University has partnered with journalists across Latin America to investigate religious fraud. Journalists examined more than 60 investigations and court cases where churches or religious leaders were […]The post Investigative Reporters Examine Religious Fraud Across Latin America first appeared on Trinity Foundation.
    - 22 Sep 20, 4:02pm -
  • Brazilian Church Accused of Money Laundering $1 Billion
    The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, founded by controversial pastor Edir Macedo, has been accused of money laundering again. The accusations come from Rio de Janeiro’s Public Prosecutor’s Office and Brazil’s Financial Activities Control Board. According to Brazilian news site Poder360, in one fiscal year, May 2018 to April 2019, at least 5.9 […]The post Brazilian Church Accused of Money Laundering $1 Billion first appeared on Trinity Foundation.
    - 22 Sep 20, 3:41pm -
  • Taxing Jerry Falwell’s Golden Parachute Payments (severance over $10M)
      After analyzing Jerry Falwell Jr’s Liberty University compensation, Trinity Foundation estimates tax penalties of $1,530,383 on golden parachute payments of $10.5 million. Excessive compensation is a scandalously common practice in many religious institutions that needs to be carefully researched and exposed. After a series of embarrassing disclosures of moral failures, Jerry Falwell Jr. has […]The post Taxing Jerry Falwell’s Golden Parachute Payments (severance over $10M) first appeared on Trinity Foundation.
    - 31 Aug 20, 3:24pm -

United Methodist News Service

Women of Faith

  • new10 BLESSINGS FOR TRUE DISCIPLESHIP
    10 BLESSINGS FOR TRUE DISCIPLESHIPThis is a snapshot of the blessings of the abundant life that God offers in Scripture to those who learn to love God and obey His commandments:PURPOSE - “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).DIRECTION - Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).STRENGTH - I can do everything through him who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13).COMPETENCE - For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7).PEACE - Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls (Matt 11:29).SATISFACTION - Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).POWER - Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and will do even greater things than these (John 14:12).RELATIONSHIP - Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me (Revelation 3:20).ETERNAL LIFE - And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent (John 17:3).LEGACY - Understand, therefore, that the LORD your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands (Deuteronomy 7:9).
    - 8 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 4:04pm -
  • WHAT HAPPENED TO THE GREAT COMMISSION?
    What ever happened to the great commission?That standard is called discipleship, and we read about it in Matthew 28:16-2016 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.If Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead and proclaimed victory over death, hell, and the grave, why do so many Christians look just like the world, living defeated lives?Many people have heard of the Great Commission in Bible study or in a church sermon. Just as Jesus, Himself, is the only way, truth, and life, and no one can come to the Father but through Him (John 14:6), Jesus instituted the standard for how to follow Him. In this passage, we see Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, with all authority over heaven and earth. He gives orders to His followers to make disciples by baptizing them and teaching them to obey His commands.The word “obedience” in this day and age has become almost like a curse word. However, Jesus teaches that in order to be set free to follow Him and live the life He has called for you to live, you must obey His commands.Step into God's calling for you today! 
    - 3 days ago 22 Feb 21, 6:00am -
  • NEXT STEPS TO GROWING SPIRITUALLY
    NEXT STEPS TO GROWING SPIRITUALLY1.  Read the Bible daily. It is God's letter to you. He will speak to you through His Word. If you have never read the Bible, consider starting with the book of John, in the Bible.2.  Pray and Talk with God. He wants to hear from you. He wants you to tell Him your hopes, desires, fears and needs. He wants you to invite him into every day.  He chooses to have a personal relationship with you.3. Fellowship.Begin to meet with other Christians regularly. Join a church that teaches the Bible and believes that people are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. 4.  Find a Good Church.First, ask the Lord to guide you.  Identify with a Bible-teaching church for worship, instruction, fellowship, and service. Look for a church where the people love Jesus Christ and serve Him as Lord, and where the doctrine, teaching, and practice of that church are in accordance with the Word of God.   The Bible, as the inspired and infallible Word of God, serves as the final authority and source concerning truth, morality and proper conduct.  5.  Being free from the penalty of your sin does not mean that you will never sin again.  It does mean, however, that you are no longer a slave to sin (Romans 6). Now, by the power of God in you through the Holy Spirit, you are able to say no to sin and yes to God’s ways. God will not allow you to be tempted to sin beyond what you can handle and He will provide a way of escape when you are tempted (1 Corinthians 10:13). When you do sin, here are steps to take to get back on God's path:Confess your sin to God (1 John 1:9)Confess your sin to other Christians (1 John 1:7, James 5:16)Repent (turn) from your sin and turn back to Christ (2 Timothy 2:22)Walk with God daily, don’t run or hide from Him. Remember, God loves you! Because of Christ, you will never lose your salvation (Galatians 5:16, John 10:27-29).  Go back to steps 1, 2 and 3 above to reconnect with Him.6.  Tell others about Jesus. The invitation from Christ to be forgiven and adopted as a child of God is open to everyone in the world. God wants no one to die separated from Him because of sin. People who do not receive Jesus Christ as Savior will not be saved from the penalty of their sins. (Matthew 28:18-20)7.  Tap into the Women of Faith Keys for Living resources: RESOURCES
    - 8 days ago 17 Feb 21, 6:00am -
  • THE DEAD SEA SQUIRRELS
    THE DEAD SEA SQUIRRELSWANNA MAKE HISTORY?Join the team that includes Mike Nawrocki, co-creator of VeggieTales and voice of Larry the Cucumber, legendary producer Steve Taylor and renowned Disney animator Tom Bancroft to create a new series for a new generation. Each episode revolves around key life lessons like honoring your parents, loving your neighbor and telling the truth - all biblical principles that families can trust.Be among the first to see the pilot episode and have the opportunity to honor your favorite kids. THE DEAD SEA SQUIRRELS needs your support to make this series a reality.   © 2021 Dead Sea Squirrels. All Rights Reserved. info@deadseasquirrels.com  
    - 8 days ago 16 Feb 21, 3:32pm -
  • CONFIRMING THE DECISION TO RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST
    CONFIRMING THE DECISION TO RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST AS YOUR LORD AND SAVIORYou prayed the prayer of salvation, committing your life to Jesus Christ. What does the Bible say happened?1. You are saved.JESUS said, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved” (John 10:9).What did Jesus say about Himself?  I am THE WAY (to eternal life).What will happen when a person enters through the door (receives Jesus Christ)?  The BIBLE says: ”Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20).The BIBLE says: “Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).2. You are a child of God.The BIBLE says: “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).What happened when you received Jesus Christ?  I became a child of God.3. You have everlasting life.The BIBLE says: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).Now that you believe in Jesus Christ, what can you be certain of?  I have everlasting life.TO LEARN MORE
    - 10 days ago 15 Feb 21, 6:00am -

The World And Everything In It (Podcast)

  • new2.24.21 Washington Wednesday, World Tour, and storm stories
    On Washington Wednesday, immigration experts weigh in on President Biden’s plans for the southern border; on World Tour, Onize Ohikere reports on international news; and three WORLD reporters based in Texas recount their experiences during last week’s winter storm. Plus: commentary from Joel Belz, a puzzling record, and the Wednesday morning news.Support The World and Everything in It today at wng.org/donate.Additional support comes from Dordt University. Ranked #1 in the nation for student engagement by The Wall Street Journal, Dordt informs, inspires, and challenges students. More at dordt.edu.And from Description:Pensacola Christian College. Empowering Christian leaders to influence the world. More at: go.pcci.edu/World
    - 15 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 8:15am -
  • 2.23.21 America on the world stage, Jack Phillips, and kids books
    Sarah Schweinsberg reports on President Biden’s effort to reassert U.S. influence on international organizations; Mary Reichard talks to Steve West about Jack Phillips’ ongoing legal battle; and Emily Whitten talks to some of the reviewers involved in picking WORLD’s Children’s Books of the Year. Plus: commentary from Ryan Bomberger, a suspicious bag of cuteness, and the Tuesday morning news.Support The World and Everything in It today at wng.org/donate.Additional support comes from Dordt University. Students can apply to Dordt to study nursing, agriculture, engineering, social work and more—all taught from a Christian perspective. More at dordt.edu/apply.And from Description:Pensacola Christian College. Empowering Christian leaders to influence the world. More at: go.pcci.edu/World
    - 2 days ago 23 Feb 21, 8:15am -
  • 2.22.21 Legal Docket, Moneybeat, History Book
    On Legal Docket, Jenny Rough reports on the constitutionality of vaccine mandates; on the Monday Moneybeat, Nick Eicher talks to financial analyst David Bahnsen about the latest economic news; and on History Book, Katie Gaultney recounts significant events from the past. Plus: skiing on the interstate, and the Monday morning news.Support The World and Everything in It today at wng.org/donate.Additional support comes from Dordt University. Providing an education rooted in faith—for engineers, nurses, social workers, teachers, and more. More at DORDT.edu. And from Description:Pensacola Christian College. Empowering Christian leaders to influence the world. More at: go.pcci.edu/World
    - 3 days ago 22 Feb 21, 8:15am -
  • Effective Compassion, Season 2, Episode 6: Repairing broken families
    Many of the people who struggle with addiction or homelessness grew up with a family member with unhealthy habits. Or they experienced abuse. Some didn’t have a family at all. Coming from a good family doesn’t guarantee a trouble-free life. But having a shaky family foundation makes everything a lot harder. In this episode, journalists Anna Johansen Brown and Sarah Schweinsberg explore what compassion looks like for hurting children, young adults, and their parents.
    - 5 days ago 20 Feb 21, 8:15am -
  • 2.19.21 Culture Friday, The Crew, and Word Play
    On Culture Friday, Nick Eicher and Myrna Brown talk to John Stonestreet about conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh’s legacy; Megan Basham reviews the new Netflix comedy The Crew; and on Word Play, George Grant ponders our new COVID-19 vocabulary. Plus: 4-wheeling to work, and the Friday morning news.Support The World and Everything in It today at wng.org/donate.Additional support comes from Maranatha Baptist University, with online options for degree completion. mbu.edu/finishAnd from the podcast, Too Busy to Flush, one couple’s slightly irreverent musings on faith, food, family and marriage. toobusytoflush.com
    - 6 days ago 19 Feb 21, 8:15am -

World Magazine

  • newVaccines on the streets
    The U.S. healthcare establishment’s plan for curbing the pandemic requires pushing the COVID-19 vaccine out to vulnerable populations as quickly as possible. Homeless people meet many states’ criteria for priority immunization but pose unique challenges for health workers who want to help them.Some states specifically list the homeless in their vaccination plans, while others prioritize people of a certain age or with specific pre-existing conditions, which include many homeless people.However, many homeless people don’t trust the medical system or have trouble traveling to clinics or health departments, as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for immunizing the homeless point out. The CDC also notes that many people without permanent housing live in congregate settings in shelters or have poor health due to harsh life on the streets.They also often move from place to place, making it hard to coordinate receiving a two-dose vaccine. Providers have trouble reaching people who lack reliable cellphone service, internet access, and home addresses. The fragile nature of the vaccines means distributors must administer them in a limited time window, but homeless people might have difficulty keeping an appointment if they lack reliable transportation. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis denied a Denver health official’s request to begin vaccinating the homeless and said that waiting for authorization of a single-dose shot, like Johnson & Johnson’s, makes more sense. The Food and Drug Administration could grant the Johnson & Johnson vaccine emergency use authorization as early as this weekend.The CDC recommends “offering vaccination in homeless service sites and places where people experiencing homelessness visit.” Earlier this month, Los Angeles Christian Health Centers received the vaccine at their Skid Row clinic and began attempting to contact 900 possible recipients, the LA Times reported. Over the next week, elderly homeless people walked to the clinic from nearby shelters to get their shots. The health centers receive 100 doses a week to distribute across six county clinics. Some health officials set up canopies near a homeless encampment at LA’s Leimert Plaza Park and offered campers food to take the vaccine.Meanwhile, in Houston, Texas, the nonprofit HOPE Haven is working with homeless clients to educate them and prepare them to receive the vaccine when it becomes available. “They hear all kinds of stuff, so if they think COVID-19 is some kind of hoax or conspiracy, they’re not going to want to take the vaccine,” director Kristyn Stillwell told The Houston Chronicle. “We’re [also] going to start with things like a tetanus shot and that kind of thing and then in the fall with the next round of flu shots. … We want them to get used to the medical workers.”Image: Deck: Health workers struggle with how to immunize the homelessCategory: HomelessnessKeywords: Effective CompassionCompassionHomelessnessCoronavirusPovertyCaliforniaSlug: HomelessnessArticle Title: Vaccines on the streetsAuthor: Charissa KohDigital Branding: CompassionHide from Archive?: 0
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  • newJudge overrules deportation freeze
    One of President Joe Biden’s first acts in office was to pause all immigrant deportations for 100 days. But a federal judge indefinitely blocked the president’s order on Tuesday night.Why? U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton, an appointee of President Donald Trump, initially halted the deportation freeze last month. Texas had sued, arguing the order violated federal law and would impose additional costs on the state. The ruling does not require deportations to resume at their previous pace. Immigration agencies have a lot of latitude in deciding if and when to enforce removals.Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s report in The Stew about Biden’s reversal of Trump-era immigration policies.Image: Category: PoliticsArticle Title: Judge overrules deportation freezeKeywords: PoliticsWhite HouseImmigrationCourtsAuthor: Kent Covington
    - 2 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 10:02pm -
  • newTexas utility directors resign
    Gov. Greg Abbott largely blames the board leaders of Texas’ power grid operator for catastrophic utility failures during last week’s winter storm. Historic snowfall and single-digit temperatures left millions throughout the Deep South without power and water for days. More than 80 people died, roughly half of them in Texas.What do the board members have to say for themselves? The five directors who resigned all live outside of Texas. Four of them acknowledged “concerns about out-of-state board leadership” in a letter to grid members and the state’s Public Utility Commission, which oversees the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). During the crisis, ERCOT officials removed contact information for board members from its website, saying they had become the target of threats. Abbott accepted their resignations, calling ERCOT’s lack of preparedness and transparency unacceptable.Dig deeper: Listen to the stories of WORLD staffers from Texas who weathered the storm.Image: Category: WeatherArticle Title: Texas utility directors resignKeywords: WeatherDisasterEnergyAuthor: Lynde Langdon
    - 2 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 9:54pm -
  • newFDA report: Single-dose vaccine safe and effective
    Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 shot is about 66 percent effective against moderate to severe illness and 85 percent effective at preventing severe cases. U.S. Food and Drug Administration scientists on Wednesday also said the single-dose vaccine is safe, paving the way for the agency’s advisers to meet on Friday to debate whether to grant emergency use authorization.How is vaccine distribution going elsewhere? The United Nations’ COVAX initiative made its first delivery on Wednesday. Ghana received 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine for free and plans to start vaccinations on March 2. Some 92 countries are also in line for shots through the program, while 90 other nations and eight territories pick up the bill. COVAX plans to provide enough vaccines for participant countries to immunize 20-30 percent of the population, but it has already hit delays and shortages. The Ivory Coast is set to receive the next batch.Dig deeper: Read Mindy Belz’s report about poor nations’ struggle to acquire COVID-19 vaccines as richer countries buy them up.Image: Category: HealthArticle Title: FDA report: Single-dose vaccine safe and effectiveKeywords: CoronavirusHealthVaccinationsInternationalUnited NationsAuthor: Rachel Lynn Aldrich
    - 2 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 9:49pm -
  • newHow many have gone hungry during the pandemic?
    On an average Saturday morning twice a month, 30 to 50 families used to show up at the food pantry at Eternal Faith Baptist Church in Manor, Texas. They browsed the fellowship hall or pick up prepacked bags filled with beans, rice, pasta, cereal, and cans of meats, fruits, and vegetables. In the spring of 2020, that number jumped to 80 or 100, said Sheila Matthews, who leads the church’s food pantry ministry. It switched to a drive-thru format, and Matthews said that at first Eternal Faith was the only area church with a food pantry. Clients told stories of losing jobs or having unemployed relatives move in with them as the pandemic progressed.“We’ve been doing this for so long and have the same clients come through … some of these families were new,” Matthews said. Some “came through saying they didn’t know what to do because they’d never had to go through a food bank before.”Matthews’ experience matches stories from food distributors nationwide. As many Americans lost jobs last year, poverty researchers reported increasing food insecurity. The government and local communities stepped up food support in response, but some scholars say the reports misrepresent the situation and are leading to misguided solutions.The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines food security as always having enough food for an “active, healthy life.” Measurements of food insecurity range from anxiety about having enough to eat to lacking food. In 2019, the USDA estimated 10.5 percent of American households experienced some level of food insecurity at some point. That number represented progress from 2018’s 11 percent and the 2011 peak of nearly 15 percent. Only 4 percent of households in 2019 experienced “very low food security”—actually skipping meals because they did not have enough food.In April 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau began the Household Pulse Survey to measure Americans’ well-being during the pandemic. In July, Lauren Bauer at the Brookings Institution analyzed the initial results and wrote that “food insecurity has remained persistently elevated at record levels.” Around the same time, the Urban Institute reported more than 1 in 6 adults were food insecure two months into the COVID-19-induced recession. Meanwhile, food banks saw rising demand: From February to March, the Central Texas Food Bank had a 200 percent increase in new clients. In June, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey averaged 50 percent more clients than before the pandemic and spent about $1 million above its budget each month on food and temporary staff.Politicians and advocates seized on those findings to demand the government step up its response. In mid-June, 2,500 organizations wrote a letter to Senate leaders Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., asking that the next pandemic relief bill increase Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, also known as food stamps. The government had already boosted food welfare programs in the spring by streamlining the application process for SNAP and waiving the requirement that existing recipients recertify. Congress also authorized the USDA to give all SNAP households maximum benefits and waive work or job-search requirements. The CARES Act provided money for states to reimburse households with children eligible for the school lunch program, and schools continued making meals for families to pick up. Congress’ December omnibus spending bill increased SNAP benefits by 15 percent.Despite the reported problems with hunger, American Enterprise Institute scholar Angela Rachidi said the government safety net expansions largely worked. “Reported trends in food insecurity … contradict other data that show reductions in poverty among U.S. households since the start of the pandemic and increases in income … because of the economic relief efforts Congress authorized,” she wrote in August.Food insecurity can be subjective because it measures people’s food preferences and anxiety, she noted, arguing that food insufficiency has a more straightforward definition: “A household did not have enough to eat, sometimes or often, in the last seven days.”As various government program expansions expired throughout the year, food insufficiency numbers remained relatively stable, hovering at about 11 percent. Rachidi found most food-insufficient households did not participate in the government’s safety net programs, and she recommended the government focus on enrolling those families rather than boosting benefits. “Increasing SNAP won’t address food insecurity very much and more likely fulfills a long-held goal among Democrats to increase SNAP benefits,” she said in an email.Image: Deck: Experts disagree about the extent of food insecurity and the success of welfare expansionsCategory: PovertyKeywords: PovertyEffective CompassionCompassionFoodHealthCoronavirusSlug: PovertyArticle Title: How many have gone hungry during the pandemic?Author: Charissa KohDigital Branding: CompassionHide from Archive?: 0
    - 2 hours ago 24 Feb 21, 9:46pm -