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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

  • Promoting Peace in Chicago
    Longtime pastor Ed Peecher, once a Black Panther, seeks justice in the Windy City.
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  • This Week in AG History -- Nov 24, 1957
    Billy Bray was a former coal miner who became a minister known for his enthusiastic and ongoing praise and worship of God.
    - 3 days ago 25 Nov 20, 7:00am -
  • 15 Reasons from Scripture to Give Thanks
    Here are 15 biblical reasons to be grateful to God.
    - 4 days ago 24 Nov 20, 9:30pm -
  • Hope Revived In Edgemont
    Kids growing up in Edgemont, South Dakota, often have a very difficult path, but with the help of pastors Nancy and Brad Zachow, they're finding God to be their answer.
    - 4 days ago 24 Nov 20, 3:30pm -
  • Pennsylvania Women Lead as Pastors
    Nichole Schreiber and Candace Pringle overcome opposition, doubts in ministry roles.
    - 4 days ago 24 Nov 20, 1:00pm -

Baptist Press

    Bible Gateway

    • How to Live the Bible — Thanksgiving in Difficult Times
      This is the one-hundred-thirty-second lesson in author and pastor Mel Lawrenz’ How to Live the Bible series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here. Do not be anxious about […]The post How to Live the Bible — Thanksgiving in Difficult Times appeared first on Bible Gateway Blog.
      - 3 days ago 25 Nov 20, 9:58am -
    • Former Atheist Makes the Case for Christmas; Bible Gateway Hosts Free Online Bible Study with Lee Strobel Starting November 30
      4-Week Video Series Explores Historical Veracity of Jesus’ Birth Award-winning former legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and former atheist, Lee Strobel, uses his legal and journalism training to investigate whether the account of the birth and divinity of Jesus is logically and historically credible, in the free Case for Christmas Online Bible Study November […]The post Former Atheist Makes the Case for Christmas; Bible Gateway Hosts Free Online Bible Study with Lee Strobel Starting November 30 appeared first on Bible Gateway Blog.
      - 4 days ago 24 Nov 20, 1:17pm -
    • Give the Gift of Scripture Engagement this Christmas
      By Clark Christian There are gifts for a season and gifts that last! Giving gifts each year can become less about meaning and more about checking off a to-do list. Because of this, items bought and wrapped for family or friends can be unused, forgotten, or regifted shortly after the New Year. This year give […]The post Give the Gift of Scripture Engagement this Christmas appeared first on Bible Gateway Blog.
      - 5 days ago 23 Nov 20, 8:03pm -
    • Bible News Roundup – Week of November 22, 2020
      Read this week’s Bible Gateway Weekly Brief newsletter ⇨ Bible Gateway Weekly Brief ⇨ Newsletter signup ▼ Support Bible Gateway—Find the Resources You Need At: ⇨ FaithGateway Store ⇨ Christianbook.com Order Resources in Bulk At: ⇨ ChurchSource ▼ Christian Leader Awaits Charges for Sending Bible Balloons to North Korea ⇨ MNN ▼ Museum of the […]The post Bible News Roundup – Week of November 22, 2020 appeared first on Bible Gateway Blog.
      - 6 days ago 22 Nov 20, 2:30pm -
    • Give a Bible This Christmas
      By Mike Vander Klipp When we think of Christmastime, we often let our minds wander to memories of warm family gatherings; beautiful, candle-lit church services in the dark of winter; our favorite meals, games, and holiday traditions; and the excitement in the eyes of little ones as they buzz with anticipation of opening presents on […]The post Give a Bible This Christmas appeared first on Bible Gateway Blog.
      - 9 days ago 19 Nov 20, 1:42pm -

    Christian Headlines

    Christian Newswire

    • Sasse Statement on Supreme Court's Religious Liberty Ruling
      NEWS PROVIDED BYU.S. Senator for Nebraska Ben SasseNov. 26, 2020LINCOLN, Neb., Nov. 26, 2020 /Christian Newswire/ -- U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Religious Liberty and against Governor Andrew Cuomo. "This Thanksgiving, Americans should be grateful for our First Amendment and for this straightforward ruling that simply affirms that government cannot disregard reli Source: Senator Ben Sasse
      - 2 days ago 26 Nov 20, 6:08pm -
    • Biden's Allies Threaten Religious Liberty
      NEWS PROVIDED BYCatholic League for Religious and Civil RightsNov. 25, 2020NEW YORK, Nov. 25, 2020 /Christian Newswire/ -- Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on impending threats to religious liberty: Left-wing advocacy organizations are wasting no time pressing Joe Biden to do away with the religious liberty protections afforded by the Trump administration. As we have previously detailed, no president has done more to secure religious liberty than Donald Trump. The Source: Catholic League
      - 3 days ago 25 Nov 20, 9:19pm -
    • Socialism Lessons Learned from Pilgrims
      NEWS PROVIDED BYLiberty CounselNov. 25, 2020 ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 25, 2020 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Pilgrims proved that a socialistic government never works. Religious persecution had prompted the Pilgrims to move from England to Holland in 1608. Yet none of the Pilgrim writers expressed that a desire for greater religious freedom led them to leave Holland for America in 1620, known as the New World at that time. However, life in Holland had proved to be difficult and, despit Source: Liberty Counsel
      - 3 days ago 25 Nov 20, 9:05pm -
    • Human Rights Activists Have Serious Concerns About Antony Blinken's Record on Human Rights and Business Dealings in China
      Rev. Mahoney and other activists peacefully blocking the entrance to the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. last week as they called for freedom in Hong KongNEWS PROVIDED BYChristian Defense CoalitionNov. 25, 2020WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2020 /Christian Newswire/ -- Mr. Blinken is Vice-President Biden's nominee for Secretary of State who serves as the President's chief foreign affairs adviser and conducts negotiations relating to U.S. foreign policy.In the past, Mr. Blinken supported Congres Source: Christian Defense Coalition
      - 3 days ago 25 Nov 20, 5:43pm -
    • The True Christian History of America
      New documentary seeks to reclaim American historyNEWS PROVIDED BYAdullam FilmsNov. 24, 2020NASHVILLE, Nov. 24, 2020 /Christian Newswire/ -- "The True Christian History of America" is a new documentary that explores the Bible-based Christian origins of the early American view of freedom, tracing the principles of liberty back to England, Magna Carta, and the great Reformation. For many years, Americans have been taught in our schools and universities that the founding of our Rep Source: Adullam Films
      - 4 days ago 24 Nov 20, 8:01pm -

    Christian Post

    Christian Research Network

    • newTreasure and Dung
      19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves … Continue reading →
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    • newHelp is on the way for understanding Sidney Powell’s Georgia complaint
      (Andrea Widburg – American Thinker)  One of the biggest problems with 2020’s election fraud is creating an accessible narrative that doesn’t sound like just a mess of disparate statements and studies. Enter Doug Ross, who’s put together an attractive infographic … Continue reading →
      - 16 hours ago 27 Nov 20, 10:12pm -
    • newCritical Theory, Intersectionality spreading like ‘gangrene’ at SEBTS
      “So, why is the president of a Southern Baptist seminary promoting such views that weaken the idea that we can understand and have objective knowledge? Why are your tithes and offerings going to support training the next generation of pastors … Continue reading →
      - 20 hours ago 27 Nov 20, 6:19pm -
    • newTucker goes Megyn
      “People like me and many others stayed with Fox solely because of commentators like Tucker Carlson and Mr. Rock-Ribbed Conservative himself, Sean Hannity. However, when we witnessed Tucker’s shameful behavior toward Sidney Powell, the rest of We the People immediately … Continue reading →
      - 21 hours ago 27 Nov 20, 4:32pm -
    • newFrancis Chan Claims to Be Jesus, Heals Whole Village without the Holy Spirit
      “He says I can do whatever he did, and I can do greater things than he did, John 14:12, and I go I memorized that as a high school student and I believe it right now. I am Jesus right … Continue reading →
      - 22 hours ago 27 Nov 20, 3:37pm -

    Christian Sentinel

    • 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.
      - 8 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.
      - 52 days ago 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 -
    • Excerpt from the Berean Call, originally published, October 1991
      How negligent it would be not to warn the sheep of poisoned pastures and false shepherds who promote lies in the name of truth.The post Excerpt from the Berean Call, originally published, October 1991 appeared first on The Christian Sentinel.
      - 30 Jul 20, 3:52pm -
    • Wrestling with Alligators, Prophets and Theologians — A review of the biography of the founder of The New Apostolic Reformation – by Jackie Alnor
      The only place in Scripture where we see anyone sitting on seven mountains is in the 17th chapter of Revelation – the Mother of Harlots: a prophetic peek into the future of what Wagner’s group, the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), is evolving into when it unites with its fellow false religionists. The post Wrestling with Alligators, Prophets and Theologians — A review of the biography of the founder of The New Apostolic Reformation – by Jackie Alnor appeared first on The Christian Sentinel.
      - 27 Jul 20, 3:44am -

    Christian Today

    • Christians Ready to Help COVID-19 Vaccine Go to Neediest First
      Medical experts prep for ethical distribution, while some church leaders preach against misinformation.With outbreaks resurging around the world and—finally—a likely COVID-19 vaccine on the horizon, Christian leaders are advocating for fair distribution to protect the neediest people and places, not just the richest.But even among those committed to sharing resources to stop the virus, different strategies have emerged around which countries and which vulnerable places and populations to prioritize. Christians in the medical field have a crucial role to play in these conversations around the ethics of distribution, while church partners have already begun to speak up about the importance of vaccination for public health.Countries like the US and the UK have invested in hundreds of millions of vaccine doses from pharmaceutical companies in a race to develop viable candidates—enough to thoroughly cover their population and then some. Canada has purchased enough doses to cover its population five times, according to a new analysis by Duke University researchers.But once a viable vaccine is ready, who gets to be first in line for the protection offered by inoculation? While Americans consider making the vaccine available to populations such as health care workers and the elderly first, the poorest countries could be waiting years before they’re able to distribute doses at all. Limits in manufacturing capacity and investment could mean some places won’t offer the vaccine until 2024, according to the analysis.“There are definitely very many concerns” about inaccessibility, said Elizabeth Bukusi, a researcher and bioethicist in Kenya who participates in the global COVID-19 Clinical Research Coalition. “When you are a less-resourced country, you are even more concerned.”Christians ...Continue reading...
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    • A Thanksgiving Like None Other
      The world may look different, but there is still plenty to be grateful for. Thanksgiving looks a bit different this year. Whether you’re celebrating alone, with a few close family members, over Zoom, or maybe a combination of all three, I’m sure things don’t feel quite the same. I grieve this loss alongside you, and with millions of others. You are not alone.In my family, and I assume in many of yours, at some point during usual Thanksgiving celebrations, every family member or friend present is invited to share what they are most grateful for on this special holiday. As LifeWay Research recently reported, Americans are most thankful to and for their family, even in this unique year. Of course, I want to assure readers that I too am thankful to and for my family. In this year, I am adding a new item to that standard list. And, this new addition begins with a descent.What do I mean by descent? Well, if you’re like me, your version of descent might be a lost job, a lost relationship, or a lost graduation. It may be a lost loved one, or the death of a dream, like a small business. This year, we all had plenty to lose. Descent might not just mean the loss itself—it may be sleepless nights, or anxiety-ridden days. It might be a nose-dive straight into self-pity. Descent might be your mental state as a result of these losses.I am not mature enough in my faith to say plainly and honestly that I am thankful for these losses, or the many sleepless nights that followed. I would love to report that I was a perfect imitation of Job this year, and that I faithfully turned to God after each loss, as Job does, saying: Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:20-21).To be ...Continue reading...
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    • SCOTUS Gets It Right on Religious Liberty: Church IS Essential
      But the right outcome here doesn’t mean all restrictions are invalid or that churches should reopen.Last night, the Supreme Court issued injunctive relief to houses of worship challenging New York City’s COVID-19 restrictions on in-person gatherings, the first time it has granted such relief during the pandemic. I have mixed views about the decision and early reactions to it.First, I don’t think this decision is as momentous as commentators are suggesting. It is fairly fact-specific injunctive relief, and the nature and scope of pandemic orders vary greatly around the country. It’s hard to generalize much from this decision, and I’m concerned that public messaging about it will fuel a broader culture wars narrative from religious leaders like John MacArthur who insist “there is no pandemic” and continue to hold services for 7,000 unmasked people. An injunction against a 25-person cap is not a green light to return to regular worship. Given the current state of the pandemic, it’s not even a yellow light.The dire rates of transmission we’re seeing all around the country, the Thanksgiving holiday travel, and our growing awareness that indoor, in-person gatherings are a major cause of transmission all increase the likelihood that even more restrictions may be coming. That’s another reason it’s best to view this order as limited and fact-specific.That said, I think the Court’s decision is correct and offers some important observations. One of the most important is that these shutdown orders cause irreparable harm because they restrict First Amendment freedoms—and that virtual worship is not a constitutionally sufficient alternative. In other words, worship is absolutely an “essential activity” and to say otherwise is constitutionally incorrect ...Continue reading...
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    • Supreme Court Blocks New York’s Worship Service Restrictions
      It’s the first time during the pandemic the high court has sided with churches and synagogues challenging the new rules on religious liberty grounds.As coronavirus cases surge again nationwide the Supreme Court late Wednesday barred New York from enforcing certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in areas designated as hard hit by the virus.The justices split 5-4 with new Justice Amy Coney Barrett in the majority. It was the conservative’s first publicly discernible vote as a justice. The court’s three liberal justices and Chief Justice John Roberts dissented.The move was a shift for the court. Earlier this year, when Barrett’s liberal predecessor, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was still on the court, the justices divided 5-4 to leave in place pandemic-related capacity restrictions affecting churches in California and Nevada.The court’s action Wednesday could push New York to reevaluate its restrictions on houses of worship in areas designated virus hot spots, though both groups who sued are no longer in zones subject to the strictest attendance restrictions.The justices acted on an emergency basis, temporarily barring New York from enforcing the restrictions against the groups while their lawsuits continue. In an unsigned opinion the court said the restrictions “single out houses of worship for especially harsh treatment.”“Members of this Court are not public health experts, and we should respect the judgment of those with special expertise and responsibility in this area. But even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten. The restrictions at issue here, by effectively barring many from attending religious services, strike at the very heart of the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty,” the opinion said.Though the decision addresses the restrictions in New York in ...Continue reading...
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    • How a Pastor Got Fired Over Cranberries
      Worry about present hardships and trouble distorts our faith in God’s future.Much has been made among Christians in 2020 about systemic sin—the collective fault of institutions, societies, and their norms and laws to engender injustice and cause harm. Most evident in heated debates over race, politics, policing, education, and the economy, systemic sin implies a capacity for wrong on the part of structures that individuals could not accomplish on their own.But racism still requires racists; unjust institutions and arrogant corporations require people who are corrupt and arrogant. Systemic sin implicates individual sinners whether we realize it or not. In a previous era, inhabited by those Pilgrims whose gratitude we emulate every Thanksgiving, sin was understood as chronic, spiritual corruption solved by salvation alone. Once saved, redemption pressed the saved sinner into obedience, a good tree bearing good fruit (Matt. 12:33).Jesus taught his disciples how a wise man built his house on a rock before the rains fell and the flood came, the rock being obedience to Christ in every aspect of life (Matt. 7:24–25). As the Pilgrims courageously crossed the Atlantic for the sake of religious liberty, their courage derived from their conviction that not even a sparrow “will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care” (Matt. 10:29). Shaped by what they long held in their hearts, they viewed their journey’s ultimate end as a heavenly country, a city God had prepared for them (Rev. 21:2). When stalked by exposure and starvation in the New World, they recalled the words of Jesus: If “God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!” (Luke 12:28).They would ...Continue reading...
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    Faith on Film (Video Podcast)

    Forum 18 News Service

    • RUSSIA: "Extremist organisation" trial outcomes: fines and suspended sentences
      Of 21 Jehovah's Witnesses convicted of "extremism" charges since late July 2020, six were given jail terms and 13 suspended sentences. Receiving a suspended sentence means a convicted person must live under restrictions specified by the judge, regularly register with probation authorities, and avoid conviction for any other offence during the probationary period or risk being sent to prison. "A suspended sentence means that you need to live under stress for many years," Jehovah's Witnesses note.
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    • RUSSIA: "Extremist organisation" trial outcomes: jail sentences
      Eight Jehovah's Witnesses and one Muslim Nursi reader are serving labour camp terms as "extremists". Six more Jehovah's Witnesses received jail terms since July. Sergey Britvin, one of two awaiting appeals, is allowed a "disabled cell" where he can lie down, his wife Natalya told Forum 18. It is so cold he must wear two jumpers and trousers. She takes him fresh colostomy bags and medications "all the time". A further 14 received suspended sentences.
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    • CRIMEA: Fined after prosecutor "told us we'd get a warning"
      Of 20 known cases in 2020 to punish Crimean religious communities which fail to use their full legal name on websites or on meeting places, 12 related to websites (mostly the VKontakte site). Nine of these were fined one month's average wages. "We were saddened and in shock," said a member of one fined community. "The prosecutor told us we'd get a warning."
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    • CRIMEA: "My husband does not admit any guilt"
      "My husband does not admit any guilt," says Svetlana Sakada, wife of one of four Jehovah's Witnesses in pre-trial detention after 1 October raids in Sevastopol. She insists that Vladimir Sakada "has conducted no crimes against the foundations of the state". The four face up to ten years' imprisonment if convicted on "extremism"-related charges. Already on trial in Sevastopol facing the same charges is fellow Jehovah's Witness Viktor Stashevsky.
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    • CRIMEA: Ten months in Russian "prison within a prison"
      Prisoners of conscience Jehovah's Witnesses Sergei Filatov and Artyom Gerasimov are being denied letters sent to them. Muslim prisoner of conscience Renat Suleimanov is being denied letters sent in his own language of Crimean Tatar. He has been held for ten months in Kamenka Labour Camp's closed zone, in a cell holding 10 prisoners, but may be released in December. All were transferred illegally to jails in Russia.
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    Get Religion

    • Daily Beast team stunned to learn that 'The Great Commission' remains in New Testament
      Here is a tip for reporters getting ready to tip-toe into coverage of stories that mix politics and centuries of Christian tradition.Ready? There are times when it really helps to find out if Jesus — look for quotes in the New Testament — has addressed the issue that you are preparing to cover. This is especially true if you are considering an attack on a believer for defending a doctrine that is so central to Christianity that Bible passages about it have been given a unique name.Like this one — “The Great Commission.” Here’s the quote from St. Matthew: … Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 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.This brings us to that headline atop a short piece at The Daily Beast that keeps popping up in my email: “Newly Elected GOP Congressman Madison Cawthorn Has Tried to Convert Jews to Christianity.”Yes, I know that there are debates about whether The Daily Beast is a proper source for hard-news coverage of serious topics, such as this one. And this “story” is actually a short piece of aggregated news from another source (click here for more Jewish Insider info).It’s pretty easy to spot the buzz words in this overture, which argues that it is controversial for Christians to, well, take “The Great Commission” seriously — even in private life: Madison Cawthorn, the North Carolina Republican who will become the youngest member of Congress in history, has admitted he tried to convert Jews and Muslims to Christianity. In an interview with Jewish Insider, the 25-year-old, who came under fire for selfies he took at Hitler’s vacation retreat in Germany, claimed he had converted “several Muslims to Christ” and several “culturally Jewish people.” “If all you are is friends with other Christians, then how are you ever going to lead somebody to Christ?” Cawthorn said. “If you’re not wanting to lead somebody to Christ, then you’re probably not really a Christian.”It’s all about the word “admitted.”
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    • Pastor John MacArthur and California church closings: Why isn't this a national story?
      One of the more interesting church-state fights during this COVID-19 crisis has been one involving Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, a suburb of Los Angeles. John MacArthur, its 81-year-old revered pastor, has become an unlikely government foe during this time, as he’s refused to close down his church all along.Readers may recall that I wrote about him a year ago when he told noted Southern Baptist Bible study leader Beth Moore to “go home.”Yes, that guy. Coverage has been spotty at best, although this is not necessarily reporters’ fault. The church isn’t known for answering media calls. When I tried contacting them this past summer, I got the cold shoulder as well.That said, a lot more reporting is needed on why California has the strictest restrictions in the country against indoor church services — to the point that even the Catholics are rebelling. In September, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone organized a “free the Mass” event involving three eucharistic processions that first went to city hall, then to the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption where the archbishop held an outdoor Mass.Indoor worship services are banned in California, a state of megachurches. You don’t have to be a religion expert to know that restriction wasn’t going to fly, especially when stores and other businesses had no similar restrictions. Outdoor rites? California may have more sunny weather than many other states, but it still gets cold there.It’s been very confusing to figure out what's going on with this church, as the story resembles a large elephant that appears differently depending on the observer. For instance, the Christian Post says that Grace Community had been released of all restrictions. Public health officials in Los Angeles have lifted all outbreak-related requirements and restrictions on Grace Community Church, which were put in place last month after three cases connected to the California church were confirmed. “We are glad to announce that we received a notice from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health … saying that we have been cleared of COVID-19 outbreak,” the church says on its website.
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    • Who's to blame for 'Uncle Ted' McCarrick? That depends on the news sources you follow
      A week after the Vatican released its much-anticipated investigation of former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, there remain many unanswered questions. Whether journalists will delve deeply into these unanswered questions remains to be seen.The point of any report, after all, is to uncover the culprits and hopefully detail how sins and crimes of this nature can be prevented in the future. For the Vatican, the report’s release appears to mean “case closed” on the decades-long history of sexual misconduct of McCarrick.But is it?Not at all. If anything, the open questions are great leads for journalists who may be interested in pursuing this story further. Depending on which publications one gets their news from these days, the two biggest takeaways were divergent.If you read secular mainstream media, like The New York Times, Associated Press and USA Today, and Catholic media on the doctrinal left, then the fault was primarily with former Pope John Paul II, now a saint, accused of ignoring abuse allegations in the 1980s and promoting McCarrick to archbishop (and eventually cardinal) of Washington, D.C. That would pave the way for the man known as “Uncle Ted” to ascend up the Vatican hierarchy and become one of the most powerful cardinals on both sides of the Atlantic. Also, these reports tended to say that McCarrick was a very effective liar who, acting alone, fooled everyone.However, if you read Catholic publications on the doctrinal right, the takeaway was that the report was a whitewash, aimed at protecting Vatican higher-ups and primarily aimed at exonerating Pope Francis from any wrongdoing. Also, it’s crucial that McCarrick was a leader who had colleagues and disciples at all levels of the church (see tmatt’s GetReligion post and podcast on ‘team Ted’).Conservative Catholics have a point when they say there’s more missing in the report then what it actually tries to detail. It’s obvious that the report’s omissions and unanswered questions need further examination. Here are a few that stick out:
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    • New York Times went tone deaf when Matthew McConaughey started talking about God
      Let’s see. I feel an urgent need, right now, to write about news coverage that has nothing to do with Donald Trump, Joe Biden or Theodore “Uncle Ted” McCarrick.There is, you see, a side of my journalism personality linked to those long-ago days when I was an entertainment reporter-rock columnist. Also, when I taught at a seminary, I spent most of my time trying to get future pastors, religious educators and counselors to realize that, for ordinary Americans, “signals” sent via entertainment matter way more than those in news content. That’s tragic, but true.So let’s flashback to that New York Times feature that ran not so long ago under this headline: “Matthew McConaughey Wrote the Book on Matthew McConaughey.” Let’s skip the second deck of that headline since it contained the obligatory reference to “all right, all right, all right (or in Texan, that would be '“alright” or some other spelling with an extra “w” or “h” in there somewhere).”I was curious if this book — or perhaps I should say this Times feature about the book — would make any references to this complex superstar’s take on Christian faith. Maybe a reference to his infamous, by Hollywood standards, Oscar acceptance speech in 2014? You remember, when he said: First off I want to thank God, because he's the one I look up to, he's graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human kind. He has shown me that it's a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates. In the words of the late (British actor) Charlie Laughton, who said, 'When you got God, you got a friend and that friend is you.’ “There was more, but we’ll leave it at that. It was kind of a short “Pilgrim’s Progress” with his trademark twang.The Times feature does use the safe b-word — “beliefs” — but doesn’t seem very interested in the who, what, when, where, why and how. Thus, readers are told: ... McConaughey wants readers to look beyond the boldface name on its cover and focus on its fundamental message. No one can escape hardship, he said, but he can share the lessons “that helped me navigate the hard stuff — like I say, ‘get relative with the inevitable’ — sooner and in the best way possible for myself.”
      - 12 days ago 16 Nov 20, 6:00pm -
    • Lies, damned lies, statistics: Shifts in religious voting were crucial for Joe Biden — maybe
      In the 2020 election, what happened with the religious vote that was seen as so crucial to President Donald Trump’s upset win four years ago?Take your pick:* Not much changed, according to Religion News Service’s Yonat Shimron.* A small decline in Trump support among White Catholics represented a slight but significant change, NPR’s Tom Gjelten proposed.* President-elect Joe Biden “swung the religious vote” just enough to defeat Trump, Politico’s Gabby Orr reported.* White evangelicals “stuck by” Trump and, despite Biden’s win, “still took heart in their strong presence at the polls and the GOP’s success in down-ballot races,” according to The Associated Press’ Elana Schor and David Crary.* Biden closed the gap among White evangelicals to the tune of “well over four million votes nationally,” Biden supporter Michael Wear proclaimed in a New York Times op-ed.Wait, what?“I think there's been a bit of, ‘I'm going to read whichever exit polls make my efforts seem fruitful,’ among a certain group of people in the post-election time period,” said Ryan Burge, an assistant professor of political science at Eastern Illinois University. His research focuses on the intersection of religiosity and political behavior, especially in the U.S.The problem, according to Burge, is that exit polling “is very unreliable.” He pointed to a USA Today column by Robert Griffin making the case that more time is needed for reliable analysis.“The only data that I am trusting right now comes from the CCES. Which is not an exit poll but is the gold standard for political science now,” Burge said, referring to the Cooperative Congressional Election Study.
      - 12 days ago 16 Nov 20, 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.
      - 47 days ago 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.
      - 50 days ago 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.
      - 52 days ago 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.
      - 54 days ago 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.
      - 57 days ago 2 Oct 20, 8:55pm -

    International Missions Board

    • Your Generosity Matters in South America
      The first idea was chickens. IMB missionary Joe Brewster was working with an Indigenous church planter in Peru to help their mission agency become self-supporting. They understood that a stronger business model would support the National Indigenous Missions of Peru, that includes 10 tribal units focused on church planting and discipleship efforts in their tribes and among other Indigenous people groups in Peru and Brazil. They tried raising chickens, but the poultry business wasn’t bringing in enough money. “Then, we settled on a fish farm because [the Indigenous believers] had the land, they love fish and understand them, and fish...The post Your Generosity Matters in South America appeared first on International Mission Board.
      - 4 days ago 24 Nov 20, 1:53pm -
    • Southern Baptists celebrate sending 79 new missionaries
      On November 18, the International Mission Board celebrated the appointment of 79 new missionaries in a virtual Sending Celebration streamed on Facebook and through the IMB: Advance the Kingdom app. The missionaries were previously approved by IMB trustees. The missionaries come from 21 states and will serve in eight of IMB’s nine affinities. The Sending Celebration was scheduled to be held in Alabama at the annual Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions meeting. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the celebration was held virtually. The Alabama Singing Men and Women and the choir from Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, provided...The post Southern Baptists celebrate sending 79 new missionaries appeared first on International Mission Board.
      - 9 days ago 19 Nov 20, 3:01pm -
    • Your Generosity Continues Ministries in Kenya
      When Patrick finally chose to leave the streets of Kenya for a life in the Navaisha Children’s Shelter, he discovered a love he had not known before. Watch and listen as IMB missionary Kristen Lowry tells his story. Daniel and Kristen Lowry are featured in this year’s Week of Prayer and Lottie Moon Christmas Offering resources. Kristen shares the following updates about their year: “Despite the difficulties of the COVID season, we have continued to see God at work in our lives and ministries. When the first COVID cases were discovered in Kenya, the government mandated that children’s homes, such...The post Your Generosity Continues Ministries in Kenya appeared first on International Mission Board.
      - 10 days ago 18 Nov 20, 2:13pm -
    • Refugees in Southeast Asia find home in Christian community
      They left their world behind in search of a safer one. On their journey, they found the Creator of the world. Fourteen thousand refugees in Southeast Asia are waiting to transition to Australia, Canada and the U.S. for resettlement. The majority of the refugees are Afghani and Somalian. The timeline for their resettlement was once much shorter, but with a backlog of people seeking asylum and resettlement, compounded with COVID-19, the wait for the refugees’ new world became much longer. However, the extended wait creates time for evangelism, church growth and personal development. Justin and Camille Franssen* have been involved...The post Refugees in Southeast Asia find home in Christian community appeared first on International Mission Board.
      - 11 days ago 17 Nov 20, 3:22pm -
    • Your Generosity Makes It Possible in Thailand
      “Today was a glorious day,” Dr. Doug Derbyshire said, a smile spreading across his face. A patient committed their life to Christ that day at a mobile medical clinic in rural Thailand. Doug and his wife, Cheryl, moved to Thailand as IMB missionaries in 1992. Doug is a doctor in the Bangkla Baptist Clinic in Bangkla, Thailand. Cheryl started a ministry called Thai Country Trim that provides a supplemental income for rural Thai women as well as an avenue to share the gospel. Doug’s medical team provides medicine for the body, but they also provide medicine for the soul. “We...The post Your Generosity Makes It Possible in Thailand appeared first on International Mission Board.
      - 16 days ago 12 Nov 20, 2:24pm -

    Julie Roys

    • Final Staff Letter about James MacDonald Released: “He Views Humiliating and Belittling People as a Normal Way…”
      Disgraced celebrity pastor, James MacDonald, created a “culture of fear” at Harvest Bible Chapel where “loyalty” was “prioritized over righteousness.” MacDonald also viewed “humiliating and belittling people as a normal way of reprimanding their mistakes” and reduced grown men “to tears because of stress and anxiety.”That’s according to a letter by former Harvest staff member, Sandy Song—one of six important letters delivered to the elder board in February 2019. According to former Harvest Elder Dan George, these letters by former staff were key to MacDonald’s termination from Harvest on February 13, 2019. 
      - 3 days ago 25 Nov 20, 1:40pm -
    • Opinion: What I’ve Observed When Institutions “Apologize” and How They Can Do Better
      Too often the words, “We are sorry,” are casually offered and easily accepted as if they possess a supernatural power to resolve every grievance and heal any wound. Yet, in my experience working with abuses in organizations, this short statement, offered as a bridge of reconciliation, is often surrounded by other messages that serve a very different purpose.Above, underneath, and all around this single bridge are numerous walls of defense. These walls are established to repel the shame that threatens from without and to protect the legitimacy hoarded within, ensuring that the bridge of apology allows no shame to enter and no legitimacy to exit. 
      - 4 days ago 24 Nov 20, 5:05pm -
    • Evangelical Medical Association Urges Churches to Stay Home; Raises Concern About Vaccines
      For months, the leaders of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA) have urged churches to social distance, wear masks and do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19. Yet the association of 20,000 evangelical health care professionals, says those guidelines have often gone unheeded.“Despite these efforts, CMDA is saddened to learn not only that many churches have ignored our guidelines but that congregants have become infected with SARS-CoV-2 as a result of those decisions,” the organization said in a statement titled “A Plea to Our Churches,” released Friday. 
      - 5 days ago 23 Nov 20, 3:49pm -
    • Opinion: Liberty University Football Team Realizes Falwell’s Winning Vision, But at What Cost?
      Liberty University has long bragged about being one of America’s largest Christian colleges, but this year, it can also boast about its undefeated, nationally ranked football team. The Flames have racked up a series of upsets, including wins over Syracuse and Virginia Tech, en route to an undefeated 8-0 record and a debut appearance in the Associated Press top-25 rankings.No one predicted this day would come — except Liberty’s founder, the Rev. 
      - 7 days ago 21 Nov 20, 7:56pm -
    • Carl Lentz Begins Intensive Marriage Therapy; Woman Who Had Affair Seeks ‘Closure’
      Since admitting adultery and being fired from his job as lead pastor of the New York congregation of Hillsong Church for “moral failures,” Carl Lentz is giving every sign he wants to move on. He and his wife have reportedly sold their New Jersey home, moved to California, and begun intense marriage therapy. But the woman who confesses to a five-month affair with Lentz says she is still looking for closure. Ranin Karim, 34, appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America this morning, wearing a necklace she said Lentz gave her. 
      - 8 days ago 20 Nov 20, 2:53pm -

    Life News

    • newBaby Who Had Surgery to Fix Spina Bifida While Still in the Womb Expected to Walk
      Baby Tyler, who has undergone surgery in his mother’s womb to correct a severe case of spina bifida, is expected to walk soon after being given “the best long-term outcome” by doctors. Spina bifida is a serious birth defect in which the spinal cord and spine are not fully formed. Affecting brain function, the condition […]
      - 16 hours ago 27 Nov 20, 9:46pm -
    • newChina Subjects Uyghur Women to Horrific Forced Abortions and Sterilizations
      An MP has described the inhumane treatment that Uyghur women living in China are subjected to which includes forced abortion and sterilisation. Speaking during a debate on International Development and Gender-based Violence, Conservative MP, Fiona Bruce, described the horror that Uyghur women are forced to endure. The Uyghur people are a Turkish ethnic minority. It […]
      - 17 hours ago 27 Nov 20, 9:09pm -
    • newTrump Campaign Takes Lawsuit Against Certifying Pennsylvania Results to Supreme Court
      The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected the Trump campaign’s attempt to block Pennsylvania’s certification of a Joe Biden victory. The former vice president has an 81,000-vote lead in the state. “Charges of unfairness are serious,” Judge Stephanos Bibas, whom President Trump himself appointed, wrote in his 21-page opinion on Friday. “But calling an […]
      - 17 hours ago 27 Nov 20, 8:24pm -
    • newPope Frances Compares Getting Abortion to “Hiring a Hitman”
      Pope Francis recently compared someone getting an abortion to hiring a hitman as he is urging Argentina to reject legislation from its president to legalize abortion. Earlier this week, Pope Francis, answering the pleas of Argentine women who are fighting for the rights of unborn babies, wrote a public letter to his home country this […]
      - 18 hours ago 27 Nov 20, 8:10pm -
    • newAndrew Cuomo Nominated for Time “Person of the Year” Despite Killing Thousands of Nursing Home Residents
      New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been nominated for Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” despite issuing an order that resulted in killing thousands of nursing home residents when he put coronavirus patients in their nursing homes instead of using alternate venues to house them. Other states protected their elderly residents and didn’t see the […]
      - 19 hours ago 27 Nov 20, 6:32pm -

    Mennonite Central Committee

    • newCaring for uprooted people | DR Congo | Video
      Over the years, with funding through MCC’s account at Canadian Foodgrains Bank the projects of MCC and its partner Église du Christ au Congo — Ministère des Refugiés et des Urgences (ECC-MERU or Church of Christ in Congo — Ministry of Refugees and Emergencies) have provided a safety net for famil
      - 9 hours ago 28 Nov 20, 5:00am -
    • Dina González-Piña named West Coast MCC executive director
      Dina González-Piña of Hanford, California, has been named West Coast MCC executive director. She moves from her current work as Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. ethnicity and gender equity specialist into the regional leadership role on Jan. 4, 2021.
      - 8 days ago 20 Nov 20, 5:00am -
    • MCC responds to double hurricanes
      After two hurricanes within two weeks flooded several countries in Central America twice, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is providing emergency food and supplies and making longer-term plans to help with recovery.
      - 8 days ago 20 Nov 20, 5:00am -
    • Ephrata Material Resources Center celebrates 50 years
      From its earliest days in 1920, MCC shipped humanitarian aid to international sites needing assistance. The process became more intense with the depravation and desolation of Europe during and after World War II.
      - 18 days ago 10 Nov 20, 5:00am -
    • Locked down but uplifted
      The hallmark of a year of service in Indonesia for three young men was the "love from Indonesia" and the warmth of the relationships they built with their hosts and each other.
      - 18 days ago 10 Nov 20, 5:00am -

    MinistryWatch

    • Fundraising Pay Up in U.S., Down in Canada
      Average fundraising salaries in the United States increased 1.5 percent during 2019 but declined 5.4 percent in Canada, according to a new survey.
      - 3 days ago 25 Nov 20, 4:10pm -
    • Thanksgiving Greetings from MinistryWatch
      Your prayers and financial gifts are an encouragement to us, and they allow us to continue our work for the Gospel.  Thank you for your generous support.  
      - 3 days ago 25 Nov 20, 2:48pm -
    • Non-Profit Leaders Prepare For #GivingTuesday
      The New York-based digital marketing consulting firm Whole Whale predicts that #GivingTuesday will raise $605 million this year, which would be an 18-percent increase compared to 2019.
      - 4 days ago 24 Nov 20, 2:47pm -
    • Amid COVID-19 Uncertainty, Pastors and Churches Struggle in Hiring Slowdown
      Seminaries have reported that churches are hiring fewer pastors as the pandemic constrains their finances, even as hospitals request more chaplains, while churches that do want to fill an empty pulpit struggle to vet candidates virtually.
      - 4 days ago 24 Nov 20, 2:16pm -
    • Nonprofit Jobs Up, Recovery to Take 2 Years
      Nonprofits recovered 45 percent of initial job losses since May, including 2.3 percent in October. At that rate, it would take another two years to recover all 1.6 million nonprofit jobs lost since the pandemic started.
      - 5 days ago 23 Nov 20, 3:13pm -

    Religion News Service

    • newIn a year of waiting and hoping, Advent reminds us that patience can be healthy
      (RNS) — Advent comes with this countervailing message: Expect God to show up in unexpected places, like a subway car, a Zoom call, or a stable.The post In a year of waiting and hoping, Advent reminds us that patience can be healthy appeared first on Religion News Service.
      - 1 hour ago 28 Nov 20, 12:52pm -
    • newPhotos of the Week: Diego Maradona; Kashmiri Muslims
      (RNS) — This week’s selection includes the death of former Argentine soccer superstar Diego Maradona, Kashmiri Muslims commemorating a Sufi saint and more.The post Photos of the Week: Diego Maradona; Kashmiri Muslims appeared first on Religion News Service.
      - 15 hours ago 27 Nov 20, 10:44pm -
    • newMaradona’s death boosts ‘Hand of God’ goal’s author to sainted status
      (RNS) — At its extreme, veneration of the soccer star gave birth to the Maradonian Church, a group of fans who pay homage to him with parody rituals.The post Maradona’s death boosts ‘Hand of God’ goal’s author to sainted status appeared first on Religion News Service.
      - 15 hours ago 27 Nov 20, 10:39pm -
    • newSean Feucht protest worries Los Angeles homeless advocates
      LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Feucht has not been reached for comment, but city officials told Religion News Service on Wednesday (Nov. 25), that no permits had been issued to secure the event.The post Sean Feucht protest worries Los Angeles homeless advocates appeared first on Religion News Service.
      - 24 hours ago 27 Nov 20, 2:21pm -
    • High court blocks NY coronavirus limits on houses of worship
      (RNS) — In an unsigned opinion the court said the restrictions "single out houses of worship for especially harsh treatment."The post High court blocks NY coronavirus limits on houses of worship appeared first on Religion News Service.
      - 2 days ago 26 Nov 20, 2:17pm -

    Trinity Foundation

    • 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 […]The post Investigative Reporters Examine Religious Fraud Across Latin America first appeared on Trinity Foundation.
      - 67 days ago 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 […]The post Brazilian Church Accused of Money Laundering Billion first appeared on Trinity Foundation.
      - 67 days ago 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 […]The post Taxing Jerry Falwell’s Golden Parachute Payments (severance over M) first appeared on Trinity Foundation.
      - 89 days ago 31 Aug 20, 3:24pm -
    • Televangelist Morris Cerullo Dead at 88
      After preaching for 70 years, faith healer and televangelist Morris Cerullo has died at 88 years of age from pneumonia. In the months before he died, Cerullo’s final project, a […]The post Televangelist Morris Cerullo Dead at 88 first appeared on Trinity Foundation.
      - 13 Jul 20, 1:25pm -
    • Warning Signs When Reviewing Church or Ministry Financial Statements
        Before donating to a particular organization, stop and consider a few warning signs first. Trinity Foundation has spent several decades examining financial statements of religious organizations. There are common […]The post Warning Signs When Reviewing Church or Ministry Financial Statements first appeared on Trinity Foundation.
      - 4 Jul 20, 10:49am -

    United Methodist News Service

    • Church must hear Hispanic/Latino voices
      The lack of voices from Latin America represents a major gap in the global conversations occurring in The United Methodist Church.
      - 4 days ago 24 Nov 20, 3:45pm -
    • Taking concrete steps to move against racism
      United Methodist conferences are confronting the sin of racism through prayers, calls for justice and education on white supremacy.
      - 4 days ago 24 Nov 20, 3:34pm -
    • Estimating financial impact of church exits
      United Methodist financial leaders voted on agencies’ 2021 budgets at the same time they looked at the costs of a potential church split and a proposal to reduce bishops.
      - 5 days ago 23 Nov 20, 6:47pm -
    • United Methodists rally to help typhoon survivors
      From sheltering evacuees to raising money, gathering supplies and sharing generators, Filipino United Methodists and church partners are embracing those affected by recent storms.
      - 8 days ago 20 Nov 20, 6:02pm -
    • Former missionary to South Korea dies at 91
      A well-loved missionary, the Rev. George Ogle, was honored earlier this year by the government of the Republic of Korea.
      - 8 days ago 20 Nov 20, 5:02pm -

    Women of Faith

    • 2 Hearts | Love, Faith & Hope  
       Only in theaters October 16. Learn more about the inspirational true story of 2 Hearts as told by the cast and filmmakers.ONLY IN THEATERS OCTOBER 16
      - 53 days ago 6 Oct 20, 8:33pm -
    • The 2 Hearts Story | Only in Theaters Oct 16
      The 2 Hearts StoryHi Women of Faith, as part of the cast of the upcoming film ‘2 Hearts’, we are excited to share with you a first look at the inspirational true story behind the film. Do you believe in miracles?  2 Hearts is a romantic journey that celebrates life, love and generosity of spirit and will strengthens our belief that miracles still happen. 2 Hearts will open in theaters everywhere on October 16th.  
      - 81 days ago 8 Sep 20, 5:14pm -
    • Women of Faith Interview with Jeremy Camp
      Jeremy Camp...  Throughout his 17-year career, Capitol CMG artist Jeremy Camp has established himself with landmark accolades including: Holds title for most #1s among solo artists on the Christian Airplay chartBillboard’s #2 artist of the Decade in 201040 #1 radio hits across all formats4 RIAA certified gold albums and 1 gold single1 Grammy nomination, 3 American Music Award nominations & 4 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year AwardsJeremy has also authored an autobiography, I Still Believe (2013, Tyndale) and toured the world, sharing his music in more than 36 countries, and his organization, Speaking Louder Ministries, has allowed him to travel to Brazil, Guatemala, Ukraine, Japan and Kyrgyzstan.Now his story is being told in a movie for the ages!One love can change your life. One life can change the world. From the creators of I Can Only Imagine comes an inspiring true story of faith, hope, and love. I STILL BELIEVE is based on the real-life story of chart-topping singer Jeremy Camp. Starring KJ Apa, Britt Robertson, Shania Twain, and Gary Sinise, I STILL BELIEVE is a powerful reminder that in the midst of life’s storms, true hope can be found in Christ. Learn more at https://istillbelievemovie.com. Women of Faith is a global ministry, specializing in the use of all forms of media & technology, as a conduit to connect people to people and exponentially grow friends and community globally and to create disciples 24/7, 365 days per year.  This allows Women of Faith to reach more people and to have more impact in growing God’s Kingdom.  Women of Faith is also committed to carrying the legacy of wisdom, story and authenticity, by providing various media, initiatives, resources, events, courses, studies, partnerships and programs.  These are utilized in delivering spiritual strength, life leadership, real relationships and to encourage and equip women to experience a deeper relationship with Jesus. Women of Faith's Foundational Voice is Alita Reynolds. 
      - 25 Mar 20, 5:01am -
    • JONAH: More Than a Whale of a Tale
      Who doesn’t know Jonah?  While at first glance we think of it as the tale of a whale, it’s really a story of God’s heart toward the nations.  God uses this timeless story to challenge us to His most important commitment – reaching the nations with the news of His love and forgiveness.  Even if they are our archenemies, He wants us to go there and tell them of the wonderful grace of Jesus…greater than all our sin.Jesus Himself summed up the story of Jonah as He left this earth.  It’s recorded in the last two verses of Matthew 28: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations.”  He had a plan for Jonah, and that same plan is for us.From Women of Faith Devotional Bible.  Copyright © 2003 (Thomas Nelson, Inc.)  Used by permission.   Women of Faith is a global ministry, specializing in the use of all forms of media & technology, as a conduit to connect people to people and exponentially grow friends and community globally and to create disciples 24/7, 365 days per year.  This allows Women of Faith to reach more people and to have more impact in growing God’s Kingdom.  Women of Faith is also committed to carrying the legacy of wisdom, story and authenticity, by providing various media, initiatives, resources, events, courses, studies, partnerships and programs.  These are utilized in delivering spiritual strength, life leadership, real relationships and to encourage and equip women to experience a deeper relationship with Jesus. Women of Faith's Foundational Voice is Alita Reynolds. 
      - 10 Feb 20, 6:00am -
    • LOOKING THROUGH THE LENS OF ANGER
      Looking through the Lens of Anger"In your anger do not sin’: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” (Ephesians 4:26–27)Anger is a God-given emotion, yet many believe anger is always negative, always a sin. We stuff it, hide it, avoid it, and deny it. Hidden anger only fuels the fire inside. These Keys for Living will help you identify the four sources of anger and learn how to apply the quick answer to anger. You will also find biblical solutions for resolving past anger and practical tools to identify triggers, handle angry people, and act rather than react in volatile situations.Anger is appropriate at certain times.Anger must be resolved, or it becomes sinful.Anger can be curtailed.Anger, if not stopped, can be used by Satan.Anger, if prolonged, gives ground to Satan.“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God.”(Ephesians 4:29–30)Anger can lead to unwholesome talk.Anger can grieve the Holy Spirit.Anger can be totally cancelled.Anger becomes sin when it results in bitterness.Anger must be eradicated before it turns to rage.Anger must be let go before it leads to fighting.Anger must be overcome before it leads to slander.Anger must be mastered before it becomes malicious.Anger can be conquered through kindness and compassion.Anger can be fought and defeated through forgiveness.“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”(Ephesians 4:31–32)Facing the Internal FireIs your commute plagued by road rage?Do you battle difficult people every time you step into the grocery store?How often have you sat alone after an argument, regretting your harsh words?Do you try to control your emotions and find yourself at the mercy of unpredictable anger?Anger can make you feel like a powder keg, vulnerable to even the smallest spark. When you lose control, the flames can be explosive, singeing your relationships, charring your work and burning your health. In truth, anger is a positive emotion, designed by God as a warning signal to alert you to a problem. But if left unchecked, anger grows into deep destructive bitterness.God can help you uncover the source of your anger whether injustice, hurt, fear or frustration. He is ready and able to heal your heart and help you control your anger before it controls you!To learn more about working through anger, check out our resources on ANGERAND... you are able to check out all of our resources here: RESOURCES   Women of Faith is a global ministry, providing digital media, resources and events to encourage and equip women to experience a deeper relationship with Jesus.  Initiatives and programs allow women to be reached with the Word of God. Various media and events are utilized in delivering the message.  Women of Faith's Foundational Voice is Alita Reynolds.
      - 6 Feb 20, 5:21pm -

    The World And Everything In It (Podcast)

    • 11.27.20 Culture Friday, Voices of Fire, and Listener Feedback
      On Culture Friday, Nick Eicher and Mary Reichard talk to John Stonestreet about cancel culture in the publishing industry; Sarah Schweinsberg reviews the new Netflix reality show Voices of Fire; and your Listener Feedback. Plus: songs of Advent, honoring Bruce, and the Friday morning news.Support The World and Everything in It today at wng.org/donate.Additional support comes from Christianbook.com. Christmas gifts for everyone on your list—at Christianbook.com.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 World Help’s Christmas Giving Catalog, providing life-changing gifts to people in need. Just 15-dollars provides clean water to one person for an entire year. Worldhelp.net/podcast
      - 1 day ago 27 Nov 20, 8:15am -
    • 11.26.20 Extremism in Europe, and recovery and renewal in Paradise
      Jill Nelson reports on the state of extremism in Europe and leaders’ attempts to rethink their approach; and the final installment of Sarah Schweinsberg’s report from Paradise, California. Plus: commentary from Kim Henderson, a new leash on life, and the Thursday morning news.Support The World and Everything in It today at wng.org/donate.Additional support comes from Christianbook.com. Great gifts at great values—just a click away at Christianbook.com.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 World Help’s Christmas Giving Catalog, providing life-changing gifts to people in need. Just 15-dollars provides clean water to one person for an entire year. Worldhelp.net/podcast  
      - 2 days ago 26 Nov 20, 8:15am -
    • 11.25.20 Washington Wednesday, World Tour, and restoring Paradise
      On Washington Wednesday, Nick Eicher talks to political analyst Henry Olsen about the future of the Republican Party; on World Tour, Onize Ohikere reports on international news; and part two of Sarah Schweinsberg’s report on recovery in Paradise, California. Plus: commentary from Cal Thomas, a presidential pardon, and the Wednesday morning news.Support The World and Everything in It today at wng.org/donate.Additional support comes from Christianbook.com. Hundreds of thousands of gifts at your fingertips—at Christianbook.com.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 World Help’s Christmas Giving Catalog, providing life-changing gifts to people in need. Just 15-dollars provides clean water to one person for an entire year. Worldhelp.net/podcast  
      - 3 days ago 25 Nov 20, 8:15am -
    • 11.24.20 Free speech in France, internet safety, and recovery in Paradise
      Jenny Lind Schmitt reports on the debate over free speech in France following attacks over perceived criticism of Muslims; Myrna Brown talks to Jason Thacker about keeping kids safe online; and Sarah Schweinsberg visits Paradise, California, to find out how the community is recovering from catastrophic wildfires. Plus: commentary from Marvin Olasky, a $2 million pigeon, and the Tuesday morning news.Support The World and Everything in It today at wng.org/donate.Additional support comes from Christianbook.com. Great gifts for everyone on your list—at Christianbook.com.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 World Help’s Christmas Giving Catalog, providing life-changing gifts to people in need. Just 15-dollars provides clean water to one person for an entire year. Worldhelp.net/podcast
      - 4 days ago 24 Nov 20, 8:15am -
    • 11.23.20 Legal Docket, Moneybeat, and History Book
      On Legal Docket, Mary Reichard details oral arguments in two Supreme Court cases challenging the criminal justice system; 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: the Monday morning news.Support The World and Everything in It today at wng.org/donate.Additional support comes from Christianbook.com. Christian books, Bibles, music, toys, and gifts—at Christianbook.com.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 World Help’s Christmas Giving Catalog, providing life-changing gifts to people in need. Just 15-dollars provides clean water to one person for an entire year. Worldhelp.net/podcast
      - 5 days ago 23 Nov 20, 8:15am -

    World Magazine

    • newA month of hurricanes
      A Samaritan’s Purse team had just set up a field hospital on Nov. 14 in Honduras to help victims of Hurricane Eta when Iota started bearing down on them. The team rushed to drop the tents, strap them down, and move equipment to higher ground before the second hurricane arrived, said Kelly Suter, the ministry’s medical director.“It really gave us a unique perspective to be able to weather the storm with the community,” Suter said. “I think it adds another layer of compassion.”The two hurricanes killed at least 150 people and left more than 100 others missing. The United Nations reported the weather affected more than 5 million people in Honduras and eight other Central American countries. Floodwaters drenched entire communities, destroyed crops, and left many people in shelters and on the streets. Several places remained flooded this week, and aid workers worry the needs, combined with the pandemic, could last for a while.In Nicaragua, the storms damaged 16 of 81 health facilities and destroyed 4,000 homes. Groups such as Healing Hands International sent containers of food, medical supplies, and other relief items to Nicaragua and Honduras, said Joseph Smith, the vice president of operations. In Guatemala, more than 200,000 people sought refuge in shelters, according to the country’s disaster prevention agency.In San Pedro Sula, Honduras, only large vehicles could drive across the flooded street on the right side of the Samaritan’s Purse’s field hospital this week. Suter said the team dug canals around the tents, pumped water away from the clinic, and used gravel to cover up to 4 inches of mud so supply trucks could arrive. The mission plans to deploy mobile teams to communities that are harder to reach this week, Suter said.Water Mission made San Pedro Sula its national headquarters in 1998 after Hurricane Mitch killed more than 11,000 people in Honduras and other Central American countries. David Inman, the mission’s director of Latin America and Caribbean programs, said the organization partnered with the country’s national disaster service to move stranded people to shelters. The team has also delivered safe water to shelters and plans to distribute water purifying systems to some affected areas. In Tocoa, Honduras, members of one community church prepared and delivered food to shelters, Inman added.Some 28 youth-led nonprofits worked together after Eta hit to raise funds and send food and clothes to the region, said Rafael Jerez Moreno, the founder of Informed Vote Honduras. But after Iota hit just two weeks later, donations and support declined, he said. “All of this happened in the middle of the pandemic,” Moreno added. “Something sustainable needs to be done.”Fears of infectious diseases are growing in the wake of the two storms, Suter said. The Samaritan’s Purse clinic has already treated patients with gastrointestinal illnesses from dirty water, skin infections, malaria, and childhood respiratory illnesses.“The patients we’re seeing come in shell-shocked. We have patients that haven’t eaten in days, on the streets,” she said. “We try to bring some hope, show them people care, that they’re going to be okay.” Associated Press/Photo by Nariman El-Mofty Tigray refugees in Qadarif, Sudan, on Wednesday Violence persists in Ethiopia’s Tigray regionAn ethnic Tigrayan youth group and local security forces in Ethiopia’s turbulent northern region killed about 600 civilians this month, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said Tuesday.According to the report, local police and militiamen on Nov. 9 helped the group, called Samri, target Amhara and Wolkait people. “They killed hundreds of people, beating them with batons, sticks, stabbing them with knives, machetes, and hatchets and strangling them with ropes,” the report said. “They also looted and destroyed properties.”Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Nov. 4 launched an offensive against Tigray’s regional leaders. Hundreds of people have died and more than 40,000 have fled into neighboring Sudan. Both sides have accused each other of atrocities. Abiy on Wednesday asked the international community to refrain from unwelcome interference in the conflict. —O.O. Associated Press/Photo by Sunday Alamba (file) Brig. Gen. Ahmed Taiwo speaks to a judicial committee in Lagos, Nigeria. Nigerian military admits to protest crackdownSoldiers used both live and blank bullets during October protests at the Lekki Toll Gate, the Nigerian army admitted for the first time on Saturday.Youth-led demonstrations against brutality by a special police unit began in the country in early October. The movement grew into calls for better governance and an end to corruption. On Oct. 20, soldiers opened fire on protesters at the toll gate and in another district, killing at least 12 people.When the regional Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution reviewed the incident, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Taiwo said troublemakers infiltrated the peaceful protests: “That is why they were armed [with] blank bullets in addition to the live [bullets] they were carrying.”The Nigerian military had previously denied having any soldiers at the shooting. It later backtracked and said soldiers only fired blank rounds into the air. The admission followed a CNN investigation that used bullet casings, satellite imagery, timestamped video footage, and witness accounts to confirm the government crackdown. —O.O. Associated Press/Photo by Brian Inganga (file) Healthcare workers in a COVID-19 unit in Machakos, Kenya Kenyan doctors battle COVID-19 surgeDoctors who test positive for the coronavirus or come in contact with an infected person have continued working as Kenya battles climbing infection numbers. Clinics are understaffed and provide substandard personal protective equipment, while health workers receive no life insurance or risk allowances, Dr. Chibanzi Mwachonda of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists, and Dentists Union told a parliamentary committee last week.“How do you fight a war when all your soldiers are falling in numbers?” he said. “We need to be protected.”Some 30 Kenyan health workers have died of the coronavirus. Kenya eased pandemic restrictions late in September, and compliance with social distancing and mask guidelines has dropped. The union threatened to strike starting Dec. 6 if the government failed to offer adequate equipment to health workers and compensate the families of those who die of COVID-19. —O.O. Indian state targets marriage conversionIndia’s ruling Hindu nationalist party this week announced a 10-year sentence for anyone who uses marriage to compel someone to change faiths in the nation’s most populous state. The new decree in Uttar Pradesh state would require couples of different religions to notify their district magistrate two months before getting married. They could only wed if the official found no objections. The state’s government minister, Siddharth Nath Singh, said the law would prevent unlawful conversions and give justice to women.It’s the latest effort by the nationalist party to crack down on Hindu conversions to Islam and Christianity. The ruling party has termed such interfaith marriages as “love jihad.” Muslims make up about 14 percent of the population in the predominantly Hindu country, while Christians make up about 2 percent. —O.O. Image: Deck: Honduras and other Central American countries begin recovery after Eta and IotaCategory: InternationalKeywords: InternationalLatin AmericaHondurasGuatemalaNicaraguaHurricaneWeatherEthiopiaPolitical UnrestAfricaNigeriaProtestCoronavirusKenyaHealthIndiaReligionScotlandSlug: InternationalArticle Title: A month of hurricanesAuthor: Onize OhikereDigital Branding: World TourHide from Archive?: 0
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    • newTrump loses suit in Pennsylvania
      President Donald Trump’s campaign requested the state throw out thousands of ballots due to allegations that officials restricted some poll watchers and unfairly let some voters cure their absentee ballots. But a panel from the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the campaign on Friday after U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann blocked the lawsuit last week. “Calling an election unfair does not make it so,” wrote Judge Stephanos Bibas, a Trump appointee. “Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.”What will Trump do next? His attorney, Jenna Ellis, tweeted that her legal team plans to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. Trump said on Thursday that if Joe Biden won the Electoral College vote in December, it would be a mistake, but he would leave office at the end of his term.Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s report on Biden’s planned Cabinet nominations.Image: Category: PoliticsArticle Title: Trump loses suit in PennsylvaniaKeywords: PoliticsCampaign 2020White HouseElectionsAuthor: Kyle Ziemnick
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    • newGOP flips another House seat in California
      Republican David Valadao represented the 21st Congressional District for six years before Democratic Rep. T.J. Cox beat him in 2018. But Valadao took the seat back this year, giving Republicans their third pickup of a Democratic district in California. Valadao had not endorsed President Donald Trump in 2016 but supported him in 2020.How is the state of the House overall? Republicans flipped 11 districts in the 2020 election, cutting the Democratic side of the aisle from 233 to 222 seats. Results are pending in seven races across the country, and Republicans lead in all of them. In Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, just seven votes separated the GOP and Democratic candidates as of Friday afternoon.Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s report on Republican gains in the House.Image: Category: PoliticsArticle Title: GOP flips another House seat in CaliforniaKeywords: PoliticsElectionsCongressCampaign 2020Author: Kyle Ziemnick
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    • newIranian scientist assassinated
      Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, whom Israel suspected was the leader of Iran’s disbanded military nuclear program, died on Friday in an ambush outside of Tehran. The scientist led a program that the International Atomic Energy Agency linked to “activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device” through the end of 2003. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has mentioned Fakhrizadeh in conjunction with Iran’s nuclear program in the past.What happened? Iranian state television reported an old truck hiding explosives blew up near a sedan carrying Fakhrizadeh. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said there were “serious indications” Israel was involved and called it an act of “state terror” but didn’t give any explanation. Israeli authorities declined to comment, and no one has claimed responsibility.Dig deeper: Read Mindy Belz’s Globe Trot report about Iran’s arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq.Image: Category: InternationalArticle Title: Iranian scientist assassinatedKeywords: InternationalIranNuclear WeaponsMiddle EastAuthor: Rachel Lynn Aldrich
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    • newPandemic brings saner Black Friday
      Just a trickle of shoppers wandered through Macy’s on Herald Square in New York an hour after it opened. Many stores reported—or planned for—smaller crowds on Black Friday, reflecting concerns about further spread of the coronavirus. It will still likely prove the busiest shopping day of the year.What did stores do to keep shoppers safe? In the most popular outdoor mall in Austin, Texas, employees counted heads to keep the number of shoppers below 75 percent of store capacity. At Macy’s in New York, workers sanitized door knobs and windows. Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., spread its Black Friday deals over eight days to tamp down on large crowds. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said shopping in crowded stores during the holidays is a “higher risk” activity.Dig deeper: Read Sharon Dierberger’s report on theaters and producers pinning their hopes on Wonder Woman 1984 to revive a struggling industry during the pandemic.Image: Category: Business & EconomyArticle Title: Pandemic brings saner Black FridayKeywords: BusinessCoronavirusHealthEconomyAuthor: Rachel Lynn Aldrich
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