Local group addresses domestic violence around the holidays

EUGENE, Ore. -- The holidays are supposed to be a time of happiness, but many organizations report that incidents of domestic violence occur more often during this time of year. The holiday season can be soured by a number of factors that can lead to domestic violence. Many of these...

Jewish-Christian understanding project returns to East Cobb area

What’s called J Star—a Jewish-Christian understanding project that’s been conducted during the holidays the last three years—is making its rounds in the Atlanta area. The 4th annual J Star is underway, with clergy from both faiths making presentations at area churches and handing out materials, in particular to children.

Aspen Choral Society ready for 46th performance of ‘Messiah’

The Aspen Choral Society will present its 46th-annual performance of the Baroque-era, English-language oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, Messiah, on Friday through Sunday. This year’s ensemble will include 48 singers, 16 instrumentalists, and one director and will be performed live in Aspen, Glenwood Springs, and Basalt.

With race in mind, Christians reconsider language of dark and light at Advent

(RNS) — The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow has always been bothered by Advent’s emphasis on the imagery of light and darkness. For at least the last decade, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) pastor has been urging other clergy to be thoughtful in how they use the language — often equating light with good and dark with bad — during the liturgical season of Advent in the roughly four weeks leading up to Christmas.

Pastors Say Christmas Eve Is Most-Attended Holiday Service

Mainline pastors are more likely than their evangelical counterparts to say their most attended service is on Christmas Eve (60% v. 44%), while evangelical pastors are more likely than mainline ministers to say their highest attendance event is during the third week of December (30% v. 17%). At a previous...

Week of Prayer: God’s healing among refugees

Above: Russ Wise, a volunteer with a Southern Baptist Disaster Response team, offers water and snacks to Ukrainian children coming across the border into Romania. Russ attends Vertical Church in Yuma, California. SBDR and Send Relief teams served Ukrainian refugees crossing the border at Siret, Romania, by handing out snacks, water and hot drinks and providing cell phone charging stations. The station was originally started by the Romanian Baptists who were some of the first to respond to those Ukrainians crossing the border after the war started. IMB Photo.

Bipartisan religious freedom commission “outraged” at US failure to add Nigeria and India to list of countries of particular concern

(Worthy News) – The bipartisan US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has expressed “outrage” over the Biden’s administration’s “inexplicable” decision to keep Nigeria and India off the State Department’s list of Countries of Particular Concern (CPC) when it added Cuba and Nicaragua to the list on Friday, Christianity Today reports.

Meet the Christians in Ukraine’s Humanitarian Resistance

It has been 287 days since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, kicking off a war that has left villages destroyed, families separated, and more than 14,000 civilians dead or injured. Recently, Russian forces have withdrawn from the city of Kherson, a move that could represent a turning point in the war. As the residents of liberated cities greet Ukrainian soldiers, hundreds of villages lie in disarray. Help is coming through physical supplies funded by humanitarian organizations. But it’s not just food and medicine—it’s also the gospel message and worship services that are bringing Ukrainians together in the wake of tragedy.

21 Accessible Theology Resources for Churchgoers

Most evangelicals entertain confusion on foundational doctrines. Here are 21 resources to help churchgoers develop a rich theology. If the average evangelical in America were to appear on the game show Jeopardy!, they might struggle with a category called “Christian Theology.”. According to recent findings from the State of...

Public Libraries: Christian Values Aren’t Ours

Funny thing happened to public libraries between The Music Man and today. We’ve gone from snickering behind our hands about someone upset about Balzac to discovering 2022’s Marian the Librarian has gone full Woke and bars the door to Christians. With a new children’s book out that celebrates...

Nigeria again excluded from State Department’s CPC list

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department added two countries to its annual designation of the world’s worst persecutors but failed to return Nigeria to the list despite requests from a Southern Baptist entity and other advocates for international religious freedom. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Friday...

An Interview with Charles Keith, Impacted Communities Liaison of Death Penalty Action

Charles Keith is the brother of Kevin Keith and Impacted Communities Liaison of Death Penalty Action. This Advent, Red Letter Christians is highlighting how God shows up for us at Christmas – as a homeless child, in a Brown body, as a refugee, as a victim of violence, and as a person who will eventually be put to death by the state. RLC invited some of our Co-Conspirators, like Charles Keith, to share with us how we can “show up” for God by showing up for those who shared these identities with Christ.
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GETTING THE MESSAGE/Looking only to Jesus

In Acts 28 Paul finally arrives at Rome, as the Lord Jesus had promised. The year would have been around 59 AD. Paul would have been a Christian for a little over 25 years, and tradition says he was beheaded by Emperor Nero about 5 years after he arrived in Rome. Paul’s dedication to Christ and his zeal for the souls of men is the Scriptural example for all Christians.

Agent Accuses ‘Fixer Upper’ Stars of Screwing Him in Book Deal

Design and lifestyle gurus Chip and Joanna Gaines have, over the past decade, built a business empire worth nearly $1 billion, by some estimates. The Waco, Texas-based couple were described in a Variety profile last month as having “unrivaled reach and influence” in the “home, hearth, food and family” sectors, which includes “curating” the Magnolia Network, a 24/7 cable channel they co-own with Warner Brothers Discovery.