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Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

 

China released house church member Gou Zhongcan Oct. 22 after seven months in prison...

China frees Christian prisoner amid ongoing persecution

by Diana Chandler CHINA, Oct. 25, 2019 (BP) — China has freed an imprisoned Christian but continues a reign of persecution including church demolitions and restrictions barring foreign students from worship, religious liberty advocates reported. China released house church member Gou Zhongcan Oct. 22 after seven months in prison, International Christian Concern (ICC) reported Thursday (Oct. 24). Gou, a member of Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) in Sichuan, had gone missing in March and was seen days later with several plainclothes police, witnesses told ICC. Police have taken into custodyRead More


In 2014 in IS captivity, Mueller defended her faith in front of an IS executioner...

Christian honored in Baghdadi defeat termed faithful

Kayla Mueller

by Diana Chandler PRESCOTT, Ariz., Oct. 28, 2019 (BP) — Kayla Mueller, after whom was named the Oct. 26 operation that reportedly killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is being remembered as a Christian who was faithful despite her capture, torture, rape and murder. Mueller was a member of the Northern Arizona University chapter of United Christian Ministry, marketed as supported by the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of Christ and Disciples of Christ. In 2014 in IS captivity, Mueller defended her faith inRead More


Put another way, people aren’t leaving faith, but they are actively leaving Christianity.

Opinion: Christianity as we know it is dying. Let’s welcome the new life ahead.

religiously unaffiliated or "nones"

by: Amy Butler Oct. 30, 2019 (RNS) — In a recent study, Pew reported that 26% of Americans now self-identify as religiously unaffiliated, up from 17% just 10 years ago. Millennials are defecting from organized religion at significantly higher rates than older generations and while the number of people who identify as atheists or agnostic has risen slightly, the largest category of leaver is the amorphous “nones.” Put another way, people aren’t leaving faith, but they are actively leaving Christianity. Seemingly every other week there is another story of churchesRead More


RIP Medical Debt instead abolishes the debt, with no tax consequences or strings attached for the recipients, according to its site.

Chicago churches join growing movement of congregations paying off medical debt

The Rev. Otis Moss III

by: Emily McFarlan Miller CHICAGO, Oct. 28, 2019 (RNS) — This Thanksgiving, 5,888 families in Illinois’ Cook County will receive a card with the names of several congregations belonging to different Protestant Christian denominations throughout the city of Chicago and these words: “Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. We want you to know that all your debts have been forgiven.” The churches don’t mean that merely theologically. Together, they paid off $5.3 million in medical debt for “the poorest of the poor” — many in the city’s South Side neighborhoods of Englewood,Read More


Franklin made the announcement on Monday (Oct. 28) in a pair of videos posted to Twitter.

Kirk Franklin to boycott Dove Awards, says comments about race were cut from speech

Kirk Franklin

by: Jack Jenkins Oct. 28, 2019 (RNS) — Prominent gospel musician Kirk Franklin says he will boycott the Christian music Dove Awards, citing frustrations with the Gospel Music Association and Trinity Broadcasting Network for editing his past acceptance speeches to remove mentions of race and police shootings. Franklin made the announcement on Monday (Oct. 28) in a pair of videos posted to Twitter. Speaking directly into the camera, he explained that after winning a Dove Award — which is affiliated with the GMA — in 2016, he called for racialRead More