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February, 2020


The spiritual sessions have become a regular part of Warren’s routine before Democratic debates...

Meet the pastor who prays over Elizabeth Warren before every debate

Elizabeth Warren, Miniard Culpepper

by: Jack Jenkins NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., Feb. 26, 2020 (RNS) — Shortly before she took the stage Tuesday night (Feb. 25) to engage with Democratic opponents during a debate in Charleston, South Carolina, Sen. Elizabeth Warren paused to engage in the same ritual she initiates before each political sparring session: She prayed with the Rev. Miniard Culpepper, her pastor. “I will let you in on a little secret: If you think I do all right in the debates, it’s because Rev. Culpepper prays over me before I go out,” Warren,Read More

Five Fox Valley United Methodist churches will co-sponsor an annual community Ash Wednesday service...

Aurora-area Methodists to hold community Ash Wednesday service

AURORA, Ill., Feb. 7, 2020 — Five Fox Valley United Methodist churches will co-sponsor an annual community Ash Wednesday service to open Lent at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Wesley  UMC, 14 N. May St. in Aurora. The public is invited. Admission and parking are free. Donations will be accepted to benefit area farmers affected by poor growing conditions. Partnering churches are Sugar Grove UMC, Kaneville UMC and Flowing Forth UMC, Wesley UMC and Bethany of Fox Valley UMC, all in Aurora. Pastors will serve communion, read scripture passages and impose ashes onRead More

Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore expressed gratitude for the Senate's intention to vote...

Senate prepares to act on two pro-life bills

by Tom Strode EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was updated to correct the date of the Senate votes. WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2020 (BP) — Pro-life advocates in the U.S. Senate will try again Feb. 25 to gain passage of protections for unborn babies late in their mothers’ pregnancies and newborns who survive abortions — something they have been unable to do the last two years. The Senate will seek to bring the measures — the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act — to the floorRead More

Discussion and prayer for the multi-ethnic church in Chicagoland

World Relief luncheon discusses multi-ethnic churches

Michelle Dodson

WHEATON, Ill., Feb. 20, 2020 — On Thursday, Feb. 20, church leaders came to a World Relief – DuPage/Aurora luncheon at Faith Covenant Church, Wheaton. Keith Draper, World Relief – DuPage/Aurora Church Mobilizer, noted about the noontime event,  “Our subject is starting, transitioning, or revitalizing multiethnic church life.  I know that multiethnic church life does not look the same in all churches, so we are attempting to learn from a variety of people and their experiences.” The event’s featured speaker was Michelle Dodson who has helped to start two churchesRead More

As a lifelong Democrat, I have the street cred to say this: Stop it. This is politics, not religion.

Opinion: Memo to Democrats: Forget the purity game!

by: Jeffrey Salkin Feb 18, 2020 (RNS) — Ready for your Talmud lesson? Here goes. Back in Roman times in the land of Judea, a few sages were sitting around discussing Rome. Rabbi Yehuda said: “Rome is great! Look at all they built here — markets, bathhouses, bridges!” Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai answered him: “Everything they established, they established only for their own needs: They established markets to place prostitutes there; bathhouses to pamper themselves; bridges to take tolls.” Yehuda went to the Romans and told them what Shimon barRead More

I have spent a lot of time over the last three years thinking about the evangelical embrace of Trump.

Opinion: The problem with the ‘reluctant Trump’ vote

Donald Trump

by: Paul O’DonnellFeb. 18, 2020 (RNS) — In a much-discussed piece published last week (Feb. 10) by the National Review, Andrew Walker, an ethicist at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, challenges anti-Trump evangelicals to work harder at understanding why so many of their fellow believers voted for Donald Trump in 2016 and will vote for him again in 2020. If anti-Trumpers would empathize more deeply with the motivations of evangelical Trump voters, Walker suggests, they would be less critical of the conservative Protestants who voted for this corrupt president. I haveRead More

Graham, one of the president’s evangelical advisers, felt that Moore’s criticisms of Trump and his evangelical supporters was out of bounds.

Dispute over Russell Moore, politics, Trump and money for missions behind ERLC review

Russell Moore

by: Yonat Shimron Feb. 20, 2020 (RNS) — Jack Graham believes in the Southern Baptist Convention. He’s a former president of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination and once traveled the country drumming up support for the Cooperative Program, the church giving program that funds much of the convention’s missions. Yet, after three years, Graham’s congregation, Prestonwood Baptist Church, which claims 45,000 members, started to withhold money from the SBC. At issue: Graham’s disagreement with Russell Moore, Southern Baptist ethicist and Never Trumper, who once referred to Donald Trump as “anRead More

Thursday (Feb. 20), Olivet University pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and falsifying business records.

Bible college and former Newsweek and Christian Post publishers plead guilty in $35 million fraud probe

Christian Post parent company

by: Alejandra Molina Feb 20, 2020 (RNS) — A California-based Christian college and the former publishers of The Christian Post and Newsweek have pled guilty in a scheme to fraudulently obtain $35 million from lenders, according to the Manhattan District Attorney. Thursday (Feb. 20), Olivet University pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and falsifying business records. Olivet president Tracy Davis represented the university in court. Andrew Lin, who chaired Olivet’s board of trustees, also pleaded guilty Feb. 20 to a scheme to defraud. Lin was promised a non-jail sentence.Read More

Event features gospel music and soul food

Black History Month celebration Feb. 22 at East Aurora H.S.

Black History Month EA 2020

The public is invited to attend the East Aurora School District 131 Black History Month Celebration on Saturday, February 22. “2020: Do You See Me?”, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Arlene Hawks Auditorium at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora. The free event will feature special music and drama performances by students of District 131 schools. The celebration will also feature a gospel choir performance under the direction of Ms. Barbetta Neil. Following the program, all will be invited to the student cafeteriaRead More

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Crosby: Attorneys for Wayside Cross child sex offenders, Kane state’s attorney hold ‘productive’ meeting – The Beacon-News

The Kane County State’s Attorney’s office, which has remained tight-lipped about what the future holds for the men at Wayside Cross who a judge ruled are in violation of a child sex offender residency law, described the meeting as “productive.” Source: Crosby: Attorneys for Wayside Cross child sex offenders, Kane state’s attorney hold ‘productive’ meeting – The Beacon-News