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Preaching through Bible has risks
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Preaching straight through the Bible has its risks, pastors acknowledged in a panel discussion during the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio. Panelists urged a balance between verse-by-verse explanation and sermons on specific topics at a June 16 breakfast meeting sponsored by The Gospel Project, a
 
Episcopal Church elects Michael Curry
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY — The Episcopal Church elected its first African-American presiding bishop, choosing Bishop Michael Curry of North Carolina during the denomination's national assembly last weekend. Curry was elected by a landslide in a vote at the Episcopal General Convention, the top legislative body of the church. Curry earned 121 of 174 votes from
 
Raleigh church tells congregation to stay home July Fourth weekend
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
RALEIGH – A megachurch in Raleigh is asking people to stop coming – at least for a weekend. Hope Community Church, a 10,000-plus member, multi-campus church, is telling its congregation not to come to church and to use the time they would otherwise be worshiping to get to know their neighbors. As part of its Unleashed initiative, Pastor Mike
 
Let it go, please
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Today is truly a day that the Lord has made, and it's apparent to me that as the world gets more and more complicated, the Word of God gets easier to understand. I oftentimes get reminded of the power of ego (mine), pride and the desire to control or be in control. Dare I say that most people believe or certainly understand the concept of letting go and
 
Worshippers flock to S.C. church for worship
Monday, June 22, 2015
Hundreds of worshippers flooded the sweltering aisles of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Sunday morning as it opened for the first time since a young man walked into a Bible study meeting, sat for an hour and then shot nine of the attendees, including the church’s charismatic pastor. During the two-hour service, the Rev. Norvel Goff and
 
Charleston churches respond to shootings with grief, but also resolve
Friday, June 19, 2015
The day after a mass shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, a noon vigil spilled out of a church just blocks away, with hundreds of people sweating in near 100-degree heat, strangers hugging each other or just standing still and listening. Almost a dozen churches and places of worship are within walking distance of Emanuel at the
 
N. Carolina's religious-exemption gay marriage bill now law
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
RALEIGH – A measure allowing some court officials to refuse to perform gay marriage responsibilities because of their religious beliefs became law in North Carolina last week, but opponents said litigation challenging the new measure was likely to come soon. The state House voted to override Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's veto of the bill, making the
 
Pray on Godís time, not yours
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
If you’re like me, prayer is a subject that keeps popping up because sometimes out of sheer habit, I keep doing it. Intellectually, I understand its purpose and its benefit. But sometimes I get lost in the reality of whom and under what circumstances I’m moved to pray. It’s then that I want my prayers answered on my time, for my reasons,
 

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