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Bringing hope to the world

hope

If you’re like me, there are days when I have to scratch my head at the state of our world — days when I have to say, “How can that be true?” Sometimes I wonder if what I feel about ...

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Students take Jesus to Rio’s ‘Crack-land’

Rio de Janeiro

Locals know it as “Crack-land,” a run-down, crime-ridden neighborhood in the heart of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where addicts come to get their fix. Many never leave. Crack cocaine is the star attraction, and its victims line Crack-land’s streets. They’ve lost ...

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Music | Folk duo’s new project

Acoustic folk duo All Sons & Daughters released their self-titled studio album May 6. The duo, vocalist Leslie Jordan on guitar with David Leonard on vocals and piano, shared co-writing duties with several noted songwriters, including Stu G (Delirious?), Francesca ...

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Does television rot your brain?

television

In the early days of TV, optimism surrounded this new communication tool. It was going to be a University of the Air, bringing culture—the symphony, opera and theatre—to elevate the masses. TV executives quickly learned that the masses have no ...

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Becoming extraordinary

plans

Good news! It doesn’t matter who you are, what you look like, what gifts and abilities you think you do or do not have or how much money you have in your purse or bank account. God made you, He ...

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  • Willow Creek names NAE head, 3 others to oversee Hybels investigation
    Jo Anne Lyon, general superintendent emerita of The Wesleyan Church, and Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, will lead a new investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Bill Hybels, the retired founding pastor of Willow Creek Community Church. Lyon and Anderson will co-chair the four-person Willow Creek Independent Advisory Group, according […]
  • Former Willow Creek pastor Steve Carter breaks silence on Hybels allegations
    Steve Carter, the lead teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church, was supposed to be in front of his congregation but instead he was throwing up backstage. Carter, 38, had become physically ill that Sunday, Aug. 5, after reading an article published that morning in The New York Times about the church’s founding pastor, Bill […]
  • A pastor’s suicide | An all-too familiar story
    This is getting to be an all-too-familiar story. On August 26, Andrew Stoecklein, the lead pastor of Inland Hills Church in Chino, California, took his own life. He was only thirty years old. Stoecklein was married and had three children. The grim task of informing church members and friends about Stoecklein’s suicide fell to his […]
  • Survey shows more pastors preach about abuse in #MeToo age
    Half of Protestant pastors say they preach to their churches about domestic and sexual abuse, an increase from four years ago, when only a third said they raised the issue, a new survey shows. LifeWay Research took a detailed look at Protestant clergy’s attitudes toward abuse and harassment and what they’ve done about it, surveying […]
  • Fear of Ebola keeps the faithful at home in Congo
    Thousands of faithful in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are staying home from church services to avoid contracting or spreading Ebola. “We are staying in our homes. We can’t go to church and worship together as Christians,” said Daniel Sango, who spoke by phone from Mangina, 24 miles southwest of the town of Beni in North Kivu. “People […]
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