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Diana Chandler

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Active Christians value civic responsibility, study shows amid 2024 elections

PHILADELPHIA (BP) – Christians engaged in Scripture place the highest premiums on civic advocacy and engagement, the American Bible Society (ABS) said in its latest release from the 2024 State of the Bible.

‘Underwrite and undergird’ work of Southern Baptists, Black pastors exhort one another

INDIANAPOLIS (BP) – At St. Stephen Baptist Church, a majority African American church ministering in mostly Hispanic La Puente, Calif., the Cooperative Program ranks a line item on the church’s budget.

AI ripe for worship music planning, budget, admin help, most Christians say

BOULDER, Colo. (BP) – Artificial intelligence could organize worship music sets, plan church budgets and perform administrative tasks as well as or better than humans, half or more of Christians said in new research from Barna Group and Gloo.

Kansas judge halts Title IX gender-identity-bias rules in several states

KANSAS CITY, Kansas (BP) -- Oklahoma public middle school student K.R. refused to use the bathrooms at school, fearing she’d encounter a biological male who perhaps identified as female in one of the stalls she described as poorly separated by partitions.

Cuban Christians’ religious freedom cry comes as pastor lingers in jail

LAS TUNAS, Cuba (BP) – The Alliance of Christians in Cuba (ACC) denounced the country’s human rights and religious freedom violations at its 2024 meeting, the third time it has done so since its 2022 founding and the latest in a string of such statements internationally.

Ku Klux Klan Act cited in U.S. hearing on antisemitism at colleges

Today, following months of antisemitic and anti-Zionist protests and barricades on several college campuses in the U.S., religious liberty attorney Mark Rienzi cited the Ku Klux Klan Act in calling for Congress to ensure enforcement of federal laws protecting Jews from religious and ethnic persecution.

State Department report notes religious persecution in 199 countries

WASHINGTON (BP) -- Millions continue to suffer religious persecution globally, with wars and civil conflicts exacerbating already existing ills in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, the U.S. State Department documented in its 2023 Report on International Religious Freedom.

Annual Day of the Christian Martyr encourages personal sacrifice for Gospel

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (BP) -- Prayer for the persecuted and faith to boldly proclaim the Gospel are being encouraged on the sixth annual Day of the Christian Martyr June 29, launched in 2019 by Voice of the Martyrs (VOM).

Oklahoma High Court blocks first religious charter school in U.S.

OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) – The Oklahoma Supreme Court blocked on June 25 a publicly funded religious charter school that would have been the first in the U.S.

Brad Graves thrives in ministry amid personal challenges

ADA, Okla. (BP) – When Brad Graves began pastoring Cross Church San Diego in 2007, wildfires forced his evacuation before his moving truck arrived.