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Americans of faith ought to feel a chill when they hear that the Internal Revenue Service asked a pro-life group about the content of its prayers. According to the Des Moines Register, the president of the Coalition for Life of Iowa applied in 2009 for a tax-exempt status from the IRS. She received a call […] Read More

Christian Right leader Jay Sekulow and his family members have benefited handsomely from two nonprofit organizations that he runs – Christian Advocates Servicing Evangelism (CASE) and American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), according to an in-depth story in the Tennessean. The Sekulow saga is but the latest example of what happens when faith becomes […] Read More

An Oklahoma church may be in jeopardy of losing its tax-exempt status. Ironically, that is exactly what the pastor wants. Fairview Baptist Church pastor Paul Blair deliberately broke the law on Sunday, Sept. 26, by endorsing a candidate for governor from the pulpit. The part of the tax code that provides tax exemption for churches […] Read More

During a recent workshop in conjunction with a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Arkansas assembly, Will Staley and Terrance Clark led a brainstorming exercise about the positive aspects of Helena, an impoverished town in the Arkansas Delta. Ideas included optimizing community resources like the blues, river tradition and kudzu. “The exercise is part of what we […] Read More

I set up a Cool People Care booth at Vanderbilt University as part of their freshman orientation. I was there – along with hundreds of other community organizations – to chat about what we do and how we can help Vandy’s incoming freshman class get involved in the community. As usual, students quickly wandered over […] Read More