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Although many American Christians will insist the U.S. flag belongs in their churches’ sanctuaries, displaying the flag in church compromises Christianity. It’s worth the fight to remove the flag from your sanctuary. […] Read More

For too long, survivors of sexual violence have been silenced, dismissed and even shamed by the church. Here’s what happened when one church created space for survivors to share their stories on a Sunday morning. […] Read More

Christianity in China is growing at a rate not seen since the 1930s. Despite political restrictions and regulations on constructing church buildings, Christians adapt to meeting in hotels or private premises for worship services. […] Read More

While Independence Day provides US churches with the opportunity to celebrate religious liberty, they must be careful to not cross the line and transform their worship services into a patriotic pep rally. […] Read More

Our spiritual lives are like an old house. Now and then, they need a fresh coat of paint or a complete remodel. Perhaps your spiritual life is a fixer-upper project, long overdue for a demolition and rebuild. […] Read More

White supremacy, nationalism and racism threaten many people of faith. Those of us undeniably privileged by our culture at birth must use that privilege to benefit those who do not move through the world as easily as we do. […] Read More

We have integrated businesses, schools, buses and restrooms but not sanctuaries. It’s a sad commentary that U.S. Christians cannot come together one day a week for an hour or two. We remain hard-hearted when it comes to race. […] Read More

Patterns of worship and ministry continually evolve in response to the currents of culture and emerging understandings of the faith pilgrimage. No matter how the Christian community evolves, here are seven thoughts to consider. […] Read More

A few generations ago, Sunday School and related programs began to lose their centrality for the nurturing task within church fellowships. Today, prospects for a thriving future of healthy churches are not promising. […] Read More

There’s a time and place for honoring the U.S. flag, but church is for worshipping God alone. Pastors who want to remove the flag from the sanctuary often face angry members, raising serious concerns about idolatry. […] Read More