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Resisting sports gambling sometimes a losing bet, faith leaders say

(RNS) — On Sunday, millions of Americans will gather with friends to eat snacks, laugh at the latest TV commercials and watch a little football as the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII.

Radio preacher Alistair Begg won’t back down from advice to attend LGBTQ wedding

(RNS) — For the past few weeks, Alistair Begg, pastor of Parkside Church in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and host of the “Truth for Life” radio program, has been caught in what he calls “a storm in a teacup” over advice he gave about attending an LGBTQ wedding.

Judge dismisses Muslim couple’s lawsuit against school where daughter converted to Christianity

ROCKFORD, Ill. (RNS) — A federal judge in Illinois ruled that a state school district is not responsible for the actions of a teacher who allegedly proselytized students in a public school classroom, leading a Muslim student to convert to Christianity.

On the YouVersion Bible app, Americans looked for hope in 2023

(RNS) — Bobby Gruenewald might know more about how Americans read the Bible than anyone else in the country. For the past 15 years, Gruenewald, an online entrepreneur turned pastor, has run the popular YouVersion Bible app — a free application that has been downloaded more than 700 million times in the U.S. and around the world.

Giving is up at churches and people are back, but challenges remain

(RNS) — Three years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, churches have fewer people in the pews, more money in the collection plate and less conflict than they had in 2020.

Sarah Young, author of ‘Jesus Calling,’ dies at 77

NASHVILLE (RNS) — Sarah Young, a former missionary whose devotional prayers became a Christian publishing juggernaut, has died at age 77.

Big churches sound alike. Little churches are the ‘Wild West’ of music, study finds.

(RNS) – Step into a big Baptist church on Sunday morning and chances are you’ll hear the same popular worship songs played at other big churches around the country.

Rebekah Naylor is about to retire. Again. But she’s not done yet

(RNS) — The first time she retired, in 2002, Dr. Rebekah Naylor, a longtime missionary surgeon, came home to Texas after 35 years in India to care for her mother, who was ailing.

Tim Keller, retired New York megachurch pastor and bestselling author, dies at 72

(RNS)— Tim Keller, an influential Presbyterian Church in America minister who founded a network of evangelical Christian churches in New York City, has died.

More Americans stay away from church as pandemic nears year three

(RNS) — At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly every congregation in the United States shut down, at least for a while.