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John Baker, founder of Celebrate Recovery, has died

(RNS) — John Baker, co-founder of Celebrate Recovery, a Christian support group that helps people with “hurts, hangups and habits,” has died.

Rush Limbaugh, radio pioneer who shaped American conservatism, dies

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP/RNS) – Rush Limbaugh, the bombastic and popular radio host who shaped conservative politics for decades, has died.

Carman, Christian music icon and Gospel Music Hall of Famer, dies at 65

LAS VEGAS (RNS) — Carman Dominic Licciardello, a Christian music legend known simply by his first name, has died.

Faith-based compassion groups face declining numbers

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP/RNS) – Not long after Hurricane Sally made landfall in mid-September, an army composed of mostly senior citizens in yellow hats descended on the Gulf Coast.

Report: Megachurches continue to grow and diversify, steer clear of politics

(AP/RNS) – America’s megachurches have continued to thrive over the past five years, attracting more worshipers, becoming more diverse and opening new locations.

Kentucky church to investigate Chris Rice, Christian musician, after abuse allegation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — A Kentucky church has announced plans to investigate allegations of sexual abuse by Dove Award-winning Christian musician and songwriter Chris Rice.

John MacArthur, Grace Community Church defy guidelines after court overturns favorable ruling

SUN VALLEY, Calif. (AP/RNS) -- After two court rulings over the weekend, Grace Community Church again met indoors for worship Sunday (Aug. 16), continuing its defiance of a government order banning large indoor meetings and singing during meetings.

Southern Baptist church planter dies after being hit by semi-truck

SHERMAN, Texas (RNS) — John Powell, a church planter and pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in New Caney, Texas, was killed in a highway accident Saturday (July 18), reportedly as he was helping a driver who had stopped in the traffic lanes. According to television station KXII, a truck driving north on U.S. Highway 75 was struck by a car. The car caught fire and two men pulled over to assist. One of the men was struck by a semi and was killed, according to a report from the Sherman, Texas, police department.

#MeToo, church awareness focus of study

NASHVILLE (BP) -- In recent months, churches have been rocked by high-profile accusations of sexual misconduct among clergy. While the Catholic church's continued abuse scandal has dominated the headlines, Protestant churches have also seen high profile pastors accused of sexual misconduct. A new LifeWay Research study shows one in eight Protestant senior pastors say a church staff member has sexually harassed a member of the congregation at some point in the church's history. One in six pastors say a staff member has been harassed in a church setting.

Political divides in church focus of new study

NASHVILLE (BP) -- America has become increasingly divided by politics in recent years. So have its Protestant churches, according to a study released Thursday (Aug. 23). More than half (57 percent) of Protestant churchgoers under 50 say they prefer to go to church with people who share their political views. And few adult Protestant churchgoers say they attend services with people of a different political persuasion. Those are among the findings in a new report on churchgoing and politics, conducted Aug. 22–30, 2017, by LifeWay Research. "Like many places in America, churches are divided by politics," said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. "And churchgoers under 50 seem to want it that way."