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State of the Bible: Swath of committed Christians don’t attend church monthly

PHILADELPHIA (BP) – Most of the youngest generations who identify as committed Christians likely do not attend church at least once monthly, the American Bible Society (ABS) said in the latest release from its 2022 State of the Bible.

Americans divided on who should lead healthy conversations on challenges in America

NASHVILLE (BP) – Although Americans need to have productive conversations regarding challenges in our society, there is no consensus on who is in the best position to generate healthy conversations around these issues.

State of the Bible: Younger adults love prisoners, immigrants as neighbors

PHILADELPHIA (BP) – Younger Christians who engage with Scripture are more apt to care for prisoners and immigrants as neighbors than are older Christians, the latest release from the 2022 State of the Bible reveals.

Percentage of Americans viewing Scripture as literal Word of God reaches new low

NASHVILLE (BP) – A survey of Americans and their view of Scripture reflects a trend of disassociation from religion. One’s exposure to Scripture, however, can also factor in those results.  

FIRST-PERSON: Juneteenth: How can they hear unless someone is sent?

MUFREESBORO, Tenn. (BP) – On Jan. 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, officially granting freedom to slaves in all southern states who had proclaimed secession from the Union.

How to help children have a healthy body image

Editor’s note: Authors Justin and Lindsey Holcomb recently released God Made Me in His Image: Helping Children Appreciate Their Bodies (New Growth Press, 2022). This picture book helps even young children (ages 3-8) learn a Christian perspective on body image. Below, the Holcombs discuss the book and the realities of children and body image with pastor and children’s author Champ Thornton.

FIRST-PERSON: International swimming body acknowledges reality

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) – This past Sunday, FINA, the world governing body for swimming released new guidelines for transgender athletes.

Juneteenth celebrations teach history, praise God for freedom

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. (BP) – Campus pastor Chris Ogden grew up in a “very white evangelical tradition,” but he shepherded multiethnic Horizon West Church to celebrate Juneteenth, the national holiday marking when Blacks enslaved in Galveston, Texas, were freed two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

Governing body regulates competition of transgendered swimmers

BUDAPEST, Hungary (BP) – The organization that governs competitive swimming events around the world has ruled that swimmers who identify as transgender women and who began transitioning after the age of 11 cannot compete in women’s swimming events. FINA made the announcement June 19.

FIRST-PERSON: Purity culture and false advertising

Purity culture often talked about sex in a manner that suggested it was a bad thing and should be feared. This is a fair critique. In God’s design, nothing could be further from the truth.