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Jason Bateman, Timothe Chalamet and Kristen Wiig Will Close Out the Year in ‘SNL’ | RELEVANT

It’s been a pretty wild year forSaturday Night Live, with the weirdly winsome homemade quarantine episodes, an unprecedented eight-show streak leading up to the election and the, let’s say, mixed reviews on Jim Carrey and Alec Baldwin’s face off as Biden and Trump. There have been bright moments, like Dave Chapelle’s riveting post-election monologue and... Read more

Christian Bookstore Ordered to Close for Violating Lockdown Orders in England

Christian Bookstore Ordered to Close for Violating Lockdown Orders in England Police in England arrested two men at a Christian bookstore for being inside the business despite orders that businesses stay closed until December.Officers arrested the two men on Nov. 14 at the Mustard Seed bookstore and tearoom in Gedling, Nottinghamshire. The men refused to give... Read more

Christian bookshop fined for refusing to close during lockdown

The Mustard Seed and Bookshop stayed open in breach of lockdown rulesA Christian bookshop that broke lockdown rules has reportedly received penalties totalling 17,000.  The Mustard Seed Bookshop in Gedling, Nottingham, remained open after the lockdown came into force, resulting in the arrest of two men over the weekend.  One of those arrested told the... Read more

Could Nigel Farage break the stranglehold of lockdown parties that have forced churches to close?

(Photo: Unsplash/John Cameron)Unless Nigel Farage's Reform UK Party fields plenty of candidates at the next General Election, those of us who oppose lockdown ideology will not have a positive democratic choice. Despite the historic parliamentary speech by former Prime Minister Theresa May warning of the precedent-setting consequences of banning public worship, the latest lockdown measure cruised through... Read more

Keep a Close Watch on Your Mouth (and Your Thumbs)

For those of us who make a living by using wordsand thats pretty much everybody serving in local church and parachurch ministriesMatthew 12:3637 and James 3:1 have to be among the most frightening passages in all of Scripture: I [Jesus] tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word... Read more

Is the Government wrong to close churches?

(Photo: Unsplash/Pedro Ramos)As an MP who is known as a Christian, you won't be unsurprised to discover that over the last week my inbox has been inundated with messages about the closure of churches. I have been deeply saddened by the news that churches will be closing for the next month. Over the last few... Read more

‘Don’t close us again,’ say Welsh church leaders

(Photo: Unsplash/Gregory Hayes)The Welsh Government is being urged to keep churches open in another 'firebreak' lockdown in the New Year.  Churches in the region threatened legal action after being forced to close during the current firebreak lockdown. The Welsh Government responded by telling them that they could re-open on November 9.  Now, in another letter... Read more

North Carolina Pentecostal Church Ordered to Close after Coronavirus Outbreak

North Carolina Pentecostal Church Ordered to Close after Coronavirus Outbreak (RNS) A Charlotte, North Carolina, church was declared an imminent hazard and ordered closed until Nov. 6 after an outbreak of COVID-19 led to more than 121 cases and at least three deaths. The closure took effect Saturday (Oct. 24).The abatement order from the states... Read more

11 Percent of Pastors Say Church Attendance Is Close to Pre-COVID Numbers

11 Percent of Pastors Say Church Attendance Is Close to Pre-COVID Numbers According to the latest survey by the Nashville-based LifeWay Research Center, the majority of Protestant churches in America have held in-person services in September but attendance has not been the same as it was before the COVID-19 pandemic.The survey, which was released Tuesday,... Read more

New York’s Governor Threatens to Close Churches, Synagogues if They Don’t Follow Social Distancing, Mask Wearing Rules

New York's Governor Threatens to Close Churches, Synagogues if They Don't Follow Social Distancing, Mask Wearing Rules New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will close churches and synagogues in New York City if they do not agree to follow the rules concerning social distancing and masks.We know religious institutions have been a problem, he... Read more

Christian Adoption Agency Beats N.Y. in Court: State Can’t Close it over Same-Sex Policy

Christian Adoption Agency Beats N.Y. in Court: State Can't Close it over Same-Sex Policy A U.S. federal judge handed a Christian adoption agency a major victory Monday when it blocked the state of New York from closing the agency over its policy on same-sex adoption.At issue is a policy by the New York State Office... Read more

46 Percent of White Evangelicals Backing Biden Say Their Close Friends Are Voting for Trump

46 Percent of White Evangelicals Backing Biden Say Their Close Friends Are Voting for Trump Christianity Today reports that most Biden-supporting white evangelical Christians say many of their friends are voting for President Trump.This comes from a Pew Research Center poll that, according to Christianity Today, found that "White evangelicals who back Biden are about... Read more

Why I signed an open letter telling the Government not to close churches again

(Photo: Unsplash/Ricardo Frantz)Over 700 church leaders from a wide variety of denominations and organisations have sent a joint letter to Boris Johnson and First Ministers of the devolved governments. There are doubtless many more who would sign and others who cannot in all conscience sign it, either because they don't agree with something in it, or... Read more

Close the Complaint Desk – NIV Devotions for Mom – Week of September 17

Close the Complaint DeskVerse:  Jude 1:16Additional Scripture Readings: Numbers 14:27 James 4:13-17It rains on our picnic. It snows when were ready to leave for Christmas vacation. The baby spits up on our shoulder just as were ready to walk out the door.And in response, we gripe. Marching off to lifes complaint department, we moan that circumstances arent... Read more

Why You Can Be Sure the Lord Is Close to the Brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18)

Praying Psalm 34:18 If youre feeling brokenhearted today, my heart grieves with you. For what youve endured and the pain you feel. Ive been there many times, and its not easy. It can feel so heavy that breathing takes work.There is hope. If you cannot see it today, I see hope for you. More than... Read more

Critics of Sheffield Cathedral’s decision to close 400-year-old choir consider legal action

The entire Sheffield Cathedral Choir is to be replaced by a new music team(Photo: Facebook/Sheffield Cathedral)Critics of Sheffield Cathedral's decision to shut down its choir after 400 years in favour of a more inclusive music team are considering taking legal action. Cathedral Dean the Very Rev Peter Bradley announced last week that the entire choir was... Read more

John MacArthur’s Church Defies Order to Close: ‘We Must Obey God Rather Than Men’

John MacArthur's Church Defies Order to Close: 'We Must Obey God Rather Than Men' California pastor John MacArthur said in a sermon Sunday his church will continue to meet in-person despite a state-mandated ban on such gatherings, saying that Christ not the state is the head of the church.I can't think of anything... Read more

Texas AG: Local Governments Cannot Close Christian Schools during Pandemic

Texas AG: Local Governments Cannot Close Christian Schools during Pandemic Pointing to the U.S. Constitution and state law, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last week issued a letter prohibiting local governments from closing private religious schools during the pandemic.The letter, issued July 17 and addressed to religious private schools in Texas, said Paxton... Read more

‘Whatever Means are Necessary’: Chicago Threatens to Close Church that Defied Order

'Whatever Means are Necessary': Chicago Threatens to Close Church that Defied Order Chicago officials are threatening to close or even bulldoze a church that has continued meeting in defiance of a state order, saying the governors action has the force of law.The state of Illinois has banned in-person church services larger than 10... Read more

Christian camp to close for good after abuse scandal

John Smyth is confronted by Channel 4's Cathy NewmanChannel 4 NewsThe Christian camp associated with John Smyth is to close this summer after a yearslong abuse scandal involving the late evangelical leader.The Titus Trust, which runs Iwerne Camp, said it had made the decision following "an extensive year-long review", resulting in a "reorganisation focused on extending... Read more

After Refusing to Shut Its Campus, 11 Liberty College students Have Come Down With COVID-19-Like Signs | RELEVANT Journal

[ad_1] Editor’s Notice:This story has been up to date to replicate Liberty College’s assertion contradicting the New York Occasions’ reporting. Liberty College President Jerry Falwell Jr. has made a lot of his determination to maintain his college’s campus open to returning college students whilst a lot of the nation is battling the unfold... Read more

Irans neighbors shut border over coronavirus fears – Mission Community Information

[ad_1] Iran (MNN) Nations have beenclosing their borders to Iran as a consequence of concern in regards to the coronavirus COVID-19, and it’s throwing a wrench in ministry efforts to the nation. Final week, we reportedthe height and decline of COVID-19 in China. Nevertheless, the virus has picked up steam in another components of the... Read more

5 Methods to Keep Near God In the course of the Busy Vacation Season | RELEVANT Journal

[ad_1] Life doesnt ever cease, particularly in the course of the busy vacation season filled with to-do lists, events, buying and (hopefully!) worship and repair alternatives. So how can we focus our hearts in a deeper method on the presence of God in our lives, particularly throughout a time of yr stuffed with... Read more

5 Methods to Keep Near God Through the Busy Vacation Season | RELEVANT Journal

[ad_1] Life doesnt ever cease, particularly in the course of the busy vacation season stuffed with to-do lists, events, procuring and (hopefully!) worship and repair alternatives. So how can we focus our hearts in a deeper approach on the presence of God in our lives, particularly throughout a time of yr stuffed with... Read more

Extra church buildings in Algeria compelled to shut – Mission Community Information

[ad_1] Algeria (MNN) — Over the past two years, compelled church closures have been on the rise in Algeria. Lastly, they're beginning to get some consideration. America Fee on Worldwide Non secular Freedom (USCIRF) has raised considerations over Algerias therapy of Christians, notably the compelled closures of at the very least 12 Evangelical Protestant church... Read more

Deaf and listening to ministries group as much as shut Scripture hole – Mission Community Information

[ad_1] The Americas (MNN) — A major hole stays in reaching the worldwide Deaf neighborhood for Christ. Lower than two-percent of Deaf individuals know Him as Lord. Not one of the worlds 400+ signal languages has a whole Bible. Deaf Bible Society works alongside signal language Bible translators to shut the Scripture hole. Because the... Read more