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Why shouldn’t people with unwanted same-sex attraction be able to receive professional help?

Pixabay/congerdesignWhat is it that makes the very existence of ex-gays so dangerous? And why is there a concerted, worldwide effort to block professional counselling for those with unwanted same-sex attractions? Before you think I'm exaggerating, consider these following examples. In England, Barclays Bank announced it was closing the account of a Christian charity after protest... Read more

Lets Talk: Building Friendships with People Unlike Yourself – The Gospel Coalition

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Jasmine Holmes: Hello and welcome to Let’s Talk, a podcast from The Gospel Coalition podcast network where we seek to apply biblical wisdom to everyday life. I’m Jasmine Holmes and I’m here with... Read more

A fifth of young people unhappy with their lives – report

(Photo: Unsplash/Aaron Burden)Nearly one in five young people aged 10 to 17 are unhappy with their lives after months of coronavirus, a new study by The Children's Society has found. The charity surveyed just over 2,000 young people and their parents in the UK between April and June, and found that 18% are dissatisfied with... Read more

The Uighurs of China: A People in Peril

The Uighurs (pronounced “Wee-gers”) are a Central Asian people group relatively unknown to the Western world. The majority of them live in northwest China, in an area known as the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, which is their ancestral homeland. Xinjiang is home to about 10 million Uighurs. In ethnolinguistic terms, the Uighurs are a Turkic... Read more

California Beach Revival Draws Hundreds to Christ, Likened to ‘Jesus People Movement’

California Beach Revival Draws Hundreds to Christ, Likened to 'Jesus People Movement' An ongoing movement known as Saturate OC, led by Parker and Jessi Green, is bringing about a spiritual revival at Huntington Beach in Orange County, California.The movement began on Friday, July 3rd, and has recently extended its weekly services to August... Read more

White Fragility and Getting White People To Talk About Racism – Tim Challies

It seems like the whole world is talking about race and racism and racial reconciliation. Here in 2020 the conversation has come to the fore with renewed force and renewed urgency. Perhaps no author has played a more central role in this cultural conversation than Robin DiAngelo and perhaps no book has been more widely... Read more

Proportion of married people is declining – ONS

(Photo: Unsplash/Micheile Henderson)The proportion of adults in Britain who are marrying is in steady decline, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.  Married or civil partnered was the most common marital status in 2019, accounting for just over half (50.4%) of the population aged 16 and over in England and Wales,... Read more

‘Trump Is Using Us’: Christian Republican Group Launches Ad Urging People Not to Vote for Trump

'Trump Is Using Us': Christian Republican Group Launches Ad Urging People Not to Vote for Trump A group of Christian Republicans is warning other Christians and Republicans not to vote for President Trump in the 2020 election.An ad entitled Trump is Using Us was released on Tuesday on the Republican Voters Against Trump YouTube... Read more

70 Percent of Evangelical Churchgoers Say ‘People Are Basically Good,’ Poll Shows

70 Percent of Evangelical Churchgoers Say 'People Are Basically Good,' Poll Shows Nearly seven in 10 Americans, including a majority of those who attend evangelical churches, believe people are basically good, according to a new survey by Arizona Christian Universitys Cultural Research Center.A total of 69 percent of U.S. adults agree with the... Read more

Pillar People – NIV Devotions for Mom – Week of July 16

Pillar PeopleVerse:   Galatians 2:9  Additional Scripture Readings:Acts 15:32 Hebrews 10:24In Galatians 2:9, Paul refers to Peter (Cephas), James and John as pillars. They were the earliest leaders of the church. They encouraged it, and they protected it against heretical teaching.Pillars support. They undergird and uphold. One of the major tasks of a mother is to... Read more

Church services resume in Scotland, but with no more than 50 people

(Photo: Unsplash/Kirsten Drew)Churches in Scotland can resume congregational worship, baptisms and christenings from today but attendance is capped at 50 people, subject to social distancing of 2m.  Weddings can also be held in churches again but these are capped at 20 people.  "No place of worship should admit more than 50 people at any one... Read more

Choose to Believe the Best of People Who Disagree With You | RELEVANT Magazine

My nickname in high school was Oreo. According to my white friendsand later, to my black friendsI was white on the inside, black on the outside. This label was mostly a result of the way I talked. I didnt sound black, theyd tell me. I would laugh at this label back in high school,... Read more

Loving Hard-to-Love People – Girlfriends in God – July 10, 2020

July 10 2020Loving Hard-to-Love PeopleKelly BalarieTodays TruthIn the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness (Matthew 23:28, NIV).Friend to FriendThe women were getting under my skin. Certainly, when I decided to hang-out with them, I didnt expect their conversations to become... Read more

Disabled people have suffered terribly during Covid-19: the Church cannot stay silent

(Photo: Unsplash/John Cameron)At the beginning of lockdown I gave some advice and information to people who pastor churches. I said that those with disabilities will be struggling with many things: loss of services due to the Coronavirus Act removing the legal obligation of local authorities to provide necessary care; fear of not receiving active treatment... Read more

JK Rowling criticises hormone therapy and surgery for transgender young people

JK Rowling(Photo: Reuters)JK Rowling has said she is prepared to speak out about her concerns over transgender ideology and medical treatment even if it means risking her reputation.  The Harry Potter author became embroiled in another war of words on Twitter over the weekend after liking a tweet criticising some of the medical treatment being offered... Read more

For People with Special Needs, Every Church Is Accessible Now

For my family, social isolation isnt much different from normal life. Because of my sons social anxiety related to his autism, drive-thrus are our normal way of eating out. We rarely get invited to other peoples houses. And even though my church is one of the approximately 30 percent of churches in the country that... Read more

Funny Beliefs 3 | Beautiful, Horrible People

What can we joke about? How far is too far? Our answers tend to be personal, which makes it hard to discuss why some humor is offensive. In this episode, Ben shares his search for an ethical framework that allows for great comedy, lines up with his Christian faith, and makes sense to collaborators with... Read more

People seek hope, answers as Lebanon crumbles – Mission Network News

Lebanon (MNN) — People in Lebanon are using Facebook Groups to barter for the goods they need following the currencys latest plunge. Desperation remains at an all-time high; Lebanon faces its worst economic crisis since the 15-year civil war. More Lebanon headlines here. As Pierre Houssney of Horizons International explains, its a multi-layered catastrophe. First,... Read more

7 Things You Need to Know When Talking with Difficult People

Most of us dont like to be taught or corrected. This can prick our pride and fear of rejection. Plus, many of us, as well as our opponents, readily see our flaws and strive desperately to hide them from others. Confrontation can make us feel exposed, and, if we dont fully understand grace, condemned. When... Read more

Jim Gaffigan and Joel Courtney Will Star in a Movie About the Jesus People Movement | RELEVANT Magazine

Greg Laurie and Ellen Vaughn’s Jesus Revolutiontells the story of the unlikely religious revival birthed among a group of California hippies in the 1960s and 70s. It was an important moment in the American Church that updated the normie trad vibes of 1950s Christianity to something more counter-cultural and appealing to a younger, restless... Read more

Local churches are feeding people and sharing the Gospel in the former Soviet Union – Mission Network News

Russia (MNN) — We have reported on Slavic Gospel Associations new Christ Over COVID program. Today, we want to zoom in and look at a few stories of people this program has been able to help. Southern Russia As COVID-19 spreads throughout Russia and the former Soviet Union, many families face severe scarcity. One such... Read more

It’s important for the Church to serve and empower older people too

(Photo: Faith in Later Life)Carl Knightly is Chief Executive of Faith In Later Life, sister charity to Pilgrims' Friend Society. He shares how the charity is working to equip the church to serve and empower older people.Before this coronavirus crisis, on Sundays when my family and I arrived at church, my children would run to... Read more

Banning Liebscher: ‘It’s Amazing How Many People Don’t Dream’ | RELEVANT Magazine

Banning Liebscher spent almost two decades at Bethel Church before founding Jesus Culture. Now he’s known for his powerful calls to passionate praise and his growing collection of popular books. His latest,Rooted, was dropped in the middle of a global pandemic, but Liebscher is taking it all in stride. RELEVANT caught up with him... Read more

5 Ways Most People Deny Their Anger Issues

When a healthy person enters a dysfunctional environment, the abuser often begins to feel threatened. Theyve likely spent a lifetime controlling others through manipulation and anger. They may not know another way to relate. They may, in fact, have grown up in a family much like the one theyve created. To their thinking, there are... Read more

Deaf people starving; DOOR International responds – Mission Network News

International (MNN) — Life is moving closer to normal in some countries as COVID-19 restrictions ease and businesses reopen. In others, the struggle to survive continues. More coronavirus coverage here. Global Deaf ministry DOOR International is adapting once again to meet unique needs triggered by the pandemic. As described here, DOOR teams shifted focus a... Read more

Dr. Ben Carson Criticizes ‘Defund the Police’ Movement: ‘People Will Realize How Irrational it Is’

Dr. Ben Carson Criticizes 'Defund the Police' Movement: 'People Will Realize How Irrational it Is' Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson is speaking out against those wanting to defund the police in light of George Floyds death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.According to the Daily Wire, Carson argued... Read more

SAT-7 helps vulnerable people in MENA know they are not alone – Mission Network News

Syria (MNN) —SAT-7 created a new program designed to reach people in MENA struggling with financial burdens and despair during COVID-19. COVID-19 lockdowns have left a trail of hardship across the Middle East and North Africa. Refugees, domestic abuse victims, and other vulnerable groups now have economic troubles to deal with on top of their... Read more

Number of people doing the Alpha Course has soared during Covid-19

The Alpha Course has seen even larger numbers of people participate during Covid-19 than prior to the lockdown.Nicky Gumbel, who transformed Alpha from a short-course for new Christians at Holy Trinity Brompton to a global evangelistic tool, admitted he was surprised by how well it was doing after being moved completely online during the pandemic. In... Read more