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3 Rules for Preaching in Purple Churches in Political Season

By Rhonda Abbott Blevins | July 23, 2019

For pastors with mixed-politics congregations, here are 3 rules to hold your diverse ‘purple’ churches together as the political discourse grows increasingly toxic when the presidential race heats up.

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Roy Medley, general secretary emeritus of American Baptist Churches USA, is interviewed by executive director Mitch Randall about the necessity for Baptists to be involved in interfaith work around the globe.

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Web Site Offers Muslims a Guide to Missionary Tactics

By Cliff Vaughn | February 8, 2002

A hidden agenda, circular reasoning, mistranslations and quoting out of context are a few “tactics” missionaries employ to convert Muslims, according to a Web site about Islam. Cyber Islam (, founded two years ago by Muslim students Refai Arefin and Abbas Peera, “is a non-profit, non-political, non-partisan organization that aims to present Islam to both […]

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Words Can Heal World, NYC Group Says

By Alex Smirnov | February 8, 2002

Ethical speech advocates said pledging to avoid gossip one hour a day can make this world a better place. Launched by New York religious writer Irwin Katsof on Sept. 4 last year, the Words Can Heal campaign is running a series of public service ads in national newspapers, on CNN, ABC, NBC and FOX, along […]

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Inmate’s Heart Transplant Raises Questions About Healthcare for Convicted Felons

By Jodi Mathews | February 8, 2002

A two-time convicted felon received a heart transplant last month at Stanford Medical Center. With more than 4,100 on the waiting list for a new heart—500 in California alone—taxpayers footed the bill for the inmate’s surgery, which could end up costing them up to $1 million, reported Reuters. The transplant recipient was convicted of burglary […]

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What are the Real Issues in America’s Rural Churches?

By Gary Farley | February 8, 2002

The rural sociology department of the University of Missouri asked pastors and lay leaders of about 400 rural churches across that state to list the advantages and disadvantages of rural church life and ministry. Responses seemed to cluster around 10 advantages and 10 disadvantages: <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” /> Advantages 1. A relational, […]

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Havel Says Reality is “Being”

By Roland Marcus | February 8, 2002

From the time he authored his first play, “The Garden Party,” in 1963 until he was elected as first president of the Czech and Slovak Federated Republic, Vaclav Havel demonstrated his propensity for “living in the truth,” a central theme of his life. Born into privilege but enduring the harsh constraints of a totalitarian regime, […]

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