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Dec 23, 2016

The Pitfalls of “Facebook Lurking”

We all do it, end our day by scrolling our Facebook feed, scanning photos and updates and articles to see what our social network is up to. The problem is that this "Scrollaxing" may actually be making you miserable, studies show. University of Copenhagen shows that this practice is making us miserable and unhappy. To fix it, either cut back, avoid certain sections or "it may be difficult to change one's way of using Facebook. If this is the case, one should consider quitting Facebook for good" researchers say.

Source: Mashable

Russell Moore’s Backlash Over Criticizing Trump & His Followers

Baptist leader Russell Moore is being harshly denounced by many evangelicals for his negative opinions on President-elect Donald Trump. "The religious right, turns out to be the people the religious right warned us about" he said in an October speech.  Moore’s organization, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission could lose funding because of his stand on Trump.

Source: NPR

Dec 16, 2016

89% of Protestants Have Services on Christmas Day

This year the debate over church services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day have been resolved with the answer: both. In fact, 63% of pastors reported that they would hold services on both days. While 71% were planning to hold only a Christmas Eve service, 89% planned to host only a Christmas Day service.

Source: Christianity Today

Church Restoration Halted Over Facility Dispute

Cancer survivor Greg Thomas was featured in a series of headlines eight years ago because he spent his treatment days restoring a small chapel known as Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. While Thomas beat cancer back then, with it only returning recently, the church took issue with the repairs he had made after collecting more than $70,000 in donations and banned him from the property. Thomas argues that the church has become a show piece instead of a source of community unity.

Source: KARE 11

Evangelist Screams at Children Waiting in Line for Santa

Westboro Baptist Church supporter and Last Frontier Evangelist David Grisham filmed himself shouting at children who were waiting in line for Santa. Grisham shouted that Santa does not exist and that Christmas is all about Jesus. Two men eventually prompted Grisham to leave.

Source: Metro

Dec 9, 2016

Non-denominational Evangelical minister, Episcopal priest: One man leads two congregations in historic Catonsville church


Ohio ‘Pastor Protection Act’ Clears House Committee


Beaver walks into Md. store, finds only artificial Christmas trees, and proceeds to trash it

Dec 2, 2016

How Fidel Castro's Death Will Affect Cuba's Christian Revival


3 Assumptions & 5 Realities About Why So Many Churches are Small


Tullian Tchividjian Emerges From Scandal With New Wife, Preaches Sermon on God's Redemption

Dec 2, 2016

Christian Universities Divided Over Election Results

Younger evangelicals have broken from the white evangelical majority who supported Trump by 81%, and that means evangelical colleges are seeking to reassure their students who feel betrayed by those who supported a candidate who is outspoken in his prejudice and sexism. At Wheaton College, 42% of students were likely to vote for Clinton, while 52% of students at Grove City College were planning to vote for Trump. Philip Ryken of Wheaton College wrote to assure his students that Wheaton stands against prejudice and hatred (including racism and sexism), embraces ethnic diversity as part of God’s design for humanity in Christ. Students at Taylor University also reported racial intimidation.

Source: RNS

Is New York City Trending Toward a Revival?

The Barna Group believes that according to surveys conducted in the 1980’s and then again in 2010 the population of New York City is shifting toward Christianity, with an increase from 20% to 32% for Christians. Over the past five years there has been a noticeable increase in revivals and religious events throughout the city.

Source: Christianity Daily

Here are the Major Trends Coming This Year

A report of major trends coming this year include a more fluid, less gender specific use of signage, polyamory for married couples, and an increased focus on the morality of using AI. In addition, there is a greater awareness of people with disabilities and that could lead to new economic opportunities. Insects may become a new source of food as well.

Source: PR NewsWire