Last October, evangelicalism was rocked by the launch of ChurchClarity.org, an organization that reports churches’ LGBTQ+ policies and rates congregations based on their level of clarity. The website angered Christians on both sides of the issue. Some conservatives attacked the CC’s liberal leadership, while some progressives claimed that labeling churches undermined progress. Nevertheless, Church Clarity persisted. […]
The explanation for near-death experiences was buried in history. So religion and science ignored it. But psychotherapy serendipitously uncovered its reality about a quarter-century ago. Since then it has been a fact of life, is widely publicized, and has accumulated substantial documentation around the world. This fact of life is also the cause of near-death experiences. It is our souls, which God has given each of us for at least the past one hundred thousand years. He still creates each soul with special capabilities, as is reflected in their being called “sparks of God.”
(RNS) — President Trump’s born-again-like embrace of evangelical politics was the biggest religion story of the year, but a shooting at a Texas church, a wedding cake that a Christian baker refused to make and the status of Jerusalem also grabbed headlines.
(AP) The New Jersey town council was pressured by the state to drop its ban on New Yorkers visiting its public park. The council had also tried — and failed — to ban boundary markers Jews use to observe Sabbath rules.